“Not A Fan” Chapter 5 Following Jesus? Or following rules?

Posted: April 15, 2013 by CJNeading in Not A Fan
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Chapter 5 Following Jesus? Or following rules? thoughts points etc…

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  1. CJNeading says:

    A few things really stuck out to me in chapter 5. In the author’s “diagnosing fandom” question I immediately thought well this won’t be me. (Are you more focused on the outside rather than the inside?) And when he started talking about the two groups in the Sanhedren. I really thought nope I certainly don’t have all the knowledge of a Pharisee and defiantly wasn’t born into religion like the Sadducees. But as he dug deeper into “gulit over grace” I realized more of my fandom.

    I get grace I’m thankful for it but sometimes. Actually a lot of the time I can’t get over the guilt. I try and try to “make up” for the mistakes, even tho i know that grace isn’t earned. Really liked how he liked the word grace with “done.” Fans are about the do while followers celebrate the done. another one liner that hit me in this section was “I’m not taking any handouts, I can do this on my own.” Aka pride which I have talked about before.

    I love the author’s “update” to Jesus’ sermon from Matt 23:23-24.

    “Woe to you fans, if you would be as passionate about feeding the poor as you are your church’s style of worship, then world hunger would end this week. Woe to you fans, if you sacrificed as much to care for the homeless and hungry in the community as you do foryour church building or place of worship, the need would be wiped out. Woe to you fans, if you would be as zealous about caring for the sick as you are about a ‘Christmas tree’ being called a ‘holiday tree,’ health insurance wouldn’t be a problem.”

    One thing I hope I never forget is the last story in chapter 5 that ended with “We raised her in church, but didn’t raise her in Christ.” That gives me goosebumps as a father to 2 daughters. I pray that I never loose sight on what really matters. Jesus

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