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Discipled by the word

Posted: April 8, 2011 by Daniel in discipleship, reformed
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“God speaks through his Word as believers read and study the spiritual truths of the Bible. There is nothing more important than a regular systematic study of the Bible. John Calvin tells us, “Scripture is needed as guide and teacher for anyone who would come to God the creator.” A daily reading of the Bible helps disciples to grow and mature spiritually. The Bible will strengthen your faith, speak to your heart, and guide you in all of life’s tough decisions.”

Winfiled Bevins.

I have recently been impressed by Winfield Bevins and what he has to say about discipleship and evangelism. He has a free ebook available online or you can buy the hard-copy about organic evangelism; its called Grow.

 

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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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Just got home from the special Ref. day service where Rev. Andrew Davies from Wales, U.K. was the speaker. It was encouraging to see a large turnout from the Churches of Launceston. Here are some of my notes from the evening:

Andrew preached from 1 Timothy Chapter 1 and opened with a retelling of the story of Thomas Bilney and Latimer and how reformation in England began. Here is an interesting youtube video I found on this subject if you are like me and never heard of Bilney:

Anyway, that was just an introduction but it was used to point us to a key verse, 1 Timothy 1 v15,16

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (more…)

Happy Reformation Day!

Posted: October 31, 2007 by Daniel in Christianity, humour, reformed
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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:

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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.

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.

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. (more…)