How does grace affect the way Pastors lead a church? Terry Virgo

Here are some extracts from a further video about how grace has shaped Terry Virgo's ministry: "What we are looking for in our churches is that there is a whole ethos of grace, and acceptance, that we are delighted in by God. . . It is not to make it casual or lazy. . .We accept one another but we also admonish one another . . . In Peter it says you have everything you need for life and godliness, then it says "make every effort." . . Genuine biblical grace does not produce passivity . . . … [Read more...]

How to live in the good of God’s grace – Terry Virgo

I hope you have been following along with Terry's very helpful series of short interviews on the values that have driven his ministry for decades. If not, do visit his site and catch up on them. I have fallen a bit behind, so I will devote this week to us catching up. Here are some extracts from this video: "I've preached the message of grace again and again in all kinds of different contests and watching people coming into that liberty is such a joy. Sometimes it's very dramatic to see lives … [Read more...]

Valuing Grace by Terry Virgo Part Two

This is the second of Terry's videos on his value of grace. You know how it goes by now, here is an extract to make you want to watch the whole thing: "I recall that it was as though I saw a break in the cloud, and saw some blue sky. I suddenly felt that God loves me freely, but it wasn't enough to establish me, and I quickly went back to are you praying long enough, are you meditating on the Bible long enough, and these so-called "means of grace" became duties you have to fulfill. Am I doing … [Read more...]

Saved through union with our risen savior

Someone recently shared a quote online from my book Raised With Christ. I thought I'd share it with you as a not-too-subtle reminder to consider buying someone a book about Easter this Christmas!Salvation is not merely a case of believing in something that happened thousands of years ago.  We are not saved by a belief.  We are saved by union with a person.  We cannot separate the propitiatory work of Christ from Christ himself.  We are saved not only by believing the fact that Christ died for … [Read more...]

Making Jesus the central thing

I love this quote from Piper's excellent book "What Jesus demands from the World" It really captures in a nutshell what being born again is all about:When a person is born anew and experiences repentance, his attitude about Jesus changes. Jesus himself becomes the central focus and supreme value of life. Before the new birth happens and repentance occurs, a hundred other things seem more important and more attractive: health, family, job, friends, sports, music, food, sex, hobbies, retirement. … [Read more...]

A Glimpse of Eternity – Ian McCormack “The Jellyfish Man”

Last Sunday, Jubilee Church London had the real blessing of Ian McCormack visiting us to share his testimony. It truly is a remarkable story of being declared dead, an encounter with Jesus, a dramatic resurrection, and a transformed life. A while ago I had lunch with this man, and a kinder, gentler man I have never met. Many responded to the gospel at the end of this testimony at Jubilee. Only eternity will tell the full effects of this man's life story which he has told so many times now. Watch … [Read more...]

The vital roles of Union AND Fellowship with Jesus

This quote from Terry Virgo is just too good not to share.  Many people fail to appreciate the two very distinct yet crucial sources of comfort to the Christian.  They miss the power that is available to us. They miss the transformation God intends us to experience: Unbelievers are under the impression that Christians are forced into morality, obey rules and go to church. If they really understood that we’d found the secret of being content they’d wonder where we got it. And they’d queue up outsi … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Ten – Conversion is typically an emotional experience

Spurgeon argued yesterday that often feelings come before faith, (having previously denied it!).  In today's quote after carefully reminding us that not every conversion is a "typical" one he goes on to tell us how he feels the typical conversion occurs: Some men have the light of God; but they cannot tell when the light first came to them. Let none of you imagine that you are not converted because you do not know the hour when it occurred; otherwise, you would be as foolish as I should be if I … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Nine – Spurgeon suggests experience comes before knowledge after all

Today's quote from Spurgeon demonstrates that the man believed two points that many today would disagree with.  Firstly, he argues that intellectual assent to the gospel is insufficient for salvation, indeed that it may make you more worthy of damnation. Secondly, he seems to suggest that experience may well need to come first before faith. How many people do in fact say, "if I could just feel God, I would believe?" Finally he seems to believe that it is possible to have full assurance of faith … [Read more...]

Grace is not earned or deserved – a song by Kate Simmonds

One of the many highlights of the Brighton conference for me was that Kate Simmonds was once again with us leading worship, having traveled all the way from Sydney, Australia. She shared with us a song that displays the glorious gospel in a wonderfully fresh way. In these two videos she first speaks about the song, and then in the second one sings it. Congregations could do a lot worse than adopting this song. The music sheets and mp3s of this and two other new Kate Simmonds songs are available … [Read more...]


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