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Christian living

A word on the Word of Faith movement

One of the characteristics of the Word of Faith Movement is that it emphasizes physical healing.

According to them Jesus’ atonement not only secured our spiritual healing, but our physical healing too.  Christians should simply claim God’s promises by faith and the sick will be made well and the ill restored.   Sickness and disease are enemies from Satan and God wants his people to be healthy and prosperous.

If, as a Christian, you are not healed it is because you do not have enough faith or because you have unrepentant sin in your life.

Many Christians as a result have left Word of Faith churches disillusioned and damaged.

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Bible

How should Christians read the Old Testament?

Old TestamentMost church-goers know the Old Testament stories that they were taught in Sunday School, but many don’t understand or are unaware of the significance of these accounts for the church today.  Some Christians have gone to the extreme of rejecting the Old Testament (OT) because of its “Jewishness” and exclusively focus on the “Christian” New Testament.   Others may theologically subscribe to the OT as authoritative Scripture, but in reality never preach from or hear sermons from the OT. 

A danger that evangelicals trained in Biblical Theology face is that we are tempted downplay the ethical teaching value of the OT accounts in their own terms, in favour of a more progressive revelatory/ typological approach that always finds the only meaning of an OT passage as it is fulfilled in Christ. 

Paul demonstrates to us in 1 Corinthians that reading the OT typologically with its fulfilment in Christ and reading the OT more in its own terms looking for moral/ ethical/ behavioural lessons are both equally valid ways of reading scripture.  

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Mission

How should Christians engage with culture?

selling outHow we engage with our surrounding culture is a very important question for Christians.  Culture may simply be defined as how a society thinks and does things.  Your city, your suburb and your friends adhere to and embrace certain cultural norms; certain ways of thinking about the world and particular ways doing things.   Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 makes some important points about how we should engage with non-Christians and with the world around us.

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Church

Dangers reformed churches face

dangerWe, reformed Christians, often pride ourselves in our ecclesiology – our theology of church. We believe we have sound teaching, sound practise, sound (biblical) songs, sound church order, sound church discipline, a sound record of caring for those in our church and we may even be officially using the ESV (the Extremely Sound Version!).    Many times we have good reason to be thankful for our churches and we should be grateful to God that we are not caught up in the latest Christian trends or spiritual sensation.