The Christian Army has a dreadful tendency to turn its guns on its own soldiers and then bury the wounded. In Romans 14 Paul deals with this issue and how to heal the self inflicted wounds of division.
If only the Church could learn and employ the true “charisma” the gifts of grace, given by the Holy Ghost our congregations would be future proofed against carnal strife and division. The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (e) God’s Grace Gifts to his Church Romans 12:6-8 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is givenContinue reading “God’s Grace Gifts to the Church; Romans Part 62”
A key aspect of this chapter which deals with Christian Behaviour is the teaching concerning the use of our gifts for the benefit of the Church family. Before we can begin using these gifts with success, however, it is necessary that we understand what the Church is.
The Characteristics of Christian Behaviour (c) The Self Awareness of the Christian Mind Romans 12:3 In teaching the Roman Christians how they ought to behave Paul begins with the surrender of the body (v1) before progressing to the dedication of the mind (v2). In so doing, he is laying an important foundation, for practical ChristianContinue reading “CHRISTIAN SELF AWARENESS; Romans Part 60”
Psalm 2 King of Kings While the 1st Psalm presents Christ as the “Blessed Man” (or ‘the happy, peaceful man who is pure in all his ways’) the 2nd Psalm introduces our Saviour as the King. Old Testament scholars have conjectured that this was a song composed for the coronation of a Jewish King, perhapsContinue reading “PSALM 2 – KING OF KINGS”
There was nothing as common to the people of the east as the olive tree. The olive was a rich source of food and oil and as such provided a steady income for the farmer. Therefore the Apostle lifts up this humble example and uses it to reinforce the truth concerning God’s Plan for Israel.Continue reading “THE OLIVE TREE; Romans Part 55”
The same God who preserves Israel also preserves his Church. As our western society becomes engulfed by materialism and secularism and as the Church appears to be constantly on the back foot we can easily despair. Yet there is no need, God will preserve his Church in our nation and across Europe. There will alwaysContinue reading “FIVE REASONS WHY GOD PRESERVES HIS PEOPLE; Romans Part 53”
Paul now deals with the principles that every missionary and evangelistic effort must keep to the fore if we are to be biblical in our approach. EVANGELISTIC PRINCIPLES Romans 10:14-21 In this chapter which deals with the means thatContinue reading “SIX PRINCIPLES FOR THE EVANGELISTIC CHURCH;Romans Part 52”
In the Roman World the Church was the only body to offer a alternative to the ruthless religious and social sectarianism that divided the Jew from the Gentile. Today Christianity remains the only body to offer the world the true message of peace under Christ the Prince of Peace.
THE VALUE OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE Ephesians 5:22-33 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so letContinue reading “THE VALUE OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE”