Stand in awe

I read facts like those listed below and cannot help but praise God – he made the stars!

On 20th August 1977, Voyager II, the interplanetary probe launched to observe and transmit to earth data about the outer planetary system, set off from earth travelling faster than the speed of a bullet (90,000 miles per hour.) On 28th August 1989 it reached planet Neptune, 2,700 million miles from the earth. Voyager II then left the solar system. It will not come within one light year of any star for 958,000 years. In our galaxy there are 100,000 million stars, like our sun. Our galaxy is one of 100,000 million galaxies. In a throw away line in Genesis, the write tells us, ‘He also made the stars’ (Genesis 1:16). Such is his power.

Nicky Gumbel, Questions of Life

 

Vague theology

Following on from the idea of getting interested in theology I wondered if anyone could a magazine like the one below but entitled Vague Theology? On second thoughts I wonder if it is already “in print” in the minds of most Christians when they talk about God. If in doubt this think of any comments you have heard where someone says, “I like to think of God as being like… and you will realise how thoroughly unbiblical many of them are. (I originally saw the cartoon here.)

Start studying theology

Yesterday I mentioned the need to be understanding in our love of God. I do realise many theology books are written in an academic and pretty inaccessible way and that this puts many Christians off of exploring theology as a way of expressing their love for God in a deeper way.

However there is no need to despair as now there are many more easily readable and understandable theology books available. One such is Incomparable by Andrew Wilson, (subtitled Exploring the Character of God). It is cheap (I think my copy was 5 pounds) and in brief easy to read chapters he explores the rich subject of what God is like. If theology has been a fearful word to you previously this is a good place to begin.

Below is a sort of theological joke based around the fact that Jesus is all knowing, lol!

Don't be stupid

Love should not be stupid. I have heard Christians explain their walk of faith as, “I love Jesus and that’s all that matters.” That is not enough. Paul writes to the Philippians (1:9-11),

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Undoubtedly love should be the great trait of the Kingdom of God, it should guide us in our relationships with God and everyone else (believers and non-believers.) Ye we must understand that love needs to be trained so that it might be filled with knowledge and discernment – love is trained so that it is the “best’ love. Let me mention two things that might help apply this verse.

On a very simple level we have to ask how we can love someone we do not know? Theology is an exploration of who God is and should result in worship, praise and adoration – if your theology (and study of it) doesn’t do this maybe you are getting it wrong.

The same principle of simplicity might be applied to our walk with the Lord. We are not called to wander in the desert but to walk in the paths of God, to follow the promptings of the Spirit, to see what the Father is doing and do those things.

Be filled with the knowledgable and discerning love of God – and then see the fruit it will produce – a knowledge of what is excellent, purity in your life, fruitfulness, and praise and glory being given to God. A few verses later (1:27) Paul gives this command, arguably it is the result of nonstupid love.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ,

Who are you?

Today I am travelling back to India to be with my wonderful wife and children for about six weeks – it has been two months since we were last together. It is a straightforward journey of about 24 hours travelling time and then I shall have to readjust to being husband and dad – I know what I am (dad and husband, even a friend to some), I simply have to remember to live it.

With extremely poor linking I would ask who you are. How would you describe yourself today? Confluence blog recently gave this list (below) of who, as believers, we are. My question is not whether we know who we are (what the Bible reveals), it is simply to ask do you live who you are?

  • John 1:12 I am God’s child.
  • John 15:15 I am Jesus’ friend.
  • Romans 5:1 I am justified by His grace.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
  • Ephesians 1:4 I am chosen by God.
  • Ephesians 1:5 I am adopted as His son.
  • Ephesians 1:18 I am God’s glorious inheritance.
  • Ephesians 1:13 I am sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit.
  • Colossians 1:13 I am redeemed and forgiven.
  • Colossians 2:9 I am complete in Christ.
  • Romans 8:1 I am free from condemnation.
  • Romans 8:28 I am assured that God is for me.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21 I am anointed and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
  • Colossians 3:1 I am hidden with Christ in God.
  • Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
  • 1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
  • John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple and His Spirit dwells in me.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation.
  • Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.
  • Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
  • Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.
  • Romans 1:7 I am loved by God and called a saint.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:2 I am a saint.
  • Philippians 1:1 I am a saint.
  • Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.