The Importance of Understanding the Father Heart of God.
If we as believers do not understand the Father heart of God towards
the community of humanity wrapped up in the finished work of Jesus'
death and resurrection, we are unable to present the truth and purpose
of the Gospel that God intended to be good news for them.
great desire of the Father heart of God is to deliver His people from
performance based guilt ridden religion. Once we understand the Father's
heart we can go to Him and experience His love and forgiveness that
Grace has accomplished. Once we know we are set free from guilt and
condemnation, we can, regardless of our faults and failures, commune
with Him, this communing with Him spirit to Spirit is Grace enabled to
provide the power over sin.
Believer's life was never intended to be based on religion's inability
(for it is without ability gain or maintain for us a relationship with
God), or man's ability. It is based solely on God's ability to fill us
with Himself that enables us to live in Him and live the Grace life.
Through relational fellowship with our Father, our character is
transformed and we begin to manifest the fruits of the Spirit as
evidence we are living in Grace.
As God's people we need to
comprehend the reality of God's presence within us and by His Grace help
the community of humanity see the revelation of the mystery of the
gospel revealed to Paul...the Gospel of Grace. That is, that Christ
would be magnified in our living, that He would grow in us and fill us
with His Spirit so that it is "No longer I who live, but Christ who
lives within me".
To fill the earth with the glory of God can
only be accomplished by Grace living as He lives His life in us and
working His works through us by His Spirit. Only by God's Grace can we
have power over sin and live a consecrated and dedicated life so the
community of humanity will experience kingdom living by Grace empowered
As we learn to live in Grace in a practical
meaningful way we will find the abundant life that Jesus promised us
becoming more of a reality flowing within and through us as the Good
News Gospel of His Grace.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
From talking to people who stated that God in the bible is referred to as a male and for this reason they refused to read "The Shack" or view the movie because it portrayed God as a aunt Jemima black woman.
Such reasoning can be a result of a theology that justifies the exclusion of women from positions of authority in the "Church" by affirming God’s maleness by claiming that Christianity has a “decidedly masculine feel”, as preachers have done. According to Wikipedia "Complementarianism" is a theological view held by some in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, that men and women have different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage, family life, and elsewhere (such as the religious system)...brackets mine. The word "complementary" and its cognates are currently used to denote this view. For some Christians whose complementarian view is biblical-prescribed, these separate roles preclude …