Identity and allegiance

15 Jul 2021 • From Bishop Richard Jackson

In the wake of England's defeat to Italy in the Euro final last Sunday, Bishop Richard considers our 'desperate hunger and need for belonging'.  Jesus teaches us that becoming his follower brings us into a community where all previous loyalties and identities are superseded.  Jesus' invitation to enter into the Kingdom of God through repentance and faith was an invitation to prioritise that sense of belonging above national and tribal identities.

As we seek to be faithful to Christ in our generation, we must -- as the writer to Hebrews says -- 'keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.'

Bishop Richard says that spiritually-vibrant churches draw people to become followers of Jesus Christ.  So how can we encourage more people to become followers?

Follow the link for a full transcript of this week's video message.