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Grace-shaped community – Galatians 6:1-10 Sermon

How should the grace of God make a difference to our community? In this sermon we explore how God wants us to be with each other as a result of his grace.

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Raising children in the faith

Raising children is important but a topic we don’t spend much time thinking about. How should we raise children in the faith? This is something which is important for both parents and non-parents, single people and families to look at.

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10 Books to RENEW your mind

One of the best ways to grow in the Christian faith is to read good Christian books. But there are so many Christian books out there! How do we know which ones are best? In this video I pick 10 of the books which have been most helpful to me.

Books

  1. The Good God by Michael Reeves
  2. The Cross of Christ by John Stott
  3. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
  4. How People Change by Paul Tripp & Timothy Lane
  5. True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer (my review / summary)
  6. Communion with God by John Owen
  7. A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson (Free eBook)
  8. The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson
  9. The Pilgrim’s Progress (Modern English edition) by John Bunyan (Free PDF)
  10. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
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If God forgives, why do good? Galatians 5:13-26 Sermon

If God forgives us anyway, why should we do good? If we have freedom, how should we use it? In this passage we see how freedom in Christ gives us a new motivation and a new power to obey.

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Marriage and Relationships – God’s way

Have you ever seen a film or TV show where someone was happily single? Our society tells us all the time that being in a relationship is the thing which matters most. But what dose the Bible say about marriage? How do we live as a Christian in this part of our lives?

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Jesus vs Supernatural Powers – Acts 13:4-12 Sermon

A lot of people today are fascinated by the supernatural: psychic mediums, palm readings, spiritualism… what should Christians make of it? Is it harmless fun, is there something deeper going on?

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Why did God command Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?

In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Although in the end Abraham did not have to sacrifice Isaac, it still raises questions: why did God make the command in the first place? The answer to this question appears if we stand back to look at the bigger picture.

Key points

  • Child sacrifice was a serious offence to God – it was forbidden under penalty of death (Leviticus 20:2)
  • Jesus loved children – for example Mark 10:13-16
  • So why did God command it?
  • v1 says that God “tested” Abraham
    • Testing is an exercise in trust. v5 and v8 suggest that Abraham thought he was going to come back with Isaac and that God would provide a sacrifice.
    • In v12 the angel says “Now I know you fear the Lord” – there’s often a difference between knowing something intellectually, and knowing it so that it makes a difference.
    • The quote is taken from C.S. Lewis’ book A Grief Observed
  • In v13-14 we see that God himself does provide. What’s the big picture?
    • v2 says that Abraham was going to the region of “Moriah” – only found in one other place in the Bible (2 Chron 3:1) – where the temple was built. God is giving is a picture.
    • Who did provide their only loved son as a sacrifice? – God!
    • Genesis 22 is a lesson for us, that God’s blessings come through sacrifice – but that God himself provides the sacrifice.
  • Why was it right for God to sacrifice Jesus? – John 10:17-18. Jesus laid down his life – it wasn’t like human beings sacrificing an innocent child!

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The video that provoked this question was about understanding violence in the Old Testament.

Your questions answered

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Understanding Money and Giving

The Bible has a lot to say about money. In this session we’re going to look at why it’s such an important issue, some principles of giving in the Bible, and how we can use our money in a godly way.

In the video I mention the book The Money Mentor which you might appreciate.

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How do we understand violence in the Old Testament?

People often find the violence in the Old Testament off-putting. Why is there so much violence? And why does God seem to command it sometimes? In this video we look briefly at how we should understand violence in the Old Testament.

Key points…

  • We need to distinguish between two kinds of violence in the Old Testament.
  • First, the violence which people do.
    • We often read about violence in the papers – this is because the violence is factual! The Bible often reports factual violence without condoning it.
    • Why is it included? Because shows the depth of human sin.
    • Similar to the book Lord of the Flies, where the violence there is shocking holds up a mirror to human nature.
    • The violence shows us what human nature is like.
  • Second, the violence which God does or commands, e.g. the command to drive out the Canaanites and other nations from the Promised Land.
    • This command was giving because of the sin of the Canaanites (Leviticus 20:23). The command to drive them out was actually a judgement upon them.
    • The uncomfortable truth is that God’s character remains consistent across the Old Testament and New Testament: he is loving to those who trust in him, but he punishes sin and wickedness.
    • Compare Nahum 1:2-3, 7-8 with Revelation 19:11-21.
    • God will defeat his enemies in the end because he is just and cannot leave sin unpunished.
  • BUT – Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world but save the world (John 3:16-17). The offer stands open to anyone to come to him and not receive what our sins deserve, but to find forgiveness.

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There’s a whole session of the What is Christianity? course on the Old Testament.

Your questions answered

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Christ is Freedom – Galatians 5:1-12 Sermon

If you had to choose one word to sum up the Christian life, what would it be? In this passage, Paul sums it up with the word “freedom”. But what does that really mean? What are we free from?

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