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Gospel-Centred Living

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After a discussion on the article Simplified Missional Living the general feeling is that living with a mission-mind isn’t a typical mindset that we have as we go through our habitual week. Some ideas sound too foreign while others seem so simple we wondered why we didn’t think about it sooner. Perhaps the question to ask first is what is ‘missional living‘? It is a buzzword that is rapidly adopted by many Christians. It simply means to live a lifestyle with the intention to share the gospel message. The understanding is that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.

Is a reason why we don’t actively participate in missional living because we don’t have that same understanding?

Recently we were reminded in Genesis 1 & 2 and Revelations 4:11 that all of creation spells out the glory of God. But as we take a look around in our society, we see that God is not honoured. Instead, we see the idolatry of man-made things all around us. Since we know who is the true and living God, is this one of the several reasons why we should seek to lead our friends to Christ?

The article isn’t titled Simplified for no reason. It lists some clear and simple ways for Christians to make opportunity to engage with others to tell the gospel. While we may not feel comfortable with some of the ideas, the basic principle is there. Make every opportunity to not only be personal witness of Christ but to spread the gospel.

Sharing the gospel isn’t just reserved for evangelistic events organised by the church. Why not reflect on your week and see what new connections you can make. Coming up… is an opportunity for the group to engage in the community to help promote our church. Stay tuned!

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99 Balloons – A story of thankfulness to God

In light of recent news, 99 Balloons is a moving video that reminds us about the sovereignty of God in suffering. Watch how a couple put their trust and hope in God in the midst of tragedy.

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99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

Happy Easter!

For someone who doesn’t know much about Christianity it’s unbelievable how we could be happy about someone dying on a cross. But we can! As we were reminded on Sunday the event didn’t just stop at the crucifixion, the death of Jesus on the cross, but he rose from the dead so that all those who believe and trust in him may also share in this eternal life. May we continue to reflect upon this truth and not let the “cares and riches and pleasures of life” (Luke 9:14) distract us from this hope of eternal life.

God’s Good News

We have learnt so far about what it means to grow in Christ, individually and together in fellowship. In our last study we learnt about another growth and it is the growth of the gospel. The gospel is all about God’s good news. We read:

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27 (ESV)

God wants the world to know about Jesus Christ. This was the mystery that was hidden for thousands of years since the day he made the promise to Abraham. Now we see Christ fulfill this promise by being our hope of glory through his death and resurrection for us, blessing all those in the world who believe and trust him as the King.

If we heard and believed this good news, and it is good because it is saves life, then it should be natural to share this news with those who haven’t heard it. But we must remember that it is God’s news and it is God who chooses whom to reveal this mystery to. So when we tell the gospel, why not always ask God to reveal Jesus to those we want to evangelise. Let’s pray “that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” and “that [we] may make it clear, which is how [we] ought to speak” Colossians 4:3-4 (ESV).

Even if we are not evangelising, by being wise in our life, in our behaviour and attitude, and simply by being real and humble servants of Christ, we can make opportunity for non-believers to see and ask about about Christ.

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6 (ESV)

When our friends asks us to participate in something that we clearly know is not right, why not make a stand, be different and when the opportunity arises explain it. If you get into a conversation on a topic that deals with moral values, why not try go deeper and explain the reasons for your values. If your friends or colleagues or family does not know that you are Christian, why not start telling them. You could tell them when they ask about your weekend.

Let’s encourage each other to continue sharing the good news. Remember that we are not alone, God is with us every step of the way.

Know – Apply – Share


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  – Colossians 3:16-17

Being a Christian isn’t just about having received the gospel of Jesus Christ once, and putting our faith in Him and then not have our lives transformed by it. We learnt that receiving Christ  is to continue to accept Christ as our Lord in our daily living. But what does it mean to live with Christ as Lord? In Colossians 3 and this verse we see 3 things:

Know – The word of Christ is to dwell in us ‘richly’. As we read the Word, learn from it and trust in it, we  grow in our knowledge of Christ and this knowledge should permeate and fill every part of our Christian life.  In knowing Christ we understand who he is and what he has done, and what it means to live with Christ as Lord.

Apply – Knowing Christ isn’t just an intellectual exercise. This knowledge demands change in our lives as we submit our life to Christ. It means totally transforming our life so that we have put away our old ways and put on a new self, imitating Christ as we learn more about him. The Word sets our mind on God and other Christians, not on this world. In everything we do, we are to have Christ saturate our talk and and our deeds.

Share – Just as we come to understand God’s grace in Christ through hearing the gospel, so it should be natural that this good news be shared to others. When people see us living the way we are in Christ and for each other, they will come to know about Christ, opening doors for us to tell them about Him.

As we continue to study God’s word together, we learn to grow together in maturity in Christ, to love each other and to share God’s word. Finally, all this is possible because of God’s grace in Jesus, so let us always give thanks to him.