In order for us to stay in relationship with God, we must nourish that relationship by spending time in God's presence.
There are many spiritual practices that can aid in nurturing the faith we profess.
It wouldn’t be a priest or a Levite, the religious leaders of the day, who would exemplify this love of neighbor. This suggestion must have repulsed the lawyer, who likely viewed Samaritans as dirty, evil, and detestable!
To get a sense of his surprise, think in terms of an illegal alien from Mexico giving aid to a white suburbanite in Phoenix, as a pastor and an elder from a good middle class Protestant church pass by.
Yes, and a Christian is someone who loves God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength, and then loves one’s neighbor as oneself.
Maybe your definition adds to or subtracts from this brief statement, but hopefully we can all agree that if we love God and seek to follow Jesus, then this relationship with God will impact the way we live our lives.
This is just a bit of the religious world I experience all the time, driving around this community.
It is common to hear people say, I'm not religious, but I am spiritual.There is music and there is nature, which stir our souls and lead us back to the God who made all of this possible.Nurturing this relationship can and should happen both in moments spent alone with God and in moments spent in the company of others – especially as we gather together at the Lord’s Table.With all of this religious diversity, from the institutional to the non-institutional, what does it mean to be a Christian?Or perhaps better, what does it mean to be a follower of Jesus in today’s world?To get this admittedly rhetorical conversation going, I’ll give you a definition of what it means to be a Christian.