This past Sunday was the first sermon in a series titled, “The Way.” Throughout the New Testament we hear about the Way. Jesus said in Matthew 7: 13-14, that there is a wide way that leads to destruction which many will follow and a narrow way that leads to life which few will choose. In John 14:6, Jesus declared that He Himself is the Way.
In the early days of the church, before Christians were called Christians, they were simply referred to as “The Way.” Although we may not refer to the church or the teachings of Jesus as “The Way” today, it doesn’t negate the fact that Jesus and His teachings truly are the way to God, truth, life, love, joy, peace, unity, prayer, forgiveness, bearing fruit, service, suffering, and glory.
Webster defines the word way, as “the course taken, or to be taken, in getting from one place to another, or the ground traveled over in taking that course.” “The Way” is more than the directions to get from point A to point B, but also the journey along the way. Sometimes we lose our way because we get bad directions, have the wrong directions, or have the right directions but choose a different course. Sometimes those of us who are in “The Way” run into obstacles that others may put in our way diverting our course. Other times we who are in “The Way” get off course because we get in the way of “The Way.”
So, over the next several weeks as we go our way, in “The Way,” we will be looking at what it is we have and should be doing on “The Way.”