Gardendale Nazarene

to live completely for Christ...

Sunday Mornings | Gardendale Nazarene

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Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…"
John 14:6 CSB
Jesus invites us to a journey. “Come, follow me.” It is a simple invitation to go on an adventure with a beloved friend. The Christian life is more than right belief. It is more than intellectual assent. It is an invitation to a journey with Jesus.

Another word for the journey with Jesus is discipleship. Discipleship, following the way of Jesus with Jesus, has many twists and turns and unexpected bends in the road. Sometimes the path feels easy and other times like a demanding incline. But the end goal (in Greek, telos) of discipleship is always the same: to be like Christ.

If that seems impossible, you are actually in a very good place to start. In fact, it would be impossible if it were not for a very important certainty: we make the journey with Jesus. That is why it is a journey of grace.

When Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), he was talking about more than a sequential intellectual equation or a transactional agreement we make with God. He was describing the relational way discipleship will happen. Indeed, Way, Truth, and Life are not philosophical abstractions or life principles. Way, Truth, and Life are a Person.

Jesus was pointing toward the proper telos (goal) of the journey: real life as God intended, and the means by which we reach the goal are the way and the truth, fulfilled in and through himself.1 The journey of grace is relational to the core.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 (CST) as we worship our Lord! You can join us onsite at 1800 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL or online at gdalenaz.online.church.

Pastor John