The Resurrection of Lazarus.
The story of Lazarus has a fundamental impact upon all who declare that they are of the Christian faith. In this short message we look at it once again and in doing so I trust it will bless, encourage and spur us on.
It is presented in: English, Portuguese, French, Turkish, Ukrainian and Chinese.
Have you ever heard the term “Voice of God”? It refers to the idea that God communicates with us through a still, small voice inside us and it’s a concept that is present in many religions and spiritual practices. However, with all the other loud and conflicting voices we hear in our daily lives, it can be hard to hear the Voice of God clearly.
Today, I’m addressing my thoughts and deliberations with a sense of inspiration towards those that the songwriter says “ Have dreams that have fallen apart” to those who have “tired and broken hearts” to those who when you look into their eyes think that “they are on their own” and what I want to say to you, and to do so with all sincerity and enthusiasm that – “You are not on your own.”
The Bible provides the foundation for the idea of the freedom that comes through Christ. The only way to obtain freedom – real freedom – a freedom which is enjoined to liberty – is to become familiar with and embrace Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour. When we make Him the centre of our lives, we are liberated from the shackles of sin and the sentence of death. As children of God, we are granted a new identity, and we are commanded to walk in the freedom that Christ gives us, and we are empowered to do so.
When sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with a Muslim who doesn’t speak much English, it is important to be patient and use simple language. Getting to know a Muslim and their religion and culture is the first step in sharing the Gospel with them. Visual aids such as photos, films, and illustrations can be used to ensure the other person fully understands the message. To effectively share the Gospel, emphasise God’s love and respond to inquiries with honesty and dignity. Jesus used parables to communicate the gospel message, such as the parable of the prodigal son. Pray for the person with whom you are sharing the Gospel, recognise the shared values of Christianity and Islam, emphasise the importance of Jesus to Islam, and remember that most Muslims reject Jesus’ divinity. Being respectful and humble in your approach to this topic and keeping your attention on the good news of salvation rather than doctrinal disputes will help to reach people with the gospel. Prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit are the most effective means of sharing the Gospel with a Muslim.
For me, and if we are honest all of us giving up control and putting our trust in Jesus is not only an essential but an imperative aspect of our daily discipleship. It implies having faith in God and submitting to His will as we move forward. It’s not easy to give up, especially when we’ve already experienced some disappointment or setback.
We as humans have a hard time coming to terms with the unavoidable change that is a part of life and the finite amount of time we have here. What we are looking for most of all is something that will be around for all of time, something that is immortal. As we become more aware of the transient character of this world, we find that we have an increased desire for the permanence that comes from other sources.
Wow, have you ever had a moment when something so exciting and powerful kept running through your mind that you just had to share it with the world? That’s what happened to me at 4:30 am when I woke up with “Galatians 5:1” which declares “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” New American Standard Bible – racing through my mind like a marathon run!I knew that I had to share this message with everyone because it’s just too important to keep to myself, it’s too powerful to ignore.
The Christian faith is fundamentally about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We hold the conviction that Jesus is the divine Son of God who came to provide salvation to all. He defeated sin and death through his death and resurrection, paving the way for us to experience eternal life with God.
What is Christian Systematic Theology it might be asked? So, so many Christians in our time and place don’t know what systematic theology is, don’t understand it, or don’t study it. Yet it is one of the most important parts of our Christian faith journey.