Ours is a congregation, which desires to reflect the preeminence of Christ in all things through the power of the Holy Spirit unto the glory of God the Father.
So we preach Christ crucified in all of Scriptures as the only Redeemer of the world, able to forgive us of our sins, no matter how big or many; able to transform us, no matter how broken or vile; able to unite us, no matter how diverse our backgrounds; and able to give us true joy and peace, no matter what our circumstances may be.
We believe that our mission is impossible apart from the life-giving, life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which is made available to us through prayer.
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Our passage adds one more important dimension to the general context of our Christian life; which is spiritual warfare. In times of peace, we can take all the time in the world to reflect, theorize, argue and even complain as much as we want. But everything changes when an urgent crisis arises like a war. In all this, we don't have to panic. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:37)! It's interesting that our victory is connected to Christ's love, isn't it? This reminds us of the spiritual nature of our battle. And it reminds us how Christ won the victory for us.
Shockingly, what shows us the manner of Christ's victory is not the victory of Israel over the Amorites but the execution of the five Amorite kings! They were captured and humiliated: they were thrown to the ground and the captains of Israel had their feet on their necks. But that was nothing compared to the humiliation Jesus endured. The King of heaven and earth allowed Himself to be captured by the religious leaders. He allowed Himself to be humiliated at the hands of mere mortals, who would be sent to hell forever if He uttered a word of condemnation! They were executed and hung upon five trees as a display of God's judgment. Jesus was executed by crucifixion: He hung upon a tree as He underwent God's judgment in our place! The five kings were thrown into the cave at Makkedah. Jesus was buried in a cave-like tomb. Why? So He could defeat Satan by conquering death. So He could conquer death for us by going through it, not by avoiding it. So He could remove all of God's condemnation and wrath from us by receiving them Himself. So He could bury our shame and guilt forever by taking them upon Himself and dying in our place!