Marriage is a physical symbol of a spiritual reality. The apostle uses the same analogy when addressing the church in the city of Corinth: I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 2 Corinthians 11:2 God’s Nature Demonstrated through Marriage The Bible, therefore, treats very … [Read more...]
This teaching stream will explore Restoration History.
Because God’s purpose is to restore the cosmos, he will first restore his church. Tragically within the first several centuries the church fell from its high destiny, particularly through its Constantinian settlement. Nonetheless, God's work of re-formation and restoration began, accelerating through the Reformation of the 16th century and progressessing through various moves of God.
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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...]
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...]
Every good business does a stocktake towards the end of the financial year to ascertain their position. We have been doing the same, except our stock is not physical product—it’s the spiritual riches that God has entrusted to us. After more than 45 years of Christian experience and service we find ourselves reviewing and evaluating, not only our personal journey, but also the … [Read more...]
But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, “Restore!” Isaiah 42:22 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who … [Read more...]