Yearly Archives: 2021
‘Imagine’, the best-selling single by John Lennon is one of the most recognisable melodies in pop music and opens with the line ‘Imagine there’s no heaven’. What follows with the lyrics is a picture of a world without borders, possessions or religion where some kind of utopia exists and where division would be replaced by unity. Here is the opening section:
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