Preach Christ

July 15, 2017

When someone says, ‘You guys think you are right and everyone else wrong!‘, the answer to that is we preach Christ Jesus the Lord, not ourselves, so it’s never an issue of who is right and who is wrong, it’s whether Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, and therefore whether He is to be believed or not. Is Jesus Christ right? This is the essential question the world needs to face.

We are a third party, therefore who we are is irrelevant to the issue of who Jesus Christ is.

Yes, who we are and what we do or don’t do is vital to our credibility, but what someone else does or is does not determine who Jesus Christ is, His credibility does not hinge upon our credibility.

“For we don’t preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…” (2 Cor. 4:5a)

Welcoming GAYS?

July 15, 2017

There is a lot of confusion these days with Christians trying to figure out how they are to relate to homosexuals (the Eugene Petersen controversy, for example).

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It’s almost total confusion. The Anglican Churches latest ruling adds to the confusion, talking in ambiguous terms of “accepting” or “welcoming” them to church (which could mean anything).

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But there’s a huge difference between welcoming, being kind, respectful and considerate to people, and affirming their sin.

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Jesus reached out to the worst of sinners, and we gather they did not personally feel condemned by Him, and yet He squarely condemned their lifestyle, He faced it head on. Read what He said to them, the sinners whom He ate with.

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Similarly, a drunkard or blasphemer would be welcome at my table (to eat a meal with me) IF he does not profess to be a follower of Jesus, but he is not welcome to partake of the Table of the Lord, whatever he professes.

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He should be welcome at any church.

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But if he claims to be a Christian and is unrepentant, then he makes a mockery of Jesus, and the NT firmly commands us to remove any such people from the Assembly after 2 or 3 warnings.

Contentment

July 14, 2017

“And having food and clothing let us be therewith content.” (1 Tim. 6:8)

Contentment is the normal state for a Christian, and it’s a wonderful place to be.

And it means that whatever you do springs from a base of contentment, you are no longer the discontented looking for contentment.

There’s a total change of motivation, now.

Faith in His nature

July 14, 2017

Faith in God is faith in His nature, in His goodness. The issue in believing is always, Is God good?

For every answer

July 12, 2017

It’s important to thank the Lord for every answer to prayer.

Thoroughness

July 12, 2017

We should not be surprised with the Holy Spirit’s thoroughness in His dealings, in us the children of God.

Pray about it

July 11, 2017

If I lost the desire to pray, I would pray about that.

If I ever felt like I didn’t want to pray I would pray anyway.

As if it matters to God

July 11, 2017

If worship is truly for God’s ears alone then it’s not going to matter whether it’s in the latest style, as if that matters to God.

The covenant aspect of divine love

July 11, 2017

Here’s some thoughts on the covenant aspect of divine love:

A couple of years back a classic rocker ditched his wife after thirty years of marriage, and she wrote a heartbreaking song, “When did you stop loving me?”

This is not covenantal love.

“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church.”

Covenantal love. A love which can never end.

“Love one another, fervently,” in the Assembly.

People drift from church to church a little like our rock star who one day decided he no longer loved his wife. The “love” could be very superficial indeed if there’s no lifetime commitment to people as truly your brothers or sisters.

But a church which is a rock concert is not the kind of environment where anything other than superficial could take root.

The issue with fellowship, with assembling as the church, is covenantal love.

Yes, it’s a cliche, we are “family” and yet let’s try and experience this IN Christ, the reality as He sees it, as He establishes it.

Early in the morning

July 11, 2017

“Each morning I will look to you in heaven and lay my requests before you, praying earnestly.”

(Psalm 5:3)

The Kingdom advancing?

July 10, 2017

A comment i made on Facebook:

When people talk about “the Kingdom advancing” on earth what they often mean is a physical kingdom, not a spiritual one.

The spiritual kingdom began 2000 years ago at Jesus death, resurrection and ascension and sending the Holy Spirit.

The spiritual Kingdom will only manifest into a physical kingdom when Jesus physically (bodily) returns.

Much of this earth will soon be obliterated, and up to one third of people will die.

This is no threat to the spiritual kingdom of God, which goes on regardless.

But if one thinks the Kingdom of God is presently a physical or temporal kingdom, then they would read the Book of Revelation as a defeat of that kingdom, for during the great tribulation their physical kingdom doesn’t seem to be advancing, then Christ catches His church up to be with him and it’s as if they’ve “abandoned ship”, abandoned the physical kingdom, and thus putting an end to any physical kingdom on earth, but coming down with Jesus to establish His Kingdom forever.

Bored?

July 10, 2017

“If you are a bored Christian, you may want to check the difference between you and the Master.”    ~ Bill Johnson

There’s a grain of truth to this, yes, it’s not right for a Christian to be bored with fellowship with Jesus, but I don’t think Bill Johnson is referring to real fellowship with the Jesus of the Bible, he means Christians should be excited with fake and counterfeit manifestations, and if they’re not having these fake manifestations then they’re bored.

I would say, rather, if you find people like Bill Johnson and their fake manifestations very boring it is probably because you know Jesus Christ personally.

The deepest part

July 9, 2017

For the regenerated, in-Christ, born again person, the place where God dwells is in your spirit, and therefore this is where you interface with God, from the deepest part of your being, your spirit, so the fountain of life springs from the deepest part, not the shallow, not the surface.

Effective

July 9, 2017

One of the paradoxes, and the genius of God, is that God’s word is effective even when it’s spoken or taught by people who don’t know God.

The deception of the world

July 9, 2017

The deception of the world is to think that you have life, or a life, apart from Jesus Christ.

Don’t let it bring you down

July 8, 2017

If Christ has raised you up, why would you let anyone or anything bring you down?

Generating your own wave to surf

July 8, 2017

Self-generated Christianity is just as doomed to failure and frustration as a surfer trying to generate his own waves.

Kind of trapped in a contradiction

July 8, 2017

Man can’t escape the fact that he either believes God’s word, or he believes somebody elses  word,  or he believes  his own word,  he’s kinda trapped.

Can he talk you out of it?

July 8, 2017

“If John MacArthur can talk you out of believing in miracles, healing and every other gift of the Spirit, you put way too much trust in the teachings of men. When God’s Word contradicts the teachings of men, men are wrong, no matter what their fan-base says.”

~ EJ Lear

No one is bored there

July 7, 2017

Heaven is the only place in the Universe people never get bored.