Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Acts 19

And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying gods made with hands are not gods. (verse 26)

It’s interesting how often it is that the non-Christians who see that the gospel will completely transform their area. They know that Christ transforms – they just don’t like it. Demetrius the silversmith knows the effect that Christianity will have if it continues in his city – it will result in people putting away their idols, turning from the false goddess Artemis, and living lives of purity. He knows this, and he hates it, and so he stirs up as much trouble as he can for those who follow Christ.

If only Christians would see this! We are called to transform the whole world for Christ, not to stay inside our churches and do nothing while the world goes to hell. We need to be out there, making a difference by being radiant lights for Christ; ministering to the poor, caring for the orphan, and doing all the good we can.

When we do this, we will face opposition. The world does not oppose Christians who are exactly like themselves. It does not need to. It opposes those who are glorifying Christ. So don’t see opposition as a sign of failure, but of success! We can transform the world for Christ, through Christ, with Christ, and for His glory!

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