I cite a couple of things that I read last week. One treads uncomfortably on the notion of "cheap grace," as in receiving the costly grace of Jesus from the cross, and then changing nothing in one's life in response, thereby cheapening the costly gift.
Another likened the spiritual relationship of many folks who describe themselves as Christian as being a relationship not so much with God or Lord, but with a combination Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist who gets you what you want/need and who also makes you feel good about yourself. That's not Christian, my friends.
To check how well these ideas work in scripture, we started by looking at Job. Poor Job had this idea that he was a good person who didn't deserve the ugly calamities that had afflicted every aspect of his life. Was he missing something?
In Mark, we review how Jesus dealt with the rich man who wanted to "inherit" eternal life. That didn't go so well for another fellow who thought he was a really good person.
A lot of challenging ideas await. See what you think in the sermon video below, or download and listen to the MP3 below the video panel when it's convenient.