Have you ever noticed that while Christians and Christianity leave a bad taste in people’s mouths, the same is not true of Jesus. People actually like Jesus.
Gandhi— once said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
I read a book called Speaking of Jesus recently. In the book the author, Carl Medearis talks about how he and his friend decided to take a video survey in Bolder, Co. They stopped and asked 50 people what they thought of Christianity in America. Out of fifty people, all fifty had negative things to say. And in fact some of them were very angry.
Then they asked fifty people what they thought about Jesus. Guess how many people answered negatively? Zero! Everyone had good things to say about Jesus.
Medearis says, “What if Christianity doesn’t own Jesus? What if Jesus is bigger than our religion?”
What if Christianity and many Christians are actually missing Jesus? What if we, whether we consider ourselves Christians or not, are missing Jesus?
I don’t know about you, but I don't want to be one of those people who is so unlike Christ. I want to be recognized as a follower of Jesus. And, Its not just for reputation sake, I am convinced that there is no other life like the life following Jesus. But what can we do to keep from missing Jesus?
This is part 1 of the message Missing Jesus: The Distressing Disguise given on Sunday July 7th at Vineyard City North's Church & Bowl.
 (Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism (Kindle Locations 2611-2618). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.)
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