Category: "Christian living"

Randburg Baptist Church Eldership statement on Freemasonry

by Gavin  

Randburg Baptist Church Eldership statement on Freemasonry

 

Following on from our 3rd quarter “Twisted Jesus” Bible Hour series, and in particular the treatment of the Freemasonry issue on Sunday 23rd September 2018, the elders were requested to provide some clarification on our standpoint by a number of people within our local church community.

 

This is the response that was drafted in late September 2018, and that was circulated to those concerned, largely via personal WhatsApp messages:

  1. This is not the first time Freemasonry has reared its head at Randburg Baptist Church, and our historical position remains unchanged – it is wrong, dangerous and an association which should be avoided by believers in Christ.
  2. We have indeed declined membership previously due to association with Freemasonry.  Joyously, we have also seen folk willingly break their association, and repent of that, and then become faithful members of the Randburg Baptist Church family.
  3. “Twisted Jesus” was designed to engage with a few errors which needed attention within the church, including Freemasonry. 
  4. "Twisted Jesus” was never designed to provide a detailed set of information on the historicity or beliefs of ANY of the errors we tackled.  We concede that much was unsaid in the module, but that fell within the brief of the series.  Our focus was to predominantly hone in on issues w.r.t. errant Christology and soteriology, because that is the first place a cult/religion/sect/philosophy will stand or fall.
  5. The elders remain steadfast in our conviction (based on reasonable research done) that the Freemason movement is fundamentally flawed on multiple issues of theology, and is antithetical to the gospel and orthodox Christianity. Not only that, Paul’s injunction in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 is crystal clear – professing believers cannot and must not associate with darkness, and the imperative is clear: “Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them…”
  6. Notwithstanding all the “good” done by Freemasons in society, and equally notwithstanding that many are no doubt moral and ethical people, the unbiblical practices, unholy associations and false worship synonymous with Masonry have to force a conclusion that it is fundamentally anti-Christian.  We understand that many professing believers (and even clergy) form part of the movement, but how can light indeed dwell with darkness?  For how many might the devastating words of the Lord Jesus become a reality? ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23, ESV).  Mere profession of faith means nothing, and many so-called Christians will sadly face eternity in hell because they failed to rightfully submit to the Lordship of Christ.
  7. We have committed to carefully and prayerfully respond to the matters raised on the floor of “Twisted Jesus” in good time, and exercise due shepherding care for all the individuals affected (in various ways) by association of themselves and family members in Freemasonry.  
  8. Our commitment is first and foremost to God's glory, and to the holiness and purity of Christ's bride, the church which is called to be holy as He is holy.

                           

 

Help in Heaven!

by Gavin  

Help in Heaven!

 

We all know about “Help” buttons… if there is a problem in using a programme, click on the “Help” icon for information.  Help lines and call centers are everywhere and for everything – anything from severe life trauma, medical aid queries, insurance claims through to how to correctly wire your electronics to get them to work – help lines exist to render aid.

 

Why?  Because we need help, don’t we? As people things are often beyond us, and the expertise and intervention of others is necessary. People with more power, more skill, more insight, more money, and more ability are needed to guide, coach, assist, rectify and troubleshoot for us.  You’re probably done it many times this week already… calling someone to help with carrying the groceries, calling someone for help with dates you don’t know, calling a plumber for help with a burst water pipe, asking a sports coach to assist with improving at tennis or golf or bowls!

 

How much more spiritually? We live in a fallen world, as fallen, fallible, sinful people.  Our lives are in God’s hands.  Everything we have is from him…

 

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11–12, ESV)

 

We have a total dependence on God in every way – for life, health, provision, protection, salvation, daily grace, wisdom etc.

 

To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.” (Psalm 123:1–2, ESV)

 

This is a picture of total dependency, total need!  God alone can help us as needy people.

 

Now, what has that got to do with Ascension Day and us gathering tonight to consider the fact that Jesus is back in heaven?  This whole “Help” thing sounds a little left-field, a little removed from the issue of Jesus going back to heaven, right?

