In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage … [Read more...]
God’s government in Christ demands and brings Cultural Reformation.
This teaching stream will explore the Gospel’s cultural engagement. It will explain how the Gospel dismantles idolatrous belief systems and gradually reforms societal structures and institutions. The Gospel has historically provided the context for the development of a high culture: law and justice, political freedom, science, education, and the arts.
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In the face of an aggressive secularist vision gaining continuous momentum throughout the Western world, without a clear biblical vision of God's sovereign purpose in history it is easy to become disillusioned and discouraged, inclining Christians to either a capitulation to the culture or a pietistic retreat from it. Combating both these tendencies, these 5 books will equip … [Read more...]
Our Call At the age of 18, having been arrested by the call of God, I found myself in Bible School in Sydney. And, through the laying on of hands by the prophetic presbytery, God spoke to me confirming that call: For behold you shall be a teacher of the Word and you shall know loneliness and narrowness as I make demands upon you says the Lord. Behold you shall teach from the … [Read more...]
The question will be asked, why another commentary on Romans? First, because Romans provides the ABC's of the Gospel, it is Christianity 101. From the early church to the present day, it has been recognised as the foundational teaching of Christianity, providing the Bible's most complete statement concerning God's purpose for humankind, its fall from that purpose, and his … [Read more...]
The current emphasis on the Gospel's power to renew cities and culture is a great positive. Nevertheless, it provokes an important question. Let us assume that city and cultural renewal gain traction – which, increasingly, they will – the next question is how do we determine the ethics and laws by which a renewed and just society should be governed. As a Christian you … [Read more...]