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The Gospel in Cathedral Square

The Gospel in Cathedral Square has arisen out of a deep desire to reach out to people with the glorious message of life.  It is our hearts desire that God would be honoured and that His word would go out faithfully.

God is the author of life both physically and spiritually.  “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”   Romans 11:36

Our prayer is that God would use us as His instruments: speaking the truth in love, listening and with wisdom, humility and yet boldness unashamedly bringing the message of God’s glorious kingdom to one and all and that He would use the message we bring for His glory and honour.

Come along to Cathedral Square 12 noon Saturday’s weather permitting.  If for some reason the weather is fine but we can’t be there as usual we’ll put up a post Friday or Saturday morning so maybe check for updates.

The tracts we use in the Square are all here on this site as pdf’s.  Look for ‘tracts for local mission’. Feel free to use them in the work of the Lord.  All printing and copying of any kind, electronic or otherwise: we ask that you keep everything as it is without change and send them out without charge.

May God’s name be honoured more and more.

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In Christ we live

Zac, Lloyd, Peter, Levi and Nick

What is an Evangelical local church?

A discussion on Evangelical DNA

Just what is an Evangelical?  What does it really mean in the full sense of the word?

What is involved?  What are the ramifications?   What does it mean to be an Evangelical local church / denomination?

What does it sound like and what does it look like?  What are the causes of Evangelical cancer, decline and apostasy?

What are the means of curbing, controlling, changing and curing?  Are we in need of an Evangelical Reformation?

 

 

 

What in the World is a Christian?

This is a really important question.  It is of vast importance since Jesus said that there would be those who would call Him Lord, Lord, claiming even to have performed miracles and yet, will hear that solemn pronouncement: I never knew (loved) you, depart from me.  There are other such warnings in the Bible as well.  The personal price is simply too high a cost to ‘hope for the best’. As well, our understanding of this affects other areas of life including evangelism and whom we should marry.  Click on the tab:  ‘What in the World is a Christian?’ on the left hand side of the page and read the article.

A biography of Isaac Watts: preacher and hymn writer

http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=25049&forum=35&0

 

The URL above has some interesting information about Isaac Watts.  It’s a fairy large article

so you might not want to try to read it in one sitting!

Is it possible to have absolutely no absolutes?

This post is about consistency and is another topic of vital importance as it goes to the bedrock of existence, meaning and purpose. I say consistency because people who claim that God does not exist are making an absolute statement. However if we are alone in the universe then there is no absolute from which to make such a claim. Hence to say categorically that there are absolutely no absolutes is nonsense because an absolute has just been stated. The best you can do is to say there are digdigly no digdigs. Of course that makes no sense either. Anyway, I hope to explore this further and look at some of the philosophies behind this delusion and some of the ramifications as well.

Is it the Bible OR the Bible plus?

Preamble:
This subject is I think of greatest importance. The right answer to this question forms the foundation upon which the whole Christian system may be understood. There is room for only one right answer. It cannot be the Bible alone i.e Sola Scriptura and Sola Scriptura plus. Everything builds from the outcome of that discovery. We must know and I believe God means for us to know. There are so many reasons why it is vitally important to look closely at this as there is much at stake. Indeed it underpins what we are to believe and how we are to live including our worship of God individually and corporately. Either the Bible stands alone for what we are to believe and how we are to live or that place must be shared by other competing voices, institution/s, writings or mystical impressions. For example, is the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) correct when it dismisses Sola Scriptura outright and claims that infallibility rests within church tradition, the RC church as well as the Bible and that together these three provide the full package?

Another example of the Bible plus would be the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) religion. Is JW correct when it clearly teaches that its governing body within their Watchtower Society is the only authorised, accurate and God given, interpreter of Scripture? Examples could be multiplied out but hopefully not required within the confines of this blog.
For the most part, within various religions, the Bible is not entirely undermined or relegated to the backroom of irrelevance, at least not in the stated beliefs of many of these religions including RCC and JW. And so, if a religion teaches that the Bible is God’s word then the officials of that religion and all of its participants must be prepared to test all of its writings, teachings and practices by the touchstone of Scripture. The reason is simple. The Bible being God’s word is not at variance with itself. On that basis the Scripture is then used to test all religious systems. The test would need to to show 100% compatibility with the Bible. It is along this pathway that I shall proceed with the investigation. Or in the words of Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Again, the Apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thess. 1:21 to: “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” And we are to do this testing in the same way as is found in Acts 17:10-11 where we read: “These (the Bereans) were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Will start the investigation soon.

Does God have a purpose in the suffering of His people?

Preamble:
Does God have a purpose in the suffering of His people? Another way of asking that same question is: does God have any involvement in the suffering of His children? Yet one more similar question might be: doesn’t God only want the best for His people? My answer to the above questions is yes, yes and yes! There are many voices. I have just now added mine. What we need though is a standard from which we can measure things objectively and try to gain real understanding, not as an end in itself but to strengthen our beliefs, our walk with God and usefulness to Him. Experience, church history, Christian writers, these can all be useful but it is to the Bible we must go for the standard we need. The Bible is a big book! I am aware that it is all too easy to just go to selected passages and view them in isolation from the wider context. I will try not to do this but would ask readers also to read around passages that are quoted or referred to. Fundamentally, we must not treat the Bible as an encyclopedia. If we do that we will end up with truncated views which will not be helpful and often lead to all sorts of strange teachings and practices. To try to combat that, I will try to bring something of an overview on this subject and to try to look at this important topic from various angles. If this is useful in some small way for the strengthening of God’s people and the glory of God I shall be even happier.

