God really does want to bless you!

I know, some of my readers will have read a headline like that and panicked. Has Warnie slipped into "Health wealth and prosperity" or "Word of Faith" ?Nope, not at all.But I do feel that it is so easy for us to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I remember at one point a few years ago I even began to wonder if we would be better off to stop talking about faith. Perhaps, I argued, we should simply talk about "trust" in God.Trust is a much more passive thing, and it is a component of … [Read more...]

How to move the immovable God

Christians in the West are often quite good at trusting in God as our rock. We are taught doctrine, told that God is sovereign. We are taught that he stands behind every event that happens and is working for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when other people do things to us from a bad motive, we may respond like Joseph and say "you meant that for my harm, but God meant it for good."God, we learn, is unmovable. He is like a fortress we can hide in. He is unshakeable and faithful. "Ascribe … [Read more...]

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...]


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