Dr. Johnny Long
with SERGE (formerly
World Harvest Mission)
is a recovering Pharisee,
a needy, imperfect
husband, father, grand-
father, and, the author
and teacher of the
SONSHIP for Africa
and Grace4Life courses.
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APOLOGIES! Due to the fact
that I am currently writing
materials for - and will be
traveling to - "sensitive
areas," our Prayer Team
UP-D8s will no longer be
posted for reading on this site.
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list! Thanks! - Johnny
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Prayer. Download HERE (right
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MARCH - APRIL
Writing, online mentoring of
disciples via videoconference.
What? "Mentored Sonship"?
Really? I can actually be
mentored? Yes! Find out more
Johnny - 21 Nov. total right
knee replacement. DONE!
Becky - 6 & 20 December will
"sell her worn out 'Cadillacs'
(lenses) for shiney new plastic
Come in, poke around, and listen to
"the glad music of the Gospel."
Grace4Life - Christianity Rediscovered
What is Grace4Life? G4L is a ministry of spiritual mentoring
that leads us to a deeper appreciation of - and reliance on - God's love
for us in the Gospel. Thus energised by grace, we joyfully give our lives
in word and deed ministry to see the Kingly reign of Jesus come in our
hearts, homes, churches and world. Becky and I are with GRN the
training arm of SERGE (formerly World Harvest Mission). Grace4Life
was the "brand" for our ministry in London from 2005 to 2011.
TOWARD A SPIRITUAL PARADIGM SHIFT
Where do we get the power to change and help others
change - deeply change - from the inside out - not just
rearrange the furniture on the surface of our lives?
Power. Now there's the rub.
The church in our day needs to get hold of the Apostle Paul's "spiritual
mechanics." Paul makes it clear that what powers spiritual growth is the
Gospel--we keep believing in Jesus, looking to Jesus the way we did at the
beginning of our Christian life (Col.2:6). Paul called the Galatians "foolish"
because they moved away from a focus on Jesus' work for them and began
to rely on their attempts to please God by their law-keeping. Put simply,
they were Christians who had "forgotten" the Gospel! (Gal.3:1-5)
As one who traveled that sorry road in ministry for twenty-five years,
flogging myself and others with endless reminders of our obligations
(without seeing much change) I can tell you, it's pure misery for both the
flogger and floggees. But there is good news: There's another way.
JESUS REDUCED all of obedience to two simple commands: Love God with
all your heart; love your neighbour as you love yourself." "On these two," he
added, "hang all the law and the prophets." (Matt. 22:34ff) That's a rather
astounding thought: love, and you fulfill the whole law! Paul said precisely
the same thing. (Gal. 5:6 and Rom.13:8-10)
I know what it is to have all the right doctrine but fail miserably at loving
others well - where Jesus says the rubber meets the road: "All the Law
and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matt.22:40). Even
now, my sinful nature urges me to use rather than love God and others.
Some years ago, had you suggested that my Christian life might have
needed a little tweaking here and there, I might have agreed - reluctantly -
"since you said 'a little tweaking'". I was too frightened to take an honest
deeper look my heart and admit that what I needed was a whole new life -
a radical paradigm shift concerning what it meant to be "in Christ" and
what it meant to be holy. When you have 20 minutes to spare, read my
sad-happy novelette, "The Gospel Lost & Found" on the ABOUT US link.
One thing is sure, I am an expert at living the Christian life wrongly. After
all, if you practise anything for a quarter-Century, you get terribly good at
it. Having spent so long enmeshed in the Galatian trap, I'm eminently
qualified to help others struggling in it.
There are two particularly dangerous heresies threatening our faith
these days: 1. waffling on the matter of the inspiration and authority of the
Bible, and 2. mucking about with the historic post-Reformation under-
standing of justification by faith alone. But, among those who are "right,"
having avoided those errors, there is an insidious and debilitating loss of
confidence in what Francis Schaeffer called "the present value of the blood
of Jesus Christ for our lives." We have been inundated with a modern
revision of the old Galatian heresy, and it is literally eating the heart out
of our Evangelical churches. [See the Schaeffer excerpt in SAMPLE LESSON
Our passion is to call the Church, pastors and people, back to the Gospel
as the power for living the Christian life.
TO THIS END, we offer study courses and materials aimed at training us
how to live and minister on a grace foundation.
If you're skeptical, you're wise. But, before you run off, take a minute or
two to read the TESTIMONIALS of pastors, missionaries and laypeople
whose lives and ministries have benefited. Thank you!
A note to you
Do you have a tool in your kit that
can both change your heart and the
hearts of those God has entrusted to
Spiritually speaking, if you feel like you
have "hit a wall", we have some good
news for you. The key to deep and
ongoing spiritual growth is for us to
keep believing the Gospel! What?
Yes, that sounds simplistic, but rest
assured, we are not into spiritual
gimmickry or easy answers. No quick
fixes are on offer here.
What we do offer is a ministry and
ministry tools to help you rediscover
the power of the Gospel to change
yourself (first) and those to whom God
has called you to minister.
So, come on in, grab a cuppa and
explore the site. Feel free to print out
and study the excerpts in the SAMPLE
LESSON BITS link, and, if you find your
heart "strangely warmed" and hungry
for more, do get in touch.
His servant & yours, Johnny
P.S. If you have a few spare minutes,
click the ABOUT US link in the top menu
and read our tragic- happy tale of -
THE GOSPEL LOST & FOUND.
ARE YOU STUCK on the
treadmill of repeatedly
telling people to do
what they already know
they should be doing
but yet are not doing?
Grace4Life - Christianity Rediscovered
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WHERE ARE JOHNNY & BECKY LONG NOW? Since mid-2011, after 20
years in Africa and England, we continue working full-time with
SERGE (formerly World Harvest Mission) from our home offices in
As a Cross-cultural Renewal & Leadership Development Specialist
for SERGE, I develop and teach grace-based discipleship materials
for the continent of Africa. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to
receive quarterly ministry updates! (Promise... we won't spam ya!)
NOTICE: Good news - the Grace4Life course is available to you free of charge!
BUT... there's a catch! What? Just this: We ask that you first let us mentor you
through the course via email, phone or Skype. (Now that wasn't so bad, was it?)
Contact us for details.
John W Long, Jr. Webmaster
The SONSHIP for Africa
(English and French) and
Grace4Life courses are
available - as always - FREE
OF CHARGE - by simply clicking
the "Course Materials 2017"
link in the main menu above.
Then follow the links to the
downloads on www.box.com.