“Christ is your example, and you must follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
There are certain virtues that have been associated with the life of Jesus and his followers since the birth of Christianity. And the authenticity of a disciple’s faith has been judged by his or her character. Furthermore, the Wesleyan call to scriptural holiness has been a distinctive of Methodist Christians for nearly 300 years. The bottom line is pretty straightforward: Christians ought to increasingly be more like Jesus as they journey with him day-by-day.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be looking at what all this means for us practically speaking. We’ll look at the example of Jesus in the gospels and also his teaching on several “vanishing virtues” including kindness, humility, mercy, generosity, bravery, reverence, gentleness, self-control, cooperation and gratitude. We’ll also look at persons in the Old Testament who exemplify these traits. Discussion questions will be provided each week as well as additional scripture readings, which will be appropriate for small groups and devotions.
This Sunday’s message on KINDNESS is based upon the Parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. Next week, we’ll look at HUMILITY—the test of authentic leadership in the home, the workplace and the world at large.