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Leadership

Matthew 20:25-28 – But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (more…)

Another Look at Salvation

Eph 2.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

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Subjective Christianity Meets Legalism

Welcome to the first blog entry of the second season of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a  look at subjective Christianity and legalism. (more…)

Love One Another

Welcome to the seventh blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a  look at the most excellent way, love..

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The Commands of Jesus

Welcome to the sixth blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a  look at the Commandments of Jesus.  This post is longer than normal, but there’s a lot to say here.  As always, you can watch the embedded video version, which has much of the same content. (more…)

Reading the Bible As A Narrative

newdirection LGWelcome to the fourth blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a quick look at Reading the Bible as a Narrative. (more…)

Doctrine

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Welcome to the third blog entry of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture.  Today, we take a quick look at doctrine.

It is often said that churches stand and fall on their doctrine.  If you investigate the reason for the hundreds of denominations in existence today, oftentimes, you will find doctrine as the main culprit.  In fact, numerous individuals, professing Christ as Lord, killed others for differences in doctrine.  In 1 Tim 6.3-5, Paul warns that one who understands nothing teaches a ‘different doctrine.’  So, what is doctrine, and just how important is it?  For this entry, I will quote heavily from Cecil Hooks paper, Gospel & Doctrine. (more…)

The Gospel

newdirection LG(This is the second in a series called “New Direction”) – With the introductions out of the way, we jump right into the meat of what this show is about.  As I mentioned before, my wife, friends and I desire to share what we have learned over two decades of following Christ and living for His Glory outside the context of a traditional church gathering.  Of course, much of what I share will also benefit those who play a role in a traditional church, as well.  Today’s entry, in particular, can benefit anyone, believer or not.  Today we talk about the Gospel message.  The word gospel means good news.

Here are some scriptures which plainly convey the Gospel message.  (more…)

New Direction – Overview

Salutations.

(Note: If you have not read the earlier introduction, you will want to do so).

In discussing the new focus God has brought to me, I wish to first provide a little background for those who do not know me, personally.  My name is Phil, aka JCServant.  Over two decades ago, I handed my life over to Christ after studying numerous religious texts.  God spoke to me, through the Bible, showing me how much I hurt Him and others through my selflish, sinful life, how I deserved death, and how He, in His love, took my place on the cross.  I began attending church, and searching God’s Word to learn more about following Him as a disciple. (more…)