Every brand has a shelf life...even church brands.
In this sometimes unsettling 5-part series, Andy Stanley tells us how we can return Christianity to the brand Jesus intended. DOWNLOAD ONLY
How should the world view the church?
Unfortunately, we've created a brand for the church that Jesus never intended. The arrival of Jesus signaled the end of the Temple Model and the beginning of something entirely new! We have the opportunity to give everyone a Brand:New perspective. Matthew 16:18; Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 5:17; John 13:34-35
Jesus stepped into a world where religion was characterized by the temple model: sacred places that housed sacred texts that were interpreted by sacred men who used those texts to control superstitious people. Jesus initiated something entirely new, a complete departure from the temple model. But soon enough some of his followers began to try to assimilate Jesus into the temple model. Galatians 5
Religion is powerful—so powerful it can shape our consciences. Unfortunately, our consciences have been shaped by a version of Christianity that reflects a blend of the rules-focused temple model and the Jesus movement, which is demonstrated by love. As a result, we’re tempted to prioritize law-keeping over loving others. How do we reconcile God’s law with Jesus’ call to love our neighbors? 1 Corinthians 6:19; John 13:34-35; Galatians 5:6, 14; 1 Peter 1:22
The arrival of Jesus signaled an end to the Temple Model and the beginning of a brand new approach to faith—an approach based in love. But how do we really love others? For more, listen to this episode of Brand:New entitled 'What Love Requires.' John 15:12; Galatians 5:6, 14; Philippians 2:5; Luke 6; Matthew 25:31-40
Don't like the church? Is that your fault or the church's? In this episode of Brand:New, Andy exposes how the church veered off course. John 13:14-15, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 20:25-27; Matthew 19:10; Ephesians 5:21; Galatians 5:22-23; John 1:14; Matthew 28:19-20