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Summary: Christianity isn’t about DUTY it is all about RELATIONSHIP

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Twyford 03-05-09

Relationships

Let us open in prayer

Father, I pray that you will anoint my words this evening that they may be words for each of us from you. I ask what I say may be relevant in our Christian lives. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Maddy and I moved to Frisby from New Romney at the end of 2007

Story: As we were taking the bedroom apart, I was surprised to find a small basket underneath our bed with three eggs and £1000.

I was a bit puzzled and so I called Maddy and asked her what this was all about.

She said: “Well I have to be honest with you. Every time you preached a bad sermon, I put an egg in the basket.”

I thought – well three bad sermons in 3 years – not bad going.

But I was still puzzled – “Well, what is the £1000 about”

She replied, as wives always do : “Every time I got a dozen, I sold them”.

I hope this evening won’t be an egg sermon!!

This evening I would like to focus on three words in John 15 and these are the words of Jesus when he said “Abide with me”.

Christianity – in my opinion – is NOT a religion. Let me explain.

For me a religion – is all about DUTY - what WE do to earn salvation or placate an angry God

Take Islam – and I am not knocking it. Islam is very much a religion of DUTY

Muslims have to “do things” – like praying five times a day, observing the Feast of Ramadan, giving to the poor, going on a Hajj… - and hope their prayers and deeds will outweigh what they have done wrong.

Christianity is different

It is all about RELATIONSHIPS – and what Christ has DONE for us – that we receive as a free gift

And John 15 is a chapter in which Jesus talks about RELATIONSHIPS.

RELATIONSHIP to Christ (Jn 15:1-17)

RELATIONSHIP to other believers Jn 15: 12-18 &

RELATIONSHIP to the world (Jn 15:19-27)

And the key, in my opinion for each of these relationships in John 15 can be found in the words of Jesus in John 15:4 when he said: Abide in me.

When Jesus spoke about abiding in Him, I thought of three characteristics of the word.

1. The first characteristic of “abiding in Christ” is making time.

We live in a society that runs in the fast lane almost all the time.

The word "Abide" runs counter current to all that. There is a tranquillity about it.

Jesus was busy - much of the time but he did take time off to draw aside and pray in the midst of a heavy schedule.

We read in the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, after healing many people in a particular town:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mk. 1:35)

Story: Back in 2003, I went off to Oxford - bird watching at Pinkhill Reserve at Farmoor Reservoir.

Now I hasten to add, I hadn’t myself

planned to go bird watching.

Maddy and I decided to go down the 25th Wedding Anniversary of good friends of ours from Oxford, Sally and Francis Prittie.

What I didn’t realise was that Francis was an avid bird watcher.

And for part of their silver wedding celebrations, he had organised a group of us to go bird watching.

I spent the week trying to find any excuse to get out of bird watching.


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