6 Tips For Eligible Bachelors

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You don’t live in a culture that bludgeons men and women to death for speaking with the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with?

GREAT !

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This post is for those looking for a woman who shares their faith in Jesus; a woman you love communicating and spending time with, someone who stuns you with her adoration for God, her beauty, wisdom and her concern for both His church and non-Christian friends.

Someone to marry .. someone who will fall in love with you for the rest of your life!

AMEN!

You could find her in your church community, or maybe through your parents, maybe through spiritual mentors who are scanning radar and horizon on your behalf, even on Facebook (!!!).

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But surely, finding a woman of the aforementioned kind is a task easily embarked upon, but seldom quickly achieved. Of course, we need to pray and seek God’s choice to be sent our way. But how should young men prepare themselves, while praying and waiting? Continue reading “6 Tips For Eligible Bachelors”

Purity #3 : Gospel-Truths Will Conquer Sexual Temptation

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Have you faced lack of interest in reading or studying the Bible after giving in to sexual temptation?
I have. Either I couldn’t “find time”, or my “quiet time” would become two minute-long “The Fast and the Frustrated” affairs.
Even when I could find time, it would be as dry as sandpaper: there used to be tons of guilt over my sexual uncleanness- God used to feel distant and there was no motivation to know more about my dear Saviour Jesus.

Has this been your exprience? Ever wondered why all this happens?

1. Feast on God’s Word

We are beings who live by finding our satisfaction in things or people. Our spirits need spiritual food.

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Eat the right stuff.

The catch?

We were designed to find our soul’s joy only in the person of God our Father and our deepest sexual fulfillment in His designs (marriage or undefiled singleness).

Lust, sexually impure images or adultery, is spiritual poison for us. We will always choose between the feast of God and the feast of the Devil.

Which is why the Bible exhorts Christians to help ourselves to the great feast (Matt 4:4) offered within it! And to battle sexual impurity,

STEP #3: Starting now, remind yourself of the Good News by which you have been given new life, the very life of Christ. Continue reading “Purity #3 : Gospel-Truths Will Conquer Sexual Temptation”

The Importance of Having 3 Wheels In An Autorickshaw – Part 2 of 3

Last week we saw signs of what it looks like when our church is NOT living like it is God’s family. This is part of a series where I am comparing the “family of missionary slaves” model of being the church to an autorickshaw.

This week, let us look at how a local church looks like when it’s no longer living as missionaries. And I am assuming I am not the only one in all of God’s Kingdom who goes through times when I am no longer very eager to talk about Jesus before others who are not Christians.

 

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“This missionary is stationary and empty. Intriguing!”

When considering the three wheels of an autorickshaw, I am persuaded to think that the front wheel is the missionary wheel. The front wheel gives control & direction to the autorickshaw, just as the missionary aspect gives the church right direction. It is the main thing. The primary task of the church is to show the world Christ Jesus, it’s Savior and it’s Judge.
After all, it was Jesus’ own chief purpose in life. After all, God’s Holy Spirit is given to Christians, to proclaim the gospel in word and through our new lives.

In the midst of creating God’s community and serving with much grace, Jesus’ one purpose was to be a missionary by proclaiming the Good news that forgiveness is available to those who turn from their sins and put their trust in Him. He began with not just good deeds, as some might claim, but used audible gospel words.

So how can we know if His church is no longer keen to live like missionaries for their Lord Jesus?

Problem II. Our church is not living as God’s missionaries.

Symptoms
1. We don’t pray desperately for people we know to get saved- Neither do we pray for our zeal. When was the last time you and your church prayed regularly for someone’s conversion from sin to Christ? I mean – does it hurt you that someone doesn’t believe in our precious Lord Jesus? That they would perish on the final Day?

2. We don’t find time for evangelism, because we have our life-priorities wrong. We are called to seek first God’s kingdom, which implies there has to be repentance and re-orientation in how we live our personal life, career and recreation for the gospel and God’s mission. Like the disciples, we can find ourselves in a corner, trying to earn our own fish through our jobs to feed ourselves.

But this is NOT coastal Kerala lunch-time! This is the kingdom of God, if you indeed belong to Him!

3. We find our time spent mostly in places where only other Christians are found. Easy life?
When did Jesus say hanging out comes at the cost of initiating and developing relationships with non-Christians? But that is exactly what a lot of us end up doing, don’t we?
Remember how Jesus Christ pursued us while we were still sinners? Let’s go do likewise – consistently!

4. We are seldom invited by non-Christian friends to hang out with them.
As my church community elder recently reminded us in a sermon, Jesus was so often invited by ‘sinners’ for their parties. And He gladly went.
Are you invited by your lost friends? When invited, Do you let a couple of believers tag along and go?

Why not? Maybe it’s time to ask the Lord the reason?