 

Well, today is Ascension Day in the life of the church.  But what does it mean?  Is it important?  We kind of know about Christmas and Easter, but Ascension Day?  We can talk a little about the importance of Jesus’ birth and life and death and resurrection, but his ascension?  Hmmm… that often where the wheels fall off, don’t they?

 

Well, there are a number of key reasons why it is important:

  • Establishes Jesus as ultimate ruler over all things (King of Kings, Lord of Lord)
  • Makes possible all the promises about the coming of the Holy Spirit as the “another Advocate, Helper or Counselor”, just like Jesus.
  • Keeps us longing for His return as judge – He’s gone, but He is coming back!

 

But I want to consider just one key reason in this reflection.  “HELP!”  The matter of divine help for believers in Christ Jesus!  Help for Christians, help for needy, sinful and vulnerable Christians is just one of the great benefits the ascension brings to us… How?

 

I want to peg our focus in Hebrews 4 primarily.  Let’s have a look…

 

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14–16, ESV)

 

In Jesus “we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens.”  “Passed through the heavens” is ascension language.  The thought is that Jesus has gone right through to the supreme place – and that is back in heaven, with the Father.

 

“… After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3, ESV)

 

See, after His death to save sinners, and resurrection that shattered the power of death, Jesus also passed through the heavens to be seated at the Father’s right hand.  That’s what the ascension accomplished. Jesus Christ is now is seated triumphantly at God’s right hand.

 

Christ reigns right now with all power given to him both in heaven and on earth. Nothing happens that Christ does not know of, and that He does not have authority over.  He reigns above all, and possess all power and sovereignty to achieve His purpose and to defend His church.    That’s hope building for the Christian!  But it should also be quite sobering for the rebellious sinner who rejects the authority of Christ.

 

And what does Jesus do there in heaven?  He intercedes for His people on the basis of his shed blood.

 

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34, ESV)

 

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, ESV)

 

See, Jesus is the Advocate for the believer, for the Christian – interceding for them.

 

So what?  How does all that help us, help me, help you?  What’s the result of this whole ascension and rule and right hand and intercession stuff?  Let’s go back to Hebrews 4, and see the development of the argument…

 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16, ESV)

 

That’s huge!

 

Think of where we started… we’re weak, fallible, sinners with weak faith and creaking, groaning, aging bodies, living in a world of crime, pain and heartache.  And believers in Christ have a risen, ascended Christ in heaven who is our advocate, interceding for us.

And Christians are invited to come to His throne of grace – confidently – to find what?  Mercy and grace in our time of need!

 

  • So, whether we are battling cancer, bitterness, betrayal, pride, or discouragement, we can pray with confidence because of our ascended Lord who intercedes for us.
  • When we face trial and affliction and confusion and distress, we’re invited to pray to God through Christ, who is powerful and concerned for us.
  • When we are faced with issues too big, pain too deep and decisions too confusing, the ascended Christ guarantees mercy and grace in our time of need.
  • When Satan comes and tells us that real Christians don’t do and say things like what we do, or people point fingers and say, “Hah, look at you – what a hypocrite you are!” or our faith is rattled and our sense of assurance gets eroded, where is our confidence? In Him, interceding for us, and in the invitation to come through Him to find mercy and grace!

 

When temptation and lack of assurance comes, our confidence lies in Christ – His finished work, His resurrection and His ongoing intercessory work for us as our Advocate in heaven all the time.  As the wonderful hymn, “Before the Throne of God above” captures it:

 

When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within

Upward I look and see Him there, who made an end to all my sins.

Because the sinless Saviour died, my sinful soul is counted free

For God the just is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me.

 

That is the significance and importance of the ascended Christ!  Be encouraged by that.

 

On this Ascension Day (40 days after the resurrection), take time to reflect on how Jesus’s ascension changed everything.  It provided his followers with power, grace, mercy, presence, gifts, and anticipation enabling them to advance his mission.  And through faith in Christ, that means YOU! 

