Posts Tagged ‘Biblical Truth’

Transforming Culture

Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Mt. 28:18-19)

Have you understood your mission… as a quest to disciple nations!

RevivalHut Ministry is connecting Christian leaders, who will plug into a 3 year training program… to an unfathomable adventure in Kingdom Pursuits. We call these spiritual incubators – Apostolic Training Centers. They are not just Bible Studies, but a life course… like a journey that molds raw humanity into true disciples of Christ. There are so many important transitions that must be made within our mindsets and our personal convictions in order to fulfill the mandate of Jesus, who said “pick up your cross and follow Me”.

I would like for you to consider your fellow Christian brothers as leaders and part of your team… a Kingdom Team! You will not be in competition for anything, but looking to advance the Kingdom for the benefit of all the churches in the region, as well as all the people within reach of those congregations. We are aiming at transforming the culture… beliefs, activities and governing structures must be looked at through a new and fresh perspective – through the Biblical Truth revealed in Jesus.

7 Mountains of Influence:

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” (Isaiah 2:2)

We promote the idea that all societies emerge and define themselves by 7 platforms or spheres of influence…

1) family, 2) education, 3) government, 4) business, 5) the arts & entertainment 6) media & communication and 7) religion.

If our goal is to transform culture, then we as God’s Kingdom People must be disciplined and authentic; as well as being lead by the Holy Spirit. We need to see ministry as part of every sphere of society and we need to make an impact. We need Kingdom minded Business People, Entertainers, Scientists, Government Officials, etc. – and we need to gain ground in the arenas of the spirit by ruling well in the midst of the opportunities God offers us.

So the key is to know God and understand that He created these models of influence and understands how they should function properly from His perspective. We must be trained in spiritual truth so that we can obey the prayer of Jesus (Mt. 6:10) praying, believing and demonstrating Kingdom Impact – “that His Kingdom would come and His Will would be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We believe the Bible speaks directly to us and unlocks the truth of how God’s People can become His disciples and walk in His Glory, ruling well and releasing cultural transformation.

And we are watching it happen in regions all over the world.

The Strategies: Psalm 133

Some of the steps that are important are 1) developing networks of visionary Christian leaders, 2) gathering these leaders for prayer and training sessions, 3) encouraging one another and celebrating achievements as a team and 4) honoring one another as fruitful laborers in the vineyard within our reach. As Psalm 133 proclaims to us… that is where God commands the blessing! In the midst of anointed Kingdom minded Leaders – united for the purpose of advancing God’s agendas in the Earth.

This is the basis for the RevivalHut Network. This is the priority that sustains revival fire and a passion for cultural change. Our hope is to empower leaders to see themselves differently, yet consider that God sees ministry in all arenas of life not just pulpit ministry, like those who preach as pastor or teacher. We invite ladies and men, we encourage business people and educators and develop passion for the community we serve, because we believe the Church must become the unified force for change in the Earth. Its not about how many people come to our churches, but how many leaders are influencing the culture for the Kingdom of God. Yes we see wonderful Church growth, but even more we see practical changes being made in society.

“…teaching them to observe all the things I have committed to you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20)

Is Hell Real?

I am often asked to share about the reality of hell, yet I write these thoughts with a sense of caution, knowing the great passion this topic brings to our minds. Let me first say that I believe there is a flood of false doctrine being advanced lately by people who do not understand the justice of God. They would rather believe in the wisdom of man and philosophies that depend upon frail foundations, more than Biblical Truth. Men try and tell us “that God is too merciful to punish souls forever… that all mankind, however wicked and ungodly… will sooner or later be saved”. We are being asked to embrace what is called “a kinder theology” and treat hell as a pagan fable. But this is not Biblical Truth… and it is not a “kinder theology” if it leads to deception. We must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). 

Foundation:

This question of whether hell exists, lies at the very foundation of the Bible. The Message of the Glory of God, His moral attributes, His justice, His holiness, His purity, are all involved in our true understanding of hell as a real place, with real eternal significance. The Scripture has spoken plainly and fully on the subject of hell. If words mean anything and if our Christian faith is to be interpreted fairly, then hell is real and there are people who will be cast into it!

