In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Christian scripture, Romans 6:22-23
You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense. — Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, an Evangelical Christian congregation averaging 22,000 weekly attendees with a 120-acre campus and more than 300 community ministries to groups such as prisoners, CEOs, addicts, single parents, and those with HIV/AIDS. Recently, the church fed 42,000 homeless people —three meals a day —for 40 days.
IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we discussed the contemporary Evangelical Christianity movement. We explored the concept of being born again, considered the popularity of fundamentalist beliefs and Evangelical worship in the U.S. today, and grounded ourselves in UU faith-based responses to Evangelical expressions we might encounter in politics, culture, and our own lives.
What is the "good news" of Unitarian Universalism? Should you share this good news with people who might need to know of our affirming faith? How do you do that?
Has someone ever attempted to "bring you to Jesus?" How did you respond? Were you offended? Why? Now that you know more about Evangelical beliefs, and understand that sharing their beliefs with you is part of an Evangelical's faith, might you respond differently?
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Last updated on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.
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