WHO IS JESUS?
Historic. Provocative. Unforgettable.
A NEW 4 WEEK GROWTH SERIES with joseph barkley.
Can we just admit that Christians can be an odd bunch? Crazy beliefs, crazy habits…and all that singing! In this message, Joseph launches a new growth series exploring a question on a lot of people’s minds—maybe one you think you already know the answer to, but a question that we think will help cut through a lot of the noise. Let’s really look at the question: Who is Jesus? Because, if you want to know what makes a religion or philosophy or practice distinct, a good place to start…is the START. The founder. And you thought Christians were odd!
I wonder what the next generation will remember after we’re gone? Will it be innovation? Celebrities? Political tensions and breakthroughs? One mark this age may leave on history is the importance of doing good—everyone from high school students to Fortune 500 companies strive to enhance the world around them.
It’s humbling to think about—and we can’t gloss over it—but that’s not always been the mark Christians have left.
But is that the mark Jesus left? If so, maybe He’s not worth following. If not, then where’d so many go so wrong? Let’s get back to the source and see if we can’t find out.
However you see Jesus, one thing is historically clear. Jesus saw the world in a new way. He saw things in people no one else did. He saw potential where others saw problems. He saw value where other people saw waste. He saw friends where others saw enemies. It’s not overstating to say Jesus' perspective didn’t just change his world, it changed the way most of us see each other. Who was this man?
In this last installment of our series, Joseph takes a honest look at the fatal choices religious people make. If religion leads people to give their lives unnecessarily, than let’s call it what it is: dangerous. Followers of Jesus are no exception in the world of religions. Christians have given their lives for their faith. But there’s one, clear, alarming distinction between HOW these faithful breathed their last and martyrs of every other tradition. Even if you never have to put your life on the line, can you understand what about was so different about Jesus that inspired them to give it all?