Europe, a place where God is blessing people

When God made the heavens and the earth everything was perfect.  The stars and the planets were in their correct order and location and everything was ‘on the move’.  Planet earth, the sun and the moon each were set revolving in an orderly manner.  The earth revolves around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour.  The sun orbits at 492,000 miles per hour.  The moon orbits Earth at a speed of 2,288 miles per hour and completes its circuit in just less than 28 days.  But note the following:

  1. We have no sensation of movement of any kind, other than we can see the moon in different positions in the sky.  
  2. We can trust and depend upon the stability of this order and mariners can plot their course by fixing their location in relation to the North Star. 
  3. We don’t have to worry when we go to bed at night that the sun will rise in the East and bring all the benefits to planet Earth that it requires to sustain life.  

The earth’s perfect crust was broken up in the days of Noah when God brought a universal judgement upon the earth because of sin.  The fragmentation of planet earth’s crust created tectonic plates, upon which seven continents now stand.  The seven continents are Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.  Europe borders with Asia and the straits of Gibralter forms a border between Africa and Europe.  We have considered the geography of continents and of Europe in particular now we lets think about the geo-political structure of Europe.  There are 27 nations that are presently in the European Union and 1 seeking divorce from the EU.  History reveals problems between nations, which have resulted in war, and the migration of many people from their home country.  The European Union has a Roman Treaty that reminds us of the four world gentile powers i.e. Babylon (Iraq) Persia (Iran), Greece and Rome.   The Bible identifies these four world powers as ‘the times of the gentiles’.  In Luke 21 v 24 we read “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations:  and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”. The expression ‘the times of the gentiles’ does not describe the collapse of the Roman Empire but looks forward to future days when another burgeoning gentile world empire will be overthrown by the second coming of Christ to earth. In the days of the Roman Empire God revealed his interest in man’s spiritual well being by introducing the gospel to Europe. Acts chapter 16 gives the details of the Lord assembling his servants in Troas (Turkey) for this great commission of bringing the gospel to the people of Europe.  While in Troas the Apostle Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia appealing for help, “come over and help us” was his prayer.  Paul’s intended to travel East with the gospel but God had other purposes for him, the Holy Spirit re-directing him North-West into Europe.  The writer of the book of Acts was a Doctor, Luke and in chapter 16 of Acts he changes the pronoun ‘they’ to ‘we’. This reflects when Luke joined himself to the missionary journey.  God didn’t provide Paul with an accountant or a fisherman, he provided a doctor.  What a blessing this was when Paul arrived in Philippi and was treated brutally. Thankfully Dr Luke was on hand to help.  In Philippi, Macedonia Paul preached the Gospel and three people were became believers.  The first was a lady named Lydia, she was a businesswoman who had taken her business from Thyatira in Turkey to Europe.  Thyatira is the area where the purple dye was produced and Lydia was a ‘seller of purple’.  Her business interests did not deter her from believing in God and when Paul preached the gospel to a company of women by the riverside the Lord opened her heart to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and she was saved.  Not only was she saved, she was then baptized and immediately opened her home  to the preachers.  Lydia’s life was changed by her faith in the Son of God, also members of her household were saved at the same time.  God delights to save in families.  The second person that Paul reached with the Gospel was a young girl.  People were manipulating her young life.  She brought her masters a lot of profit by her sooth-saying but her demon possession ended when she received Christ as Saviour and the Holy Spirit indwelt her changing her life dramatically. Many young peoples lives are today being messed up by an indulgence in alcohol, recreational drugs which bring the sellers much gain and bondage to the spirit world.  Her salvation caused a rumpus in the city and her previous controllers created an uproar resulting in Paul and Silas being thrown into prison. This place was where the third person got saved; he was the keeper of the prison.  Paul and Silas were singing at midnight, their feet fast in the stocks, their backs bleeding when an earthquake occurred causing the building to be shaken and the prisoners released from the chains that held them.  The Jailor fearing for his life was about to commit suicide when Paul cried “do thyself no harm, we are all here”.  The Jailor called for a light, drew his sword and sprang into the secured area.  The question upon his lips “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  Paul answered his question “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and all thy house” that man was saved, and his family and they were baptized the same night.God is still saving souls in Europe, have you asked the question “What must I do to be saved”.  Believe today and you will be saved. 

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If there is no Christ – there is no Christmas! Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Why you might ask, it’s an excellent question.
Our belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe in divine revelation not just human discovery. In fact to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we all accept we need information from a trustworthy source. If you are serious about discovering the truth – check the Bible out. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it’s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other. The Bible is God’s message to mankind.
Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi and lots more.
Finally look at the prediction about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52 describe the horrific death of God’s Son on a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.
In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins’. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God’. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?

We preach Christ and Him crucified

The Gospel is good news!

Good news that there is hope, salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, life, glory … for all of us.  Good news that we don’t have to do anything to get it, but that God is willing to freely give it to us.

Why? Because we deserve it?

Absolutely not! We are dead in our sins, separated from God our Creator, and it’s not just a passive state. We are actively enemies in our minds by wicked works, heading to a lost eternity, without hope.

‘But God … is rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4)

There is good news for us – the Gospel.

‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ (Roms 6:23)

God wants to bless us with the gift of salvation – eternal life – and is able to because His eternal Son, Jesus Christ, willingly took our place under the wrath of God, was wounded for our sins, and died, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.

That death was on the cross, where Jesus suffered, going into the darkness and the place of separation, to cry ‘My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’, bear the wrath and judgement of Almighty God, and then die for our sins, to rise again the third day.

Without Jesus Christ there is no hope of salvation, no good news, no Gospel.

Without the cross there is no hope of salvation, no good news, no Gospel.

Therefore, the Gospel that we preach and make known can be summarised in four words.

Christ and Him Crucified

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Life’s most important questions – Is Jesus alive?

The Lord Jesus Christ is no ordinary person. I make this statement in the present tense because the Lord Jesus is not just a figure of history but he is, today, still alive in heaven. I don’t mean alive in the way we might think about a relative who has died and hope is now in heaven. As a Christian I believe people who have turned from their sin and accepted Jesus as their Saviour will be in heaven when they die but this is not my point at the moment. I mean that Jesus is alive, physically in heaven.

Your response might be – impossible and unbelievable!

The record of the life of Christ is all highly improbable if you ignore the key ingredient, God. I agree that the following seems way off the mark – believing that Jesus was more than a man, lived an absolutely faultless life, could do miracles, somehow became accountable for sin and evil and died to pay the price to deal with it on a cross outside Jerusalem and finally three days after his death came back to life. Add to that he lived on earth for forty days after his suffering, death and resurrection and physically rose from the earth and passed through the sky and space into the presence of His Father, God in heaven itself. On a purely rationale level this sounds like I am stretching facts and calling it truth!
A careful analysis of the facts points to Jesus being the Son of God!

The evidence points to it being statistically impossible for the historical predictions (the bible calls them prophecies) being fulfilled accurately being mere coincidence!

It was impossible to deceive so many historians and eye witnesses on a such a grand scale!

The probability of it being the truth is higher than the probability of it being a lie?
I believe that this is the truth of the matter. I believe that the evidence of the authenticity of the bible is there if you care to look for it. I believe there is no other honest conclusion that you can come to about who Jesus is if you are prepared to genuinely look at the facts.

In support of this the bible clearly states: ‘these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life in his name’, John 20:31.

What do you think?

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