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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 104,534 square miles. New Zealand comprises the North and South Islands (separated by the Cook Strait), and numerous smaller islands. Environment: Mountainous, with stunning scenery (Mount Cook 3,764 metres) and large coastal plains. North Island has three active volcanoes. The climate is temperate, with strong local variations. There is a wide variety of…

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News

February 2003
News

Christian Ministries

'Christian Ministries' is to come to an end as a working organisation on 30 April. For 23 years CM has provided an 'umbrella' over the ministries of three British evangelists - Peter Anderson, John Blanchard and Derek Cleave. The decision was reached unanimously by the Christian Ministries Board, which includes the three evangelists. It…

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Given to prayer

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February 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Given to prayer

Pastors and preachers are entrusted by the Lord Jesus with a work of great importance and urgency. Nothing must be allowed to interfere with this work - nothing must come between them and their giving themselves utterly to it. We see this principle illustrated in the sixth chapter of Acts. There are important lessons…

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Education – Christians under pressure

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February 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Education – Christians under pressure

No state school in the UK today - primary or secondary - can be relied upon to promote Christian beliefs or values. Most of these schools will reflect what is called 'pluralism' - the view that we are living in a multifaith society and that our children's education must reflect this fact.That we are…

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The faith of Moses’ parents

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February 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The faith of Moses’ parents

  Faith is a gift of God's grace. It enables believers to look away from human terrors, and gives courage and boldness by enabling us to trust in God our Father, though we see him not.   In other words, faith prevails over fear. I do not mean that believers know nothing of fear.…

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The offices of Christ

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February 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The offices of Christ

ProphetHave you ever stopped to think about the meaning of the word 'Christ'? We think of it as a name, but it is actually a title, just as 'Caesar' or 'King' are titles. The word 'Christ' is derived from the Greek word meaning 'the anointed one'. The Hebrew equivalent is 'Messiah'.Anointing was a process…

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Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God

‘We did not mean to become Christians’, said Esmaeil as we sat in his lounge. ‘But we were slowly changed as we read the Holy Book and listened to your speaking at the church’. Fatemeh his wife nodded her agreement, while their 6-year-old daughter Salmah looked on. Asylum seekers Another elder and I from…

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Seven sayings from the cross

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February 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

The fifth 'word' of Jesus from the cross is found in John's Gospel, chapter 19, and verse 28. It is, on the face of it, a simple word: 'I thirst'. It is just one word in the Greek (dipsô). The context of this saying is all important. It is uttered at the climax of…

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A Macedonian call

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February 2003
Philippines

A Macedonian call

2003 for me is an eventful year. I reach 65 and will be eligible for my pension. Friends of mine of the same age are retiring — some have gone to glory. One becomes aware that the years are passing very quickly, and soon we shall go the way of all the earth. I…

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February 2003
Cults and other religions

The ‘Local Church’ movement

The 'Local Church' movement was founded by Witness Lee, co-worker in China with Watchman Nee and his successor as leader of the 'Little Flock' movement. Shortly before the Communist takeover in China, Lee escaped to Taiwan along with many of Nee's other followers. There it is said that they established more than 20,000 churches…

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Concerning Cults

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February 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

A Christian was walking through a city shopping centre recently. Unexpectedly, a stranger offered him five booklets, which seemed Bible-based. All of them had been written (or transcribed from addresses) by Horst Schaffranek.    The Christian felt uncomfortable. The stranger was harsh and intolerant as he talked about Christians and the multiplicity of churches in…

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Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth

I became an active Christian late in the 1960s, at a critical juncture in the history of Reformed Presbyterianism in New Zealand. The Principal of the Presbyterian Theological Hall, Knox College, had been charged with heresy for his unorthodox views on the Bible and the gospel. To the amazement of Evangelical Christians, he was…

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Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today

If you ever visit the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s upper North Island, take the ferry to the particular bay where the gospel was first preached, by Samuel Marsden from Australia. That was on Christmas Day 1814. The general area is well worth visiting, having various historical sites that recall early missionary effort.…

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The virtual Church

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February 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The virtual Church

You can now be part of a church service without leaving your sofa, putting down your glass of sherry, or even pausing from eating you Sunday lunch.Christmas 2002 is now a fading memory, but it was then that the virtual church was brought forcibly to my attention.For the first time I discovered that Christmas,…

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Gilbert Tennent

Historical

February 2003
Articles > Historical

Gilbert Tennent

A cold blast of pragmatic thinking blew through the churches of the West at the end of the seventeenth century. Tiring of the religious conflicts of the Reformation and Second Reformation eras, many Christians sought to downplay the distinctive doctrines and practices which they believed had been so divisive - even bloody.As in society…

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Guest Column

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February 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

It is a human tendency to follow leaders we esteem. As our heroes, they tend to serve as role models for  our lives. But we need to ask ourselves if our heroes are persons whose lives are patterned after the Word of God. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to be 'followers of God'. Do our heroes…

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The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

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February 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

We saw last month that God has fully revealed the 'good news'. The Bible is his complete and final revelation, testifying as it does to the divine nature and finished work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is lamentable, therefore, that there is so much ignorance of this massive theological truth. But…

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February 2003
Cults and other religions

My experience of ‘The Local Church’

Andrew Setchell describes how, in the sovereignty of God, he was converted to Christ through the witness of a heterodox group, but eventually found full gospel truth in the teaching of the Bible.Ibecame a Christian while at Manchester University through Christians in a group called 'the Local Church'. This name comes from the teaching…

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Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand

Christian life and witness in New Zealand is a very mixed bag. Most of the traditional Protestant churches – Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist – are in a state of decline. The Baptist denomination is the most evangelical of the mainline churches. The declining churches reflect doctrinal indifference, a strong feminist influence, and differing attitudes…

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