What is a Biblical Mystic?                                                                              Pastor Chris Carlyle
My mission is to help others meet Jesus Christ, and to find their place in the Kingdom of God. 

I have a passion, for preaching the dynamic, of the presence of the Lord.  I believe in the radical grace of God.  This radical grace is marked by radical holiness - the kind, only God, can produce. This holiness is defined as loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength: and loving others as much as yourself.
This can only happen when you enter an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  From this intimacy, will come purity.
Holiness has everything to do with love.  To follow Jesus by faith, is the inital act of loving God.  God will then accelerate His work, in your heart, so that you burn for God's love.  My desire is for anyone, who wants the assurance of God's love, to seek, and find it, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  My affection is to preach
anywhere I am invited, and cultivate the presence of God, in the meeting.
 A Biblical Mystic is a soul who seeks Christ through Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience (Wesley's quadrilateral.) ​​
The Biblical Mystic understands that the Holy Bible is the
Divine written Word of God, and should correspond with tradition, reason, and experience.  The Bible will reveal Christ, and also supply a boundary (like a fence around a pasture) in which the mystic may safely graze.

The Magi

In the same way, that the Magi crossed the desert, seeking the Christ, God revealed through revelation to them, so they could find the Christ, and worship Him.  The Biblical Mystic of our day, will seek, find, and worship Christ the Lord, as well.

New Holiness Movement

Scriptural Holiness is best described as . . .
"loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength: and to love others as you
love yourself."

I believe the message of holiness needs renewal.
God is pouring new wine into new wineskins. 
I have spent many years contemplating holiness.
The message of the purity and power that comes in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, is a joy beyond measure.  I personally consider living a holy life fun. Living a holy life is happiness ,and joy overflowing.
Not willfully sinning, with intent of the heart, is a freedom that cascades life into the soul.  The power
of God to forgive, and give new life to a seeker, is a great mystery to be discoverd.  This great mystery is found in Jesus Christ, if you come to Jesus Christ through faith.

The holiness message needs to be renewed.
However, some want to go back to the old-fashioned holiness preaching.  Usually, that means something like the old camp meetings, and the nuances of those services.  The preaching was often pure in holiness, then inevitably it would turn course, and go into some form of legalism, and start to lose it's awesome message of Divine power, and grace, to save to the uttermost.  It would often exit, off track, and begin preaching, on not wearing lipstick, or fingernail polish. They would forbid wearing gold watches, or wedding bands, etc. stuff like that. The apostle Peter did ask folks to be moderate in dress, but it goes too far, to spend time condeming, what you may feel is wrong
in outward dress.  What really matters in the holiness message, is the interior of the soul.  The purity of the heart, is the awesome, powerful, message of holiness. This purity of heart comes through faith in
Jesus Christ, and the power of His Holy presence
in you.  This overwhelming message of interaction with God, through Christ, is the message of light and life.

My proposal is a new holiness movement.  It really
is not new at all.  The message is the same one taught, through out the Bible, from the beginning, to now. Therefore, let us preach, so that the inward soul is changed, and cleansed, from all unrighteousness.
Let us leave behind all cold legalism, but keep all the savory grace.  For after all, it is the grace of God, by faith in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we are made holy.

                             The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible:                                                                                 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made;
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with Glory to judge both the quick and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one catholic and apostolic church; We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen


 Bible Mysticism Defined

Bible Mysticism is to promote communion with the Triune God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word.  Not with theological analysis alone, but with looking at Scripture with Christ as the key to it's meaning. The Holy Bible is a means of Grace. When you devote yourself to Divine Reading you will go beyond elementary understanding and discover a higher wisdom and praise.

Divine Reading
(Lectio  Divina)

​4 movements of Divine Reading also known as Lectio Divina are as follows:

READ:Read His Word to listen. Seek in reading.

MEDITATE:Meditate on God's written Word, not as a text to be studied only, but as God's living Word. Find in meditation.

PRAY:Pray the Word of God.  Knock in prayer.

CONTEMPLATE:Hear the Word of God in an attentive mode. Kindling the fire of God's love. Recieve.  Open in contemplation.

                The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God 
​have mercy on me, a sinner

                The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
​(Anglican version)