This week’s message continues to look at the benefits and blessings we have as a result of our justification. Paul also uses these blessings as evidence of the assurance of salvation that we have. There is, therefore, assurance of salvation through trials, through God’s love for us and because we have been reconciled and justified.
In one of the Old Testaments best-known stories, Daniel is thrown into the Lions Den. We are reminded that the bible is God’s story, so while Daniel is a man from whom lessons may be drawn for our life, the story is ultimately about God. We see that God is king over history, over empires […]
What Paul is doing right throughout this letter is putting steal into Timothy’s weak frame. Timothy was timid, shy, reserved and young. Timothy not only had to deal with his character, which was naturally reserved but he had to deal with a political atmosphere that was anti-Christian, plus a difficult congregation, plus those who had […]
As far as invitations go, you mightn’t think too much of this one! We like invitations that speak of fellowship, personal advantage, even comfort but an invitation to join someone in suffering, for the gospel, isn’t really that exciting. I can well imagine that young Timothy would think to himself, “I’m not at all sure […]
In the final part of our series on disciple-making we consider where Disciples are to be made. The short answer is anywhere! Wherever there are people, there is an opportunity to do something or say something that can potentially move someone step closer to God – whether a believer or not. The sermon considers that […]
Continuing our 5 part series on Making Disciples, we consider ‘How to make disciples.’ The question really is: By what method or means is God rescuing and gathering his people into the kingdom of God? We discover that there is no one size fits all method – no silver bullet to ensure that people are […]
When it comes to what Paul is saying here about not losing heart, I imagine that it is more about seeing ourselves as a balloon with a slow leak in it. We feel deflated. We lack spirit and purpose. I think we all like those helium balloons that are lighter than air and go up […]