What’s the one thing that makes life worth living? There are so many things that grab our time and attention in our busy world and hectic lives. We live in a world where people are looking for the one thing that will make them truly happy; the one thing that gives life meaning and purpose.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at the concept of growing and going. We tackled themes such as the heart, personality and fear of growing and going. This morning we’re going to look at the cost of church growth. Let’s be honest with each other and acknowledge that this church cannot
One of the words Christians are highly familiar with is the word: ‘gospel’. The word basically means ‘good news’ or in verbal form ‘announcing good news’. In other words, the gospel has to do with a message. It’s news. Essentially it is the news that God is restoring his kingdom peace in our world through
What were you afraid of as a child? Spiders, the dark, heights, teachers/principal? Fear isn’t just a reality in our childhood. What are you afraid of now? Of all the things you might be asked to do in the church which is the scariest? Teach a Kids@Church? Read the Bible in church? Sing a solo?
When you preach through a book of the Bible you get some interesting challenges. Today we come across a genealogy that seems to be inserted is a random place that breaks the flow of the story. The temptation is to skip over the list of names, because it doesn’t make for very good reading, and
Last week we kicked off a new series on church growth as we dealt with the theme: the HEART of going and growing. We highlighted the importance on God’s agenda of bringing new people into the church and we explored the reasons for that importance. This week we’ll explore the theme: the PERSONALITY of church
This short passage from Exodus brings out what God is going to do in response to Pharaoh’s rejection of the request to let his people go. God has told the concerned Moses that he ‘remembers’ his covenant, he now tells Moses what that remembering looks like. In two verses there are 7 ‘I will’ statements
Bishop J.C. Ryle once commented of the three parables in Luke 15: “There is probably no chapter of the Bible that has done greater good to the souls of men.” This Sunday we are starting a new series dealing with the implications of wanting to grow as a church. The foundation of these implications,however, must
In the passage, Jesus is asking the important question, ‘What do you think about the Christ?’ For the Teachers of the Law to answer this question would radically alter everything in their lives. It would have changed their entire world view. It would have changed their associations and friendships. It would have affected their familiesRead More +
At first glance it appears that this passage in Mark is about sacrificial giving; that the widow who gave two small copper coins is giving so much more out of her poverty than the rich are giving out of their abundance and so we too should give sacrificially like the widow. However, in a closerRead More +
Mark 13 is a difficult chapter to grab hold of as it is full of Old Testament ideas and images and Jesus intertwines two strands of teaching into one. What we can know is that there are three things which give us encouragement. First, Jesus forewarned us that things would happen; God is not surprised.Read More +
In a world where the very idea of truth is questioned and claims to know the truth are seen as arrogance, it’s possible to downplay the importance of gospel truth. Sure the truth of the basic gospel matters, but how much beyond that? But the Bible is clear, truth matters. Why does it matter? AndRead More +
In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage isRead More +