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Thankful for Gospel Patrons

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I couldn’t have done the ministry I have done for almost ten years now without faithful Gospel patrons. Everyday I am in awe of God’s grace to me through them. Thank you if you are one of them. Gospel patrons are the unsung heroes of world history. Watch this encouraging video and consider partnering with this exciting project.

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At our winter student conference, we had the privilege of hearing some great biblical teaching. Here is the video of Ted’s talk on the Gospel.

A few years ago, Ted Duncan started Harvest Brampton. Prior to that he served on staff at Harvest Oakville. Ted has a passion for helping people, young and old, to know God by understanding the Bible, and for teaching them what it means to pray, worship, and evangelize.

Ted earned bachelors’ degrees in History and Education at Queen’s University and a Masters of Divinity at Heritage Theological Seminary. Ted, his wife Lyncey and their sons Ezra and Jet, love living in a diverse and growing city like Brampton. They are expecting God to do “far more abundantly” than they could ask or think through their church for His glory (Ephesians 3:20-21).

ImageHere are two beautiful quotes that reveal God’s amazing love for us:

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only God I believe in is the One Nietzsche ridiculed as ‘God on the cross.’ In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it? I have entered many Buddhist temples in different Asian countries and stood respectfully before the statue of the Buddha, his legs crossed, arms folded, eyes closed, the ghost of a smile playing round his mouth, a remote look on his face, detached from the agonies of the world. But each time after a while I have had to turn away. And in imagination I have turned instead to that lonely, twisted, tortured figure on the cross, nails through hands and feet, back lacerated, limbs wrenched, brow bleeding from thorn-pricks, mouth dry and intolerably thirsty, plunged in Godforsaken darkness. That is the God for me! He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in the light of his. There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross that symbolizes divine suffering. ‘The cross of Christ … is God’s only self-justification in such a world” as ours….’ ‘The other gods were strong; but thou wast weak; they rode, but thou didst stumble to a throne; But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, And not a god has wounds, but thou alone.” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ).

“When we think of Christ dying on the cross we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to himself. We would almost think that God loved us more than he loves his Son! We cannot measure such love by any other standard. He is saying to us: I love you this much. The cross is the heart of the gospel. It makes the gospel good news: Christ died for us. He has stood in our place before God’s judgment seat. He has borne our sins. God has done something on the cross we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that he loves us” (Dr. Sinclair Ferguson).