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‘Ministering in Changing Circumstances’ – David Karoon

23 Nov

‘Ministering in Changing Circumstances’ – Sermon clip from David Karoon (4 Min):

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Transcript:

“I hope the in the Stornoway RP Church you and I are not conservatives and traditionalists; those who worship the past because it is the past. Neither is we liberals; because be worship the present… we seek to be biblical Christians, we seek to be a biblical church. One that recognises that we are placed in such a time as this,  that we are placed in this place in order to speak with the voice of the prophets to a generation that is degenerate and on its way to a eternal death.

And it seems to me that the conservative church refuses to be sensitive to the changes in the culture in which we are placed.

Sometimes we refuse to be sensitive because we are ignorant of the changes… but sometimes it isn’t just ignorance. It is sheer arrogance, we think that we know everything; we assume that we have a monopoly of truth, and we are determined to pursue the path of the past.

The Apostle was not like that. He knew the changing circumstances, he was aware of the changing context and wherever God placed him, whatever restrictions the sovereign had placed upon him, the apostle Paul sought to continue his ministery within that changing context.

This is the problem with us as human beings; we are people of extremes, we are either completely insensitive to the changes or we are hyper-sensitive to the changes. The traditionalists & conservatives in the church are completely insensitive to changes that are taking place in our society. The liberals on the other hand are hyper-sensitive to the changes, and so they want the gospel to change, they want the church to change; they want everything to change in order to fit in with the prevailing culture of that day.

We are neither conservatives worshiping the past neither are we liberals worshiping that the feet of the present. We are biblical Christians worshiping at the feet of the triune God; father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

– David Karoon (Full Audio)

To Seek Revival Means There is Deadness…

2 Aug

New Horizon Hebridean style

Im not going to tell you where this quote is from just yet, if you want you can guess, all will be revealed in later blog posts. For now, its just an interesting quote on revival and threw up some questions; What DO we need to do “For revival to come”?  Is there a difference between revival in the Church and revival that reaches the community /nation? Is ‘revival’ even something we should be focusing on? I want to leave the floor open on this one, so if you have any comments or opinions please share.

“The essencial problem e.g., falling membership, failure to keep the children of church families, no men comming forward for the ministery or members offering for missionary service, are indicatons of deep-rooted spiritual malaise in the church.

To anwser, “Pray for revival”, is not sufficient. For revival to come there must be faithfulness, especially to vows made before God, which vows include not only Bible reading and prayer, but committed and constant attendance at worship services, including evening services; keeping the sacraments; and sacrificial giving (until-it-hurts-giving) to the Lords work.

Revival is hampered by lackadasical attendance and minimal giving. Revival too, will bring consequences in upsetting “the way it’s been done for x-years”. New people will have new ideas and there must be an openness in the present membership to listen and accept profitable change.

To seek revival means there is deadness which requires the life-giving power of the holy spirit to fan the dying embers into a glowing fire. The Church members must be awakened from their lethargy; from their acceptance of the status-quo; and from their failure to take seriously the vows made before God.”

Jesus Faced Greater Temptation Than You

18 May

“Jesus was tempted. The New Testament goes further: he was tempted in every way, just as we are (Heb. 4:15). Do we believe that? When we are tempted we tend to think (although we would be hesitant to admit it): ‘Yes, I know he was tempted; but he did not experience what I am experiencing’. But the truth is the other way round. You will never experience what he did, because you are a sinner. In our temptations we give way long before we experience the level of temptation’s pressure which Jesus experienced. Because we have given in in the past the powers of darkness never need to apply the same pressure to us that they applied to Jesus. We provide them with an easy target. Jesus, on the other hand, exhausted all the devil’s powers and energies. They could find no ‘grip’, no ‘foothold’ in the life of Jesus (Jn. 14:30). According to the Gospel records the powers of darkness mounted an all-out attack on Jesus (a legion of demons was stationed in one man at Gadara in order to oppose him).  But even in the hour of darkness they could not overcome him (Lk. 22:53).”

S.B. Ferguson, Grow in Grace

Lose Hell, Lose the Cross

22 Nov

“Let us be quite clear. If we lose hell, we will eventually lose the cross, for if there is no hell, there is no real point in the cross. Jesus did not need to come and be made a curse for sin. He did not need to enther the horror of forskenness. The cross and hell stand or fall together. Hell is extreme, but that is because sin is extreme and because extreme measures were taken for our salvations. We cannot survey the wondrous cross, meditate on what the Saviour suffered and assert that hell is an inappropriate punishment for sin.”

Prof. Edward Donnelly, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell

Chasing after some Beloved

28 Jun

“Now a word to you that are young, who are full of health and strength and who are chasing after some beloved ambition or some beloved pleasure. Stop and consider. What are all your beloveds compared to Christ the true beloved? What satisfaction and happiness have your beloveds brought you? Show us the peace, quietness and assurance of everlasting blessedness that they have brought you. Their paths are crooked. Whoever walks in them shall not know peace. So look and see that these is a fit object for your highest love, one in whom you will find nothing to grieve or trouble you to eternity. Behold, he stands at the door of your soul and knocks. Do not reject him, lest you seek for him and do not find him.  Why do you spend your precious time in idleness and foolishness,  wasting your precious time?”

John Owen, Communion with God (Abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law)

Sunbeam of the Father’s Love

8 May

“It is true that we do not come directly to the Father by faith. We can only come to him by the Son. Jesus said, ‘I am the way,  the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6)… Through Christ, then, we have access to the Father, we behold the Father’s glory also and enjoy fellowship with the Father in his own special love. All this we receive by faith. As we come to the Father’s love through Christ, so the Father’s love comes to us through Christ. The light of the sun comes to us by its beams. By its beams we see the sun, and by its beams the sun touches us. Jesus Christ is the beam of his Father’s love and through hum the Father’s love reaches down and touches us. By Jesus Christ also we see and experience and are led up to the Father’s love. If we, as believers, would meditate on this truth more and live in the light of it, there would be great spiritual growth in our walk with God.” John Owen, Communion with God

Intolerance and Love

24 Apr

The ruins of Ancient Ephesus

March 18, 1950 – Revelation 2:1-7

Ephesus was intolerant of evil men. That church could not bear the evil workers who sought to settle among them. But that mere intolerance of evil did not make Ephesus what Christ wanted her to be. Intolerance of evil is, or can be, a negative attitude, and if it lacks the moral backing of positive love for God, it will quickly degenerate into bigotry and narrowness. This is for me, for though I pretend zealously to have hatred for wickedness, often it is not from a knowledge of and love of righteousness, but from mere external, social, and environmental feelings.

Jim Elliot, The Journals of Jim Elliot

P.S. There’s an excellent book review of Jim Elliot’s biography Shadow of the Almighty at Philip Dunwoody’s Spy blog. Read the review and read the book.