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Christianity is a relationship with God. Not a philosophy of life, but a way of life. Dr. Tuttle explains from scripture and from his own experience what the Gospel message is and how we can effectively share it with others. The same power of the Holy Spirit that was available to Jesus and the disciples is also available to us today. Pray that you will recognize and exercise the gifts the Holy Spirit gives you to be effective in your sphere of influence!
I love a God who pursues us, from the very beginning, before the Lamb was slain, before the foundation. I love the story of evangelism. I love it that God knows who we are, but yet pursues us from the very beginning and continually is looking for an opportunity for our fellowship to be renewed and refreshed.
To continue the imagery of the gate, the latch on the gate keeps it shut. Pull as hard as we wish, we can't open the gate. But as we'll see, God is willing to reach down and unlatch the gate for us, so we can walk through. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
Summary: This is an excerpt from the online Bible study, Basics of Spiritual Growth, by Dr. Stephen Martyn. In this online Bible study, Dr. Martyn discusses The Lord's Prayer, particular the last part of Matthew 6:13, "but deliver us from the evil one." Satan is described as a lion on the prowl seeking to catch us in his jaws. What recourse do you have to withstand this great enemy?
One of the greatest needs today is that there are so many Africans coming to Christ that there’s a large gap between those who are following Christ initially and coming to Christ and coming to Christ and being brought into churches with effective leadership. There’s a great need for leadership development in the African context – people well-trained in Bible, in theology, in church history -- that can answer some of the very difficult questions that some of these new African believers are bringing to the table. And right now, evangelism in Africa is running at about 24,000 new believers every day. And the result is that we can hardly train leaders fast enough for the growing African church. And if we don’t train leaders more quickly and better, then we’re going to end up with innumerable problems and heresies and difficulties that create problems in the Christian expressions in Africa. So this is a very important theme.