November 18, 2007
What I am about to say right how is very familiar to most of you…
We are travelling over very familiar territory right now….
And here is a sad fact of human nature. this is absolutely an effect of the fall…
“we get familiar with things”
In fact we get “overly familiar with things”
so we get “used to things”
And as we get “overly used to things“ they lose their “effect on us”
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October 31, 2007
The EA blog team want to pass on a very happy Reformation Day greeting to you. We are very grateful for the reformers of the past and those of our day. There is a special Reformation Day service at St. Andrew’s Church, 7:30pm in Launceston this evening if you are in the area. It’s hosted by a group, coincidentally named Evangelical Action. I might do a short reflection on the service when I get home tonight.
If you would like to send an email greeting to a friend, you are welcome to use any of these. Georgie made them for us fresh today:
Also, if the Reformation is a new idea to you and you want to know more there is a lot of stuff on the web. Reforming my mind had a good post you might like to check out.
October 28, 2007
Angela and I are both very excited and chuffed about Reformation Day coming up this Wednesday. We never though such a thing would be celebrated till we saw a special notice in our Church bulletin informing us of a Reformation Day service this Wednesday night. It has really hit our funny bones – in a good way. If you have never heard of the reformation or reformation day, here is an extract from wikipedia that might help:
On this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted a proposal at the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences. This proposal is popularly known as the 95 Theses, which he nailed to the Castle Church doors. This was not an act of defiance or provocation as is sometimes thought. Since the Castle Church faced Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare, the church door functioned as a public bulletin board and was therefore the logical place for posting important notices. Also, the theses were written in Latin, the language of the church, and not in the vernacular. Nonetheless, the event created a controversy between Luther and those allied with the Pope over a variety of doctrines and practices. When Luther and his supporters were excommunicated in 1520, the Lutheran tradition was born.
October 27, 2007
I have recently come across the Westminster catechisms, it is the best orthodox Confession ever produced and is a “must read” for every Christian.However, today we are going to take a walk through the “Westminster shorter catechism” as it was written to be shared with lay people and young children, to give people a handle on huge parts of Christian theology, all while being spread over 107 small questions and answers.
The first 12 questions concern God as Creator.
Questions 13-20 deal with original sin and the fallen state of man’s nature.
Questions 21-38 concern Christ the Redeemer and the benefits that flow from redemption.
Questions, 39-84, discuss the ten commandments.
Questions 85-97 teach concerning the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. The final set of questions
98-107 teach and explain the Lord’s prayer.
So lets explore WSC for a clear, accurate, deep yet simple telling of the gospel spread over 22 of the questions
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. Read the rest of this entry »
October 22, 2007
Can we afford to rope-off sections of the bible as being “non-essential” and declare those areas as being not-relevant to evangelism? Find out to what degree this may or may not be true in the following video from Cross TV:
October 20, 2007
I think it is safe to say that the ministry of WOTM TV/Radio has sparked new action in personal evangelism and street evangelism in many places in the world. Reproducing what you see and learn on the TV series is a great way to start out in evangelism. I still use the ‘good test’ and many principles of evangelism I have learnt from Ray and Kirk. As I have continued to practise personal evangelism I have discovered that there is definitely a need for God’s gifting and wisdom. Everyone has a different set of understandings, circumstances and concepts and there is much good that can be done for the lost by discovering where they are coming from. Here is an extract from an article from The Third Millennium:
When it comes to specific gospel methods, Reformed theologians affirm many different approaches. Basically, any method that tells the truth about Jesus and man’s plight, and that freely offers the gospel to all who repent, is a biblical method, and may be used. In fact, many times we have to invent new methods to reach new kinds of people. Read the rest of this entry »