Acts: Does God Require Perfection?

Date 27th February 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 5:1-11

Someone commented to me in the last week “I want to belong to the church of Acts 2.” And it seems very attractive, like they had no problems, and everyone was included, and exciting things we always happening. What’s not to love? And then we hit Acts 5, and all of a sudden it get

Acts: A New Community

Date 20th February 2011  by Clinton Berends  Bible passage Acts 2:42-47

Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Maybe images of fluffy clouds, angels, harps and as much pizza as you can eat come to mind. The reality is that God has given us some glimpses of eternity, and they are not where we might expect, they are actually in the church. This Sunday, as

Acts: Church – Outward Bound

Date 13th February 2011  by David Groenenboom  Bible passage Acts 1:1-11

How do we understand the book of Acts? What was Luke’s intention as he wrote it? And what can we learn about how God is at work in his church, then and now? Acts 1 gets us off to a flying start – Jesus’ return to heaven, the Holy Spirit promised, Judas replaced. It all

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Who is the Christ?

Date: 01 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

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 families

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The Cost of Worship

Date: 08 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

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 closer

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Gospel Shaped Love

Date: 05 August 2018, 10:08 by Load Audio & Video

What does it look like to love your fellow believers with gospel shaped love? The little letter of 3 John gives us wonderful insight into that. John writes to encourage his friend Gaius and, as he does, we get a to watch true gospel friendship in action. This is a simple but profoundly encouraging example

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Watch and Be Ready

Date: 15 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

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.

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Waste or Worship?

Date: 22 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

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 is

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