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.
John 11. I am the Resurrection and the Life. Jesus came in love and grace to save us from our sins and from the ultimate result of sin – Death. He claims that if we believe in Him we will never die. Yet again, Jesus backs up His extraordinary claim with an amazing miraculous ‘sign’ – raising to life a man that had been dead for four days!
Galatians 6:2. Jesus called out to the weary and heavy-laden, and invited them to Him to take away their burdens. He still does! Yet there is a mystery in that the church is described as being the Body of Christ. Therefore it would make sense that we too can also help carry each other’s burdens, just as Christ does. This kind of love and care for one another goes deeper than a simple ‘How are you? I’m fine’, and means we are called to share and carry the toughest parts of our lives together as we follow Christ together.
Galatians 5:24-26. We are called not to pull others away from God but to push them towards Him. To get out of their way of their contribution, their worship and their gifts. To be interested in them and to serve them.