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Josh Moody

What Jesus Thinks about Religion #6, Part 1

May 18, 2021

The church in Philadelphia looked successful but was lacking beauty and meaning and higher connection. We need to have a better way of assessing ministry than simply whether it makes money and gets more people in the door.

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The trouble with the church at Sardis was that they were resting on their works. They thought these works were enough and they were proud of them. In the letter, Jesus tells them what the real problem is and how to fix it. It's a deep and powerful passage.
May 17, 2021
What do we do with the raw emotions in the Bible? What do we do with these strong, bold statements in the Psalms? They can serve as scriptural therapy for us as we work through our own feelings in a biblical way.
May 16, 2021
Jesus tells the church in Sardis to "Wake up!" We need this too—whether it's a sleepy Sunday morning or the way we're drifting through life. The message to Sardis resonates with us today. Now is the time, let's get going and make the most of our life with Jesus; let's wake up!
May 14, 2021
Jesus' discipline toward us is an expression of his love, just as a father disciplines his child for his good. God shapes us and refines us to make us more the person he wants us to be. Discipline isn't pleasant, but it is for our good, and anything we want to become good at requires discipline.
May 13, 2021
Church is not just an institution, a routine, or a religious ritual. We are in the presence of Christ; we are the body of Christ. The sovereign power of Jesus is at work in church, as shown in the letter to Thyatira.
May 12, 2021
To repent is not to do penance or beat yourself with whips and chains, either physically or emotionally. You can cry and feel really bad, but if you do nothing about it, you still haven't repented. The whole point is changing your mind and going in the other direction.
May 11, 2021
The church at Pergamum had held fast to Jesus' name and did not deny the faith. How had this church, faithful even unto death, become so compromised?
May 10, 2021
The idea that we can reinvent our sexuality and the model of families without having any impact on western civilization is simply wrong. When a family is centered on God with the gospel at its heart, it has a witness effect on society.
May 9, 2021
The poverty mentioned here is of an extreme kind. The Romans could plunder their property and leave them destitute and having to beg. Nonethless, Jesus tells them, you're still rich!
May 7, 2021
The letter to Smyrna is telling us what real religion must do—provide an answer to suffering and death. Jesus tells them not to be frightened of the difficult things coming their way. Today people are frightened about what is going to happen in our society, so this letter is relevant for us.
May 6, 2021
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One group says the Bible is a book about love, mercy, and kindness. They think of the story of the Good Samaritan and of Jesus telling us to turn the other cheek. So how could anyone think the Bible prevents a tolerant society? But for another group, the Bible is far from tolerant. There’s the conquest of Canaan. There’s Elijah killing Baal’s prophets by his own hand. And in the New Testament, Jesus talks often about hell. That’s not tolerant. What then can we say in answer to this question? Get your free resource and learn more today!

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About Josh Moody

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life. He was an associate fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University (2007-2011), and his Cambridge University doctorate in Theology was published in 2005. Pastor Josh grew up south of London, became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England, was an undergraduate at Cambridge University where he was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He is married to Rochelle, and they have four children.

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