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...]
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
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...]
God’s plan is for our maturation. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1 Israel was called out of Egypt to go through the Wilderness and into the Land. The perennial problem of God’s people is that they find an oasis, an emphasis of truth or a supernatural experience, and camp there instead of continuing the … [Read more...]
Theonomy (theo – God, nomos – law, meaning God’s law). Historically the Christian movement has been beset by two significant heresies: Marcionism and Antinomianism. Around AD 144 Marcion dualistically represented the God of the Old Testament as a vengeful tyrant, while the superior God of the New Testament was one of love and forgiveness—and never shall the two meet. This … [Read more...]