 

There is present help and hope for the believer, for the Christian.  Why?  Because He is presently seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

 

But there is also future hope as well… this same Jesus will return earth to establish his kingdom in fullness and put his enemies under his feet.

 

Let those truths fuel hope and motivate even greater prayer as we face life in this fallen world!

Act like men

by Gavin  

Act like men

 

These reflections flow from very real issues that have surfaced in our church life and local community over the last week.  My focus in this blog is most particularly men, but I am acutely aware of very similar issues in the lives of many of the ladies too!  As our elders considered and prayed for our people last Saturday morning, the phrase, “Men in crisis” surfaced as a kind of summary statement.  If we take just a few samples to get a feel, our guys are facing issues like:

 

  • Decision making about jobs and finances and investments… “What do I do? How do I know that this path is right?”
  • How to live and function in a country with a economic rating downgrades, and loss of pension security.
  • Bereavement, having lost close family members
  • Health scares… this could be a new diagnosis of a problem, or situations with no real clarity as to the diagnoses, which fuels greater anxiety in families.
  • Health issues in a spouse or close family member, with concern as to the issues and the way ahead.
  • Parenting challenges, where spouse and kids need to be helped through deeply troubling waters as a result of living in a sin-affected world.
  • Work issues where oppressive corporate systems, harsh bosses and insecurity reigns daily.
  • Sexual temptations through visuals that are encountered and seen
  • Daily pressure of school and varsity, where academic demands and extra-murals combine in a fever-pitched frenzy of activities.

 

“Help!  Help me!  Say something to give me direction and hope!”

 

That is the cry – spoken and unspoken!

 

One man used words like these on Sunday as we chatted after the service: “Struggle.  Press on.  Run the race.  Fight.”  How true!  To that we could add, “Wrestle” and “endure” and “put to death” and “strive” and “toil” and “work.”  Those are the New Testament verbs that describe the Christian life.  It is not without biblical support that Bunyan created allegorical pictures like, “the slough of despond,” “Giant Despair” and “Valley of Humiliation” as images of life.  Why?  Because it is hard and confusing and uncertain!

 

And our men – and in fact, our people, live with those realities every single day.

 

What do we say as leaders?  What counsel should be offered pastorally?  What comfort and direction can be given, in the midst of the pain and the brokenness and the despair?

 

A few trite, throw-away comments don’t really cut it, do they?  Skim through the Bible, and pick a promise, and quickly apply it like a Band-Aid to a gaping wound? 

 

The space in this short reflection does not allow time to develop all the answers and solutions.  But suffice to say that we have God’s Word as a sure and steady guide, a resource of His gracious revelation to us that contains all we need for life and godliness.  The value of the ‘means of grace’ God has provided through the Word, prayer and Christian fellowship cannot be calculated.

 

This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” (Psalm 119:50, ESV)

 

But then I stumbled across this verse yesterday, in the process of a combined admin/pastoral task I was doing – matching appropriate Bible verses to the new members at Randburg Baptist Church as we prepare to welcome them into membership…

 

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14, ESV)

 

Now, I get it – this is NOT just written to men, because the Corinthians church was a multi-gendered and multi-ethnic mix – that’s true.  But that is still a powerful challenge to men:  “…act like men.”

 

That is actually a single word in the original Greek: andrizomai.  It is a power-packed word.  It is a word that seeks to convey the issues of courage and maturity and strength.  The clever dudes who know their Bibles better that I, show how this verb is a frequent command in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament).  It is a word that is used in contexts to encourage people to act with courage and strength in obedience to the Lord, and with confidence in his power.  For example, soldiers would be told to andrizomai.   We see it used in texts like these:

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)

 

And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous. For thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”” (Joshua 10:25, ESV);

 

“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20, ESV)

 

When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, that the LORD may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’” (1 Kings 2:1–4, ESV)

 

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14, ESV)

 

Men, life is hard and complex and perplexing.  As men who trust in Christ we’re called to serve Him faithfully, and to lead our wives, children, fellow believers and ministry areas with courage and diligence in the midst of a fallen world, filled with much pain.  Let’s not deny those realities, and the struggles we have.

