Tag Archives: The Way

Good Morning August 23

I remarked yesterday that I didn’t like the term religion for Christianity. Religion implies a fixed set of doctrines, which of course we have, but it is not a legal system by which we make ourselves right with God. This is what was implied in the editorial I referred to as “following archaic religions dogmas”. In the Book of Acts the Apostle Paul refers to himself “as a follower of The Way”.(Acts 24:14) Early Christianity was know as “The Way”. Christians had come into a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. Because they had, they wanted to live in a way that brought honor to Him. We know this to be true in human terms. When we get married we want to speak and act in ways that honor our spouse. If we are serious about the marriage commitment we live in a different way after marriage than we did before. Jesus is the Bridegroom of the Church. We are the Bride. We want to live in a way that honors our Bridegroom. We are not just religions people. We are people of The Way.

Good Morning March15

It took some years after the beginning of the Church before people were called Christians. In the Book of Acts Christians were called the people of The Way. I’ve always liked that. I think it is an important designation we can take to heart. We are not just part of a religion, but we live by a certain way of life. That life is defined by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”(John 14:6) He followed that immediately by saying, “no man comes to the Father but by Me.” He is speaking of a singular path into the presence of God, not many paths, or all roads as some like to believe. The way that Jesus offers is good. It is not followed by a set of legal regulations, but by a relationship of grace that is offered to each person. The way we seek to walk is guided by the two great commandments, to love God above all else, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The way of Christ is seeking to walk in daily fellowship with One who loves us more than we know.

Good Morning May1

We have mentioned before about the disconnect sometimes seen between the teachings of Christ and the behavior of Christians. The New Testament letters of John and James highlight this. In the early days of the Church, even before the followers of Jesus were called Christians, they were called people of The Way. That meant they were people who lived, and could be recognized by, a particular way of life because of their love for the risen Lord Jesus. The particular mark of the Church was to be as St. Peter wrote, “all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”(IP. 3:8) James tells us to guard our tongue, and let our faith be shown in works of service to others. We do not do these things to gain points with God, or somehow work for our salvation. We do them because we have a Saviour who washes our feet, and has willingly sacrificed His life in atonement for our sins. “We love because He first loved us.”(I John 4:19) We remind ourselves that we are not just called Christians, but we are people of The Way.

Good Morning March 22

It took some years after the beginning of the Church before people were called Christians. Throughout the Book of Acts Christians were called the people of The Way. I’ve always liked that. I think it is an important designation we can take to heart. We are not just part of a religion, but we live by a certain way of life. That life is defined by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”(John 14:6) He followed that immediately by saying, “no man comes to the Father but by Me.” He is speaking of a singular path into the presence of God, not many paths, or all roads as many like to believe. The way that Jesus offers is good. It is not followed by a set of legal regulations, but by a relationship of grace that is offered to each person. The way we seek to walk is guided by the two great commandments, to love God above all else, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The way of Christ is seeking to walk in daily fellowship with One who loves us more than we know.