Salvation

Fokus på Jesus och evangelium / Focus on Jesus and the gospel

Friends of Jesus

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” John 15:14 Jesus is wonderful and He is Lord.  Jesus is not a harsh Lord, but neither is He wimpish.  The wonderful thing about Jesus is that He walked here on earth and showed an example in lifestyle in action, not just in words.  As you probably know, He also gave His life for us on the cross so we can be.. Read More

The cross of Christ and our crosses

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”” Matt. 16:24-25 The gospel about Jesus is about the cross of Christ.  Jesus completed His cross for our sake and therefore man can now be reconciled to God through.. Read More

Afterward he repented

“What do you think? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’ “He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he repented and went.” Matt. 21:28-29  I guess everyone has been there, that you sometimes change and regret your previous attitude.  That you regret your previously established path can be due to several different things.  In the context above, it was one son.. Read More

Servants of God

“As workers together with God, we ask you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1 The apostle Paul, who in a special way received the revelation of God’s grace, wrote, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the verse above.  Paul was saved by grace and that grace became for him like an engine, which propelled him forward.  He exhorts us not to receive grace in such a way that.. Read More

Hit hard on sin?

There is no doubt that sin is only destructive and evil and that it brings a lot of problems and suffering.  Sin should not be excused or beautified, for it is evil.  Some hit hard on sin, by preaching much against sin.  But, to strike against sin by merely portraying how destructive sin is, that is not the solution.  It is important to inform about sin and its consequences, but the focus should.. Read More

Christian religious correctness

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Jesus was not religiously correct.  Jesus is the truth and speaks truth in love.  But, Jesus would surely still have been called extreme, exclusive and undiplomatic if He walked the earth today.  It all depends on who you asked.  For others would surely say of Jesus,.. Read More

Never stop preaching

“forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved…” 1 Thess. 2:16 The method for people to be saved is for someone to speak, spread, preach – the gospel.  It is a message that needs to be spread so that people can be saved, rescued, for eternity.  There is a battle going on regarding the soul of every human being.  Without Jesus you are lost and it is nothing new.. Read More

A normal church

“You became followers of us and the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit. Therefore you were examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For the word of the Lord sounded out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we do not need to say anything.” 1 Thess. 1:6-8.. Read More

What is repentance?

“testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.* Acts 20:21 The Bible talks a lot about repentance and it is therefore important to understand what repentance means.  What it is and what it is not.  Repentance is not an act, but a change of mind.  Repentance in the New Testament comes from the Greek word ‘metanoia’, which means a change of mind.  If.. Read More

Cool people

“Be still and know that I am God;…” Ps 46:10 Times, moments and circumstances come and go.  Sometimes it’s calm and sometimes anything but calm.  God is always the same and His word remains.  The meaning of life is to walk in fellowship with God, to share life here on earth with God and then in heaven for all eternity.  Man was created to have fellowship with God.  Throughout the Bible, it is.. Read More

Motivation is not enough

“But by the grace of God I am what I am. And His grace toward me was not in vain. I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Cor. 15:10 Motivation is good and very important, but it is not enough.  You may be motivated to do something, perhaps in exchange for a great reward, but it is not enough.. Read More

Jesus has not changed

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebr. 13:8 Jesus is who He is and continues to do what He did when He walked the earth.  Jesus lifted people up, gave hope and solutions, gave forgiveness and restoration, gave direction and exhortations, healed and delivered, challenged the self-sufficient and encouraged the insufficient.  Today, Jesus stands with His open arms and calling people.  The call to come to Jesus is primarily.. Read More

Preaching is about one thing – Helping people to believe!

“Jesus, looking at them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God. For with God all things are possible.”” Mark 10:27 God is a preacher.  If you read the Bible, you will see how God has repeatedly spoken to people, preached, and it has helped people to believe.  Believing in God is about counting on God.  We live in a material world and our physical senses inform us about what is.. Read More

Believe in Jesus

 Everyone believes in something, even those who say they are atheists.  One can believe in science, oneself, a certain lifestyle, a particular diet.  If you have a real faith and do not just say it, it shows in your life what you believe in.  It can be a special style of dress, socializing with like-minded people, practicing a sport or exercising a lot.  How do you believe in something then?  By hearing what.. Read More

Liberating revelation

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for every one who believes.” Rom. 10 :1-4 Man.. Read More

Dr. Phil, Moses and Jesus

“To them God would make known what is the glorious riches of this mystery among the nations. It is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Col. 1:27 Giving people advice and guidance like Dr. Phil and many others do is good.  It can really help people when they look at problems and challenges from a different point of view.  But no matter how good the advice is, they are limited.  The councils.. Read More

Followers

“As He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, throwing a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:16-18 We humans, both have followers and follow others.  Some follow political role models, others follow role models in, for example, sports or music. .. Read More

Boldness

“When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 Peter and John were fishermen by profession and had been hand-picked by Jesus to follow Him.  They had been with Jesus for three years and now Jesus had ascended to heaven.  The Holy Spirit had come upon the disciples on the day.. Read More

Privilege

“He went up into the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him. He ordained twelve to be with Him, and to be sent out to preach, and to have authority to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:” Mark 3:13-15 Jesus’ disciples had responded to the call to come to Jesus.  Every human being is called to come to Jesus.  In the encounter with Jesus, something.. Read More

Receive

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 The Bible speaks of rivers of living water, the wind blowing, the branches in the vine and the sun of righteousness with healing in its wings.  Jesus is the Savior, God is the Father and the Holy Spirit is the Counselor.  That we can.. Read More