“Rules v. Relationship”

If you do a quick search for a definition of Christianity, you are likely to find something about “following the teachings of Jesus.” And that’s true—Christianity is about following Jesus’s teachings. The problem is most people turn the idea of “following Jesus” into “following rules”—and that’s not the point.

The story of the Bible makes it clear that the point of knowing Jesus is for a relationship, not rules. As you begin to explore what God tells us about Himself through the Bible, you are going to find that being in a loving, committed relationship with Him is the main thing.

So saying that the main idea of Christianity is to follow teaching points is like saying that the main idea of marriage is to share your household bills. Not exactly what we hope for in a great love story!

This perspective of rules versus relationship is a great divide that distinguishes Christianity from other religions. Where most religions teach that the way to “be good” is through required practices and rigid beliefs, Christianity starts from a different place.

From the earliest times, Jesus’s followers weren’t known for following rules or “being good.” The thing that stuck out—the thing that was worth mentioning—was the mere reality that they had “been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Not that they acknowledged Jesus, not that they followed the behavioral system of Jesus, but that they were “with” Him.

Being with Jesus is what transformed these people from what the Bible calls “unschooled, ordinary men” into courageous, bold leaders. And that’s the same reality we are offered when Jesus invites us into a relationship: to “be with Him.”

Living on purpose in 2017!

Living on purpose in 2017!

​I would say 2016 has been both the happiest and saddest year of my life. I experienced pain I’ve never felt, love I didn’t think was possible and huge unexpected failures (not used to failing, so very humbling). Here’s a few lessons i’ve learned and things i’m taking into 2017: 

1. I can’t be all things to all people at all time, no matter how much i try (i’ve been working on this quite a few years, but i truly get it now) 

2. Not every door that’s opened is meant for me to walk through 

3. I understand sometimes people just won’t understand.

4. Before making any commitments/decisions I must consult God and my husband. 

5. It’s okay to say No (another one i’ve been working on for some time now) 

6. Happiness is a choice 

7. Being spread too thin doesn’t help me or anybody else 

8. God never makes mistakes and His mercy is truly abundant 

9. If I try to do it with my own will I’m limited to what I can achieve 

10. A balanced life can only be achieved if I put God first, family second and let that order dictate everything else. 

Looking forward to more growth, love & laughter in 2017

Written by: Mrs. McNeill 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!