In week 8 of our series on discipleship Nick Adams reviews some of the key principles of what discipleship is, isn’t, who is involved and how it happens.
What is at the root of change in the Christian life? The bible is clear that there is no penance, behaviour, work, law, personal goodness or conduct that is possible (or required) to receive God’s gift of salvation. God’s satisfaction rests in the work of Jesus on the cross and our trust (faith) that it is […]
We cannot change a person’s heart. We cannot absolve their sin, impart to them any grace, or offer them salvation. We cannot make anyone a disciple – only God can do that. To make disciples is an impossible mission for us. And yet in Matthew 28-18-20 this is the mission Jesus gives his church. Making […]
In Philippians chapter 3 the Apostle Paul leaves us an encouraging message. He isn’t perfect, and neither will we be… but the race is worth running. More than worth it for present joy and future prize. Paul shows us that discipleship is more than just a pattern of sound teaching, of right knowledge. It is […]
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.” (John 17:13 (NIV)). Jesus said that about His disciples, us. He spoke words, truth, propositions, facts, into the world so that we could have […]
What possible good comes from growing old? Is there something about age that could be of value, something to treasure? Even Solomon was pretty pessimistic calling old age the “evil days” and “clouds returning after rain.” Not very encouraging. But even in Solomon’s pessimism there is a surprising hope, and the Apostle Paul illuminates that hope in his […]
True discipleship does not allow for small ambitions or shallow affections. The treasure the man found in a field (Matthew 13:44) was worth joyfully selling all that he had. A treasure that valuable and a response that extreme must carry with it some implications for us who desire the same joy in receiving the same treasure. Today […]
In one sentence Jesus tells a parable that describes the Christian life; from first encounter with Jesus, to the end of our time on earth. And in that one-sentence story two words can change everything you think it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This week we look at Jesus’ parable of the treasure […]
Alive but unwilling to live, Nick Adams shares his personal story of God drawing near to him at the most improbable time; the plan of God to be present with His people; and how the church practices the presence of God to those in need.
King David lived a life filled with passions and troubles not unlike our own. Just like us, a great number of his troubles were brought on by his own sin and other trials he faced because of the sinful nature of those around him. But despite it all David move steadfastly forward in his relationship with God. What […]
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