From Tony in Porthcawl ….
Jesus did not tell us to go out into the world and have theological arguements and create splits.
Paul had to have serious words with the Corinthians: “I appeal to you, my brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, agree among yourselves ……….I have been told …….that there are quarrels among you.”
Jesus told people then and is telling us now to go out and baptise people and create a Christian world of Christian brothers and sisters.
This is one of the facts that I love about Breakfast On The Beach. There is no such thing as an emphasis on denomination. The emphasis is on Christians, often from different denominations, getting together, learning and maturing as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and together experiencing deep encounters with his Holy Spirit.
… from the love of God?
From Sean in Cardiff ….
Paul tells us (Ro8:38): “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Jesus Christ, our Lord.”
Paul has described God’s action in us through his Spirit. In fact the providence of the Father covers all the events of our lives. Nothing happens in the world, in our family, in our lives merely by chance or because it was “our fate”. Paul stresses the Father’s personal attention for each one of us. God knows us in Christ from the beginning of the world: children known before they are born, but also destined for a unique place in creation! Whatever be the way we come to know Christ, it is a personal call of God who gives us the
opportunity to believe!
Allthough I would say we are lucky to know Christ Jesus, we must realise that the Kingdom of God extends much further than the reach of the church. There are many who do not know Jesus and the gospel and we must pray for them, yet God knows how to lead and save them, for the sacrifice of Christ Jesus was to save all humankind!