Out of all the series that we have at Renewed Heart Ministries, this one, by far, has undergone the most changes in its history. Typically, when a series has become outdated, we have just stopped carrying it. But for reasons I don’t know, this one simply keeps hanging on, continuing to change with each advancement.
One thing that I find strangely absent from the Jesus story of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is a preoccupation with Jesus or His followers with going to heaven when they die—or, really, with going to heaven period. It seems the emphasis and focus is on bringing change to earth here, now, today. Today, we find a “gospel” being preached by those who carry the label of “Christian,” which has very precious little in common with the gospel we see Jesus and His Apostles preaching. Today, the gospel has fallen prey to private applications that tend to boil down to simply being premiums paid on a cosmic postmortem insurance policy. Jesus, to the contrary, was much more focused on now rather than later, changing the world through a changed people rather than simply passing out tickets to folks for some “otherworldly” bliss. He talked about the Kingdom of heaven having come to people on earth, rather than getting those on earth to make it to heaven. In short, He gave us a radically different way of picturing God, ourselves and everyone else around us, and then called us to a radically new way of doing life, rooted in and grounded in those new pictures. He called this new way of doing life, “Life Unlimited.” (See John 10.10.)
Jesus came—not to rock the world to sleep—but to start a revolution. We were, and to a large degree still are, on a collision course with an intrinsically violent end. We don’t see where our trajectory is organically and inherently taking us. Jesus came to show us a new way, a better way: the way of life:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through this narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7.12,13)
I’m so excited to offer this new series to you, both as audio and as video on our website. The audio is there now; as for the video, we hope to finish the editing soon and we will keep you posted as it is posted on the website.
You can find the audio for this new series at: