The doctrine of the resurrection is full of practicality and power, but is sorely neglected in the local church. It not only gives us a new understanding of reality and the future, but it fills our present with wonder and hope if it's true that God is working new life through His Son. This series will look at the core truth of, as well as prayer changes and power brought about by the resurrection.
"Laws for a Nation" describe the way that God, by His Word, built and shaped the nation of Israel with a distinct character, tone and culture.
What does the Old Testament church of God look like? How were the people of Israel to think of themselves as God's people, and of each other? How should the nation organise itself? What structures, customs, rituals and justice would lay out the national life? How does this reveal the character of the God who had claimed a people for Himself? What does His righteousness and justice look like -- or His vision for humanity?
The phrase “long live the King” is part of a formula that people traditionally use when a new king ascends to the throne, sometimes at the death of a former king to show the perpetuity of a kingdom, or that that there will always be a ruler on the throne. The full phrase is “the king is dead, long live the king”. It summarizes well the spirit of Matthew 1-2 and the idea that Matthew was introducing the advent of the Davidic King and His rise to power. In these chapters, we see not just His birth, which we typically celebrate at Christmas, but the arrival of this long-anticipated King who would claim the throne of His father, David.
Advent is a good season to prepare our hearts spiritually for Christmas, and to give Him the due honor and reverence and these sessions and studies in Matthew 1-2 are designed to do just that — ready our hearts for the coming King.
This unit of Scripture from Exo 15 to 19 takes us "From Egypt to Sinai". In this section, we will see how God shapes, organises and instructs His freed people, and at the spiritual cancer of "grumbling".
Scriptures give us clarity on some key issues that are and will become very contentious in the days to come, and will test our ability to be clear about what we believe, and whether we will stand with Christian orthodoxy.
Will we unite around the clear teaching of Scripture, or will we shatter into unorthodoxy and theological confusion? Will we have clarity?
Exodus 7-15 looks at how God brings His judgement upon Egypt. This is the portion of Exodus that celebrates God's mighty rescue and triumphant delivery, which is the great Gospel moment of the Old Testament. From plagues to pillar of cloud and fire, and the Red Sea parting, it is spectacularly dramatic. The New Testament writers will reach back to this climatic event, how it's told, to shape their gospel presentation.
These 6 sessions in Mark 1 revolve around the theme of following Jesus or discipleship. There is a freedom of putting aside our own will, and living in the joy of obedience to Christ as disciples of Jesus. This is what the King calls His followers to.
Exodus is the sequel to Genesis and this sequel forms part of the grand OT gospel narrative. This first section in Exodus establishes the identity of this God who knows and will rescue the people of Israel, based on His covenant faithfulness established in Genesis.
In this series, we will meditate on the names of Christ the Emmanuel in the carol to think our way through the Advent season, practicing the spiritual discipline of longing and anticipating as Christians have done for hundreds of years.
In Jesus’ life and ministry, He encountered different people, and spoke into their needs and struggles. This series will take a look at the various encounters and what happened when people met Jesus.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this series focuses on the theology of the Reformation, namely the doctrines of grace.
This New Testament gem has often been called the "magna carta of Christian liberty". Of it, Martin Luther said, "the epistle to the Galatians is my own epistle. I have betrothed myself to it. It is my own Katie von Bora." What does Galatians have in store for us?
This oft-neglected minor prophet has words of truth, challenge and comfort for us too. What is God saying to us through the book of Zephaniah?
Jonah is one of the best known Bible stories, and an easy first step into the minor prophets. If the whole Bible is about Jesus, how does Jonah -- a story about a reluctant prophet, a miraculous intervention, a repenting Gentile nation, and a preacher angry at God -- fit into that story?
Revelation is less about mystical prophecy but it shows us things Jesus means for us to see for the church's obedience and blessing and ultimately is from our triune God to His praise. What can our modern churches learn from Jesus’ letters to the 7 churches?
Samson is a complex character and the book of Judges is a book about complexity and ambiguity, and it speaks to the complicated situations of life in the grey. No easy answers here, only true ones. Samson not only has important lessons for young adults and Christians today, but also points to Christ.