Religion vs. relationship

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Religion Relationship
Knowing about God Knowing God
“I’m doing this out of duty” “I’m doing this out of love”
Justification by works Justification by faith (Galatians 2:16)
Powered by human frailty Powered by God’s strength
Stagnation Continual growth
All about pleasing people All about the God who’s already well pleased with you
Guilt Grace
Concerns your outward appearance (Matthew 23:25-28) Concerns your heart
Destructive Creative
Yoke of slavery Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1)
Status Servanthood
Rules and rituals Faith
Comparison Humility (Luke 18:9-14)
Being a doormat for others Serving others out of your secure identity as a child of the King
Withering up Bearing good fruit (John 15:1-17)
Stumbling about in the darkness Following Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12)
Laws and legalism Justice, mercy and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23)
Steal, kill and destroy Life to the full (John 10:10)