How can we ever know that the Gospel of Jesus and the words of the bible are really true? I mean, they were written thousands of years ago in a culture that is so different from ours – no phones, no bank accounts, no McDonalds! It was orally passed down before it was written down!… Continue reading Can we have Certain faith in an uncertain world?
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,” - Colossians 2:6 ESV It isn’t enough to just receive Christ - true Christians will walk in Christ. What does this mean? A disciple of Jesus will stay close to his teaching A disciple of Jesus will allow that teaching to permeate their… Continue reading Walk with Jesus closely
Have you ever faced a circumstance of life that has proven to be rather difficult? Life is like that sometimes: Sometimes we find ourselves in a 'circumstance'. Sometimes things just don't work out. The natural thing to do in such times is to attack or retreat: We lash out at those who are hurting us. We… Continue reading God is big enough…
As I read the early chapters of the Gospels, I see Jesus speaking the same command to almost everyone he meets: follow me! For decades Christians have understood this to mean “say a prayer of repentance and commitment to Jesus, attend church regularly, and live a generally good life”. There is a problem with this. Jesus… Continue reading What is a follower of Jesus?
Following Jesus is HARD work! If you've been on the road with Jesus for a while you know I'm telling the truth, and if you're just starting out... Don't worry, it's worth it 🙂 I have seen many friends (and some family too) starting out with Jesus and giving up when the going got tough.… Continue reading Disciples of Jesus L.A.S.T.
In our present culture there is huge emphasis upon the individual. The post-modern mantra of “that’s good for you, but I’ll find my own truth” pervades every corner of our lives. It also has impacted and informed current day discipleship processes. Discipleship has become a process that is done to us – we attend a… Continue reading Gospel-Centred Discipleship Communities and the death of the lone ranger
I have been around churches for 38 years at the time of writing. I have experienced many churches, faith groups and forms of Christian community. Some have been positive and a true source of blessing; some negative and abusive; some neutral and nice. But one thing they all have in common is that they are… Continue reading Leadership and the Gospel