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Salvation

 

God’s eternal dream of restoring humanity to His image was made possible through the insane mystery of the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus came to rescue us from the eternally damaging virus of sin; the virus that was passed down from Adam and essentially invaded our humanity (Romans 5:15-19).

In His gracious initiative, God intercepted our lives and offered us salvation, once and for all. The salvation of Jesus has been perceived and presented in many different ways through many different brands or flavours of Christianity.

At GenJ we believe that the New Testament presents salvation as a three part process.

1. The first part of the process is where we are saved from the penalty of sin. This is called, our justification - where God imputes the righteousness of Jesus to our account because He has already paid our punishment, and hence we are justified (2 Corinthians 5:21).

2. The second part of the process is where we are being saved...

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In His Image

 

Our passion to multiply Jesus-like disciples who live wholeheartedly for the Saviour, is essentially based on God's dream for humanity. From Genesis to Revelation, God's purpose for our existence is to be Jesus-like (Romans 8:29).

We read in Genesis 1:27 that God created humans in His image. That's a huge compliment right there! Right from the start, God declared His dream for us; His creation. Being created in the image of God has significant implications.

  1. We are created to carry His nature
  2. We are called to live out His character and purposes

Ephesians 1:3 MSG

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, he had settled on us as the focus of his love and to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago Jesus decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (Wow - what pleasure he took in planning this!)

How kind of God to not change his plan on us after the fall of humanity! 

 


An Extract from the Book GenJ

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Sanctification: How to live like Jesus in the world?

 

Christians are called to live like Jesus in this world.

That's not cliche or over the top, that's facts! But it's also a huge benchmark, right? None the less, it's possible, and it is in essence, our ultimate calling. We are created and called to live like Jesus in this world; it's actually our full potential. It's what the ideal human looks like! 

Deep within us, the Spirit of God is stirring us and firing us up with a desire for a movement of wholehearted devotion to Jesus, a holiness movement, a revival of sanctification... a brand of Christianity that manifests the character of Jesus in our homes, workplaces and in the community at large. What a dream! Does this excite you, too?

Why are we so fired up about holiness and sanctification? Well it really springs up from our biblical convictions, our observations from 20 years of church ministry and the empirical data that exposes the fact that Christians actually live similar lifestyles to that of their culture....

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