The Gospel Goes On

The Roman emperor Nero once tried to get rid of all Christians in his city and in his empire. He hated their `Gospel’, their `Good news, there has been a change-of-rule – message’. Though they respected him and prayed for him, he knew they were speaking about another Lord, called `Jesus Christ’. Many Christians were tortured, thrown to the lions, burnt… But the Gospel they proclaimed went on. It still does. Throughout history many attempts have been made to stop this ongoing Gospel. But it seems that the more it was tried to stop it, the more it came back. Think of Russia, China, Iran and other countries where this was or is tried and where we however see a vibrant Christianity.

Upcoming Sunday we read Mark 16:9-20 and learn more about how the Gospel goes on and how you can be part of it. Invite others, join and be very welcome!

 

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Free from Fear of Failure

We all know fear of failure at times. What if… ? Often when we experience stress, underlying we fear failure. How can we deal with this fear? Of course we can try harder to be successful and avoid failures. We can hide our failures or look at the failures of others to feel better. But the Gospel shows us a liberating different way to deal with fear of failure. Upcoming Sunday we will learn more about this. You are very welcome to join the service and invite others who might be interested.

 

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Holiness honoured

How do you feel when you failed for your exams? Can you tell it to your family? How do we feel when you are not successful in raising your children? When your marriage is not doing  well? We all hate it to feel ashamed. However, shame comes to us in life. Because of things we did wrong. However, also when we do right, we can be put to shame. We call this misplaced shame. However, then still we feel how strong these feelings can be.

Upcoming Sunday we look at how to deal with shame. Again we look at Bathsheba. And we look at Mary. First it felt as if they were to be blamed for their pregnancy and to be put to shame. But ultimately they would be honoured by God. When we want to follow Jesus, sometimes people will make us feel ashamed. However the Gospel does not only have the power to free us from guilt, but also from shame.

If you want to visit the Nieuwe Kerk, please register here beforehand.  Deadline: register before the night of Friday to Saturday (00:00)

 

 

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(Un) Impressed

The secret of Christians living out the Gospel in an impressive way, is never that they are so heroic, but always that they are deeply impressed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At first sight the Gospel is not very impressive. But when our eyes are spiritually opened, we become so deeply impressed, that all the dangers and threads of the world will become unimpressive by what we have seen. Upcoming Sunday we look at Psalm 110, a Psalm of David and we will be enabled to see how these words point in a deeply impressive way to Jesus.

If you want to visit the Nieuwe Kerk, please register here beforehand.  Deadline: register before the night of Friday to Saturday (00:00)

 

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The Gospel in a multi-religious society Salvation and the Muslim concept of Sharia 29 April

Salvation and the Muslim concept of Sharia

Islam has been in the news often in the last couple of decades. Christian-Muslim
relationships often are not without tensions, but what happens when Muslims and
Christians have a serious encounter and talk about salvation?

Superficially Muslims and Christians seem to have much in common: the belief in a God who
is the Creator; God’s revelation in holy writings, the belief in final judgment, prophets,
angels, and also Jesus who did miracles and will return on earth.
Nevertheless when it comes to central questions like the character of God, the nature of sin
and the way of salvation, Muslims and Christians diverge widely. In the Muslim-Christian
encounter the big question arises: Allah or Jesus? For Muslims aqeeda (what they need to
believe) and sharia (how they ought to live) is essential. But what do Christians mean when
they confess that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life?

In the service of ICF-Delft on Sunday 29th April we explore crucial questions about the way
of salvation, and the character of grace, based on the Gospel of John (chapter 14 verses 1 –
17). For example: Why did God create us and for what did He designate us? How do we find
peace with God and true hope for the future? How shall we escape condemnation at eternal
judgment?

Why not inviting your Muslim friends or colleagues to join you for this Sunday service? They
are very welcome, and we are glad to engage them in further discussion over tea and coffee
after the service! The service starts at 12 hrs 15 in de Génestetkerk, Oude Delft 102.

Pastor Niek Tramper