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The early church

has the answers to the challenges of

the church today

Are you hungry for more of Jesus?
Do you want your life to radiate God’s love and make it visible to others?
Do you long for the church to finally become one?
Then we invite you to discover the heritage of the church of the first centuries!

Are you hungry for more of Jesus?
Then we invite you to discover the heritage of the church of the first centuries!

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My Bridegroom Incarnated for Me: Beholding God’s Glory

This book provides a deep biblical understanding of the topic of God’s glory which we are called to, as the apostles Paul and Peter highlighted (2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14; 1 Peter 5:10, 11). Why does man seek the glory of God? Why did Jesus pray that we would be given this glory? Why was Jesus […]

The infilling of the spirit

If we understand the meaning of these names or titles of the Holy Spirit, we would perceive their great importance. This is because without the work of the Holy Spirit, we cannot acquire any Christian virtue; and hence, our spiritual growth would stop and our transformation into the image of Christ would stop as well.

Prayer – Important Highlights of the Prayer Life

It is true that we still hear about God’s great work through His faithful servants here and there. However, we are at a time that requires a lot of discernment so that we may not be deceived. There are some big manifestations in certain ministries; yet, they might include some fleshly enthusiasm or falseness even if this was unintentional. There are some other manifestations of the work of the Lord with His faithful servants which are genuine; and these encourage our faith so that we may move forward and refrain from the negativity or superficiality.

Jesus in His Passion Week

What was the main purpose that Jesus had when He entered Jerusalem? It was the Cross. What made Jesus want to fulfil this purpose? It is because this is the will of the Father. Jesus is the Son of the Father; and He wanted to please the Father: ‘for I always do those things that please Him’ (John 8: 29). If the Cross was a purpose in itself, it could have been difficult. Yet, what made the Cross become easy for Christ is that He was doing it for the sake of the Father and He did it with pleasure

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Deep wells and treasures

The fathers and mothers of the Church of the first centuries left us deep insights and practical experiences of faith that grew out of their intimate relationship with God. These insights and experiences are wells of living water from a time when the Church was not yet weakened by division and secularization. They have the potential to unite Christians and make us Christ-like and not just Christians, and make the Church His gloriously adorned Bride, as the bible says.

St Gregory of Nyssa
St Athanasius the Great
St Syncletica of Alexandria

Getting started

The materials on this website will introduce you step by step to a more intense life of faith and the deep spirituality of the early church, especially the desert fathers and mothers. They deal with fundamental insights and principles for a life in the Spirit and show you how to apply them practically.

Our mission

Shine International unites Christians of all backgrounds who desire to live by the rich wells of the early Church and experience their life-changing and strengthening power, day after day.

Therefore, the Lord has led us to dig deeper and deeper into this immeasurably rich apostolic inheritance, which is largely buried today, and to open it up as wells of living water for the Body of Christ: 

‘Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation’ (Isaiah 12:3). 

In this way, we hope to share in preparing the Bride of Christ for His second coming.

Formation of Christ

Becoming more like Jesus does not happen by just training ourselves to imitate Jesus – in fact this may lead to frustration and a sense of defeat rather than to true transformation and change, because we often experience that we are quite unable to imitate Jesus. The early church had a very different approach to being transformed into Christ’s image.

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