The same Bible which teaches that God sent Christ to die for sinners, also teaches that God hates sin, and must from His very nature punish all who cleave to sin by refusing to embrace the salvation He has provided.

God knows I find it difficult to speak about the realities of hell; but without speaking about hell, we cannot speak clearly about the Cross or its message to humanity. I would gladly and boldly share the truth of salvation through Christ to anyone, even the very worst of sinners. I would willingly say to the vilest and most wicked or the richest and most prestigious of our society, “Repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Mk. 1:15)(Acts 8:37)(Acts 16:31)

“But God forbid that I should ever keep back from mortal man what Scripture reveals about hell as well as heaven…that men may be lost as well as saved.”  (Quote by Rev. J.C. RYLE )

The Facts Remain:

  1. Hell is real! The Bible speaks more about Hell then Heaven. (Mt. 23:33)(Mt. 5:29)
  2. Hell is fearful! It is a place of torment and punishment. (Lk. 16:28)(Mt. 13:42) Hell is a place of real intense suffering, ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth’.
  3. Hell is eternal! (Mt. 25:41)(Mt. 25:46) “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Salvation is the Free Gift of God - to All who Call Upon the Name of the Lord! (Eph. 2:8-10)(Rom. 10:13)

The hope of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mt. 4:17) is that Jesus died for sinners and bore the just penalty for their sins! Now God offers a full and free pardon, forgiveness of sin and salvation from sin… for those who repent and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ as their Savior! (Rom. 5:7-11)(1 Pe. 3:18)(Jn. 6:47)(Acts 3:19)(2 Cor. 5:21)

Keep Your Worldview Biblical

We can be taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

If we don’t really believe the Truth of God and live it, then our witness will be confusing and misleading. Most of us go through life without recognizing that our personal worldviews have been deeply affected by the world. Through a wide variety of influences, the secularization of America has created a warped view of history, morality, science and the origins of life. It affects our thinking more than we realize. When we choose to leave our worldview to chance, we will be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophies that depend on human reasoning not on Christ.

1. What is a Worldview?

A worldview is the lense from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. It’s the basis of our thinking… our ideology, philosophy, theology or belief system.

For example, a 2 year-old believes she is the center of her world, a secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exists, and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification.

Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all we believe to be true, and what we believe becomes the driving force behind emotions, decisions and actions. Therefore, it affects our response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything.

2. What’s a Biblical Worldview?

A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When we believe the Bible is entirely true, then it becomes the foundation of everything we say and do.

Someone with a Biblical worldview believes their primary reason for existence is to please God.

3. How does a Biblical Worldview get Diluted?

Here is the big problem. Non biblical ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly everyday through societal relationships and media, like television, music and movies. We  have become a media crazed society.

For example, most Christians would agree with 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and other Scriptures that command us to avoid sexual immorality, but how often do Christians fall into  sexual sin? Is it simply because they are weak when tempted, or did it begin much earlier, with the seductive lies from TV or movies?

4. Why does a Biblical Worldview Matter?

Because we live in a selfish, fallen world! The ideas and philosophies that govern its behavior appeal to the desires of our flesh. Our minds kinda work like a computer… our programming tends to function based on what information has been received. We often end up believing things that we have not really thought through. Without even knowing it, our lives can be shaped by the things we see and melted or conformed to the patterns of cultural norms, rather than Biblical Truth.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

However, by diligently learning, applying and trusting God’s Truths in every area of our lives — whether it’s going to a movie, communicating with our family or working at the office — we can begin to develop a deep Biblical faith that will stand against the unrelenting tide of our culture’s non biblical ideas. If we capture and embrace God’s perspective on reality and trust it with unwavering faith, then we begin to make the right decisions and find oueselves equipped for every good work. In the end, its these decisions and actions that reveal our witness for Christ. We must fight to keep a Biblical Worldview.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom 12:2)

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