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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My life verse: 2 Cor. 4:16ff:
"Though the outward man is
perishing, yet the inner man is
being renewed day by day...!"
YAWN! NO BIG SWEAT! JESUS
LOVES ME, and whatever He
brings along is just fine with
Come in, poke around, and listen
to "the joyful 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 WHMission).
Grace4Life was the "brand" for our ministry in London from 2005
TOWARD A SPIRITUAL
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 transform your heart and the
hearts of those God has entrusted to
you to mentor?
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
apply the Gospel more deeply to our
own hearts and the ives of those we
hope to mentor! There's no program
that, strictly adhered to, will change us!
What? It's true. This may sound
woefully simplistic, but rest assured,
we are not into spiritual quackery or
easy answers. There are no "quick
fixes" on offer here.
What we do offer is a personal
realtionship in which we use ministry
tools to help you rediscover the power
of the Gospel to change yourself (first)
and then to minister to those to whom
God has called you to love.
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 with us.
His servants & yours, Johnny & Becky
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 are not doing?
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WHERE ARE JOHNNY & BECKY LONG THESE DAYS?
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 at "Machpelah" in Hendersonville (Western) NC.
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 email@example.com 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 or videoconferece.
(Now that wasn't so bad, was it?)
Contact us for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
John W Long, Jr. Webmaster
! THE NEWS !
UPDATED links to the French
Grâce pour la Vie & English
2018 2nd Edition of SONSHIP
MEGA-KUDOS TO OUR
SERGE MEDICAL TEAM IN
BURUNDI! Not only are they
offering free medical care to
needy people, they are training
Burundian doctors and nurses,
AND, are also using SONSHIP
to disciple their students in how
to live and minister on a grace
1. SONSHIP for Africa
in the English 2017 2nd Edition
is available now.
BUT... keep checking for more
How? Look at the UPLOAD
DATE to ensure you have the
As always, S4A is FREE of
charge - and never to be sold.
Individual Lesson files -
including the Cover &
Authorship & Copyright pages
(Inclusion of those pages is required
under International copyright law).
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2. GRACE pour la Vie -
the newly revised French
transalation of SONSHIP for
Africa is available HERE:
PLEASE, for IMPORTANT
information on how to print
their Euro A4 format, and the
best venues for the courses,
download this .PDF. It includes
copyright printing permissions
A question for you Pastors,
Parents, Disciplers and