An overflow of grace for the good of the city

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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

She finished the race

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

Food from around the worldwide web

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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

Milk, meat and losing my salvation (Hebrews 5:11 -6:12)

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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)

Could Jesus have sinned?

In Hebrews, we are told that Jesus was tempted in every way, but without sin.[1] 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?

Empathy (Hebrews 4:14 – 5:10)

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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)

Hardening my heart to my own testimony

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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

A little lower than the angels?

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?