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The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Forty-Three

History shows us that individuals who participate in a revolution are radically changed by their immersion in the process. The ultimate success or failure of a revolution depends on how tightly its advocates align themselves with the cause – and how open they are to becoming the embodiment of what they profess to bring to […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Forty-Two

We are looking at the perspectives that helped Jesus be the Revolutionary that He was. Understanding the way He say things may help shape your view of what a revolutionary life is all about. Last time we saw… 1> Live the revolution 2> Victory through engagement 3> Motivated by love and obedience 4> Marching orders […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Forty-One

Jesus was the ultimate revolutionary. We can learn how to be agents of life transformation for the Kingdom of God (the goal of the revolution) by understanding how Jesus interpreted His role in life, how He established and pursued priorities, and the demeanour that facilitated His lifestyle and ministry. But we must also shed light […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Forty

We are looking at how Jesus, the Saviour of the world, looked at Himself. Last time we examined His priorities in life – priorities that guided what He did and where He invested His time and effort. This time let’s look at His character and demeanour. 2> His character and demeanour The best intentions in […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Thirty-Nine

We are looking at the reason the Church, when it is healthy is meant to be revolutionary. It is because its Founder, Jesus, was a revolutionary. We are digging in to our understanding of Jesus as a revolutionary by looking at the record of His life and ministry recorded for us by Matthew, a disciple […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Thirty-Eight

We are looking at Jesus as a revolutionary. Let me remind you of the definition of a revolutionary: someone committed to the thorough replacement of an established system of government in the hope of seeing radical change in society and social structures. We saw that Jesus reformed government – and took us out of the […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Thirty-Seven

The Webster dictionary defines a revolutionary as someone committed to the thorough replacement of an established system of government in the hope of seeing radical change in society and social structures. Various historians have argued that Jesus Christ was the most significant person in history, having the deepest and broadest influence of any person ever. […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Thirty-Six

We are seeing a large number of new alternatives to the traditional format of the local church. There are micro-models and macro-models (see the previous day’s blog). Will there be a macro-model, similar in magnitude to the congregational format of the local church, to replace that dominate but declining model? It does not seem likely. […]

The Church Jesus Is Building – Part Thirty-Four

A Century ago, carmaker Henry Ford professed his willingness to give people choice in their selection of colour for his cars. “People can have a Model T in any colour they want – as long as it’s black.” That is pretty similar to the view of many Christians regarding how people should pursue spiritual growth […]