Part one
There is no denying that God’s people suffer, at times. It seems that you do not have to go very far before you meet with a Christian who is suffering in some way. Sometimes you hear of someone who ‘was a Christian’ but has since given up because they were overcome by the trails they experienced. What is true for us in everyday life is also true as we ‘walk through the Bible’. There is not only joy that God’s people express but also, at times, mild, moderate and even severe suffering. It’s also something that non-Christians will speak of and say: if God is so loving, as you claim, then why does He allow suffering? I think that too often we can be embarrassed by that question, look nervous and say, well, God’s ways are higher than our ways and leave it at that. Now, for sure, God’s ways are higher than ours and we must say that, and more. So, why do God’s people suffer?  Look closely at 1 Peter below.

1 Peter 1:3-8
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.

This is such a glorious passage of Scripture. We (Christians) have been born again by the abundant mercy of God and this is the result of God’s plan to save (election) v2. It’s a living hope with a sure inheritance in Heaven because God’s people are kept by the same limitless power that created the world and all things and the same awesome power that upholds the world and all things. Nothing can get in the way of God’s plans. He has the power, understanding and wisdom to carry it all out perfectly.

Christ’s death was no ‘unfortunate accident’, outside of the plan of God. Far from it! Rather, as the above passage shows, the salvation of God’s people was accomplished by this enormous suffering of Christ and being a sacrifice, acceptable to the Father, lead to His resurrection. In the same way, I hope to show, that the sufferings of God’s people likewise have a very real purpose.

Trials have a purpose
The Apostle Peter goes on: In this (great plan of salvation) you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials… Notice that phrase above: “if need be”. What is the Apostle saying, and what does he connect it to? Simply this: there will or may at times be a need for trials. But he doesn’t stop there. He has already stated that trials produce grief. But the trials have a purpose: the testing of our faith. The testing is to show authenticity and to bring about purity in the people of God. This is the purpose of the illustration that the Apostle uses regarding gold. Gold is not worth much in it’s alloyed state. As a pure element, yes it’s very valuable to the owner. So too the Christian. This is what the Psalmist meant in Psalm 23:3 “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake”. Righteousness is about purity. Not a purity we try to manufacture but one that is developed in the school of trials. Yes, trials are for our good, our sanctification but more than that, it is for His names sake. There is more that can be said but may we at least see that trials do not take place without a reason. A good reason. God has purpose in the suffering His people go through and He has given them an understanding of this in His word, for their good and to know that sufferings will ultimately benefit all who belong to Him. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32.  Hence Paul could say: in everything give thanks!  This knowledge is for the Christian’s comfort.  It means we are not lone.  God is with us, who can be against us?  He is sovereign.  Our duty and privilege is to follow Him.  To trust Him.  His grace is sufficient for our every need.  He is on the throne.  He is faithful.  We can endure.  Be comforted and strengthened.

Amazing Grace

Like many people, the first thing that comes to mind when I see or hear the words amazing grace, is the hymn by the same name. But I’m not sure that many would know much about the hymn or the person who wrote it. Amazing grace has been sung by many people over the years but was written by John Newton during the eithteenth century and was the response of a man to the amazing grace of God in saving him and bringing him to faith in Christ. Newton was a man worth knowing about and I plan to write about him and provide links in the near future.

Right now though, I want to centre this post on what or rather who Newton was writing about in his hymn: the Lord Jesus Christ. When a person comes to know Christ’s amazing grace or undeserved favour, at least five things things will be true of them: joy, reverence, humility, thankfulness and usefulness to God. I will comment briefly on the first three below.

Joy: because of union with Christ. My sins have been pardoned. I have been accounted righteous (more on this later). I’ve been transferred from the kingdom of darkness and am now in God’s kingdom. I am a child of God through adoption, having been born again and have been given an inhertiance and am kept safe by the power of God. That’s not all, but it is a good start and there’s every reason to be joyful! Read Ephesian 1 and 1 Peter

Reverence: This is deep respect for who God is. Who is God? Well this is the subject of another discussion in itself but I will provide a limited description at this time. God is absolutely holy, blamless and undefiled. I am a sinner. Yes a saved sinner but a sinner even so! I am a child of God but there can be no room for flipancy. God is in heaven, I am on earth. Yes, by His Holy Spirit He dwells in my heart. But He doesn’t just dwell in my heart. He dwells in the hearts of all His people. He is after all omnipresent. In fact, understanding the concept of His abiding in the hearts of His people ought to encourage reverence and not flipancy. If there is a need that stands out in the church (generally) it is the need for reverence. Reverence for the one and only thrice holy God. Read Isaiah 6

Humility: The proud person points to his or her accomplishments. Look at me. Look at what I have done. For the Christian, humility is about drawing attention to Christ in every aspect of life: out of gratitude for God this has to be the goal! Humility is about what Christ has done for undeserving, sinful, spiritually dead me in opening my ears and eyes and softening my cold hard stubborn heart to seek Him seeking me. Read Ephesians 2

Humility, joy and reverence says: I once was lost but now am found: help me to honour you in my life my dear sweet Saviour, king, Lord and friend!

In Christ by His amazing grace alone

Peter G. Moore

Welcome

Hi everyone. Thanks for visiting.

This site is for you! The purpose I have in mind is to ask some questions, bring some good teaching and some links to other sites that I have found helpful as an attempt to build up and bring joy to God’s people even in some small way. Yet, the highest reason for this site is for the glory of God.

May God richly bless you and may His name be honoured.

Peter