Tuesday, 30 June 2015

(SERMON) Habakkuk 3

To end his discussion with God Habakkuk breaks into song. In this song we see the reason why we can have hope and peace even in the face of extreme difficulty, trials, and temptations - because Jesus has already been there and triumphed over Satan, sin, death, and darkness.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

(SERMON) Habakkuk 1.1-11

In Habakkuk 1.1-11 we learn three important truths:
1) It is not sin to question how God acts so long as it is done faithfully
2) God answers our questions and doubts in spectacular ways, ultimately in the resurrection of Jesus.
3) never make your own strength, gifts, skills, health, wealth, social circle, your god - if your god has a sell-by date you need to ditch it now and embrace Jesus.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

(SERMON) Spiritual Gifts Build Out the Church - 1 Corinthians 2

Whilst the primary reason for the gifts of the Spirit is to build up each other in the faith, they are also given to reach out to those who do not know Jesus - both in ways which are easy to spot and ways which are behind the scenes.  Importantly, all evangelism relies on the Holy Spirit because He and He alone changes the hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

(SERMON) Gifts build up the Church - 1 Cor 14

As Christians why do we go to church?  It is a fundamental mistake, and unbiblical, to think we should go primarily to worship God - we should be doing this all day everyday!  In the Bible the emphasis of all things, even the singing of songs, is on building up and helping fellow believers.  We need to recapture this radical vision if our churches are to be healthy today.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

(SERMON) Nahum 2 - Present Hope and Present Challenge

Nahum chapter two is difficult to read, and difficult to relate to - but in truth it brings us hope in times of despair, hope that Jesus can do the impossible, yet also a challenge that if we do not turn to Christ and repent we will suffer the judgement of God regardless of whether we call ourselves 'Christian' or not.

Monday, 1 June 2015

(SERMON) Forsooth the Rock was Christ: 1 Corinthians 10.1-14

Do you see the Lord Jesus? - Lord of the Old Testament and the New, the hero and centre of every Bible story.

Are you secure in the Lord Jesus? - are you running the race, fleeing idolatry, and walking under His Lordship?

Do you stand on the Lord Jesus? - Is Jesus the Rock on which your life is built, your only hope, your identity, you peace, your strength, and your first-love?

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