Tuesday, May 03, 2016
This was the headline yesterday when Leicester City Football Club finally won the Premier League. Congratulations to them and their fans. It's quite a feat and a well deserved accomplishment.
The Daily Telegraph reports "NIne months ago, the odds being offered on Leicester City winning the Premier League title were identical to the quoted odds on Elvis Presley being found alive this year: 5,000-1. Elvis is yet to turn up, but Leicester, who defined the term “rank outsider”, have achieved the impossible, after an adverse result for their only remaining rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, handed them the title with two games to spare. Spurs’ 2-2 draw in a thrilling match against Chelsea means they can no longer catch the league leaders. In an era when football fans accept that only the richest clubs stand any chance of success, unfashionable Leicester’s achievement will go down as one of the greatest in any sport".
It's a great story but I contest not the greatest story that has ever been told - that is reserved for another timeless person and issue - the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here are some verses from the Bible that summarise this great and life changing story:
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1 John 4:14
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
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Monday, May 02, 2016
I believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, and that God gave it as the only guide for salvation and for churches and individuals to live by (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Surprisingly, this is not the case with all Christians or religious groups. Many would be taken aback to learn that their preachers, if pressured, would admit they do not believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God.
Some doubt the creation account (Genesis 1–3), saying that Adam and Eve are invented characters.
Some deny that Noah built a literal ark to survive a global flood (Genesis 6–9).
Moses parting the Red Sea? Only an overexcited writer embellishing a boring exodus account (Exodus 14:21–30).
Jonah and the fish? A fish fairy tale.
Prophecies foretelling events in Jesus’ life? Just coincidences!
Feeding five thousand? Just a boy’s generosity inspiring people to share what they had hoarded (John 6:1–14).
Walking on water? He knew where the rocks were (Mark 6:48).
Virgin-born (Matthew 1) and third-day resurrected? (Matthew 28). Just legends.
There is no middle ground when it comes to the Bible: Either it is a fraud and should all be rejected, or it is from God and should all be accepted. It claims inspiration (2 Peter 1:21); it claims perfection (Psalm 19:7). Strong evidence supports it, such as fulfilled prophecies, prescientific statements, freedom from contradictions, honest portrayal of heroes, brevity of expression, and archeological/manuscript evidence.
We cannot choose what we deem acceptable. That puts man over Scripture instead of Scripture over man. Augustine said, “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
Since the Bible has not changed—and must all be preached (Acts 20:26–27)—we should still speak against such sins as abortion (Proverbs 6:17), adultery (Romans 13:9), animal cruelty (Deuteronomy 25:4; Proverbs 12:10), child abuse (Matthew 18:6; Titus 2:4), civil disobedience (Romans 13:1–6), cursing (Colossians 3:8), fornication (Colossians 3:5), hatred (Proverbs 10:12), homosexuality (Romans 1:18–32), hypocrisy (Luke 12:1), immodest dress (1 Timothy 2:9), judging (Matthew 7:1), lying (Colossians 3:9), poor stewardship (money, environment) (1 Corinthians 4:2), pornography (Matthew 5:8, 28), pride (Proverbs 6:16–17), racism (Acts 10:34), rape (Deuteronomy 22:25), self-righteousness (Matthew 5:20), and social drinking (Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18).
Christians and churches should have a vision to preach God's word and to carry the gospel to the whole world?
Filled with aspiration and longing for heaven, Christian churches have the true hope to share with others. World evangelism has always been the church’s major task and joy (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15).
God is so kind and gracious. He wants to bless us. He wants to save us. He does not want a single person to be lost (1 Timothy 2:4). He gave His word to bring salvation through His Son to us.
Please consider this a personal invitation to you from God.
A significant amount of the content this blog has been gleaned from resources on the Internet. The writer believes that these quotes are based on the word of God (i.e. the Bible)
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
Many years ago God made a final offer to the nation of Israel. They had rejected His Son and decided that they knew better than to follow what God had revealed to them in the Bible (the Old Testament). In the early days of the Christian Church God sent preachers to the nation of Israel to warn them to change their thinking about Jesus, to repent, and turn back to God.
Here is the passage from Acts chapter 3 which records this
God appeals to these people, through Peter the Apostle. They had rejected Jesus unintentionally and the offer is for them to repent and trust Christ for salvation and forgiveness. They refused and for generations the message of the gospel has been sent out to the nations of the world. One day God will bless Israel again but they face many days of trouble before then.
Maybe you have been rejecting Jesus for a long time. God is willing to give you the opportunity to repent and believe the gospel.
God does not promise that these opportunities to repent will always be available. In Genesis chapter six God warned people that His Spirit would not always strive with man. When people harden their heart against God then at some stage God leaves them to face the consequences of their unbelief - read Romans chapter one to see this illustrated.
Thankfully we live in the period of time which Christians often call the 'Day of Grace'. The Bible states in 2 Cor 6:2 that now 'is the day of salvation'. You can still get saved while you are alive on earth. It's too late on the other side of death. God will close the offer of salvation to you when Jesus comes again - then it will be time for judgment.
This is such a vital issue you cannot afford to ignore it!
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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Doesn't time fly! It hardly seems two minutes since I left home to head for London. Plans made, objectives set and great anticipation as I looked forward to sharing good news with the people of London.
Realistically I know you cannot reach many people in a two week period. But telling people that they can be forgiven, their guilt can be removed, they can have peace with God is worthwhile whether you tell 20 people or 2,000 people.
I enjoy the privilege of sharing the gospel. Despite the fact that many people don't want to know! Despite the fact that lots of people get very agitated and angry when I raise the issues of God, Jesus, life, sin, death, our accountability, the day of judgment etc. It raises temperatures and people get hot under the collar. They are often indignant that I have the audacity to talk about such personal and private issues.
The question is - Are these issues totally private? Are they only for personal discussion? The answer is yes and no! At a very simple level Christians believe that it is essential to warn and help people when they are in danger. That's why Christians have started hospitals, changed laws, developed social improvements and worked for the good of society.
Imagine if I had the only treatment for a disease and you had the disease but were unaware that you were ill. Would I be cruel or kind if I ignored you and didn't do the following - 1. Make you aware of your illness and 2. Offer you the treatment? Common sense says that even if I am intruding in your private world in the long run I'm trying to help you.
Here's another example. I am walking away from a cliff edge. Fog has fallen. You are heading towards the cliff edge but you are blind and unaware of both the fog and the cliff edge. What am I going to do? Maintain my distance, ignore you and leave you alone or step across the privacy line and warn you of your potential danger.
In both cases I think the answer is obvious!
The truth is I am addressing matters of eternal significance. Everything else only affects this life - these matters are enormous as decisions made in this life cannot be reversed when we cross the line of death.
Personal and private matters often need input from others so that we make good decisions. For instance you consult others when making big decisions in life. Whether it's health, finances, career, relationships and so much more it is almost impossible to make good decisions on your own. We often need input and information from people who know more than us to make good choices.
So as I close I leave you with probably the most well advertised verse in the Bible - John 3:16.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life".
If you get the truth of this verse it will literally change you forever. May it be so!