Yearly Archives: 2020
Richard Bamford recently gave a great exposition on the life of Samson in a sermon at St Andrew’s Baptist Church. Samson is an interesting Old Testament character – his flaws are obvious and it can be a frustrating read as he seems unable to overcome his weaknesses despite being given such an amazing gift of physical power from God. Despite this, his name appears in the ‘hall of fame’ that can be found in Hebrews 11.
We encourage you to listen to this message – Richard draws out some great observations and relates them skillfully to the church today and our own spiritual condition.
Within Christian circles, there is sometimes a fierce debate about the timing of the rapture of the Church and where this fits into biblical eschatology.
We believe an understanding of the purpose of the rapture is a key part of understanding the end-time timeline. As far as we can tell, the rapture is God’s method of withdrawing his faithful Church from a unique and time of terrible judgment known as the Great Tribulation. There are several patterns of this throughout Scripture where God works in this way such as with the accounts of Noah, Rahab and Lot. God removes his faithful before he displays his wrath – they were not… Continue reading
The ‘Doomsday Clock’ has recently been moved to 100 seconds to midnight. This clock, which is designed to warn the public about how close we are to destroying the world with dangerous technologies of our own making, is the closest to midnight it’s been since creation in 1947 as the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board aim to raise awareness of existential dangers threatening humanity. Their statement explains: “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because… Continue reading
It’s certainly been a turbulent start to 2020! With the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani only a few days into the new year, the world has been on high alert for many nations being dragged into war. Since then, Iran has retaliated with a missile strike on Iraqi military bases that house U.S. forces. Although this didn’t result in any casualties, fears grow that this could escalate very quickly and only heightens rumours that a major war is not far away. This is symptomatic of Jesus’ warning of what the world will be like before his return:
You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see… Continue reading
It can often seem as though the world is spiralling out of control. Our news reports consistently paint a bleak picture of unrelenting chaos with the latest story of disaster being quickly replaced by a new crisis. In recent days, the reports of the devastating bushfires in Australia has only been overshadowed by the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the resulting escalation of international tension, particularly in the Middle East. Whatever the crisis, our media is awash with blame and spin – it’s impossible to know who or what to trust.