Lost, what can we learn about ourselves and God? - Robin Bailey

November 26, 2006

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPastor Robin takes us on an inside look at the TV series "Lost", what can we learn about ourselves and God by watching this show?

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

"It feels like these people have sort of sinned in their lives before, and now, they're in an environment where they can't talk to the people that they need to talk to. They can't close the doors that they need to close." -
Damon Lindelof co-creator and executive producer

'Three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over,'
Dr. Jack Sheppard


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February 03, 2007
To the comment that Emily made, I agree. Yes, our lives should represent Christ. There should be a difference in our behaviour and character. Yet, I don`t believe that`s all we must do. Jesus went where and preached and taught. He confronted those who had pride in their own deeds for salvation. He showed them their sinfulness before God through God`s law. He very cleary used the Ten Commandments to bring many to conviction.

For instance here:
Matthew 19:16-23( where the rich man asked him what he needed to do to inhiret the kingdom of heaven), Mark 7:6-13 (Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of the pharasees. They were putting tradition and before what had commanded them to do. They were giving God lip service, but their hearts weren`t in the right place.)

Paul preached in Mars Hill and convicted the audience of their idolatry and made known to them that one day God would judge them. (Acts 17:22-32)James also uses the law to bring his audience to conviction particularly in the first 2 chapters. John in 1 John chapter two writes about sin and the law.

The Ten Commandments serve as mirror into which when we look at ourselves we see our sinfulness.
Good deeds are great for showing our faith, and I wouldn`t stop showing my love for God with my life. But there has to be speaking and really showing what the Word of God says to others. We can`t just wait and hope that someone notices something in our eyes or in something that we do and asks us what`s different. Yes, it might happen, but we can`t just wait for that all the time

Yes we should love, but telling others about Christ is a way to show our love, whether they feel offended or not. Christ will offend, even when we witness in the most loving way possible.

I understand that many churches are trying to relate the Bible to people and that`d why they are using TV shows, music and other things to attract people. But remember that in the Bible they used the Scriptures to teach. They gathered to hear the word of God and learn. I just pray that the Scriptures and God might become the focus, not technology or pop culture. Our culture just tends to water down what God really says.

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December 14, 2006
Pastor Robin
Just want to say a big thanks for your message on 'Lost' that you gave at New Hope Church. I am a regular listener to the messages by John and have put links up on my myspace to a good number of those messages (www.myspace.com/dougiew) .

Just wanted to let you know that I have put a couple of links up for the messages given at The Annex (My Name is Earl and House). I have a good number of people who visit my myspace page who appreciate good teaching and some who are not Christians at all who download various messages.

MySpace is a great way for me to spread the message of the Gospel and it's brilliant that The Annex puts up the message for people to hear. I hope that this is okay with you. If it is not please let me know and I will take them down.

Be blessed in your ministry Robin and may you always know the presence and help of the Holy Spirit in all that you are seeking God for at The Annex.

Yours in the fellowship of the Gospel
Doug Watson
Glasgow, Scotland.

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December 10, 2006
I guess a big part of it is that I believe that God is the one that draws people to Himself and it is not our job to save anybody, but rather to be Christ-like in all that we do. I don’t recall Jesus ever calling people to say a certain prayer but rather that we are to follow Him. I am sorry that Emily thinks that to love a person is to point out their sin and need for salvation, I don’t see this in Jesus, I see the saviour of the world teaching that we are to love God with everything that we have and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves and he then tells us (King James version): Matthew 28:19-20 19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

When can we teach? When we have confronted people with their sin and depravity or when we are acting like Christ and teaching with our lives, I suppose both, but I know which one I would respond to?

If I said that “God loves it all”, I apologize I meant that God loves everybody no matter their religious beliefs, that’s my understanding of John 3:16.

I still completely believe that we are to “preach the gospel and when necessary use words”, as attributed to St. Francis.

Robin Bailey
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December 09, 2006
This is ridiculous. "Using his media, using his tv, his people."

I'm a Christian. I also am a big Lost fan. But I know that any Christian allegory between Lost and the Bible is ridiculous. Nobody knows what's going on in Lost and you can make it mean whatever you like.

Call me divisive, but I actually care enough about people to tell them about their sin and their need for salvation. Telling them that God loves them does not do anything at all, a person has to have a deep conviction of their sin and want to change their life. They must know that the wages of sin is death, and unless they come to salvation through Jesus, they will face that penalty.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

You said, "It doesn't matter what religion you are, God loves it all."

God loves everybody, but hates sin. He constantly says "Have no other Gods before me." I think Jesus Christ was probably the most divisive of them all. He is a loving saviour, full of grace, but he also is a righteous judge who must punish sin when the time comes. If people are not covered by Christ's blood on the cross, then they will pay those consequences.

This is why I think it is most ridiculous to just say, "Hey, it's okay...just try to do the best you can, love everybody because God loves you." That's only one side of the story and it's very decieving.

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