When a class of middle schoolers were asked about whether they could identify with Jesus, most answered "not really” I wonder if we asked ourselves that same question what the answer would be? It might differ depending on our stage of spiritual awakening, our circumstances or our knowledge of scripture. Then again, it may be confused by how we as humans have covered it up with our own interpretations.
In the next few months, our Sunday ATB will be devoted to uncovering what Jesus really meant when he spoke to the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, when he raised the widow's son from the dead without her ever asking, and other compelling parables and scripture. "Jesus Unfiltered" is designed to bring us all closer to him, to be able to identify with him, and to embrace our walk every day with him so that it changes our lives. Here is a comment made about the treasure of an unfiltered relationship with the Lord:
"Unfiltered is the freedom to be who God created me to be with no excuses or apologies. Living unfiltered means being okay with who I am at this moment and trusting that he will finish the good work that he started in me. Unfiltered is loving others without the fear of rejection: and if rejected, recognizing that it is not personal & not reacting negatively or turning it inward........"
An unfiltered life comes from really understanding God, understanding that scripture is not intended to bind us up, it is clearly designed to set us free from the schemes and allure of evil, and help us to live with joy as we walk this road with the "Unfiltered Jesus". Our goal, is that through this series, you will take scripture personally, and your walk with him will have a little more bounce in your step, and you will be free to soar in your spirit in your life's journey. When asked that question again, whether you can identify with him, we hope your answer is clearly "absolutely".
And by the way, this is an ATB original series, you will not find it in a book. Actually you will find the basis for it in one book and one book only without a filter..........just bring that book with you to our 10:15 class!
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." Acts 17:11
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.