Including Discovery Kids
When embarking on a fitness regime, often we just want run as fast as we can on the treadmill or strain every muscle in our body by lifting the heaviest weights we can. However, if you are sensible and work with a personal trainer they will guide you to build up and strengthen your core by giving you stretches and moves that look so easy but the next day your body is wrecked. That’s because the strength of the core directly impacts the health and strength of the body.
In the English dictionary the word CORE is defined as:
“the part of something that is central to its existence or character.”
As we read through Jesus' life and ministry he talked and taught on so many subjects; including marriage & money, heaven & hell and prayer & faith. Now all the teachings of Jesus are important. Some Bibles even helpfully print the words Jesus spoke in red so we can pick them out easily. But was there a CORE to what Jesus taught? Many believe that we discover this CORE through two conversations that Matthew, Jesus’ friend and follower, wrote in his account of Jesus’ life and teaching. They are often called the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
Last words are important. It is recorded that the reformer Martin Luther’s last were; “We are beggars. This is true.” They sort of summed up his whole life and message. One of Jesus’ last conversations with his eleven disciples took place on a Galilean mountainside. Here is how Matthew records it:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. – Matthew 28:19-20
Simply put, take the message of the Gospel from this mountainside into every corner of the world and teach and equip people to be a disciple, a follower of Jesus.
The second conversation recorded by Matthew is often known as the great commandment. When asked by a lawyer, a teacher of the law, where to begin in this journey of spiritual formation Jesus answered by giving what is known in some church traditions as the “The Jesus Creed”.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
So, a spiritually formed follower of Jesus loves God & loves others.
The CORE of Jesus' message was to take the good news of the Gospel to people in every corner of our world and teach them what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus namely, love God and love others.
At Milton Keynes Christian Centre here is how we have encapsulated the CORE of Jesus message:
We are bringing people to Jesus equipping them to be fully devoted followers of Christ.
Starting this September, as a church family, we are going to spend eight weeks getting back to the CORE of Jesus message and unpacking how that impacts our spiritual journey today.
1st September Why we exist?
8th September We’re committed to community
15th September We’re moving towards maturity
22nd September We’re passionate about people
29th September We’re saved to serve
6th October We’re forgiven to forgive
13th October We’re given to generosity
20th October We’re bringing our best
Make sure to join us every Sunday! And for more information about this year's All In Campaign click here.
Last modified by David Hart on 27/08/2019
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