I had the most incredible day this past Monday (11 June), even though it was my 24th wedding anniversary, the Lord gave me an incredible gift. He allowed me to connect with a friend from one of my old work places whom I had not seen in well over a year. Chris is a very passionate man and intelligent and a seeker of truth and wisdom. We met over coffee and chatted for a few hours, and then two of his friends came along, Laura and Andrei. Very engaging and charming people. The conversation covered many things of the Kingdom, salvation and Jesus being the only means of salvation and grace. Wow it was incredible.
But even more so, is that the New Testament teaches the planting of churches through the conversion of new Christians, and not the taking of older mature ones from difference church fellowships, and then building a good nucleus, and then planting a church. I am being stretched and challenged as to this aspect of church planting. The question is, “what do you think?”
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The above blog post was written at a time when I was eclectic in my theological & biblical views and understanding. As of 5 February 2017 I am a functional cessasionist, that is, I believe the spiritual gifts, in particular gift like the vocative, prophetic gifts as well as healing & miracles have ceased. This means that my understanding is that at the end of the apostolic era, when the last apostle died (that would be John who was at Patmos & Ephesus, the author of the Gospel of John, Epistles of John & the Revelation of Jesus Christ, with his passing, the need for these particular gifts, the oracles of God given to men through the Holy Spirit, were no longer required. With the forming of the Canon of Scripture, there came to be no need for revelatory gifts. In fact in Revelation, John himself records the words of Jesus, “18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.” [Revelation 22, CSB]
God is sovereign, still heals, still manifests in the miraculous, but not at the whim or the discretion of men. We pray and ask the Lord, and then we yield and surrender to His will, echoing the words and the spirit of Christ, “Not my will but your will be done.” [Luke 22:42].
I embrace and hold to a Reformed understanding of theology & Christian living in the world. I have abandoned my other views entirely. I would be more akin to a Reformed Baptist (1689 Confession) type of Reformed theology. I used to be a continuationist (akin to John Piper) but no longer.
God bless you as you seek to know Christ and the power of His resurrection [Philippians 3:10 CSB].
In the eternal grip of Jesus,
Samuel M. Buick
29 January 2018
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