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Lesson 76: Christ Divides (Luke 12:49-53)

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A few decades ago, there was a song that came out titled, “Jesus is My Friend.” It’s by many accounts an odd little tune that has become somewhat of an Internet sensation for precisely that reason. But in many ways it captures much of the wrong understanding of the mighty King, Jesus Christ, which the Bible shows us. Passages like this one highlight the silliness of the idea that we serve a soft Savior and remind us that the Lord was and is anything but a passive buddy. Pastor Daniel explains the controversial but true reality that one of the things Christ came to do was bring division. This division comes not because Jesus is against all forms of unity, but because, ultimately, everyone in the world stands on one of two sides of the gospel. This gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ who has come to save sinners and reconcile them to God, is a dividing message in that people will either believe it or not. It is a message of such power and consequence that those standing on either side of it actually live for opposing kingdoms.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Soteriology (Salvation)

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