Tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity Fourth, she must reject her tribalism and sectarianism for apostolic unity. This is not to deny that God sets the solitary within families (Ps 68). God has ordained that his people dwell together as families, and as tribes, and as an entire holy nation. Nevertheless, where the more basic configurations degenerate into schisms and … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores the nature of the church as a Covenant Community.
The church is not a building, nor an institution, but a divinely constituted community of covenanted people—one body in one faith under one Lord. The covenant, as the constitution of God's government, is also the constitution of the redeemed community. To “Love the Lord and our neighbour as ourselves” is not only the fulfilling of the covenant, but also the 'oneness' for which Jesus prayed that "the world may believe" (Jn 17:21). Hence, to obey the covenant is to put to death our divisions and denominationalism.
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Experientialism and false prophecy for the Scriptures Third, she must reject experientialism and false prophecy for the Scriptures. This is not to deny the subjective experience of the living God and the biblical exercise of the charismata. But it is to discern between this and absolutizing subjective experience above him and, thus, false dependence on prophets and prophecy. … [Read more...]
Covering both the personal and ecclesial dimensions of the power and purpose of praise, this teaching is a timely reminder, in the midst of the COVID Lockdown, as to why the Church must assemble together. With Baxterian humour and rhetoric, Ern outlines 7 reasons why we should praise the Lord. … [Read more...]
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” 1 Corinthians 11:26 This Easter we consider the radical nature of this covenantal meal, particularly in a culture that is increasingly hostile to the Christian witness. Even though many national governments have decreed "lock-down" because of COVID-19, the kingdom of God is … [Read more...]
In the face of the ugliness of a sin ravaged world, mired in wars and bloodshed, despair and disease, brokenness and corruption, Ern illuminates the beauty of God’s plan. This plan, purposed before time, began in Eden, continued in Canaan, and was fulfilled in the coming of Christ. With the inauguration of Christ’s kingdom on earth through his atoning work, God’s Spirit-filled … [Read more...]