Is the Coronavirus God’s judgement?

I did a Facebook live session tonight thinking about whether the coronavirus is God’s judgement on us. I know it’s a question quite a few people have been asking. It’s a big topic and you’d have to spend hours really going into all the ins and outs, but this is my go at giving an answer live in a few minutes:

Is the coronavirus God's judgement?

I know people are curious about whether the coronavirus has any relation to God's judgement. I hope to provide both challenge and reassurance!

Posted by Understand the Bible on Wednesday, 1 April 2020

The passage I read from is Joel 2:12-14.

Hope from the Bible in a time of coronavirus

Hope in a time of Coronavirus title

I know that a lot of people are anxious about the coronavirus at the moment, and I wanted to say something specifically about how the Bible speaks into that situation. I thought the best way would be through a Facebook livestream – I’ve decided to do a short livestream on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings with a short reading and thought from the Bible.

Tonight’s livestream was on Psalm 46 and is here: (apologies for the first bit – Facebook had issues – skip forward a couple of minutes for the real thing!)

Hope from the Bible in a time of coronavirus

This is an anxious time for everyone and I know lots of people are struggling. