... a Christian is a person who is intentional, surrendered, and personally devoted to Jesus Christ. Richard Baxter was a “pastor’s pastor”. In 1656 he wrote a monumental work called: The Reformed Pastor. In it he wrote: “if we can but teach Christ to our people we teach them all”.
In order to to encourage and release this kind of devotion that cultivates spiritual health, vitality, and fruitful mission we must be a Christian community that personally embraces and clearly testifies to the claims that Jesus made concerning Himself. The simple fact is that Jesus cannot be the Center — our Center— if we are personally uncertain or ambivalent concerning the claims He made about Himself. So it is the claims of Christ — at least some of them— that we turn our attention to this week.