Brief Thought on Evangelism

Evangelism: “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness” – according to google’s definition.

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Heaven and earth are both important in God’s plan for people- eternal life starts now!

As far as I understand it means the sharing of our hope in Christ with others, so they can know Him, and his Father, now and experience His power and Spirit in their lives immediately, as well as knowing Him in paradise for all eternity afterwards.  Continue reading

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Our Father’s Attitude to Us

https://i1.wp.com/blog.adw.org/wp-content/uploads/father-and-son.jpgDear Brothers and Sisters, when Jesus came out of the water of baptism, our Father declared: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased“.  That is the Father’s attitude to His true children.  Indeed, “in Christ Jesus [we] are all children of God through faith“, which means that our Father has the same attitude towards us*.  He is pleased with us.  He looks on us and says He is happy with what He sees!  However miserable a job we are doing (and sometimes I am doing a fairly miserable job of being a Christian), He not only loves us and forgives us but has an attitude of joy and pleasure in who we are. 
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What Came First- The Feeling or The Doctrine?

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress, demonstrating printed pages as a storage medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do we realise how much our feelings guide us?  Here is a very general way to not read the Bible:

1) read the text and intake via the eye into the brain what is said,

2) have a gut reaction (feeling) and say “God can’t mean that/has to mean the opposite of that”

3) arrange a logical argument with our mind that backs up our feeling, often giving it the best possible motives (“it can’t apply now”, “it stands to reason”, “that was Bible times”…)

4) re-regard the text and summarise that it is a) incomprehensible (“beyond our understanding”) or b) nonsense (“legend”, “poetry”)

The middle two steps here (heart and mind) are not wrong, but they are in the wrong place and (4) is well, how can I put this tactfully… Wrong!

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Grace, Freedom and Faith

Grace and Hope

Grace and Hope (Photo credit: Crysco Photography)

OK, I’m trying to sought out my own thoughts on this as I type… but this generally comes from reading the book “You’ve Already Got It” by Andrew Wommack.  I was particularly impressed by his handling of grace and faith as these are often falsely dealt with as if they are opposed and you must choose a side, when actually we are saved by grace through faith.  The two ideas are opposed but only as your fingers and thumb are opposed, with which you can grasp anything!

We are given (by grace) all that we need.  Every sin is paid off- so no amount of guilt has any right to hold us (would you be in debt if someone had paid off all your debts already- would you try and pay it again?).  This is why there is no condemnation in Christ.  More than this we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing by Christ already.  Even our healings are already paid for.  This bears dwelling upon: Continue reading

Galatians and the Law

The Problem

Galatians is a great book: read it!  There are also no “o”s in the name, which caused me no end of difficulty writing this.  It is a letter to a part of the church, people who know the Truth but are turning away from it:  “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel” (Amplified Bible: Galatians 1:6).  These are Christians then, but Christians who are being tempted to cease their obedience to God and to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (NIV: Galations 5:1).  Reading the rest of the book, it is fairly obvious that this refers to the Law, and trying very hard to be justified before God by their own efforts (see Galatians 5:2-4 for example). Continue reading