Holy Spirit

Saints In Christ

  • Posted on: 6 August 2017
  • By: Andrew Smith
Saints In Christ

"To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father." (Colossians 1:2)

This is a verse that is often skipped over, but one which holds a huge truth. Every christian is a saint and a member of the family of God. When we meet together as Christians, it’s a time to celebrate this fact. In doing so, we celebrate something that the reformer Martin Luther called The Great Exchange:

Worldly Sorrow (or Why It Is Necessary to Forgive)

  • Posted on: 7 December 2016
  • By: Andrew Smith
all of the christian life is one of repentance

“As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)

Music In Worship

  • Posted on: 26 October 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

If you have ever set foot inside a church, you will have encountered people who are undecided about the role of music in the worship life of the family of God. To avoid silly arguments, its best to look at the bible rather than peoples personal taste. The bible does not give us specific guidelines about songs and genres of music. What it does give us, however, are principles regarding the holiness of God, and the nature of worship, and if we believe that the bible is the inspired word of God, we are to cling to those principles.

To Be Alone With You - Singleness

  • Posted on: 12 October 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

Before we set off down the road of what God says about the interactions between men and women in His word, a few things need to be made very clear. The church has often placed a great deal of value and emphasis on people who are not single, often because it is slow to understand the culture that surrounds it. Focussing on being a “family friendly church” often leads to those who are single feeling less welcome.

Adolescence

  • Posted on: 5 September 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

(I will preface this by saying that as a man, I do not experience or understand all the ins and outs of what it means to be a biblical woman. I am writing this specifically to males, and to be helpful to those who interact with and are the parents of males. I hope it will be helpful in understanding what God, as a loving heavenly father, expects of His sons)

“And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.”
(Luke 1:80)

Disciplined for Holiness

  • Posted on: 22 July 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

Adapted from an original article by Phylicia Masonheimer

Ultimately the gospel is what matters. We all just need to quit trying to say this is right and that is wrong and be at peace with each other. People keep drawing too many lines in the sand… Forget the peripheral and concentrate on what really matters: the gospel.

Is this right?

I’ve also been told the following: “Stop telling us what to do and how to live,” They say. “All we need to do is love God and each other.”

People of The Lord

  • Posted on: 21 July 2015
  • By: Andrew Smith

What is the Church?

People will give you many different answers when asked what the church is. One church leader I know defined his church as a place that didn’t have all the negatives the church he grew up in carried. It is important to begin with the idea that we do not base a church on what we don’t want, but rather we base it on the word of God. However, let’s begin with a parable:

Grace & The Holy Spirit

  • Posted on: 12 July 2015
  • By: William Woods

An analysis of the relationship between grace and the Holy Spirit. It does this by showing the works of grace under two categories of grace, Chesed and Chen, and describing the role of the Holy Spirit in those works. The significance of the Spirit of God of the Old Testament being the Holy Spirit of the New Testament is then presented. The theological gain of this recognition is demonstrated.

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