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N.B. This article has been written with a careful progression of thought and should be read in the context of two previous articles. For a copy of part 1&2 please contact the church office)

In Part I and II, we established that there are 2 major ways people view and determine life and value: the Human view  (Secular Human view) and the Biblical Christian view.

As Christians we believe that God has revealed himself to humans and that the record of that revelation has been preserved and passed onto us through the Bible. God’s ultimate revelation of Himself (who He is and what He thinks) was through His Son Jesus Christ. Continue reading Part III: God’s Values and Design for Sex, Sexuality & Relationships

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(N.B. This article has been written with a careful progression of thought and should be read in the context of previous articles.)

In Part 1 of this series we considered the fact that there are 2 major ways people view and determine life and values (for a copy of Part one of this article please contact the church office).

  1. The Human view (Secular Human View).
  2. The Biblical Christian view. Continue reading Part II: God’s Values and Design for Sex, Sexuality & Relationships
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(I want to acknowledge that part 4 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

In the previous section I argued that “signs and wonders” in the New Testament were not the prerogative of apostles only. The “seventy” performed them (Luke 10:9,17), deacons performed them (Acts 6:8; 8:6), Galatian Christians performed them (Galatians 3:5), Corinthian Christians performed them (1 Corinthians 12:9-10). Since signs and wonders were not the prerogative of the apostles, there is no New Testament warrant for inferring that these miracles were to cease after the apostolic age.

Continue reading Part 4: Are Signs and Wonders for Today? (John Piper)

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(I want to acknowledge that part 3 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

In the previous section I argued that when the early Christians prayed for signs and wonders (Acts 4:29-30) they were not “evil and adulterous;” nor were they abandoning the centrality of the preaching of the cross. Signs and wonders witnessed to the word of grace (Acts 14:3); they did not replace it. They did not save; they helped open people to the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation.

Continue reading Part 3: Are Signs and Wonders for Today? (John Piper)

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(I want to acknowledge that Part 2 of Are Signs and Wonder for today is taken directly from John Piper’s blog on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It’s hard to improve on great teaching!

N.B. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. I whole-heartedly agree with what he said in this teaching.)

 

Signs and wonders are not the saving word of grace; they are God’s secondary testimony to the word of his grace. Signs and wonders do not save. They are not the power of God unto salvation.

They do not transform the heart–as we know 10 lepers were healed by Jesus but only one came back to worship and follow.

What transforms the heart and saves the soul is the self-authenticating glory of Christ seen in the message of the gospel (2 Corinthians 3:18-4:6) Continue reading Part 2: Are Signs and Wonders for today? (John Piper)

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Part 1: Are Signs and Wonders for today?

(I want to acknowledge that parts of this blog have been copied or influenced by John Piper’s blogs on Signs and wonders from the early 90’s. It would appear from the reading of his later blogs that John is less certain of the role of Signs and wonders today. But I am!)

I believe that “signs and wonders” and all the spiritual gifts referred to in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are for today. I also believe and follow Paul’s instructions to the church in 1 Corinthians 14:1 when he said spiritual gifts (which include supernatural signs and wonders) should be “earnestly desired”.

Why?

Because signs and wonders, miracles and spiritual gifts are for the building up of the church and they are also a part of the good news of the kingdom Jesus demonstrated under the power of the Holy Spirit which he poured on the church – that’s us. Continue reading Part 1: Are Signs and Wonders for today?

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There is a big discussion occurring in Australia about the redefining of the definition of marriage. Over the next few issues of the Messenger I want to share with you a biblical Christian view on God’s values and design for sex, sexuality and relationships. I believe it is important that Christians know what we believe about sex, sexuality and relationships, but more importantly I believe we should also know the why or the basis of what we believe. Continue reading God’s Values and Design for Sex, Sexuality & Relationships

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What is this thing called “the church” that Jesus said he would build upon the Solid Rock the proclamation of Jesus Messiah-God by Peter and those like him (the little rocks).?

There were in effect two pillars to the building of the first church. One of the pillars, according to Acts 2:42, is the teaching of the apostles about who Jesus was and what he did. Continue reading Upon This Rock: Part III

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Upon This Rock: Part II

In part 1 of Upon this Rock, we looked at the story of Jesus and His disciples at Caesarea, Philippi, in Luke 9. Peter has been asked by Jesus,  “Who do you say I am?” And Peter has just had a light bulb moment and said “You are Messiah-God!” This is the first time any of the disciples had became aware of who Jesus really was. Jesus responded to Peter by saying: “And you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Continue reading Upon This Rock: Part II

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Upon This Rock: Part I

In Matthew 16 we read that Jesus took his disciples to the area of Caesarea, Phillipi, which was just north of the sea of Galillee and is the site of the source of the Jordan River. Here there are a number of deep caverns which the ancients referred to as the Gates of Hell. Here they believed the demons came up from hell.

Because it was a dark and mysterious place, there were pagan shrines built to the Roman Gods. In fact, at the time of Jesus, there would have been a statue of pan and a statue of Caesar. A god who thought he was man and a man who though he was god. Continue reading Upon This Rock: Part I

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