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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

We’re pilgrims
July 2015
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We’re pilgrims

Our gardens are not paradise; our homes are not the Father’s house on high; our comforts are not our heaven; our resting places are not the everlasting rest! We must not rest contented here below. We have not come to that promised land of which God has spoken to us in his covenant. If we were mindful of the place from which we came out, truly we have had many opportunities to return. But we are not mindful of it — our whole desire lies in the opposite direction. Our citizenship rights and civic privileges connect us with a city whose jewelled walls and shining...

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July 2015
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God-honouring evangelism (2)

Continued from God-honouring evangelism (1) How important it is that the main aim of evangelism is to bring glory and honour to the Lord of the church, Jesus Christ. That aim should be uppermost in our thoughts, whether we are the first link in the chain of seeking to reach a person for the Lord, or the final link. Perhaps it is in the final stage where most mistakes have been made, particularly in the last 200 years. Charles Finney Sadly, one of the chief culprits was an influential American evangelist called Charles Finney (1792–1875). Finney used all kinds of gimmicks and techniques to get...

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June 2015
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Holy Spirit power

When Jesus said that without him we can do nothing (John 15:5), he was stressing the need for a power beyond our natural abilities. That power is Holy Spirit power.

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June 2015
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Praying always

‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints’ (Ephesians 6:18) All of God’s children look for answers to their prayers, but do they always pray ‘in the Spirit’? This must be their goal, but how to attain it is their challenge. Powerful weapon Prayer is a spiritual weapon that is more powerful than the sword, bomb or pen. It is more effective than the worldwide internet and all other modes of communication in moving people to action. Martin Luther said, ‘This little word “Father”, lisped forth in prayer by...

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June 2015
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God-honouring evangelism (1)

If we were to ask the question ‘What is the most important aim in evangelism?’ we would no doubt say it is seeing souls coming to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. That is indeed a great aim to keep in mind and heart. It is such a wonderful thing when lost souls are found, when those spiritually dead are brought to new life in Christ, and when those under divine condemnation are justified by God’s free grace. God’s glory However, there should be an even higher aim in our evangelistic endeavours. It is closely related to the blessing of lives being transformed by the...

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June 2015
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Cherish your church! (2)

Continued from Cherish your church (1) ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together,  as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near’ (Hebrews 10:24-25). Last month we saw four significant reasons why Christians should cherish their church. But there are three other important reasons as well. Because every Christian thrives on encouragement Encouragement has been called ‘oxygen for the soul’ and we all know what a boost it gives us. The need for encouragement is so important that the writer of Hebrews...

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May 2015
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Redefining marriage

The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage - and for the precious lives that marriage creates.

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May 2015
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Cherish your church!

'And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near' (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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