Wednesday, September 30, 2009
1. We need to preach the gospel of grace that Paul preached – it liberates God’s people.
2. We must have a desperate hunger for more of God’s glory Presence.
3. We mustn’t be afraid of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
4. We must not be afraid of what man says – especially religious men! We must not be afraid of the rejection!"
Rob Rufus - Glory and Grace conference -Holland 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
For those of you who are interested...our church website has gone live (finally!)....
Feel free to browse...you can download audios (nothing but grace) on the "Resources" pg.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here's a thought...would an increase in my faith help me to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age"...answer YES.
So why didn't Paul say this..."Build your faith, because increased faith levels help us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age"
i believe the reason he didn't say that is because when we "know" and "understand" grace (the gospel of grace) it will increase our faith and thus help us to say NO...
Acts 20:32...32"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
What will build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified? The word of His grace obviously...because he says "which"...if he said "who" then we would have said he's referring to God, but he says which, which tells us he's referring to "the word of his grace"...
the word of his grace builds us up and gives us an inheritance...but some will say, surely faith is needed for that...of course its needed...BUT...then why didn't Paul say that...why say the word of his grace...because... grace comes before faith...grace was there long before i believed!
When i understand (see through my spiritual eye's) grace, i respond in faith....How did i get saved?...the same way, someone preach the gospel to me, i started to see "grace", i.e. Jesus on the cross, what he had done for me, the lengths he went for me...and a response was faith on my part and salvation followed...
Preach grace and faith follows....simple
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
"Tim Keller makes a critical point. Too often as preachers we preach a gospel that moves people from rebel to legalist. We so easily preach so that younger sons become older sons, but somehow miss the glory of the father’s prodigious grace in humiliating himself for the sake of both sons.
Let us be careful to distinguish rebellious sin and moralistic self-righteousness (still sin), from true grace. We cannot overstate the danger of preaching that turns worldly rebels into pew-filling moralists, but fails to preach the unique distinctive of grace that only the Christian gospel has to offer."
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Look at the law of God, and measure its requirements. Does it not ask of every man a perfect, unsinning obedience from first to last, in thought and word and deed, without one single failure in the slightest jot or tittle? And where is the son or daughter of Adam who can say, "All this I have performed"? Who is not conscious of a daily falling short in everything he does? I do not speak so much of thieves and liars and adulterers and drunkards and the like—for these are walking towards hell, leaning on Satan's arm. I speak rather of those who do not live in gross vices. I would even take the case of the best Christian among ourselves, and ask him if he can name a single day on which he has not sinned in many things. Oh, how much he would tell you of wandering in his prayers, of defilement in his thoughts, of coldness toward God, of lack of love, of pride, of evil tempers, of vanity, of worldly-mindedness! And all, remember, in the heart of one of those few who are traveling in the narrow way which leads unto life. And how shall we then believe, though all the world persuade us to the contrary, that man can ever purchase his acceptance in the sight of God? So true are the words of that clear-sighted witness the apostle Paul, "By the deeds of the law shall no flesh living be justified."
Monday, September 7, 2009
I like this...the bible says the Law was given though Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jesus' message was grace and truth, truth being that he was full of grace, inseparable from grace...the church has so often taken grace OUT of Jesus' teachings, when in fact his teachings were grace...because He is grace.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
....that's why its so important that the leaders in the church first get a revelation of this truth (the gospel of grace) and then preach it continuously. Grace is not a series to casually breeze over and go onto the next thing. No, grace Is the thing. Its the only thing...nothing but the gospel of grace has the miracle-working mind-transforming renewing power that is needed to awaken the sleeping beauty called the Bride of Christ and by Gods doing its beginning to happen. Grace is being preached everywhere with more and more power and people are coming into it. Its a revolution that is taking place, a theological reformation on what the gospel is. A returning to the Pauline gospel. Many are being persecuted and disowned for doing so, but its OK, because God is with them, He is doing it...and it is awesome...
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
… that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
... so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favour You will surround him as with a shield.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The labour of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.
The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.
The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous, good shall be repaid. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.
The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.
Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009