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Calling the church of Christ back to humility, integrity and simplicity

Autor: Chris Kidd
Data: 23.10.2010
Category: Integridade & Humildade

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Publicado originalmente em Inglês

Chris Wright

Cape Town Commitment – part 1 “For the love of God” has already been created, “For the love of the church” is being worked out here – pray for the team who are writing this.

What kind of people must we be – our theme for today and tomorrow.

At the opening ceremony we started from Pentecost, but the mission of God goes much further back to the covenant with Abraham about 4,000 years ago: that all nations will be blessed.  The whole purpose of is that of mission.  We see it throughout history, the mission of God bringing the nations back to Him.  But there have been many obstacles in the Bible and history to the mission of God.  The biggest obstacle isn’t other faiths, governments etc., the greatest problem is his own people.  What hurts God the most is not just the sin of the bible, but the sin, the failure of those he has redeemed and called to be his holy people.  The majority of the prophets were addressed to God’s own nation, Israel, and yet in contrast we spend all our time attacking the world and not checking our own actions.

The idolatry of foreign nations is important, but even more important is the idolatry of the Israelite people.  There are many idols, many false Gods but three

  1. Power and pride
  2. Popularity and success
  3. Wealth and greed

The whole of scripture gives us strong warnings against these idols that pervert people.

Power & Pride

Isaiah, Micah, Jesus, Paul in Ephesians 4: to be obsessed, or even to be concerned with status, office and power in the Christian world is sheer disobedience and destroys what we seek to accomplish.

Popularity & Success

Lead us into dishonesty, distortion and false prophets.  Like the false prophets in the Old Testament, they were popular because they gave the people what they wanted to hear.  Check out Jeremiah, and the early church in Corinth.  We cannot accept lies and questionable statistics to gain funding and support for our projects and ministries.  We are called in repentance to humility and integrity.

Wealth & Greed

The idol of greed is seen in the Israelite priests, e.g. Micah, Isaiah.  We know God loves to provide abundantly for His people, but Moses in the same book also warned against the danger of that, as your heart can become proud.  Jesus gave the same warning.  We are called back in reprentance to simplicity.

Jesus faced all three of these temptations from the devil.  Jesus chose the path of humility, integrity and simplicity and relied on his father.  Tragically so many Christian leaders and missionaries fail these challenges, and then the whole church pays for the cost of their failure.  So when we critique the world we are bluntly and rightly told to clean up our own backyard.

On the opening ceremony we looked at the reformation.  Why was it needed?  Because the same 3 idols were prevalent in the church, and meanwhile the ordinary people lived in ignorance of the Bible.  Reformation was the desperate need of the hour.  Surely the same desperate need is with us now.  Chris dares to suggest that it needs to begin in the world evangelical world.  We have self-appointed apostles with little resemblance of the characteristics Paul spoke about or looking like Jesus; we know of false statistics which lead us to the idol of success; we have affirm God’s blessing but many promoters of the prosperity gospel focus on enriching themselves and ignore the theological issue of suffering.  Meanwhile so many ordinary people live in a church with biblical poverty and a lack of leadership.

Palavras-chave: integrity, humility, women, men, simplicity, prosperity

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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Gardner-Webb_University (0)
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Very powerful video. This discussion allowed me to scrutinize some things about myself. Usrely there is work to be done.


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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou SAMUEL_REDDY (0)
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THIS SUBJECT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TODAY.

WE NEED TO GUARD OURSELVES FROM :

POWER AND PRIDE

POPULARITY AND SUCCESS

WEALTH AND GREED.

LORD PLEASE HELP ME AND OUR WORLD FROM THE ABOVE EVILS. WE TRUST YOU TO KEEP US AWAY FROM THESE SO THAT WE CAN HONOR YOU WITH OUR LIVES.

LORD YOU ARE ABLE TO DO MORE THAN WE CAN ASK OR THINK.

GRANT US THE DESIRE TO GROW CLOSER TO YOU LORD JESUS, BECAUSE YOU WERE TEMPTED IN THESE AREAS AND YOU OVERCAME. HELP US TO BE OVERCOMERS.

GOD BLESS FROM PS. SAMUEL REDDY

FROM SOUTH AFRICA LIVING AND SERVING THE MASTER IN INDIA.

samreddy2004@yahoo.com

Skype : Sam.Reddy1

Telephone 0091 - 988 670 3800 / 0091 - 80 - 41616357


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