1. We have trouble with the Biblical supernatural worldview
- Anglican Church theology based on Scripture, Tradition and Reason
- Anglican Church Reformation rejected authority of "Experience"
- Good News is we still acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit
- Healing Ministry gives us ‘observable and repeatable evidence
- My experience – physical healing from cancer
- Reading Scott Peck and seeing Dr. Kraft do an exorcism
- Family Foundations International and release from oppression
2. God says "This is my Son, whom I love, listen to Him" (Mark 9.7)
There is nothing vague here - Jesus is very, very special. Jesus is God’s Son - not just a prophet, but more than a prophet. This is where we differ from our Islamic brothers. Jesus has a special status and authority as the Son of God.
- Secondly we are told God loves Jesus.
- God desires to have a love relationship with His creation.
- Challenges us to go beyond simple obedience to rules
- The love of God, like all love, requires a response of love.
- The expected response is clear - we are to behave like Jesus
- Why we are called "Christians" - not "Goodians" or "Nicenes".
Apostle Paul tells us that the reason people do not listen - or at least do not hear; is that "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers..." (2 Corinthians) Who or what is the ‘god of this age’ - money, sex, popularity’, ‘power’ or is it all "all about me"?
· Satan is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and is now totally devoted to the destruction of Creation.
· The Bible tells us how Satan first tempts us to take our eyes off Jesus and very gradually distracts us ever so slowly from listening to Jesus.
· When we do give in to distractions, he accuses us of failure
· You could put a positive spin on it and think of Satan as God’s helper in testing humans.
· This is the supernatural worldview of the Bible that modern people find hard to believe without personal experience
Our spiritual life is a series of Epiphany moment experiences
Epiphany moments challenge us to grow and change in our thinking . Transfiguration changed how the Disciples thought about Jesus. The biggest challenge is to really believe in the supernatural worldview of the Bible and the reality of our relationship with Jesus.
Our Epiphany moments will come sooner if we remain open to small experiences of healing and forgiveness as evidence of this supernatural worldview