Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Song of the month: No longer a slave to fear

No longer a slave to fear

No Longer Slaves
Verse 1
You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Verse 2
From my Mother's womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I've been born again into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins

You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God

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Hymn of the month: You (Ye) Servants of God

Ye servants of God

LHS 454 - Modernised wording

You servants of God, your master proclaim,
And publish abroad His wonderful name;
The name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
His kingdom is glorious, and rules over all.

Our God rules on high, almighty to save;
And still He is nigh: His presence we have.
The great congregation His triumph shall sing,
Ascribing salvation to Jesus our king.

Salvation to God who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud, and honour the Son,
The praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
Fall down on their faces, and worship the Lamb.

Then let us adore, and give Him His right;
All glory and power, all wisdom and might,
All honour and blessing, with angels above,
And thanks never-ceasing, and infinite love.
Charles Wesley

LHS 454 - traditional wording
1. Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol,
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

2. God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
and still he is nigh, his presence we have;
the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.

3. "Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!"
Let all cry aloud and honor the Son;
the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.

4. Then let us adore and give him his right,
all glory and power, all wisdom and might;
all honor and blessing with angels above,
and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.
Charles Wesley

LWF - Online Theological Course - Exploring Lutheran Theology

This course was originally aimed at undergraduate students, pastors and church workers who are interested in reflecting on different aspects of Lutheran theology. It is divided into eight week-long modules that included video lectures, compulsory readings and online and video tutorials.
The course is now available online to everyone.

The course covers:
Module 1:   What is Lutheran Theology  by Rev Dr Chad Rimmer
LWF Study secretary for Lutheran Theology and Practice

Module 2:  Luther, Lutheranism and Justification  by Dr Pekka Kärkkäinen
University Lecturer of Ecumenics, University of Helsinki, Finland

Module 3:   Transformative Readings of Scripture  by Rev Dr Kenneth Mtata
General Secretary of Zimbabwe Council of Churches, Zimbabwe

Module 4: Feminist Reading of Scriptures. Bible study Is. 55  by Rev Dr Mercedes Garcia Bachman
Lutheran Church of Theology in Chicago, US/Argentina

Module 5:  Creation   by Dr Eneida Jacobsen
Lecturer, Villanova University, US/Brazil

Module 6:  Ecclesiology. Church and churches  by Prof. Dr Jennifer Wasmuth
Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France/Germany

Module 7:  Two Kingdoms and Two Regiments by Dr Guillermo Hansen
Associate Professor, Luther Seminary, US/Argentina

Module 8;  Faith and Serving your neighbor. Diakonia  by Prof. Dr Sylvester Kahakwa
Tumaini University Makumira, Tanzania

Module 9:  Lutheran Theology and Inter-religious Relations  by Rev. Dr Andar Parlindungan
Executive Secretary for Training and Empowerment, United Evangelical Mission, Germany/Indonesia

To access this course and download the course visit:   https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-online-theology-course

Paper: The Biblical basis of evangelism by John Stott

‘Mission’, ‘evangelism’, ‘dialogue’, ‘salvation’, and ‘conversion’—as Christians, we hear these words often, but over time their meanings can become muddled and distorted. How can we return to a biblical definition of these terms?  In 1974 John Stott  opened up the scriptures and provided biblical perspective at the  International Congress on World Evangelization.  He reminds us that the best way to renew our gospel zeal is to return to the source of God's Mission, God's Word.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Book: The gates of hell - confessing Christ in a hostile world

The Church is no longer the darling of the culture. Those who have the courage to confess the Bible’s truths are labeled haters, enemies of culture, and hurtful to the state. The adversarial relationship between our culture and Christians is not unlike the one faced by our fathers in the earliest days of the Church.

But the Bible was written in a cultural situation far worse than the one we face today. When we begin to fear that Satan is triumphing, we must hear our Lord tell us that He will build His Church, “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). So even though it seems like Satan is winning, Christ promises that the devil will not prevail.

Each sermon and essay in this volume testifies to the power of Christ’s promise to defend His Church. The Word of God does what it says, and the gates of hell will never prevail against the kingdom of Christ, the Church. Christ promises.

Table of contents
1 "Upon This Rock" (Matthew 16:13-20) Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison 1
2 "Saying What God Says" (1 John 1:8-2:2) Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. 7
3 "Held Fast to Hold Fast" (Hebrews 10:23) Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr. 11
4 "Joy in Jesus" (1 John 1:1-4) Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray 15
5 "Ifs All about Love" (Leviticus 19:15-18) Rev. Nabil S. Nour E. 19
6 "Saints and Faithful Brothers" (Colossians 1:1-14) Rev. Christopher S. Esget 23
7 "Built on the Rock-Confess" Rev. Dr. Daniel O. S. Preus 27
8 The Gates of Hell and the Religion of Sex Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray 41
9 The Gates of Hell: Luther and the Two Kingdoms Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison 73
10 The Gates of Hell and the Status of the Church in Western Society Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe Jr. 105
11 The Gates of Hell: Defying the Devil in International Mission Work Rev. Dr. Daniel O. S. Preus 141
12 The Gates of Hell and the Table of the Lord Rev. Christopher S. Esget 167
13 The Gates of Hell and the Urgency of Preaching Rev. Nabil S. Nour 197
14 The Gates of Hell and Defending the Faith against Them Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. 219