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Racism

Gospel and race: one humanity

I don’t know why, but every time I go shopping I always choose the trolley with the dodgy, squeaky, sticky wheel that keeps veering to the right or to the left. It’s quite a job to keep the trolley moving forward in a straight line.

In a similar way, it’s tough to keep having a correct, biblical worldview about life with all its many areas.

Our own in, the world’s systems, and Satan keep pulling us to the right or left, especially in our thinking about race.

We constantly need to check ourselves that we are keeping a straight line with what the Bible says.

May I humbly add that if you were raised in South Africa, particularly as a white person, you (and I) probably have a dodgy, sticky wheel in our worldview that pulls our thinking towards racial prejudice – without us even realizing it.

What does the Bible say about race?

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Ministry

Six reasons not to serve in ministry in 2018

Before you sign up as a volunteer at your local church, please consider these sobering thoughts from 2 Timothy 2.

The letter of 2 Timothy was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, a younger gospel worker.  Paul was in a dungeon in Rome because of his faith in Jesus and awaiting execution.  Paul’s final instruction to Timothy was to encourage Timothy to devote his life to the communication of the glorious gospel about Jesus, despite any hardship, suffering or persecution.

Here are 6 reasons, according the Apostle Paul, not to serve in ministry in 2018:

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Church

What I learnt at the Generate Conference

The big question the REACH SA Generate Conference sought to answer was,  “How should the church (and how we do church) respond to a changing culture?”

The answer was that we must “make sure we know why we exist and remain faithful to that; and feel free to change the rest.”  

We exist to reach non-Christians and grow Christians with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. That truth is fundamental and unchangeable.  How we manage the programmes and processes that go towards that great goal are flexible and changeable.

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Church

You must sing at church

People, in general, like to sing.  Whether they are very religious or total atheists, most people like music and song. Ask any football supporter.  From singing, “Who ate all the pies” to the referee or “You’ll never walk alone” to their mates, fans like singing. 

 

Fans pays hundreds of Rands to hear their favourite musician sing, even wave their cell phones and sing along. 

In the morning, you might catch yourself singing in the shower.

Music is an inherent part of every society.  All countries have National Anthems that its citizens sing together to create national unity.

Most people like singing.  We may not be good at it, but we love it.  Since music (and song) is such an important part of life, it should not be surprising that the Bible says much about it.  In fact, the longest book in the Bible is a song book—the book of Psalms.

Often, in the Bible, when God has delivered his people, they sing about it.

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Christian Worldview

Why you don’t go to church to worship

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, (and by implication, sisters) by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship… (Romans 12:1)

The apostle Paul wrote to Christians (he calls them brothers, and by implication, sisters) and used the word “therefore” in Romans 12:1.  Paul said, “As a result of all that I have written in Ch. 1-11 about the mercies of God, I urge you – as a necessarily consequence, present your bodies as a living sacrifice”.