There are, essentially, two categories of people. There are those who think too highly of themselves, and there are those who think too little of themselves. Which are you? How does each opinion affect your relationship with God? What does each opinion say about you, and how does it stand up against what God thinks of you?
Paul has completed his thoughts on law versus grace when it comes to righteousness, and he has dealt with the question of the future of his people, Israel. He acknowledges the wisdom and knowledge of God in his plan for salvation, and re-emphasises the mercy of God as the centre of salvation. In the next few chapters, Paul speaks to us about the imperative of living out that mercy by obeying the teachings of Jesus.
Join us as we continue our series in Romans.
What is God’s plan for Israel, and how do Israel and the Church relate to each other in the scheme of salvation? The history of the Church has been marked with moments of incredible support for Jewish people, and marked with moments of hurting the Jewish people. What ought we make of God's promises to Abraham in light of the fulfillment of prophecies by the Messiah, Jesus Christ?
Pastor John continues our series on Romans, and examines the very important question of the relationship between the nation of Israel and the Church.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord - What a promise! If you know Christ, this is the truth you can claim every day. If you do not yet, this is what awaits you when you put your faith in Him.
Pastor John continues our series on Romans, illuminating this amazing portion of God's Word for us.
When we put our faith in Christ, we are God's children. And the Holy Spirit helps us to know we are God's children. We have every benefit of being His children - the pluses - and the challenges - the minuses - as well. Pastor John continues our series in Romans, looking at these pluses and minuses of our adoption into God's family.
Romans 8 opens with a marvellous promise: There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. What an assurance for those who believe! What a promise for those who do not yet believe! Pastor John continues our series in Romans, explaining this amazing passage and all it holds for all people.
There is a battle within each of us; the battle between knowing and doing. The principle that Paul discovers in Romans 7 applies to us all: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. What does this mean for us? Pastor John continues the series in Romans and explains just what impact this strange tension has on our lives.
Two events—Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday—form the second pivotal event in human history. The first occurred in the Garden when the fruit of a tree destroyed our relationship with God and brought death into the world. The second occurred on Golgotha when the fruit of that tree restored our relationship with God, and the empty tomb proved that we serve a living saviour.
When Mary saw the empty tomb, and then spoke with the resurrected Jesus in the graveyard, she ran to tell the Disciples. Her joy at this amazing news could not be contained, and she didn't even try!
Is our joy so difficult to contain? Do we run toward people who don't know the amazing, marvellous, miraculous, important thing that Jesus has done for them, to share this news?
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"As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes.'" Luke's account of this touching moment in the last period in Jesus' life on earth gives us pause to consider, especially in light of the crowds that would herald Him as "He who comes in the name of the Lord."
Jesus' compassion overflows because He knew just how desperately people need to know Him - then and now. Do you? Do you understand what Jesus is really all about? Do you know the peace He brings?
This Palm Sunday message draws us back to look to Him, and to recognise our soul-deep need for Him. Join us.
Last time, we looked at how Paul explained our relation to sin and how our new relation to sin directed our relation with sin. In chapter 7, Paul describes our relation to the law of Moses. What is the purpose of the Law? If the Law is still in effect, then how did Jesus fulfil it? What is the relationship between Law and grace? How does the Law still apply to us, if it does?
Pastor John continues the series on Romans, and shows how Romans chapter 7 explains the answers to all these questions.