Time to Wake Up Church!

Time to Wake Up Church!

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How This Book Came about:

Over the forty plus years of my Christian life I have been concerned about the divisions within the body of Christ, the disunity, and the teachings that were contrary to the Bible. These concerns intensified as I grew in my faith and knowledge of the Bible—this cannot be God’s idea of how the bride of Christ should be.

As I studied the Bible more deeply and delved into some of the false and misleading teachings that were entrenched in the church, I felt a need to share my thoughts with fellow believers. The forum for this was the Bible study groups that I lead. I started on this book by writing the thoughts which were consolidated through study, discussions, examining other views, and reading a number of books on various topics.

At various times I stopped writing as I was not sure whether this was something the Lord wanted me to do. But every time I had doubts, I was urged by the Spirit to complete this book. I gathered from this that the Lord wants these thoughts shared widely—not just in Melbourne but with His world-wide church.

This book addresses twelve topics vital for every Christian and church leader (Please see the Contents at the end of this post). These are meant to throw light on important matters that are not openly discussed or taught in most churches. There are also misunderstandings, confusion and often conflicting and unbiblical views on these topics. Not everyone is going to agree with the views presented—that is fine with me and I respect that. But the intent of the book is for its readers to deeply consider the scriptures and arguments presented, discuss with others if necessary, and then most importantly to do something about it. Hence the final chapter asks: What is your response?

This book is a plea, a challenge, and a call to action for Christians and is appropriately titled “Time To Wake Up Church!

The church is asleep and needs a revival. I hope this book contributes to this revival at least in a small way.

May I urge you to purchase a copy with the intention of considering the contents and doing something in your personal life, family, community, church, or other.

The proceeds from the sale of this book after defraying publishing costs will all be donated to worthwhile organisations like Youth For Christ Sri Lanka, TLSM, Focus on the Family, Daystar TV, Waverley Baptist and any other that the Lord brings to my attention.

May all the glory be unto The Lord.

This book is available at the following book outlets (Please click to go direct to the site):

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Also available at Greensborough Christian Book Centre, 14 Church Street, Greensborough, Victoria 3088, Phone: 03 9435 5762 Website

About the book

The contention of this book is that the Church is not being what it should be to the world as a result of tolerating false or misleading teaching.  We need to examine what we have absorbed and get back to the basics of our faith if we are to live right and be a stronger, more powerful influence in this world.

Twelve fundamental topics are discussed with review questions for personal contemplation or for group discussion.

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will help us see the truth through the scriptures that we examine, and that we will understand things the way they were meant to be understood. There is no guarantee that everyone will come to the same conclusions as a result of the scriptures and arguments presented in this book. But this book would achieve its purpose if it results in some serious discussion and questioning of our current understanding and results in some positive changes.

This book is a must read for every Christian, Christian leader, and pastor.

Rabi Gunaratnam

 

Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgement xiii

Introduction – Church Asleep? xvii

While the Church Slept …

Chapter 1 Why is it False or Misleading? …………. 1

Chapter 2 Power and Responsibility Has Been Bestowed on the Church ………….. 4

The Church Is Salt and Light

The Church Is the Pillar and Foundation of the Truth

The Church Is to Be Separated from the World

The Church is Powerful

The Church Is an Influencer but Not a Controller

The Church must Exert Its Authority on the Forces of Darkness

Proof of This Reality From History

The Church Has the Most Powerful Weapons

The World Without the Church

The Need to Mature and Not Be Stuck on Milk

Paul’s Message to the Hebrew Believers

Letters from Jesus to the Seven Churches are Meant for Us Too

The Church is a Sanctuary for Believers

The Church Is a Hospital for Sinners

The Believers Should Be Enjoying Good Health

God Will Judge the Believer for Not Caring, Respecting and Loving Each Other

Church Discipline

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 3 Every Believer Is Gifted and Has a Calling ……………….. 33

God Saved Us to do the Good Things He has Planned for us to Do

God Expects Us to Work in Partnership With Him

The Five-fold Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Earnestly Desire the Spiritual Gifts

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 4 We Need to Observe Biblical Guidelines when Appointing Leaders …… 44

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 5 We Need to Teach the Importance of Honouring Parents. ………. 55

Covering and Transfer of Spiritual Authority

Isaac an Example of Submission

Maturity Is a Great Resource

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 6 We Need to Teach the Biblical View of Marriage, Separation and Divorce …….. 65

Honour Marriage for the Lord to Accept Your Worship and Prayer

The Role of Husband and Wife

Lust

Pornography

Involvement with Prostitutes Will Lead To Death

Where and When To Apply Love

What About Abusive Relationships?

The Place for Suffering in Marriage

The Influence of Certain Cultures

The Role of Parents and In-Laws

Divorce Proceedings and Resolving Disputes

Adultery does not have to end in Divorce

Why People Consider Divorce as The Only Option

The Bottom Line

We Must Not Judge a Divorcee

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion

Chapter 7 We Need to Take the Bible Seriously as Meant for All Time ….. 95

The Ordinary Believer Can Understand Scripture

God Has Not Made a Mistake with His Word

The Word is for All Time

Profitable for Doctrine

Profitable for Reproof

Profitable for Correction

Profitable for Instruction in Righteousness

So That the Man of God may be Thoroughly Equipped

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 8 We Need to Understand the Strategies of Our Enemy and be Engaged in Spiritual Warfare ……114

Satan is Real, Powerful and is our Enemy

What is Spiritual Warfare?

The Place for Individual and Corporate Prayer

Intercessors Wanted

Satan’s final destiny

God Uses Satan to Chastise His Rebellious Children

What must we do?

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 9 We Must Not Tolerate Divisions within the Body ….. 138

The Two Types of Tongues

The Four Instances in Acts of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit

Gift of the Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Baptism and Filling of the Spirit

How Not to Have a Worship Service

Is There a Need for Division?

Who Then Is Saved?

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 10 We Need to Exercise Faith ……………………………………….153

Abraham the Father of Faith

More Facts about Faith

How is Faith Expressed?

Results of Our Walk in Faith

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 11 Miracles and Supernatural Healings Never Ceased ..170

Sicknesses are a Form of Chastisement

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 12 Does Once Saved Mean we are Saved Forever? ……. 190

Are You a Sheep or a Goat?

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 13 The Church’s Focus Should be God’s Eternal Plan…203

Being Prepared

Scoffers Will Come And We Must Not Lose Our Focus:

Every Believer Must Study the Book of Revelation

Questions for contemplation or for group discussion:

Chapter 14 What is Your Response? …………………………………………..226