How do you make sense of this crazy world?! Things are spiralling towards a terrifying climax, but we believe someone is coming to resolve the world’s problems – are you ready for the Coming King?
What is life all about? Why is the world so full of suffering? What happens when you die? There is clear evidence that shows God does exist and wants a relationship with you – click to read about the evidence!
What is your response to the prospect of the arrival of… Continue reading
In our church landscape, we tend to accept a structure where our church leaders are paid workers who draw a salary that comes from the tithing of the fellowship. However, it is worthwhile to see how this measures up to NT teaching on church function. What does the Bible teach about paid ministry? Furthermore, did the early church set a precedent where leaders made a career of paid ministry?
Those who use Scripture to support the concept of paid ministry tend to lean heavily on one seemingly obscure verse from the OT which would attract very little attention were it not quoted twice by Paul in the New Testament:
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We often make the point that the world we live in is clearly created, but corrupted – and death represents the epitome of everything that is wrong with our world. Whether exposed to the death of animals or humans, there is nothing more jarring or ugly than a lifeless body. And this is a bit of a taboo subject in our culture and one we are hugely protected from – but it is unfortunately inescapable.
Intellectually, a Christian can understand that death is the ultimate result of sin – but what are the dynamics? The Bible contains a number of promises about the resurrection, but how can bodies be physically… Continue reading
Jehoshaphat was a king of Judah and he faces a real crisis in 2 Chronicles 20. A crisis is a healthy thing for the Christian for time-to-time (as long as it is not of our own making!) and reveals our true outlook on life and will make us stronger in faith.
It is very interesting to observe how Jehoshaphat responded to this crisis which provides a lesson for us all. Furthermore, a Levite priest (Jahaziel) is anointed to speak the word of God in response, a word that has much relevance today.
Danny recently delivered a sermon on this passage which he suggests speaks directly into the time we are… Continue reading
Steve recently preached a sermon on Matthew 10 where Jesus sends out His disciples. Jesus gave them a clear message of what to do and what to expect. It would have been a difficult message to hear for the disciples but one that they needed as Jesus wanted them to be prepared for what they will face. This message applies to us 2000 years later, now is the time for us to be prepared for conversations with people about the gospel and be ready for the prowling wolves. Now is the time for courage.
Alfred Roberts (Margret Thatcher’s father) gave a sermon 80 years ago titled ‘The Inner Life’ where… Continue reading
The vast majority of those living in the United Kingdom will have only known one monarch. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1952 which means you would need to be in your mid-seventies to remember her predecessor and father King George VI.
It would be hard to find anyone on the planet with a broader wealth of life experience given her array of duties which include meeting people and dignitaries from cultures all around the world throughout such a long time period. It is staggering to think the fourteen different UK Prime Ministers have sworn allegiance to her since she ascended to the throne, the first of which was Sir… Continue reading
As we approach the end of an extraordinary year, we focus again on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The traditional texts at this time of year are the nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke which explore Jesus’ birth from our earthly perspective. However, the opening verses of John’s gospel focus on the nativity from the spiritual perspective. The focus is not so much on Jesus’ birth, but on our ‘re-birth’!
Danny preached a sermon last Sunday on John 1:1-14 where he unpacks this in relation to Jesus’ birth – feel free to listen below:
As we approach the end of 2020, we reflect on what has been a monumental year. A year we will believe that will prove to have greatly accelerated the world towards the coming end-time climax as outlined in Scripture. Our respond to Covid-19 has been the main catalyst to this and the mainstream media has been bombarding us with worst-case scenarios and gloomy predictions.
This is led to a variety of negative responses within society such as increased anxiety, worry and tension. This is all epitomised by a climate of fear. Fear is defined as an ‘unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm’.… Continue reading