The upcoming Black-Friday deals and Christmas holidays bring about a consumerist insanity where we get swept up into frenzied spending that can be ungodly. We have to navigate carefully during this season.
Andrew Selley continues to unpack what is meant by the contemporary term “apostolic network” and discusses what is urgently needed from an Apostolic relationship in order for our churches to navigate the storms of our times.
Andrew Selley investigates the contemporary term “apostolic network” along with the unhealthy perceptions that often underpin it and gives some keys on how to recognise an authentic “apostolic partnership”.
This ‘sheep-fold’ analogy is such a common metaphor that when you come across it in Scripture you may not even stop to ponder – ‘Why are the righteous like sheep, and why are good leaders like good shepherds?’
People are pushing for public nudity to be more acceptable. Pornography is everywhere and film and TV love to use sex and nudity to add excitement to the entertainment on our screens. But is this a culture we should embrace?
One aspect of Paul’s ministry that is often overlooked is the value he placed on the integrity of handling finance and administration. Here are 5 guiding principles for leadership and those handling finance.
There is a song for now. In the same way that certain scriptures, words and phrases, take on new significance in different seasons, so our songs need to reflect what God is doing in the times we are in.
With the students we work with, we have seen how the Holy Spirit has done a significant work in their lives.. This has really brought a heightened sense of the significance of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives. Here are some of the things that stood out for me regarding the work of the Spirit this year:
I’ve often struggled to rest well on my day off. At times, I have seen friends (in ministry specifically) ‘burn out’ because they have not rested properly. In my fear of burn-out, I’ve sometimes avoided doing good and loving people in my holiday time, or my day off.
When the Spirit falls, the response of the crowd is very sobering. Some are “amazed”, they are in awe and curious wonderment. Others are “perplexed”, confused and cautious, they have no reference for what God is doing and are on the very edge of offence.
Unfortunately what I’ve experienced prior to finding breakthrough in life is: “With each different level – there’s a different devil.” It doesn’t end there, the encouragement is: EVERY difficult time has a God ordained expiry date, it won’t last forever and we will eventually break through.
When our worship songs focus on His character, glory, power, love and grace, we can’t go wrong. Singing to Him about how amazing He is can only be good for us; it takes our focus off ourselves and onto what – or rather, Who – is unchanging.
The question is: what is truly loving? The apostle Paul wrote; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16). To admonish literally means ‘to warn’.
Christ who lives in me, is now the centre of my universe. He has replaced the big I with the ever-increasing HIM. His desires have now been placed in my spirit and I have an entirely new and all-powerful ‘engine’ operating from within my being…
I love the Christmas season. Family, friends, kids off school, nights in front of the fire playing games, movies, long sleeps, and so much food! As my waistline expands, somehow, my Jesus seems to shrink!
Growing up it never dawned on me that the Holy Spirit was actually a divine Person. I did say the creed, and with my mouth acknowledged that, “I believe in ‘God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit.” But there was no inward reality of His divinity until years later.
There is often a misunderstanding around the person of the Holy Spirit. This is perhaps due to his name, “Holy Spirit”, which to some has connotations of an impersonal force from God or some kind of mystical fog.
Jesus said in Luke 16:11, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” As a team we have known tests and blessing in this area and here are my reflections for church leaders.