Grace is Essential – Galatians 1:1-10 Sermon

“We find no rest for our weary bones unless we cling to the word of grace” (Martin Luther). You might have heard of grace – but do you really know what it is? And do you live it out? Galatians teaches that grace is essential to the gospel and to Christian living. In this first passage we start thinking about why it’s so important.

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What is Christianity? 2 – Where it all went wrong

If God made a good world, then why is there so much bad stuff in the world? Why are there wars, and pandemics, and break-ups, and death? Why is my life in such a mess? In the second part of the What is Christianity? course we look at where it all went wrong – the cause of every bad thing in the world. Here we explore Genesis chapter 3, which explains how evil entered into the world.

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Easter changes how we live – Philippians 3:1-14 Sermon

We celebrate Easter once a year, but it should make a difference to our lives the whole year round. In this sermon we think about how Easter, and especially the resurrection, makes a difference to us all the time.

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What is Christianity? 1 – Creation (New Course)

What is Christianity all about? Join me on the start of this journey as we work our way through the Bible. In this session we look at what the Bible is and why it’s important. Then we start at the beginning – the creation of everything.

As I promised last week, this is the first episode of the updated What is Christianity? course. I’m planning to film a new video each week and upload it, starting with this course.

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An exciting announcement

An announcement about what is happening with Understand the Bible after Easter 2021:

Obviously this will have implications for the existing features – I won’t be doing Thought for the Week or Learn to read the Bible. Instead, everything will be rolled into one weekly video. That may be a course, it may be on a specific book of the Bible or topic. The point is, hopefully by focussing on one topic per week it gives me a bit of time to create something of higher quality.

I will continue to do occasional other things such as the Your Questions Answered series.

Thanks for bearing with me, the last year or two have been a steep learning curve for me but, God-willing, I am beginning to get there! I’m pleased with the first of the “What is Christianity?” videos which is due to be published next week.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Understand the Bible, and I look forward to journeying with you over these coming months.

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Destined to die – John 19:28-42 Sermon

People sometimes talk about destiny or fate – but what does it mean? Jesus was destined to die on the cross – but that’s good news for us. And we, too, can share in his destiny.

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This is the third of a short, three-part series in the run-up to Easter looking at the passion narrative in John’s Gospel. Watch the previous one here.

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God is the ruler that we need – WSC #11

Who’s really in charge of the world? In this session we look at something called God’s providence, which means not only that God is in charge but that he’s a good ruler – the ruler we really need.

More Thought for the Week…

This is part of the weekly Thought for the Week series. This series is designed to give a short, 10-15 minute ‘thought’, including a Bible reading and a prayer. Currently I am working through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. You can see all videos on the catechism on this playlist.

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The Cross makes us family – John 19:17-27 Sermon

When we think about the cross, we often think about it in individual terms: “God forgives my sin”. But the cross has important implications for how we relate to others as well.

Note – unlike previous weeks, the video goes straight into the sermon and doesn’t start with the reading. If you’d like to read the passage online you can do so via Bible Gateway.

This is the second of a short, three-part series in the run-up to Easter looking at the passion narrative in John’s Gospel. Watch the previous one here.

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Authentic Religion – Matthew 6:1-18

Jesus’ words here are appropriate for a social media generation! He warns us against hypocritical religion, and shows us what we should be like instead.

The previous Sermon on the Mount video on “Misusing the Law (Matthew 5:33-48)” is available here.

In due course this series will replace the existing Sermon on the Mount series.

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