As Jesus teaches in Capernaum, the people are amazed at his authority - both in his teaching and in delivering a man from a demon. As we continue with the gospel, we find he delegates authority to the apostles, the disciples and to their followers - to us. In Prayer Ministry we use the delegated authority which Jesus has given us.
Today, Rev. Anne Aspden reflected on the Old Testament story of Jonah and the Gospel account of Jesus calling fishermen to follow him. Jonah initially resists God's call, leading to a series of events, including being swallowed by a fish. In the Gospel, Jesus calls fishermen to discipleship, emphasising the need for a positive response to God's kingdom. Anne encouraged us to reflect on our own responsiveness to God's call, stressing the transformative journey of aligning one's life with God's will and embracing discipleship with an open heart.
In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul deals with sexual immorality and the spiritual ties we have with the Holy Spirit and which are established through sexual activity. We are temples of the Holy Spirit and we are to be clean vessels for the Lord to use. This concept of spiritual ties is clearly established here by Paul. There are also bonds formed between parents and children, by oath, in fellowship, by authority and submission. In ministry we sometimes need to set people free of such soul ties. Ian explains these principles and the process of bringing oursleves or other people to freedom.
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