These are points from Sunday’s concluding sermon on my summer-long series on The Church that Connects. Here Christ is compared to the community of established religious leaders.
Christ spoke to hearts, the establishment spoke about rules– think of the “You have heard it was said” texts from the Sermon on the Mount
Christ thought relationally, the establishment thought institutionally– recall his healing on the Sabbath day- Luke 13:10-17
Christ was genuine, the establishment was hypocritical– Jesus taught as one having authority- Matthew 7:28-29
Christ empowered people, the establishment feared them– remember the panic of the establishment in the story of Jesus healing the man born blind- John 9
Christ offered real hope, the establishment offered condemnation– the woman caught in act of adultery perfectly illustrates this- John 8:4-11
Maybe you have some connecting points of Christ you can add to this list?