For the most part, our lives, interests, and even some ministry efforts focus on concerns that don’t concern Jesus Christ. Among conservative Christians today there are temptations so subtle... More > and so obscured in religious jargon that, instead of being recognized for what they are (areas of temptation and sin), they are taught as doctrines of faith and sold to the masses who follow naively.
We are not to prostitute ourselves to the values of this evil world system, even if they are baptized and preached as Christian.< Less
"Many believers talk about the kingdom," Ray says, "but do we really know much about it—and its radical implications for our personal and corporate lives." Go ahead; ask... More > yourself, “Do I know what I’m talking about when I refer to the Kingdom of God? Do I really understand how it relates to my day-to-day living and believing?” Addressing very important issues within the conservative Christian movement in the United States, Thy Kingdom Come is for anyone who wonders what is really meant by "The Kingdom." If you're ready to challenge what you've assumed or been taught, then let Ray broaden your horizons.< Less
The family is the created image of the Triune God, the highest and fullest expression of God's image in humankind. As such, the family is a unit of persons in relationship with the overall purpose of... More > providing for the spiritual and social needs of its members. The church is the custodian of God's word and is responsible for the nurture of its families, not only in godliness, but also in social and cultural adjustments and in generation-to-generation survival and growth.< Less
Jesus is The Prophet. Every word that comes from His lips is prophetic. Every expression of His will is prophetic. Every work of His Spirit is prophetic. The Holy Spirit is the conveyer of truth to... More > the church both in words and deeds; and the church is to be a picture of that very truth to its community and world. Prophecy is far more than words or visions. Prophecy is a life lived individually and in a gathered community that bears testimony to God and His redemptive work. Prophecy isn't restricted to the simple understanding of the prophetic ministry that most charismatics espouse. True prophecy always, without exception and in every way, lifts up Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.< Less
The church is to follow Christ's incarnational example in its ministry to the world. If the church's structure and practice is intended by God to be a means to redemptive ends, then the church today... More > must change. The degree and pace of change depend upon each individual situation and its variables. But the necessity for change will not change.< Less
The task of the church, no matter what tradition or history, is to live incarnationally. It is the model of service that Christ exhibited and calls us to follow. One thing is clear: If the church's... More > structure and practice is intended by God to be a means to redemptive ends, then the church today must change. The degree and pace of change depend
upon each individual situation and its variables. But the necessity for change will not change.< Less