 

But, while accepting that much has NOT been said here, can I exhort us all to heed the challenge of God to “be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong?”  Don’t give up!  Don’t get frozen into paralysis!  Resist the temptation to throw your hands up in the air and abandon hope!  For the sake of your own faith, your wife and children, others who look to you for guidance and support, the sake of the church and the cause of the gospel, stand firm!  Act like men!  Be strong!

 

Let’s do so relying on the rich support and fellowship that He graciously gives in local church settings, flawed and imperfect as that may be.  Let’s do so trusting in His great and precious promises that His grace is sufficient, that His power is made perfect in our weakness, that He will never leave us or forsake us and that heaven is indeed our ultimate home.

 

Prayers for our President

by Gavin  

Prayers for our President

 The media has called it Zuma’s “Night of the Long Knives.” 

 

The midnight events as Thursday 30th March gave way to Friday 31st March streamed through the news feeds.  A major Cabinet reshuffle in South Africa has occurred, with political carnage being the order of the night.  Hirings, firings and lateral movement was the issue. A week of uncertainty, tinged with some scary certainty, ended as the President expelled the Finance Minister and his Deputy, Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas.  Opposition parties are in protest, business leaders cry, “Foul” and the blog sites reflect the anger, disappointment and fear of ordinary South Africans.

 

No doubt opinions will continue to fly.  Emotions will rage.  Discussions will be had across the board in our country, amongst all strata of our beautiful people.

 

As professing believers in Christ, how do we see this all?  What perspective and should we have?  Irrespective of our own political allegiance, what are the umbrella principles and worldview issues that should dictate our responses and conversations and prayers? 

 

In a nutshell, writing as a pastor to help our people, I’d venture this in summary – look high and look long!

 

1)  Looking high involves a robust view of the sovereignty of God – that He is on His throne, that none of this takes Him by surprise, that His will and purposes are being worked out even in this turmoil, and that nothing undermines or thwarts His supreme authority.  Linked with that, consider that petty human kings, rulers, authorities and governments serve at the behest of God… If Mr Zuma thinks it is his prerogative to hire and fire ministers, he might be well advised to consider that he too serves under God’s supreme control…

 

Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” (Isaiah 40:21–24, ESV)

 

2)  Looking long is the believer’s hope, isn’t it? Jesus Christ is coming back.  He is coming back as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  He will judge the living and the dead.  Perfect justice will prevail round the Judgement Seat of Christ.  He will restore all things, and make all things right.  There is blessed forward-looking hope for the believer. What is happening in 2017 is a blip on the radar screen of eternity for the believer in Christ.

 

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might…” (2 Thessalonians 1:5–9, ESV)

 

In light of that, how then do we pray for our government, and our President?

 

There are many texts to shape that kind of prayer – prayers for conviction, for restraint, prayers for repentance and them to come to faith in Christ.  Ample cases could be made for imprecatory prayer, seeking God’s intervention and justice to be brought to bear to stop the rot, halt the abuses, and bring good for the poor and vulnerable who face the brunt of the aftermath.  To be sure, praying for God’s righteous anger to burn would be appropriate, coupled with His mercy to flow – for the nation, for the government and for the President.

 

But I am compellingly drawn to the timeless words of Psalm 2…

 

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2, ESV)

 

This really should be a model of prayer for South African Christians at this time – for God’s Spirit to bring conviction of the sheer arrogance, power-mad behaviour and godlessness that prevails.

