discipleship

discipleship

Wisdom Parables – Assurance

How do you know if you really are a Christian? According to Jesus people are like trees. A tree is known by the fruit that it produces. A good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit. What is the fruit that evidences whether a person is a Christian? In Luke 6:45 the fruit is the words that come out of a person’s mouth. And the words that come out of a…

Saw Dust and Supporting Beams

“Judge not and you will not be judged.” Some people mistakenly take this to mean that one should not judge at all. If this were the case then Christians could not work as judges, police, counsellors etc. In fact, in other parts of the New Testament the Church is called to make judgments about people within the church. What is being prohibited is not the suspension of all…

Loving Enemies

It is hard to love your enemy. It is only possible by means of the Spirit, the word and prayer – that is, not by utilizing our own strength or resources. If by sight we look at the harm our enemy causes us we will be frustrated, anxious, grieved and from such a place unable to love. Instead we must live by faith. Faith considers the harm and difficulty caused by our…

Paradoxical Behaviour

Luke 6:27-38. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who slander you. The values of the kingdom of God are paradoxical to the world. The world believes in reciprocal relationships – loving those who love you, doing good to those who do good to you and being generous to those who are generous to you. Jesus calls us to…

Happy-in-life or Woes

In Luke 6:20-26 Jesus starts to preach a sermon to his disciples. Jesus begins the sermon speaking of a group of people who are blessed. This is one of those times where it is hard to translate the original Greek word into English. The English word ‘blessed’ can mean ‘receiving God’s blessing’ or it can mean ‘enjoying the good life in which all is well’. The first is used…