In understanding the biblical role of church and state – and its implications for homosexuality – we must first understand the transformational nature of God’s kingdom. Christ is not only “head over all things to the church” (Eph 1:22), but also “ruler of kings on earth” (Rev 1:5). Through Christ’s resurrection and ascension he has been given “all authority in heaven and on … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores walking in God’s Ways, as a Christian believer, but also as a society.
What are God’s ways? Certainly not ours as we pride oursleves on doing it "my way", and this is despite news media daily broadcasting the result—accelerating societal breakdown. God’s ways are therefore not only personal, but societal and ethical; they are the knowledge of God and his law for all humankind practically applied; they are wisdom for living.
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God’s ways therefore involve:
- Law and Gospel
- Social Ethics
- Path to Maturity
- Life in the Spirit
- Bible Characters
For many it is argued, “We are not under law but under grace!” (Rom 6:14). Likewise, Paul declares, “I died to the law so that I might live for God” (Gal 2:19; also Rom 7:6; 1 Cor 9:20). Therefore, the Old Testament law has been abolished, they claim, including the laws concerning homosexuality. And yet, Paul affirms that “the law is holy, and the commandment holy, righteous … [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...]
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh Galatians 5:16 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death Romans 8:2 We know that our old self [anthropos - man] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to … [Read more...]
Why do we study key Bible characters who walked in God’s ways? For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 Their failures and successes are examined to discover the keys to an experiential knowledge of God: his character and his ways. It … [Read more...]