Come and have the life you’ve always wanted.

The Christian life is meant to be the most exciting, the most powerful and the most joyful of all lifestyles. Jesus said he came to give life and for that life to be exciting and fully satisfying. The life you’ve always wanted. We are committed to living that kind of life, and we want you to experience it too.

From Paradise Community Church in Adelaide, South Australia.

I am not sure where Jesus said that life was to be exciting. And if he did – is it the sort of excitement people want?

Is the power and joy of the Christian life in Jesus what a non-Christian understands when they read these words? Is this sounding like one thing but meaning another – a bait and switch advertising technique – or is it true as it would be read by a person off the street?

Is this how Jesus would attract us to Him?


5 thoughts on “Come and have the life you’ve always wanted.

  1. To totally lose your life and yet be open to embrace all that God brings to you, people, events, etc; is the most unfulfilling thing one can think of that will actually benefit one which leads one to finding fulfillment.

    A life well lived is a life well spent. Spent on what?
    A life spent on God, the One who always spends time with us.

  2. Actually. Just putting my non-sensical thoughts out. I’m not for this type of evangelism but for it. If it’s to simply win people to the kingdom- that’s fine as long as you give them assurance but the weight of what their decision has now led them to be.

    But if it’s just to grow a church so that it will look good in numbers or success, then I am against it. The Christian life is impossible which is what makes it so easy and hard. That’s what makes it so fulfilling when God shows up. This is what needs to be re-enforced when people who are ‘tricked’ into the kingdom need to grasp.

  3. Has anyone read “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” lately? I wonder if Paradise Church has it on the shelf in their bookshop – do any “best life now” churches have it!

  4. Yes, that’s my take on it Greg. I think its part of prosperity doctrine, but they could argue differently if they defined the words as ‘joy in Christ’ and so forth. But they might not even redefine the words – it’s probably come in and get blessed in a material and powerful way in the here and now. But that’s just not a promise that every Christian will experience all the time in that fashion.

    John the Rev Jensen’s talk sounds very interesting (and more appealing to me). The apostles suffered and were able to therefore comfort others in the church – sharing in one anothers sufferings as well as in our blessings seems to be more what we can expect as a community.

    The joy we find in Christ seems to me to be different from the implication of this blurb.

    I am uncomfortable with attracting people with promises that differ from the truth, since it could lead to a commitment that is short lived if it does not count the cost. Jesus was willing to not only invite people to follow Him, but to tell people the cost, even knowing that at the time they would walk away.

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