Who is in control? (The decrees of God)

MasterplanThe decrees of God are God’s purposes or determinations with respect to future things.

Ephesians 1:9 refers to the “mystery of his will”.

Acts 2:23 refers to the “definite plan and foreknowledge of God”.

Romans 8:29 uses the word, “predestined”.

Ephesians 3:11 refers to God’s “eternal purposes”.

The decrees of God are, therefore, God’s purposes or counsel that is eternal and always come to pass.

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Jesus must call his sheep (Redefining missions)

A well known secret at our church is that I am terrible at DIY. I can’t understand why though? I rate myself as very logical, analytical and somewhat handy; yet DIY escapes me. When I hang mirrors I drill into water pipes. I wrongly measured and cut the geyser-blanket three times in a row.  I break things that weren’t broken. In fact, my wife pays me not to do DIY. Yet I love painting because there is a sense of achievement when you’ve finished.   I painted a room this week and looked at the job-well-done with pride. In Christian ministry we seldom have the same sense off achievement.  There is always the sense that there is more one could do: more people to visit, more work on your sermon, more ministries to be involved in etc. However, being a Christian should give us a massive sense of achievement when we think about the cross of Christ and world missions because, contrary to what we might think, God always achieves his purposes – in Christ and in world missions. Continue reading Jesus must call his sheep (Redefining missions)

Why I believe in predestination (and evangelism)

predestined 3I hold to and teach the doctrine of predestination for one simple reason: the Bible teaches it.  In fact, the Bible’s teaching on this subject are very clear and understandable, and I have trouble comprehending how so many Christians do not see this grand doctrine in the Bible.  I believe that if you read the Bible carefully and seriously you cannot but hold to this crucial doctrine.

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