That Jesus quoted this in Luke 4:18-19 and then claimed to be the fulfillment of that scripture later is a portent of His ministry and of the Church’s. Among the activities Isaiah 61 shares: Anointed by the Spirit to proclaim the good news to the poor Bind up the brokenhearted Proclaim freedom for the captives Release prisoners from the darkness Proclaim the year of the … Continue reading Isaiah 61 and the Missional God in Action
__________________________________ Love for Enemies (Matthew 5:43-48, NET Bible) 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like your Father in heaven [Emphasis mine], since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, … Continue reading Does God Hate Sinners?
Luke 4:18-19 Jesus’ prophetic proclamation of His purpose was not meant strictly for His time. As His ambassadors, we must follow Him, doing only what He hear from the Spirit of the Lord. We can glean some of the divine purposes that the Lord Jesus Christ has for His Church. We the Church must rely on the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. We … Continue reading The Mandate of the Church
After reading and re-reading the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:3-23), I am convinced that Christians must sow not only the word of the gospel but also our own lives, which incarnate that very word. People must see Jesus working in and through us; otherwise, our faith is abstract and theoretical with no earthly use for people in the midst of the life’s struggles. This … Continue reading Christ In You & The Kingdom of God