Gospel Thought: Christianity is a Relationship!

When I was a younger Christian and Student Minister, I would often emphasize to my students over and over again that “Christianity is a relationship.”  Strangely, that was not always a popular thing to say.  In fact, I was often criticized by older pastors who warned me against saying such a thing because it was pietistic, mystical, and based on emotion rather than the firm foundation of scripture.  This always confused me.  Everything I read in scripture seemed to say the same thing.  In fact, the gospel of John seems to bleed that truth out in every single word.

  • “The Word became flesh and dwelt among you.”
  • “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”
  • “(I pray) that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us.”
  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son…”

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