Expectations of Biblical Counselling

People come for secular and pastoral counselling with all kinds of expectations. Some expect nothing really, except perhaps a mystical fix to all their problems. Others expect a listening ear—and clearly nothing more. Then there are always those who, like Nebuchadnezzar, expect the counsellor to “just know” what the problem is. On the other side […]

Perfect godliness

It it is a much repeated and intuitively evident reality that “Nobody is perfect!” and we are all “just human”. We sometimes appeal to that reality as a justification for our rather-less-than-perfect actions and attitudes. Instead those, Jesus used that reality to motivate us to be perfect in our personal godliness. In Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus […]

Transforming worldly desires into will of God desires

Worldliness is often defined in terms of a list of actions. And certainly every Christian would agree that the activities of adultery, bribery, lying, murder, and the like are not fitting for citizens of heaven who still walk this world. But the definition of worldliness lies deeper than just the actions. Worldliness is defined by […]

God’s love, justification, suffering, and godliness

In our church’s commitment to the Word of God, we are, in lieu of a Bible reading plan, practising a Bible writing plan. In Deuteronomy 17:18-19 a Bible writing plan was required of all the future kings of Israel, and this week the passage for our church is Romans 5:1-9 as we make our way […]

The Gospel Changes Men

The Gospel changes people. Most profoundly, it changes men. Men who either slink around with no responsibility and sensibility, or who parade around with a wild and free dominance, are all changed by the Gospel. The murderous Saul was changed by the Gospel into the patient and truth-bound Paul. The idol-worshipping Abram became the faith-justified […]

The Gospel Changes Women

One of the groups of society that are particular changed as a result of the Gospel is the women in our societies. Because of the inherent sinful nature in all men, women are naturally often degraded, abused or neglected. Countries governed by what Scripture would call false religions, often have horrific laws regarding women. For […]

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