Johnny Long with World
Harvest Mission is a
recovering Pharisee, the
author and teacher of
the Grace4Life course.
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Read our March-April
Return from Spain via Dublin
Speak: Reformed University
Fellowship International Picnic
Preach: Clemson Presbyterian
Church Clemson, SC
Clemson Presbyterian Church
World Harvest Triennial
Conference - Huelva, Spain
Grace & Men Conference
March 5,6 Athens, GA
First Presbyterian PCA
Come in, poke around, and listen to
"the music of the Gospel."
Grace4Life - Christianity Rediscovered
What is Grace4lLife? 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 (Gospel
Resource Network) of World Harvest Mission. Grace4Life was the
"brand" for our World Harvest ministry in London - 2005 - 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!
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
believe the Gospel! What?
True, 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 you
and those to whom God has called you
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 sidebar
and read our tragic- happy tale - 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 aren't doing?
Grace4Life - Christianity Rediscovered
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ANNOUNCEMENT: After 6 years in the UK, my wife Becky and I
have moved home to the USA to continue serving with World
Harvest Mission's "GRN" (Gospel Resource Network).
As WHM's Cross-cultural Renewal & Leadership Development
Specialist, I will continue the ministry of developing and teaching
grace-based discipleship materials for Africa, the UK and the USA.
It has been a JOY to serve you all! Thank for your love for Jesus,
and the warmth with which you have responded to our ministry!
- Johnny & Becky Long
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.
Current UP-D8 - Click HERE!
course written for the UK will
continue to be available as
a free download.
Improvements to the course
will be ongoing as you EU and
UK and USA users submit your
feedback. And, I will continue
to be available to mentor you
via email, Skype or Google+ as
you teach the course.
SKYPE? Yes. Think...
- or -
Please let me know of your
E-mail for details!
(with texting & messaging)