The scandal of the Incarnation

The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!

A provoking thought from Stephen Hill:

“We must believe that God is happy to indwell sinners. Mary became pregnant with the Fullness of the Godhead. This is a scandal and an offence to the religious mind!  

The Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception was ‘invented’ to get around this scandal. For those who don’t know, the Immaculate Conception is NOT about the conception of Jesus: it is about the conception of Mary.

The question was asked: How can Mary conceive and carry Jesus if she is a sinner too? That was offensive so the Church at the time had to find a way around that. This is what they did. Establish a new idea that Mary was born without sin.

Do you believe in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus? That is up to you: I am not here to argue with you.

If your answer is this, however: “No, I do not believe that the Virgin Mary was sinless” then you MUST accept by faith that God is pleased to unite with a sinful person.

How about you then? Can you become spiritually pregnant with Christ? What disqualifies you? It cannot be your own weakness and brokenness or the fact that you sin!

The scandal of the Incarnation is that God inhabits imperfection!!”

Living – Hidden in Christ

Stephen Hill, from his book: Our True Identity, An interpretation of Galatians.

The big shift happens when you realise and begin to live out of the reality that you are in Christ and He is in you.  Your life is hidden with Christ in God, so you don’t need to worry about your success or failure in living the Christian life. You cannot live the Christian life so don’t even try to.  The Christian life is lived in you, for you and through you by someone else – Jesus Christ the Son.  No one  but no one can be justified in God’s family by trying to work at it.”

Stephen Hill was born in Belfast Northern Ireland, and lived there until 2009, when he moved to New Zealand. He  now lives in Taupo with his wife Becky who is from the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand.

He met James and Denise Jordan of father Heart Ministries in 2008. What he heard and experienced profoundly altered his understanding of Christianity.  Stephen has been with the Fatherheart Ministries team in Taupo since 2010, working closely with James and Denise Jordan and Mark Head.

See more on Stephen’s website

Father Heart Ministries A School

Father Heart Ministries

A School – Experiencing Father’s Love

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Cloverley Hall Shropshire

Father Heart Ministries ‘A’ Schools are a one-week environment of revelation of love.  It is a place of coming home, to find that you belong and are accepted.  It is a place to find that His strength is perfected in your weakness.  A place of rest. 

During the school you will be introduced to the full perspective of the revelation of Father’s love. Through revelatory insight and sound biblical teaching told through the lives of those that minister you will be exposed to a transforming message of Love, Life and Hope.

You will be given the opportunity to remove the main blockages to receiving Father’s love and discover your heart as a true son and as a daughter.

Jesus had the heart of a son to his Father. He lived in the presence of the love of the Father.  Johns Gospel tells us that everything that He said and did was what He saw and heard His Father doing.  Jesus invites us to enter that world as brothers and sisters of Him the first born.

When James and Denise Jordan first pioneered these schools, they found this format to be the most suitable. The basis of receiving this revelation is through the heart, and time is needed for God to remove these blockages that are keeping us from continuously experiencing His fathering towards us.  As we open our hearts Father pours His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. In a heart transformed by His love, true and lasting change can occur. After years of striving and performance many are finally finding a place of rest.

Booking and Fees:

The school is for those aged 18 and over. It is not appropriate for children and no provision for childcare will be available.   

The fee for the school includes tuition/ministry, accommodation, all meals and refreshments at the coffee/tea breaks.

Pre-Registration for the school is essential and a separate application form is needed for each person wishing to attend the school.

 Click here to open the Father Heart Ministries Website, where you will find full details of the school. the speakers, and an online booking form.

The Speakers:

Mark Gyde is one of the Fatherheart Ministries Team Leaders. Mark runs the popular website A Father to YOU which is a signpost to the heart of the Perfect Father. Mark is a regular speaker at ‘A’ Schools and conferences and has a passion to see people set free by the love of the Father and to discover that God wants to be a Father to them.  

Mark has written three books: A Father to YOU which gives a Biblical Perspective of experiencing God as Father, Planted in Love which shows what our lives can look like as we live as sons and daughters and The Depth of Love which shows the extent of the Father’s love in our lives. 

 

 

Trevor Galpin is the International Director of Fatherheart World, a Team Leader and a worldwide ambassador for Fatherheart Ministries. Trevor and his wife Linda have been part of the team since 2008 having moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2003. They have three married children and seven grandchildren living in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.  

Prior to joining the Fatherheart team they have been involved in Christian ministry all of their adult lives. Trevor was ordained as Baptist pastor in 1976 after having graduated with a degree in Theology and Church History from Spurgeon’s College, London. He subsequently obtained a postgraduate teaching qualification from Greenwich University.