Many non-believers think that the Christian faith consists of a God who commands rules into our lives. You “shall not” do this or you “shall not” do that, as with the 10 commandments. There is some truth in that but it’s not a complete picture of Christianity. There are many amazing promises for believers, some of these are “shall not” promises.
Using John’s gospel, there are 4 amazing “shall not” promises that each believer should hold on to every day:
- Shall not hunger and shall never thirst again
- Shall not walk in darkness
- Shall not come into condemnation
- Shall not perish, but have everlasting life
Steve recently delivered the sermon… Continue reading
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
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:
The Word became flesh and made… Continue reading
Recently, Steve recorded a sermon for St. Andrews Baptist church looking at Peter’s epistles.
These two powerful epistles cover many topics including salvation, living a holy life, and end time prophecy with Jesus Christ’s second coming. They command us to always be ready to give a reason for the hope we have. They provide more details about the resurrection and how Jesus went and proclaimed to the disobedient imprisoned spirits. These short letters are also packed full with encouragement and hope.
As well as this, there is a repeated message that Paul wanted to make clear to his readers:
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,… Continue reading
The first two chapters of the book of Job are difficult reading and raise uncomfortable questions for the Christian. How could God agree to allow Satan to target Job with such cruel suffering? Could I become the subject of some divine test of my faith like Job?
It is worth persisting with the book as it is important to remember that there is a very happy ending. We defy any believer to read through chapters 38-42 without being left with a powerful sense of the incredible awe and majesty of God. However, this book does force us to confront the awkward question of affliction for the faithful follower, which is… Continue reading