Christians believe a lot of crazy things—including that God showed up in a human body and lived among humankind. But why?
Why would God want to become one of us and live in a world like ours?
A world of anxiety . . .
A world of chaos . . .
A world of heartache . . .
Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live in this world? DOWNLOAD ONLY
Part 1 - To Communicate and Demonstrate (Andy Stanley)
One of the unique things Christians believe is that God became one of us. For thirty years he lived under cover as a carpenter, surfaced as a miracle worker and rabbi for three years, and allowed himself to die in the most degrading way imaginable. He came as one of us but was treated as less than one of us.
Why in the world would God do that? John 1:14, 14:1-10
Part 2 - Like Son, Like Father (Andy Stanley)
Why would God leave the comfort and recognition of heaven to live on this ball of dirt in a time before morphine and indoor plumbing when the best conditions barely paralleled the worst modern day conditions? Why?
We think we know why he died. But what compelled him to live as one of us? John 9:25
Part 3 - Classless (Andy Stanley)
We’ve all been picked on for something we had no control over. It’s dehumanizing. In all likelihood, you’ve also picked on others. It’s such a strange thing. It’s such a human thing. The easiest way to feel superior is to find a person or group we feel is inferior and power up. And we’ve probably all been guilty of that outwardly or inwardly.
One of the reasons Jesus came into the world was to change all that. Romans 5:7-8
Part 4 - Putting Religion in Its Place (Andy Stanley)
We want answers for life’s mysteries. Is there an after life? Will I see my mom again? What does the Bible say about divorce? Does the Bible say we have to give ten percent of our money to the church? Religion tries to answer those questions. Religion is about answers, order, predictability.
Unfortunately, life isn’t about any of those things. Life can be messy. Religion has a place in our lives, but Jesus taught us it’s not the first place. When religion takes first place, it begins flexing its muscles at the expense of mercy. Mark 2:24-27; Isaiah 1:11-17; Matthew 22:37-40
Part 5 - The Plural of U Is Us (Jeff Henderson)
Isn’t it funny how two people can look at the same situation and come up with two completely different conclusions? Think about Easter. It will be here soon. For some people, the Easter story is about the incredible truth of the most inclusive, welcoming, amazing message the world has ever known. For others, the holiday is tainted by the belief that God is disappointed in them. People who believe God is disappointed in them, drift away from him.
But what if God isn’t disappointed? What if he’s a rescuer? What if he wants us to run toward him instead of away from him? John 12:12-16; Romans 5:8