In an age of distraction, governed by the pragmatic principle 'whatever works is right', what place does prayer have in our personal and church life? Is it really that important? Shouldn't we just get on with the 'real' work of the church; whether in personal and familial living, church equipping and programming, or cultural engagement and transformation? Luther once said: … [Read more...]
Path to Maturity
This teaching stream will explore God’s plan for our maturation—the Path to Maturity.
Israel was called out of Egypt to go through the Wilderness and into the Land. Entering the the Land represents the church ultimately receiving its kingdom inheritance over the earth, fulfilling the Cultural Mandate (Gen 1:28; Mtt 28:18-20). Nonetheless, personally and corporately, learning the lessons of the Wilderness is the process of qualification—the Path to Maturity.
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Teaching from Hebrews 12:1-15, Ern outlines 4 key ingredients to a successful walk of faith, illustrating the processive nature and necessity of faith. With pathos and humour, he illuminates the sovereign dealings of God in the totality of our lives – the tribulations and the triumphs – that are purposed to bring us to maturity. … [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...]
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Psalms 25:4 To fear the Lord is to be taught of the Lord. In fact, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But this wisdom is so beyond human ken it must be supernatural. Therefore, only by imbibing the “spirit of the fear of the Lord” (Isa 11:2) will we be filled with the desire and the ability to learn His … [Read more...]
... And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel ... Jeremiah 48:11 The call to go on with God is a call to be poured from vessel to vessel. Our willingness to embrace change, to be poured from one vessel to another, is integral to spiritual development. Our transformation into the image of Christ comes through a history of inner abandonment to the high call of God —to … [Read more...]