So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to your neighbor, who is better than you." 1 Sam 15:28 Saul lost the kingdom and it was given to one better than he—to David. This transition from Saul to David typically represents a major shift currently occurring in the church. It is not so much which group we are in, but … [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
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field ... Matthew 13:44 The laws of the Kingdom of God are contrary to the ways of men. Hidden from the casual seeker, the kingdom of God is not superficial to be stumbled upon. It does not lie on the surface and is not obvious—it is "like a treasure hidden in the field". It is in fact, concealed, obscured from … [Read more...]
Truly you are a God who hides himself ... Isaiah 45:15 The hiddenness of God is one of the greatest paradoxes of the spiritual life. On the one hand, he is the self-revealing God who delights to communicate with man, but on the other, he hides himself. God is a mystery. An anonymous fourteenth century divine refers to this as, the Cloud of Unknowing. The psalmist cries out … [Read more...]
... he was looking for the city ... whose architect and builder is God Hebrews 11:10 There is an architecture of the Spirit which will build the city of God. It is not what many of us have thought of as “The New Testament Pattern”, nor is it “The New Apostolic Reformation”. And it is definitely not “The Local Church”, or even “The Organic Church”! It is rather an artistry … [Read more...]
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:3 JRR Tolkien's classic, The Lord of the Rings, captures the essence of the kingdom quest. Frodo Baggins, a humble Hobbit, is entrusted with the carrying of the one ring to the land of Mordor where he casts it into the Crack of Doom, destroying the Dark Lord and his reign forever. He thereby rescues Middle … [Read more...]