True Faith or Mere Religion

Read Matthew 15:1-20

Jesus is confronted with the imposed traditions of religion, which the Pharisees and scribes had made as authoritative as God's law and word.  Though offensive to hear, for the sake of his disciples Jesus confronts the impact mere religion has concerning how God's Law is used, how hypocrisy is generated, and how the true nature of the heart is veiled. Too many have traded true saving faith in Jesus Christ for mere religion.

Open the Doors of the Temple

Read John 2:13-22 with 2Chronicles 29:1-20, 35-36

Hezekiah came to throne at a time of grave theological, spiritual and moral decline. Judah was bankrupt financially and morally; the military gravely weakened by his father in numbers and morale; and the nation threatened by the Assyrian army. What did he focus on first? He opened the doors of the temple and cleaned out all the rubbish that had hidden Christ from the people. This message was a commissioning message for HOPE as her doors were opened in the heart of Kingston.