One reason why I think it is right to say that a church exists for the good of the city is that if things are done right, then this simply is the case. Why do I say that? Well have a look at Hebrews 6:4-7 with me. It says: We tend to look at those… Continue reading An overflow of grace for the good of the city
The Commonwealth Games are known as “The friendly games”. It is probably true already of athletics that you see things at such events that you wouldn’t at something like a football tournament (much as I love football). There is much less tribalism. Imagine for example English football fans standing politely for the national anthem of… Continue reading She finished the race
From baby boom to missions boon – this one caught by eye as my own parents found themselves involved in cross-cultural mission, spending their 50s in China before continuing to visit regularly right up until 2019. You can build but it will crumble – Alistair Chalmers reflect on a visit to Ephesus Essentially significant –… Continue reading Food from around the worldwide web
For Starters When you do something wrong, or when you hurt someone you care about, what do you usually do to put things right (if anything)? Does it work? A Look at the Bible What does the Text say? The story of Abraham and Melchizedek is told in Genesis 14. Abraham goes to rescue Lot… Continue reading Melchizedek
Here is our latest Bible study from Hebrews. You can have a look at the questions below and then watch our afternoon tea discussion. For Starters What does the label “Come back kid” mean? How often in reality does that work out? A Look at the Bible What does the text say? Why is the… Continue reading Milk, meat and losing my salvation (Hebrews 5:11 -6:12)
In Hebrews, we are told that Jesus was tempted in every way, but without sin. This raises the question, “Was it actually possible for Jesus to sin?” If we say “Yes Jesus could have sinned” then that seems to help show the reality of the temptation. However, it raises questions about what would then have… Continue reading Could Jesus have sinned?
Here is our latest Sunday Night Church Bible study. You can talk about the questions at home then watch our discussion via the video below. For Starters What do these words and phrases mean? – Can you give examples of each? Sympathy Empathy? Emotional intelligence A look at the Text What does the Text say?… Continue reading Empathy (Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10)
How do you rest and relax? We are going to be looking at how we rest and what to do when we can’t find rest. We started though by looking at Hebrews 4 which talks about the rest that God invites us into. Here are a few highlights To understand what rest is, we need… Continue reading Rest (Hebrews 4:1-13)
The theme of Hebrews 3 is that Jesus is greater than Moses. The argument building up through Hebrews is that Jesus fulfils and therefore is greater than all of the Old Testament. He is greater than the prophets, greater than angels, greater than Moses and the Law. In Hebrews 3, we see that Jesus is… Continue reading Hardening my heart to my own testimony
Hebrews 2:5-8 talking about Christ’s superiority to angels quotes Psalm 8 saying “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man[a] that you should care for him?7 Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.[b]8 You gave them authority over… Continue reading A little lower than the angels?