A powerful example of how a leader prays for his people. Challenge for elders, pastors, ministry leaders. This prayer flows out of what he see the Phil church doing. Notice how love flourishes: in knowledge and depth of insight relevant to what is best, pure and what causes fruitfulness to flourish.
Christian fellowship is defined by a deep bond of unity ‘all of you share God’s grace with me’ and ‘I have you in my heart’. There is no dynamic of control or manipulation here, but sheer care for the people God has placed in Paul’s care. A profoundly Christlike image (see John 17). This affection […]
Paul’s rich prayer flows from how he sees the Gospel flourishing in people. The Philippian church is young, but it’s powering on: When God starts something he brings it to a flourishing finish. Pauls’ absolute confidence is not based in circumstance or people’s ability, but in the God who works in people. Paul’s concept of […]
God’s grace causes reality to change: people become holy, leaders become empowered, and the most palpable effect of God’s work in people is that they receive grace and peace in the Gospel. God’s work causes people, his church, and his mission to flourish. This is not success or prosperity as we understand it, but God’s […]
Easter Sunday Service The forsakenness and raw terror of Friday is on Sunday replaced with “Do not fear – he has risen”. With the voice of the angel, the grieving women are in a moment overtaken with joy, awe and wonder. While Jesus’ rising again was totally unexpected by the disciples (despite their being told […]
Solo Deo Gloria calls us to live and work for the sort of world that God delights in. This is certainly a challenge, but it’s also a glorious privilege, providing for us the most stimulating life possible! What could be better that addressing the chaos and pain around us with the love, mercy and reconciliation […]
In reformation times, the ruling of the church (tradition) were given as much authority as Scripture. Church tradition can have as much pull today, and there are a myriad other voices seeking to dominate out lives (subjective interpretation: “I feel it’s saying…” and pseudo-spiritualising “God told me this is what it means…” or even a […]
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