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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Why pride leads to problem

Believe in yourself! ‘Be proud of yourself, just as you are!’ `Do what your heart believes that is good, follow your heart!’ Statements like these are not just statements. They are a modern creed. A creed that is shared by many. Many have come to believe that we ourselves are the best place to look at, for what we should trust, what should decide what is good and wrong and what we should follow. The Bible disagrees. It says such pride leads to problems and is a problem itself. Even those who know that may not be inclined to agree. Neither did Peter, when Jesus spoke to him and encouraged him to be humble and not to believe in himself. Peter didn’t agree. Later on he learnt his lesson. In the letter he wrote he shares what he learnt and what we should better pay attention to.

You are very welcome to join this service!


Because of the decreasing numbers of corona infections, the rules for church services are changing. From coming Sunday, we can invite more than 30 people in church.

If you want to come to the church, you can express your interest by filling out the google form before Friday midnight. On Saturday you will then get a personal invitation to join.

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Resources to face awkward situations

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Perplexities in life and awkward situations don’t disappear when someone believes in God. They are part of life with or without God. But faith in God gives you resources to face the most awkward and perplexing situations. We will hear from one of the greatest leaders of the church ever, the apostle Peter, how to face these situations with the resources God has made available to us in Christ.

Looking forward to being with ICF Delft again!  We will read 1 Peter 2:1-10


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Damaging Hopelessness Dealt With

Our hearts are informed by our minds. Our minds are informed by what we hear and see. Our conduct flows from our hearts. If our hearts have come to believe things, this will become visible in our conduct. For instance, if our heart has come to believe that we will not pass our studies, then our efforts will immediately drop to a minimum. And such conduct of course is damaging for our results. Exhortations to work harder will not have any effect. Unless the conviction is addressed that we will surely not pass our studies.

We have started to read from the Bible the first letter of Peter. Peter writes to people who struggle with really tough experiences. Due to these experiences their motivation to live Christian lives might drop to a minimum. Although Peter does not deny these experiences, he addresses the conviction that these imply that there is no real hope. Fuelling their and our hope, he renews the motivation to live a Christian life – so that we can become agents of hope. An important theme!

Join and invite others to watch the service with you! We will read I Peter 1:13-2:3.


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Start of a new series: Persevere with Peter

How do we survive in a life full of setbacks and disappointments? What keeps you going? What do we need to stay on the road to salvation? And what does that road, or such a life then look like? Peter, follower of Jesus Christ and leader from the very beginning, writes a powerful letter about these important questions. He addresses his readers – including us in the coming weeks – as follows: “strangers living in exile.” Next Sunday we will read the opening verses. Three words stand out and are worth remembering: priesthood, praise and joy.


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On following Jesus

Every year on our way to Easter we stumble over the betrayal of Peter, Jesus’ most loyal friend and follower. In coming Sunday’s passage, we see how Peter tries to save his life but ends up losing it. Jesus on the other hand, gives His life in order to be vindicated. He is the Messiah, we are his followers. As we follow Jesus on our way to Easter, we reflect on two important questions: who is Jesus? And, what does it mean to be a disciple?

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