Current Sunday Sermon Series
Do we overcomplicate our faith?
Have you ever heard some be labeled a "pharisee"? Did you wonder what that was about? Today we take it to mean someone who is both self-righteous and a hypocrite. Historically it referred to members of an ancient Jewish sect (around in Jesus' days on earth in particular) who's strict observances of both the written and traditional laws led most of them to have pretensions to superior sanctity than all other people. In other words, they were religious snobs.
Many people in Western societies today think of Christians as pharisees, religious snobs. In their eyes, we're all about the rules, being critical of others and seeing ourselves as morally superior.
Do we have too many rules?
Pharisees had deduced from the Mosaic Law (or, rather, I'd say "encrusted" the Law with) 365 negative commands and another 248 positive ones. Whew. That's a lot to remember.
And other religions are just as "bad." In Buddhism there are the "5 precepts," yet those have also been "encrusted" with hundreds of formal and informal rules about how to both fulfill and not violate them. In Thailand, where I used to live, the monks have an additional 227 rules to follow, too! Yikes. Islam is the same way. Just search "how many rules in Islam" and look at the discussion between Muslims about the hundred, even thousands, of rules.
In "Christian" faith traditions, we've done the same, too. This shows us that the making of more and more rules (just like politicians in any government) isn't about one religion or another, but about human nature. We do this.
Yet Jesus came and really simplified things.
But can it all be reduced to ONE commandment that is greater than all others? Join us for as we launch this new series on April 23.
Sunday Service begins at 10:30a.m.
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We take the Bible as its all-sufficient source of faith and practice, and subscribe to the historic creeds of the universal Church. In common with historical, evangelical Christianity, we emphasize Christ as Saviour and coming King. We also present Christ as Healer and the Pentecostal position that His promised baptism in the Holy Spirit is needed for full Spirit-empowered life today.