Friday, November 14, 2008

Simple yet profound...

"By preaching and presenting the grace of Jesus Christ, strongholds (law based belief systems built on religious principles and demands) are being pulled down over the minds of many people"

by Jim Hoag

-simple yet profound-

3 comments:

Jim Hoag said...

Hi Craig,
I was thinking the other day about how exhausted we all used to get (years ago as a congregation), yelling and screaming at the top of our lungs at the devil in order to "bind" him and loose the earth from his grip. What a relief to realize that the emphasis of spiritual warfare is not so much about engaging the devil as it is STANDING in the finished work of Jesus Christ and thus RESISTING the devil. When the enemy sees us clothed in the confidence of the very same righteousness of Jesus Christ, he gets us confused with Someone and he HAS to flee. No wonder Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the WHOLE armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.
P.S. We launched our church this past weekend. The Lord led us to a storefront right in the heart of the city of Burlington as our interim meeting place. We are in an area that desperately needs the life, love, power and presence of Jesus Christ. So now we can “dwell among". I pray that His uncontainable, inexhaustible grace will define us as a community and bring glory to the One who never stops pouring it out.

Matthew Daelon said...

Sort of like instead of preaching against legalism, we preach for Christ. Instead of pulling up weeds, plant a lot of grass to choke them out.

Awesome.

Craig Glenn said...

Hey Mat...good one...

Hey Jim..so glad you "launched" your church...its an awesome thing to know another "first generation grace based church" is being planted somewhere in the world...i believe the message of grace is truly going to "launch" what you are doing...its amazing to know that we preach "Christ and Him crucified" and God does the rest...PRAISE GOD...

keep going guys, were praying for you there in Vermont... ;-)