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What would it mean to be like Jesus?

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Very surprisingly, I have never heard or seen someone take the life of Jesus, and make a list of what he did and apply that to what maybe we should do. Wow!

What would it mean to be like Jesus? It takes a real step-up of faith to consider that we might be perfected, but we also have to  consider what Jesus was like! …. oooooh and is like! Wow!

Okay, so let’s try that.  Let’s go down the list and find out what would it mean to be like Jesus?

  1. First, he was a obedient, good child, learned the Torah, took care of his family. Check. I think the church knows this.
  2. He got baptized, answered his calling, and went to the wilderness to pray.  Okay. First, Wesley and most people who believe we might be holy believe that would be on the basis of prayer and worship. A few people are following this. One group I know of focused on obedience, submission and going to the wilderness to heighten that. Interesting. That has been done. Maybe everyone needs a wilderness experience to overcome their own personal demons.
  3. Then Jesus began his ministry, proclaiming : “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  There are few people willing to lead prayers of repentance. There are a few people willing to preach Kingdom.
  4. Then he went out healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, and raising the dead, doing good, releasing people from the bondage of the devil. Some of the church has a vision of this. We have a lot of work to do.
  5. Jesus went to the cross and raised again. This is not to be repeated in order to earn our salvation. We identify with Him in His death, burial and resurrection. We signify that we we are baptized. However, we should arm ourselves with that mindset. We live for others. We find that is a glorious, fulfilling life. We were meant for this.
  6. One more thing. Jesus said, “greater works than these.”  What would that be?  We are not yet to the “healed them all” yet. Jesus did that; he healed all who came to him.  So far, I don’t think we are having many meetings were everyone gets healed. People are being raised from the dead mostly in Africa, but I have heard of an instance hear.
  7.  But what would greater works be?  Kingdom fulfillment — on a wide scale.  Not just a soul here or there, but systemic salvation, love and peace. Ultimate good. Imagine that. Eden restored — or better, even grown up.
  8. We, like him, come on a colt, a foal. He will come one day as Judge on a White Horse; God will let us know. For now, we still come as suffering servants with healing in our hands, in sheepfolds, in carpenter shops, and in cesear’s household.

It is a great mystery, a great revelation.   I invite you. It makes all of life meaningful, rich, better than anything else.

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We Are Changing Our Name

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I originally named this site and group “Jesus Name Austin” because 1) I noticed how often Jesus was left  out of church and wanted to work against that trend. 2) If someone bleary eyed looked up Jesus in a phone book, I wanted them to get us. However, I am getting unbidden lectures from people nearer on the family tree. They are mistaking me for United Pentecostal Jesus only! Bless their heart! I think the larger number of people who are active church members without the name of Jesus. Certainly, even more people are without Jesus. Yet, I don’t want misleading branding.

Also, perhaps I can fold this in with another project, Jesus Pattern Son. That is really very deep, and not much of a conversation for everyone. Up until now, that has been more for people in and now out of an existing group.

I would like to start congregations. This is the central difference: let’s grow up, let’s have high aspirations, let’s take on the blessing. So really, that is connecting Jesus the Pattern Son with service to the world, through the community of the church.

Let’s see if this will work. Jesus Name Austin will host the podcast of Jesus Pattern Son. And Jesus Pattern Son will be the message to start congregations.

(We have a podcast in Spanish, also: www.JesusHijoModelo.com )  Previously, English episodes were posted there or on a Blubrry site.