Friday, April 25, 2008

Bus Ministry: Saving Souls for Christ

I am part of a developing team who have a growing vision for Bus Ministry in our town. We would like to raise money for a bus to see it used for example, as a Christian centre/drop in for mums and dads taking their children to school in the morning, for Christian activity for children after school and youth work in the evening.

I am convinced that God will use it to save souls for Christ and it will help to bring the crime rates down in some of our more difficult estates. How wonderful it will be when we see whole families realise their need to turn away from their sin and turn to Christ Jesus!; when whole families come to know the joy of their salvation! I really do believe God is saying that this work will have a huge impact in our area.
Please pray and watch this space!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Priests who talk dirty

'But among you there should not even be a hint of sexual imorality ... nor should there be obsenity, foolish talk or coarse joking which are out of place' Ephesians 5: 3-4

(This is an edited version of my original post)

The Bible makes it clear that it is wrong for Christians, especially leaders in the church to swear and get involved in obscene talk and sexual innuendo. Unfortunately it is my (recent and past) experience that this too often happens. I would even go as far as saying that in the Church of England this is endemic and I would call for Priests to repent of this! I have known people to walk away from church because there was no fruit in the lives of the leaders. I have also known people who have been very hurt by sexual comments of leaders in the church.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I am THE way THE truth and THE life and 'Indigo Children'

One thing that gets my goat is the typical post modern attitude of 'What's true for you is fine - its true to you - but it is not necessarily true to me.' This of course is utter nonsense. Truth is truth is truth!

Some time ago there was an article in the Metro paper about 'Indigo children'
Apparently Indigo Children:
* Have an indigo aura around them
* Can read your thoughts
* Can see the future
* Know when you are lying
* Have heightened senses
* Are the next step in the evolution of mankind
* Tend to be disobedient and are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD
*'The special powers of indigo children make them 'older' than the adults around them. They have come to us at this time because we
need old souls to help with the survival of the planet.'
* In short are here to save the planet

I do not know whether this looks like true teaching to you? Apart from the fact that I would rather have someone who is without sin to bring salvation than a disobedient child! Indigo children is new age teaching of today - but we know by tomorrow - these people might well have jumped on another merry go round of belief.

Jesus is quite clear in his teaching. When he says 'I am THE way THE truth and THE life' and that 'no one comes to the Father except through me' he means exactly that. There is only one way to the Father, only one truth and only one source of life and Jesus is the answer to all three.

David in Psalm 119 gives us clear indication as to the essentials of truth:

(1) Truth will always bring you close to God:
v 151: Yet you are near Lord and all your commands are true

(2) Truth is forever and unmovable:
v 89: Your word O Lord is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens
v 91: Your word endures to this day
v144: Your word is forever true

(3) The truth is absolutely and completely true or not true at all
v160: The sum (totality) of your word is truth

Hans Kung said: 'The church which abandons the truth, abandons itself.' How true!

But worse still - the church that abandons the truth abandons Jesus!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Christians on fire for God

A few days ago my wife and I were visited by two friends whom we were involved in seeing make a strong commitment of their lives to Jesus after some mission work that I did in Sheffield last year. It was lovely to see how they are on fire for God, to hear how they are enjoying some serious Bible study and that God has started to use them in (and out!) of their local church.

I remember during that mission that God was telling us that through it He was going to have an eternal impact on people's lives. He certainly wasn't wrong and our friends June and Julian are a testimony to that!

But that is what is happening when we step out of the church and evangelise the community. We are having eternal impact on peoples lives! Think about it!