Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. Romans 11:22 Like apostate Israel, God has given the West “a spirit of stupor” so that she has not seen nor heard (Rom. 11:8). Still reeling from the carnage of the twentieth century – … [Read more...]
This teaching stream will explore the New Reformation.
While the Reformation of the 1500s was a watershed of gargantuan proportions, reshaping the religious and geo-political landscape of Europe and indeed the world to this day, nonetheless, it was only the beginning—reformation is still in process. In the light of Scripture, issues of authority and leadership, and especially sectarianism and division, remain unresolved. This calls for a more fundamental reformation at a moral and spiritual level across the whole church.
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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation when Martin Luther, to protest the selling of "indulgences", nailed his 95 theses to the church door of Wittenberg. Little did he know that "one small step for man, would be one giant leap for mankind". It triggered a spiritual and cultural revolution that reshaped … [Read more...]
She [Israel] has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and the gold—which they used for Baal. Hosea 2:8 What a parallel to the Western church worshiping the gods of this age! We have bowed to the Baals of productivity and power. Seduced, we have pursued our plans for growth—to be the largest or fastest … [Read more...]
The malaise of the 21st century Western church, in an increasingly hostile secular culture, urges us to penetrate its cause and radically re-cast the Christian vision for the 21st century. What is required is nothing short of the recovery of the biblical vision for a kingdom-shaped ecclesia; designed and destined by God to transform entire cultures and disciple nations. Even … [Read more...]
God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 NASB He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NKJV This kind of humility is to occur: Not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and … [Read more...]