Together #forSalem
Together #forSalem
The Problem with Religion (Ep 60)

For many, the idea of religion brings up negative feelings and thoughts. And for good reason: religion has been used to control and manipulate people for thousands of years. We see in the Gospels that Jesus created his Church to be something completely different. But if that is the case, why does the American Church seem so religious? How can we get back to what Jesus intended from the beginning?

Episode Breakdown:
0:45 30 seconds of welcoming
1:30 The Problem with Religion, w/ Jon
32:00 A Plea for Tacos
37:00 Secret Bloopers every week if ya know ya know

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▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Letter to the Galatians (Listen?)
Colossians 2:6-23

▶ Additional Resources:
Future Church– Will Mancini and Corey Hartman
Irresistible– Andy Stanley
Andy Stanley: Brand New, Part 1- Letting Go 
Andy Stanley: Brand New, Part 3- Recycled
Andy Stanley: Starting Point, Part 8- Invitation 
Crosscreek’s Jesus vs. Religion Series

Music we listened to making this episode:
Troublemaker– Weezer
Wake– Lauren Daigle
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix

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  1. How have you seen God working in the lives of yourself & others this week?
  2. What stood out to you most in this week’s message? Were there any portions that were confusing or bothersome? Discuss reactions and highlights together.
  3. Read Matthew 11:28-30. What does this mean for you individually and us as a group of Jesus followers?
  4. In the context of being simply free to love this week, how can your group pray for you?