Original Christianity Restored

As time goes by we may know that the Bible is an important book. But we may feel that we need a contemporary preacher to interpret it for us. So that it may become relevant for us. Such feelings are not new. When the apostles began to die and the Gospel had arrived in new places and times, people felt like that. In the end of his life, the apostle Peter put in every effort to remind them (and us!), of the fact that the Gospel is already relevant. The Gospel and the Bible, consisting of the writings of the prophets and the apostles, already have given to us the decisive interpretation of the greatest facts in history. Which are the coming, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What we need are not contemporary preachers making it all relevant for us. What we need are faithful ministers who will remind us of the interpretation that is given to us in the Bible – which is not coming from men, but from the Holy Spirit. Christianity is a historic faith. It does not need renewal, but reminder and faithful explanation and application. From the Bible they show us what it means that Jesus is the Saviour and the King and Lord, Who came and will come. For we tend to forget about it, to fall asleep in a spiritual sense.

In an almost invisible way new teachers can cause the church to drift away from its historic apostolic content and to drift away from the Bible. They can feed the thought that the Bible is too difficult for modern people and that they need modern theologians with new interpretations. Peter’s last words are devoted to awaken us to not let such thoughts creep in. Unless the church continues to pay attention to the Scriptures as to her light for contemporary times to prepare her for the return of her Lord and Saviour, she will stumble and fall. New teachings will ultimately result into a church becoming like the world around her. Through the words of the apostle Peter in his second letter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus and of God is knocking on our door. Are we drifting away from historic, apostolic Christian faith? The great need of the church in all times is that original Christianity is preached and restored from the Bible as its only relevant and reliable source.

Upcoming Sunday you can hear more about this when we gather as ICF-Delft for worship. You are very welcome to join!

Pastor Jos Slager

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When original Christianity gets twisted

Original Christianity is like a powerful medicine. A powerful medicine heals from the disease and restores someone’s health. Likewise original Christianity heals, saves from sin – our greatest disease And it restores life; eternal life with God.

In Peter’s first letter Peter saw how original Christianity would soon be insulted and persecuted and he wrote a letter to encourage and to help persevere. Upcoming Sunday we will start to read Peter’s second letter. This is his farewell letter, he wrote it shortly before he died. His great concern in this letter is that he saw that while Christianity was growing rapidly, twisted versions of the original would rapidly become popular. He saw that this would happen in a very subtle way. As a result, many would begin to regard original Christianity as outdated. And so the healing, saving power of original Christianity would be lost. In his second letter Peter reminds us in a powerful way of what original Christianity is. He helps us to see how it can get twisted and how damaging that is. And he encourages us to persevere in original Christianity.

Upcoming Sunday we will read II Peter 1 : 1-4, where Peter reminds us of what original Christianity is all about. You are very welcome to come and investigate – also when you are not or not yet a Christian. And feel welcome to invite friends. It is possible again to come physically. We encourage to use this option – although you may also still join online of course.

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Salvation in a Multi Religious World, April 22

‘Salvation in a Multi Religious World’

What is the salvation that Jesus brings to the world? We live in a multi religious world, so we hear different stories on salvation. How do Hindus speak about salvation? If we compare this with what Jesus offers, what do we get? In a series of three sermons we think about salvation in Christianity compared to Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. Coming Sunday we start with the origin of Hinduism: the sacrifices of the Vedic religion.
The sermon will be about Acts 14,8-20.

Hear, see more in the church service of ICF Delft coming Sunday 22 April in the GĂ©nestetchurch, Oude Delft 102, 12 hrs 15.

Pastor Simon van der Lugt