Religion is all about following rituals and rules, but Jesus had something different in mind.  Whereas religion says, “I obey, therefore I’m accepted.  The Gospel says, I’m accepted, therefore I obey.”  Religion says you can save yourself and is another gospel.” The gospel is not only a message that saves people for eternal life, but a message that restores broken people.  It’s a message of freedom that transforms from the inside out.  Grace brings freedom from performing for God, freedom from condemnation, freedom from slavery and freedom to follow Jesus by the power of the Spirit.  Jesus calls us to follow him, and allow His grace to work through us.