If you follow Jesus you are different. In 1961, 96% of people in our country identified as Christian. No longer. “No Religion” is now the second largest ‘religious’ category.
And while you can’t read too much into what people tick on a census form, the fact remains that if you follow Jesus today, people will think you’re different.
Some respond with a me-against-the-world mentality. Others try to water-down the faith to make it sound more “normal” so they can fit in.
In this sermon on John 12:1-11, Mary (the sister of Lazarus) shows us another way: She provides a sincere example of what it means to be devoted to Jesus even when others think you’re different.
Jesus wants the best of us, not what’s left of us. This message explains why, and encourages us to practically think about how we can make it a reality.
Below is the YouTube video version. Under that is the audio-only download. You can also access a link to the “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast.
As mentioned, you can access the extra “growing deeper” background content as a part of The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan (by clicking here) or by finding it wherever you subscribe to podcasts — iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn). It’s called “at Jesus’ feet with shocking extravagance.”
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