Mainstream Mavericks presents
The Pagemaster Symposium
The Dynamism Of Change
a back to the basics series
Date: Saturday, 13th October 2018
Time: 1pm prompt.
Venue: Excellence Hotel, Aguda-Ogba, Lagos.
(Description: its the small hall outside just before you enter the reception. Adjacent the banquet hall)
Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:16-17 NKJV
It’s a basic expectation in the kingdom that who you are before and after you meet Christ are two distinct persons. There must be a change to herald that encounter of yours with the Lord.
If you and your environment can’t testify of undeniable changes in you since you met Christ, then there is a problem of stunted growth.
We trust God for the power to inspire that change in this up coming symposium. Join us as we draw out from God’s word, life changing truths.
There is a law of sowing and reaping as the scriptures below will show, but to be properly understood, let me say this first.
Giving should be an act of faith. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. In other words, the thing you value most is what you spend money on the most. And the scriptures advise us to place our value in the things of God. We do this by how well we give cheerfully to the things of God.
There are two major reasons people give in their defense against paying tithe. The first is that it is an Old Testament practice. The second is that there is no record of it as a New Testament practice.
Both arguments are wrong.
Let’s look at some New Testament scriptures that point to the relevance of tithe in the New Testament.
The idea that the believer is meant to eat his or her tithe instead if giving it to church is based on a major misconception. In the Old Testament, there were three sorts of tithes to be paid from the people, besides those from the Levites to the priests;
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21 NKJV
If the evidence the opposition threatens to present frightens you, then you have something sinister to hide.
I am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. Well, here it is. A friend sent me a link to a ‘once saved, forever saved’ post seeking my thoughts on the it.
Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;
“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”Matthew 5:22NKJV
And again, in James it says;
“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”.James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).
With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:
In my first post about this doctrine of ‘once saved, forever saved’, I said that many are poorly equipped to fight this error. So, in order for us to be better equipped, I spoke about the fundamentals of their philosophy of ‘grace’, so that we know what we’re up against. In this post, I want to speak about another factor that many lack which makes them ill-equipped to contend for the true gospel of grace – it is the rules of engagement which should govern us in this ‘civil war’ in Christianity.