The content of Jesus Is ______ by Judah Smith lies at the heart of what Mothers With a Mission is all about: JESUS. We recommend you get a copy and settle in for a good read. Then let the Lord speak to you about how He wants to use your unique gifts, talents, and passions to interact with moms and their families right where you are.
EXCERPTS from Jesus Is ______, a New York Times Best Seller by Judah Smith:
(From the Introduction) Over the last few years, I’ve been on a journey that has challenged stereotypes–of myself, of sin and sinners, of Jesus himself. It’s hard to describe the depth of the transformation I’ve experienced, but I do know this: I’ll never be the same again. Christianity is not about not swearing. It’s not about not having impure thoughts. Really, it’s not about not at all. Christianity is about Jesus.
About three years ago, soon after becoming the lead pastor, I sat down with the media team at my church and told them I wanted to launch a marketing campaign in our city. My goal: to get Jesus on the mind of Seattle.
I didn’t want to promote our church. I didn’t want to promote a doctrine. I just wanted people to think more about Jesus.
Out of that little meeting came the “Jesus Is _____” campaign. Our marketing consisted of billboards, bus signs, Facebook ads, bumper magnets (not stickers–people love their cars), and a website, jesus-is.org, where people could fill in the blank themselves. We also organized hundreds of what we called “Jesus Is _____ Projects”: social outreach events organized by people in our church who cleaned up parks, volunteered at schools, and did other community service projects. The premise of the campaign was simply to get people thinking about Jesus. We felt that indifference was our greatest enemy. If we could get people to think about Jesus, we reasoned, Jesus was more than able to reveal himself to them. The response was overwhelming. People have visited different pages on our website over one and a half million times. Seventy-five thousand people and counting have submitted answers to the blank.
(From Chapter 3) On this journey to understand Jesus, here are the stages as I have experienced them. Each one represents an Aha! moment (or an Oh, shoot! moment), where I realized I was living on falst assumptions of good and evil.
Stage 1. I am a good person, and I am justified in criticizing bad people.
Stage 2. I am a good person, but I should show compassion to bad people.
Stage 3. I am a sinner who needs just as much help as the next guy.
Stage 4. I am loved by Jesus, just as I am, and so is everyone else.
I have to keep reminding myself to live in stage four, because I tend to regress without even noticing.
How about getting together with another mother or two . . . or three . . . and reading through a chapter or two a week and then discussing what you felt the Lord saying to you through the pages?