The work of God is an unstoppable force with incomparable contrast. However, it is clear in the second story Jesus tells in Mark (4 verse 21) that there is an expectation that the most growth will come when we keep Jesus front and centre in every area of our life.
From a dark and damp Roman prison cell, chained like a criminal, Paul wrote his second letter to his son in the faith, Timothy. He told him to not be ashamed of the gospel, nor to be feel ashamed of him. Inspired by this passage of scripture, and the call for us all to boldly proclaim Christ, this talk is the first in a new series called ‘Unashamed’, where we look to strengthen our witness of Jesus Christ to the world around us. The talks will also be practical and empowering through the use of apologetics to equip every believer to defend the Christian faith, and to live for Christ in a way that is totally unashamed.
The Bible and the message contained within could be described as a lion roaring. Who could defend it and who could deny its power. Its primary purpose is to reveal Christ so that to those who accept him he becomes more valuable and more personal. Jesus described our hearts as a treasury and the Word of God is the best kind of deposit we can make in the same. As we come to the end of 2017 it is a good question to ask – what is the bank balance of your heart? And how can we increase the value of the deposits in 2018?
John Chapter 12. Love’s response to grace and truth. The Word became flesh and made his home (pitched His tent or ‘tabernacle’) among us. In the old testament, only the priests got to see the glory inside the tabernacle – the colours, the fragrance and the glorious presence of God. John said he saw the glory of Jesus and He was full of grace and truth. Mary of Bethany saw the beauty and glory in Jesus and gladly poured out her precious perfume upon Him. Today, we can still offer acceptable offerings and pleasing worship to Jesus and to Father God. Our sacrifice may seem like waste to others who don’t see or understand the ‘pearl of great price’ but God notices all we do for Him.
James 5 verse 16: To some, the idea of confessing sins to others may conjure up feelings of guilt, fear and judgment. But in James we are encouraged to confess our sins and pray for one another so that we can be healed. In this way we can truly help one another live in freedom from shame and bring into the light that which is done in darkness.
In April 2017, Grant had the opportunity of ministering into a church in Vishkhapatanum, India. The church (Christ Ministries) meets on top of a three story building in the middle of a slum area, with extreme poverty. This conversation was in Swansea where Grant spoke to Michael and Ladha about their church plant, and reminds us that God loves all nations.