When I began to study the early Christian writings, I realized how seriously and literally the believers during the first three centuries took the words of Jesus, and how they let those words filter their understanding of everything else. A great crisis ensued in my heart as Jesus challenged me to take His teachings at face value as well, and let them be the lens by which I viewed everything else. I was a seminary student and full-time worship leader in a mainline denomination when Jesus simply asked me, “If your traditions and doctrines don’t line up with Mine, which of those should be put out to pasture? New wine must be poured into new wineskins.”
Though I didn’t fully understand it, I came to faith in Jesus with many old wineskins in the areas of His teaching, the Holy Spirit and the Old Testament. This book reveals how those filters affected the way I interpreted the plain instructions of Jesus and the rest of the Bible, the messes that approach to reading the Scriptures caused, and how God graced me with new wineskins to receive Him correctly and live victoriously.
Phil has recently been notified by Deep River Books that they would like to publish his book. The publisher asks that the author contribute enough to buy 1000 books, which covers all of their costs in publishing and marketing the book. We are asking for your help in accomplishing this task and allowing lives to be changed through the words of this book.
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To see some of what the early Church leaders thought on various subjects, check out Phil's blog:Reclaiming the Faith