Tope Koleoso on grace

For the last few weeks my pastor, Tope Koleoso, has been preaching a series on grace. It has been outstanding and many have had a fresh revelation of issues like our identity as saints, rather than sinners, of imputed righteousness, and of how we can grow more like Jesus. He finished yesterday with a summary of the series and a clear word on the imperative of forgiveness. I encourage you to watch it here, or visit the Jubilee site for downloads of this and the other messages in the series. … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

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...]

The dangers of grace – by Terry Virgo

I wanted to return to sharing some more of Terry's video interview clips. This one introduces us to some of the dangers of teaching about grace and how to handle them. Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite:"The Bible is not ignorant of the dangers…it says don't let grace be an opportunity for the flesh. Don't kid yourself. . .You could say "I'm free I could become an addict again" but thats not freedom in Biblical terms. . . Freedom is I don't choose to sin. . . Grace actually c … [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...]

Valuing Grace by Terry Virgo Part One

For the next couple of days I will be sharing from Terry Virgo's series of videos on the values he has based his ministry on. They are expressed in the format of what kind of church he is aiming to build when he works with others to plant. The third value is: ‘A church whose people are assured of the grace of God in their lives and are clear about the full New Covenant benefits of being in Christ.’ Here are some extracts to whet your appetite for the video which follows: "We tend to forget tha … [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...]


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