• The Cost of Following Jesus

    “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mat 16:24. The call to follow Jesus is a far greater undertaking than many of our churches preach. Ever since the reformation, the church has quite rightly developed in its understanding of salvation by grace rather than by works. This correction has been vital to a church which had become twisted in preaching absolution of sins through payments to the church and other similar falsehoods. However, as we move further into the 21st century, there has become a misunderstanding of what that grace is or how it…

  • 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…

  • 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…