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Re: Bulletin Board [message #12570 is a reply to message #12550 ] Thu, 25 October 2018 14:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
james  is currently offline james
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Marilyn,

What do you make of these scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15...Do you see this as only addressed to those eleven disciples there that day or do you believe it's a command for all believers throughout time until His return to present The Gospel (good news of Jesus Christ, the very good news) to every people group inhabiting this planet?

Yes, Jerusalem was/is and will be a light; but we're also told to be lights in this dark world. And I agree it's not our calling to change the world system and the controlling principalities over it; but we are told to pray for our leaders and to be examples of the love God has for mankind by our actions and interactions with them, loving them even as He has loved us and blessed us with mercy and grace that we no more deserve that they do. That's our calling, to pass on that awesome, life changing news. Gathering together to worship Him, disciple younger Christians, study His Word, and share His love one with another...yep, all the above...

But if the Gospel isn't to be taken to the nations by all believers for all time, then how did we come to this saving knowledge? Of course! We came to believe just like everyone else has...Romans 10:14-17 through the hearing of The Word. And if there weren't obedient followers sharing this new then we would still be lost in our sins without the hope given our hearts through the written revelation of God's plan of redemption for man. The faith to believe and the gift to repent are from God; and He IS sovereign in His selection of those He calls and chooses unto salvation, but from our side we are to plant the seeds, water, work the soil....and from His side He will get the increase He desires that will glorify Him.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #12631 is a reply to message #12570 ] Mon, 05 November 2018 16:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Five words that says it all...


"That I may know Him..." Philippians 3:10a

What higher goal or priority is there for a Christian than what these five words says and mean?

Our pastor is teaching a series from Philippians and he shared how 25 years ago he read these scriptures for the first time and it changed his life. All Christians confess and profess Jesus as their Saviour, and many have made Him their Lord; but to how many of us has He became our supreme treasure, the pursuit of our life? There are good books written about pursuing God (A.W. Tozer) and knowing God (J.I.Packer), and they're great (in fact I'm going to a men's Bible study and we're going through "Knowing God" one chapter each week) But the question and challenge offered is this... are we, as was Paul, sold out to knowing Jesus? Do we count all else as dung in comparison to to being know and knowing Christ? Paul had it all, the resume of all resumes, yet he counted them as nothing and didn't look back, he pressed forward to the mark for the prize...the ultimate prize/treasure, Jesus Christ.

Let this be the reason we arise each day, to know Him.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #12632 is a reply to message #12631 ] Mon, 05 November 2018 18:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Marilyn Crow  is currently offline Marilyn Crow
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Hi James,

So very, very true. I certainly remember when I made the Lord, Lord of my life. From then on it has been a revealing of areas that needed addressing, and of letting go.

Step by step, and over the years I realise that the `things of this world grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.`

The very heart of the good news, is to `know the Lord.` And that, like any relationship takes time and experiences.

all the best, Marilyn.


Marilyn C
Re: Bulletin Board [message #12633 is a reply to message #12632 ] Mon, 05 November 2018 18:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Just thought - even the Apostle Paul went through a process -

He said `I am the least of the Apostles,`

`I am the least of the saints,`

`I am the greatest of sinners.`

See the progression. He also said that he learned to be content, and that is over time and experiences.



Marilyn C
Re: Bulletin Board [message #12634 is a reply to message #12633 ] Tue, 06 November 2018 13:41 Go to previous message
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Marilyn Crow wrote on Mon, 05 November 2018 18:41

Just thought - even the Apostle Paul went through a process -

He said `I am the least of the Apostles,`

`I am the least of the saints,`

`I am the greatest of sinners.`

See the progression. He also said that he learned to be content, and that is over time and experiences.





Yes he did go through a process and experience..... one minute Paul (Saul)was filled with pride, zealous in his hatred for Christians, with a pedigree that fostered pride/confidence in his flesh, circumcised; a Hebrew; of the tribe of Benjamin; a Pharisee; faultless in his keeping of the law. He was pridefully traveling down a road leading to Damascus with the paperwork that gave him the right by Jewish religious authority to persecute Christians.

The next minute he was on the ground, blinded, humbled, in the presence of Jesus Christ whom he was persecuting. He got a new name (Paul), a new heart, a new perspective, a new calling, and a new guide (The Holy Spirit).

Yep! Paul certainly had an experience...and he was NEVER the same, it all became dung to him, he KNEW he'd experienced God and nothing else mattered. Shipwrecks, beatings, imprisonment, cold, hunger, rejection ...none of it could steal the joy he'd found in Christ...he was content in whatever state he found himself in...He had Jesus...what else was there? Nothing!


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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