To open this Post, I’d like to quote Oswald Chambers. This sums up the background of what compels a believer.
Following the quote below I have a short summary.
Begin Oswald Chambers quote :
The Bewildering Call of God
August 5, 2017
The Bewildering Call of God
“…and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.”…But they understood none of these things… —Luke 18:31, 34
God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.
This bewildering call of God comes into our lives as well. The call of God can never be understood absolutely or explained externally; it is a call that can only be perceived and understood internally by our true inner-nature. The call of God is like the call of the sea— no one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him. What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes. Our real test is in truly believing that God knows what He desires. The things that happen do not happen by chance— they happen entirely by the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out His own purposes.
If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.” End Quote…
For these past many years, including a nearly 7 year mission in Viet Nam, and attending over 50 churches, I’ve found that the only true worship service I can tolerate has either been underground church services of persecuted belivers in Viet Nam or a random, non CHURCH CORPORATE BUILDING Institutions prayer meetings and Bible studies.
The Laodician church age is upon us. Me and others like me run round like refugees looking to assemble like our 1st Century Christian family did. A Home Church is in Scripture Acts 2, Acts 20:20.
And By The Way. The next time you hear your Corporate Church CEO aka pastor say, “God says we have to come to church, (implying His Building ) Forsake not the assembly of yourselves Hebrews 10:25
. Tell him to go learn Greek, Learn to rightly divide the word of God and read this. http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/hebrews1025.htm
Today in prayer I asked The Lord to lead me to a study program to begin my home church. AND THIS Is WHERE I BEGIN.
August 19th, 2017
Preach the Definition!
It is common for people to use words they cannot define. It gives others the impression of understanding. No place is this more evident than in churchianity (though journalism is gaining ground).
Words like grace, love, atonement, faith, repent, and worship are thrown around, but ask someone what they mean and you are met with blank stares. Want to test the waters? Ask someone what it means to be a Christian.
When teaching your family, Bible study, or church teach the definitions. Don’t assume everyone knows what common words mean. Most don’t.
To define something requires describing it distinctly and clearly.
The word ‘definition’ has the word finish (fini) right in the middle of it. It cannot be open ended.
A definition says what a thing is and what it is not. It marks where something begins and ends. It has limits. To define something means you can put a boundary around it and identify when the line is crossed.
Without clear definition pejorative words can be placed on anyone even if the shoe doesn’t fit. Or worse, words like ‘heretic’ can be brushed off those for whom the shoe fits like a glove.
Ecumenicists and evangelicals avoid clear definition by disguising doctrinal differences in order to put everyone in the same box in the name of unity. Their unity has no meaning.
Truth consists of doctrines which are made up of words. When you define words the truth will be made clear by setting it apart distinctly from error.
What drives people not to finish things, impose limits, draw lines, point out error, or place labels is the same reason why people want to use words without defining them.
This might explain why everyone is speaking past each other and never coming to a knowledge of the truth. This is unacceptable of God’s workmen.
1. Teach the Bible verse by verse.
2. Teach definitions of words as you go.
3. When you get the definition in place, preach the definition to make sure everyone knows why the defined boundary you just set up is so important.
This is how you make all men see clearly.
For the love of the Truth,
Justin “call me Webster” Johnson
Three Troubling Pauline Passages
In Paul’s epistles are the most amazing statements on salvation by grace without works in the entire Bible. Nevertheless, there are some Pauline passages that repeatedly cause people to question whether their works can negate the work of God’s grace in them.
Why Paul Quotes Prophecy
Paul references the law and the prophets hundreds of times in his epistles. This does not take away from his special ministry to preach Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25).
The False God of Circumstance
Since doctrinal Bible study is unpopular in many Christian circles idolatry (creating another god) runs rampant. The most popular false god in Christian circles is the god of circumstance.
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NOTE: WARNING: Grace Ambassadors teach MID ACTS DISPENSATIONALISM meaning that the church age really begins in mid acts either in Acts 9 or Acts 13 depending on different interpretations within the movement. Although I fully believe in rightly dividing the word of truth as we are commanded to do in 2 Timothy 2:15, I believe it is not wise to draw a line at this point but rather truly look at the birth of the church age which began on Petecost in Acts 2. Another problem with Mid Acts believers is that they often throw out the rest of the Bible even though they claim that all scripture is necessary for the church even though much of it does not apply. In conclusion, my observation and study of Grace Ambassdors is mostly good teaching but please don’t get hung up on Mid Acts as a doctrinal issue. Please watch Dr. Eugene Kim’s study on Dispensationalism which I believe is the best out there to date:
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