5. We fear men and women above God- we are afraid of confrontational talk and discussions that can bring us trouble in any form.
A lot of times, being a servant of Christ could mean nothing but being the most loving spiritual whistle-blower in town.

6. We have been bad examples before non-Christians and that hinders the gospel.
Repent and asking forgiveness to the Lord AND to our non-Christian friends is a good starting point out of that mess. I have been there. God will come to our aid, even when we don’t deserve Him.

7. We don’t hear or read of others’ salvation stories and learn from the experience of veterans in sharing the gospel.

This should be self-explanatory.

8. We do evangelism, but we do not rely on Holy Spirit to give us Jesus-type of love for others.
When with non-believers, do you talk about their bad behaviour behind their backs, with little intention of addressing the problem with the person concerned? That’s sin- that’s gossip. 1st Corinthians 13 reminds us that without love, God counts this “evangelism” nonsense-noise.

Are there any other points you see that are missing from these symptoms? Please write in from your experience of sharing the gospel.

Next week : Signs that our church is not living as God’s slaves.

All the saints in the city.

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to be part of the team that organized a monthly prayer conference for pastors in the western region of Pune. This post is about the experience I had there.

Let me lay my heart open about interacting with pastors from other denominations – I used to frequent a church where I have seen a lack of faithfulness to the preaching of the one true gospel and where out-of-context sermons were commonplace. So when my job required me to be at the monthly prayer conference s with pastors from various types of churches, though I was excited, part of me was apprehensive.

Here was a chance to network with various church leaders, learn from and share with them. But would I have to encounter unbiblical teachings? What would happen if anyone in our team openly disagrees with a pastor, senior to us in both age and experience?

Such were my thoughts as Vishal our church elder, Lokesh, my dear brother and gifted teacher and I walked into the venue: a standard, low-budget hall with yellow walls and dim tube-lights. We began setting up the place as pastors and church leaders began trickling in slowly.

The meeting started with a time of singing led by two young men who made mistakes, but still did a good job- soon, we all joined in. We sang some meaningful and touching Hindi songs about Jesus Christ boisterously. After a time of praying for needs and a session on training church leaders in local churches for the purpose of church planting, we broke up into small groups to discuss a chapter from the discipleship training material that was being introduced.

I was to help the small group of pastors and church leaders before me with the 1st chapter and facilitate the discussion. This chapter was about the core message of the gospel. I looked at the chapter and then at the pastors who had by now, gathered chairs in a small circle.

Are these brothers going to affirm the gospel in its basics? Or are they going to come up with popular but unbiblical versions of this gospel? Was that pastor looking at me as if I am a museum exhibit?

Gulp.

We began our discussion with a good look at the book of Acts 10, where the apostle Peter shared the gospel message to the non-Jewish people for the first time ever. As the discussion went on, the motley crew of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ distilled the simple message of Jesus Christ from Acts 10. It looked something like this:

– Jesus Christ is the Lord of all .
– God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power.
– He went about doing good and healing people.
– The people put him to death by crucifying him.
– But God raised him on the third day and made him appear to many.
– He commanded his followers to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
– The prophets in the Old Testament have borne witness that everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

And it was then that the group began to open up and affirm how this gospel message was the most important thing to us Christians. We went on to share about how each of us first received this good news. Did we hear this complete message? Or were parts of the gospel left out for some reason?

I saw how each person in the group began to share as God’s Holy Spirit gave utterance. One middle-aged lady, who seemed a bit reserved, shared how people walk away from churches because the gospel was not shared in it’s entirety with them and they probably never were followers of Jesus in the first place. Sad fact, but true!

I also was encouraged by one gentleman, a 40-something church leader. He was quiet throughout the discussion. Towards the end, he spoke up something to this effect-”Many people come to Christ because someone tells them “Come to Jesus and He will meet your need of a car or a fan or a house.” And when God doesn’t give them those things, they show no more interest in who Jesus is. Or, after they get what they came for, they leave, because they got what they really came for! No! For us who have a relationship with Christ, He has given us eternal life! We are forgiven-what else do we need? ”.

He smiled, his eyes sparkling as I too sensed the joy that flooded our group, which was from God because truth was being proclaimed; Jesus was being made famous. Awesome! I was thrilled to hear words that placed all their confidence in Jesus Christ and were boasting about His good message that had brought light to each of our darkened lives and called us “unworthies”, saints.

Now we made His children to represent Him in our city. Wow. What a privilege to have been a part of this conference. I look forward to the next one, come agreements or disagreements. Because this is our chance to be part of Christ’s work.

Are we content to be part of our own church’s growth and largely ignore networking with other churches to serve them?
Or do we believe and plan our lives as if the Holy Spirit is actively working in all Jesus-followers in the city?