Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Contending for what we have of value with all that we have is one of the first rules of life. Our Christian Faith is so valuable that it’s worth protecting and fighting for. Christian Faith (a worldview) is the body of what we hold to be true; which affect the way we interpret and interact with our world. Our Christian Faith is what gives impetus to our Salvation Experience. 1) Contend for THE FAITH - protect and preserve the essential truths of the gospel is our paramount responsibility as Christians. 2) Confronted with a dangerous situation. The destructive influence of unsuspected ungodly characters in our midst. The danger of coming short of God’s best for us. Unbelief and empty religion; pursuit of selfish interests motivated by greed and; Desire for power and disregard of God’s appointed order of things, leading to rebellion. 3) Combat strategically. Remember the Word. Keep praying in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. 4) Confident in the keeping power of God.
If God did the unthinkable for us when we were undeserving, try to imagine what He can do for us now that we’re citizens with His people and members of His household. 1) Alienated from God - Worldliness (concerned with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence). 2) Made alive by God’s grace. Five gracious acts of God; Blessed (with all the benefits of knowing Him) John 8:31-32; 17:3, Chosen (for greatness) (1 Peter 2:9-10); Predestined for adoption (Hebrews 2:5-11), Redeemed (from the empty way of life handed down to us by the culture we’ve been brought up in). 1 Peter 1:17-19, Enlightened, John 9:25 .3. 3) Empowered by Grace. Three forces to live by; Faith, Hope and Love. 4) Given full access to the mystery of Christ. Through (because of) Christ, the Captain of our Salvation, we have access to God’s best. Because God can do far more than you think; venture more on his power and love, less on your plans and strategies. In order to flow in the supernatural we need to adjust: our picture of God, our understanding of the power of God over the church, and our appreciation of the love of God, in Christ, for the church
God has called us from where we are and has given us the promise of greatness. But en route to greatness, there are three things that he expects from us: 1) Sacrificial Living 2) To Get Out of Potiphar’s House 3) To Pursue His Knowledge
Its is not your project that will stop the project of God. Your walk is the fulfillment of the word. When you have a great destiny with God: 1) People will desert you. When you are alone the ground is free for the Lord to come land. This is because Jesus is for those that have no one. 2) God will look at your reaction towards those who have deserted you. You need to learn to forgive and forget people who have forsaken you. Just as Joseph forgave his brothers. 3) Guarantee of the presence of God (John 21:6). The greatest gift is the presence of God. 4) God will rescue you - he will make you escape. On the way to your destiny you will experience disappointment, betrayal and attracts. However, with God you will come out victorious.
Our Christian Humanity is: anchored to Jesus Christ the
ultimate reality. Which gives
us markers that help locate our salvation. It is located in our shared salvation as well as our common humanity. Expressed by being God’s instrument
supernaturally capacitated to
reach our generation with His
love. Christianity as a way of life is counter-cultural in at least four
major areas: attitude, motives, priorities and values. Yet, our Sovereign Lord has entrusted us with the noblest mission to reach and win the world with His love. We have been made victorious: when we got born-again. When we decided to take the word seriously. The best and most fulfilling life is that of love and obedience. "When the cause is big enough the cost is irrelevant” - Dr. Ramesh Richard. And lastly when we chose to walk by faith rather than by sight. Faith in God gives us capacity to overcome the world.
Scripture alone, is one of the five solas (landmarks) of our Christianity. Scripture is the ultimate truth and authority. It should be flawless, not mixed with anyone's ideas. The word has to be preached in and out of season for three purposes: correct, rebuke and encourage. We need to hold on to the word, attack and not only wait to defend. As attack is the best defense (2 Timothy 4: 3-4 & Matthew 22:41-46).
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
In order for us to engage in warfare we must have the appropriate weapons. The holy spirit is the weapon of our warfare. Jesus functioned in the framework of the holy spirit. How do we engage in warfare? 1) Dwell in the scriptures. The word of God is the wisdom that we need to navigate through the meanders of life. 2) Prayer. There are many outlets of power: through our Lips, Service, Money and Prayer. But prayer knows no limits and it works in the natural and supernatural. 3) Total surrender to the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility as a church is: Consecration - to be set apart as instruments in God’s hands. To commit to the cause - to bring one more to Jesus, to push more boundaries and to offend and defend.
Landmarks bring meaning and expression to our Christian Humanity. Landmarks should never be equated to boundaries. Boundaries can be moved for the glory to God. 1) We are God’s instruments in this present age. We must be usable instruments - be global citizens and thinkers that are able to move boundaries. For life to be renewed, God needs man for it to happen. 2) We must reach this World with the Word. The only seed that brings the life of God is the Word. It is when the Word comes into contact with the world the world changes. 3) We need to be supernaturally capacitated. In order for us to successfully study the culture and context of where we live.
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Our Christian humanity is Anchored in Jesus Christ because he is: The ultimate reality, The only God-Man
& The real source of inspiration. Our Christian humanity is Located in: Our shared Salvation & Our common humanity. Our Christian humanity must maintain critical landmarks in order to give it meaning and expression. Five markers of location: Scripture alone, Faith alone, Grace alone, Christ alone & Glory of God alone. Disturbances of location:
Agnosticism, Rationalism, Formalism & Humanism. Landmarks unlike boundaries should never be moved. Our Christian humanity must never turn these wonderful landmarks into boundaries.
Sun, May 28, 2017
Christian life is never by convenience but always by commitment. Drifting away is a real danger to anyone who will not commit to anchor his life on something solid - primarily the consequence of ignorance and neglect. One then becomes an easy prey to the winds and the waves caused by our biggest foes; the world, the flesh, and the devil. Our salvation was secured by a great Saviour at a great cost from a great penalty. Our Christian Humanity: 1. Finds its root in the fact that our Lord Jesus is the ultimate reality 2. Finds its meaning in the fact that our Lord Jesus is fully God and fully man 3. Finds its expression in the fact that our Lord Jesus is the perfect example and inspiration