It’s the Easter season, the fifty days in which Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The Acts of the Apostles, the “history book” of the New Testament, is remarkably consistent when it comes to conveying the core message of Christianity. Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God promised by the prophets, who was crucified, and who rose again. New life with God is now to be preached in his name to all nations.
But there are a lot of weeks in the church year, which means a lot of sermons to prepare, bible classes to teach, small group topics to cover, and themes to expound on. ”Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again” can’t be all there is to this new life with God, can it? It’s not difficult when walking the way of this new life to miss the narrow path, and to pass by the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14). Soon, we’re teaching things and saying things that have gotten pretty far afield.