Psalm 18:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer: my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I have often thought about how to tell people about the saving grace of Jesus. What it means to be saved and from what? And how do we get there? How do we bridge the gap?
I have always thought that life is better with God, through Jesus, than without Him. However, just saying that has seemed to me to be short selling God… treating Him like a bolt-on extra, rather than the all transforming, all saving, all redeeming, all loving, all powerful, judge and Father.
Recently I have been pondering on five words that have given me clarity in my thinking and understanding.
Revelation: To see what God has revealed to you. To recognise our need for salvation. (Acts 16:30)
Restoration: To be made new, to be redeemed into the place of His child. (Luke 15:11-32).
Resolution: A decision by yourself to make a commitment to follow Jesus. (John 3:16-21).
Revolution: To turn, to move forward-but also, that everything changes an actual revolution happens in our lives. What’s important to us, how we spend our money, our relationships, our honour of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Revival: Filled with the Holy Spirit, infectious, pressed down and overflowing. For all people. (Luke 6:38).
Rev Ashley Evans, Synod Evangelist