• Pure Love

    “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt 22:34-40.) Love is  the most fundamental part of our calling. Our love for God and our desire to follow Him must always be our first goal,…

  • Understanding the Role of the Shepherd

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) The purpose of a shepherd is to lead us the correct way. Jesus takes on the title of a shepherd because He is the Way. He leads us the only true way that is towards the Father: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6.) Jesus releases His character and His purpose throughout His body, so although He is The Shepherd, that does not negate the need for and the calling of earthly shepherds, (the title…

  • Seeking and Finding

    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer 29:13.) It is commonly asked by Christians, “what is God’s will for my life?” I believe that all Christians should be so rooted in Jesus that we know who we are and what He is calling us into, but the fact that there is so much uncertainty reveals a church with a lack depth of relationship with God and what He is saying to us. Jesus is The Rock, (Matt 21:44,) and a life that is built upon Him can never be shaken or blown off-course. As true as this is, there is little…

  • Legalism vs Lawlessness

    When the church fails to remain close to God in humility and servanthood, the authority that He has given us soon gets twisted, and His church falls into error. Increasingly, we can see two different extremes within the church, each as damaging as each other, the extremes of legalism and lawlessness. Legalism is the attempt of man to implement God’s rule upon the earth but without His Spirit. It is man establishing by the strength of his own flesh and without God’s grace. It lacks any direct connection to what God is actually doing. Legalism takes the correct roles that God has assigned, such as pastors or teachers, and removes…

  • Faithless Israel vs Unfaithful Judah

    “The LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.” (Jer 3:11.) Throughout history, God has sent prophets to His people calling their hearts back to Him. One of these prophets was Jeremiah. Towards the end of Solomon’s reign, because of his unfaithfulness to God’s command, God declared that He would split Israel into two separate nations, (1 Kings 11:11-13.) Sure enough, during the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam there was a rebellion in Israel and it split into two separate nations. Israel in the north was made up of 10 of the tribes of Israel, and Judah in the south consisted of the tribes of Judah…

  • Serving God

    Since man first rebelled in Genesis, we have always had a choice of who it is we will follow. Our hearts are naturally selfish, in fact Jeremiah 17:9 says that “there is nothing as deceitful as the heart…” Outside of God, our heart will naturally desire its own will. Our heart follows what we see as correct, what comforts our flesh and what benefits us. This is a part of our sinful, unchanged character. Even if we have met Jesus and have been filled by His Spirit, that does not mean that everything we think and desire is automatically truth, and to believe so is a great deception. When we…

  • Understanding Salvation

    “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua, Hebrew for ‘salvation’], because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mat 1:21.) Jesus’ name itself means “salvation.” It is not only what He does, it is who He is. It is both His character and His purpose If we are to understand what it is to follow Him, we must understand Him as a God of salvation. Much of the church currently puts little emphasis on salvation, and where we do we often under-represent it as a one off act in our lives. The Bible does talk about salvation as something…

  • Jesus vs Socialism

    It has often been argued that Jesus’ teachings were effectively communism, and that Jesus Himself is a socialist. This theory is completely untrue, and betrays a misunderstanding of both Christianity and socialism. What is true is that that the apostles in Acts sold everything they had and gave it to the poor, living in community with each other with no personal wealth. However, where this is difference to communism is that the apostles had had their hearts changed by a radical encounter with Jesus, so much so that they sold everything that they had out of love, a love that came from God Himself. Communism and socialism redistributes wealth by…