 

Mr Zuma, it is highly unlikely that you will ever get to read this posting – but I hope you read something similar from someone, at some stage.  Believers in our country are concerned – not just about the political issues, which are often mere opinion. We’re concerned about the godlessness, the lack of righteous behaviour, the slide to a moral abyss.  We’re concerned about the heart motives in the corridors of power that seemingly undergird that – what appears to be a wilful rejection of God, an abandonment of His Word and a disregard for the authority of God under which you serve.

 

Mr Zuma, you claim that the ANC will rule until Jesus comes back.  In God’s mysterious providence, that may, or may not be, the case.  But the more compelling issue is this – Jesus Christ IS coming back.  And you, along with every other person, will get to face Him and give an account for your life.  And the Bible is crystal clear – those without Christ, without faith in the glorious Son of God, will be condemned to eternal judgement.  Mr President, will you be ready for that day?  I pray so, for the good of your eternal soul.

 

Please heed the call of God to you as a ruler:

 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10–12, ESV)

WHERE TO NEXT??? How do I pray for my spiritually blind children?

by Gavin  

WHERE TO NEXT??? How do I pray for my spiritually blind children?

This blog idea came to me yesterday afternoon, flowing from a very high-speed discussion with someone after our 9am worship service yesterday.  I has unpacked Mark 10:46-52, and considered the sight that was restored to Bartimaeus – both physically and spiritually.  I tried to make appropriate application – to both the believer and the unbeliever… themes of worship, blindness, grace, mercy, faith, commitment and obedience and submission!  It was there in general terms.

 

Then a great question came from a concerned parent: “How do I pray for my unsaved children in light of that, because they still spiritually blind?  In fact, how do we pray for our church kids and teens as many are spiritually blind?”

                                                  

I was in between a service and another class that I needed to teach.  Great question.  Left field.  Heart of concern from a parent.   Hmmmmmm…  Well, I threw out a few things in about 13 ½ seconds, but didn’t get a chance to give much more.  The realisation dawned that, as preachers, we can’t always poke and prod into every possible area of application, but that questions do get raised.

 

So then, what I thought I might start doing, is a follow-up blog from time to time, picking up on some of those loose ends, and trying to drive application a bit more.

 

This comes as a first “trial” attempt!

 

How then do we pray for our own children, and church children, who are spiritually blind to the truth, hard to God and seemingly resistant to the gospel?

 

Here are some general pointers, but not exhaustive, to use in intercessory prayer for our children:

 

  • Realise that they have sinful hearts, and pray that they would come to know their own need before God. Pray that there self-delusion is confronted.  Pray that those who think they’re saved by virtue of coming to church and acting “Christian” would be convicted of sin.

 

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, ESV)

 

  • Pray for divine heart surgery to occur, and God’s Spirit to come and bring life whwere there is death.

 

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezekiel 36:26–27, ESV)

 

  • Pray for the re-birth to happen, for regeneration of heart, which is God’s work alone!

 

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5, ESV)

 

  • Pray that true Spirit-achieved faith happens in a life of a child or a teen. Pray that you yourself do not resort to clever arguments to win a point, but fail to argue a child into the Kingdom.

 

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,” (1 Corinthians 2:1–4, ESV)

 

  • Pray that Satan’s veil would be removed that blinds to the truth, and that the Holy Spirit would indeed cause light to shine in the darkness.

 

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:3–6, ESV)

 

  • Pray your increased opportunities for spiritually shaped discussion with your own children, teens and student, and more for that within church life.

 

At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…” (Colossians 4:3, ESV)

 

  • Pray for great patience and godly parenting within our own homes, to keep exposing kids to the truth, and to keep shepherding them in ways consistent with the gospel.

 

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4, ESV)

 

  • Keep praying!!!! Be persistent in prayer.  Right back in the 3rd century a young man called Augustine went off the rails, and his mother – Monica – kept praying for him.  Years later, in a dramatic conversion in Italy, Augustine came to faith, and became one of the greatest writers and theologians of the early church.

 

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1, ESV)

 

Let’s appeal by faith to God’s mercy and grace for the necessary interventions in the lives of our children and teens – at home and at church!

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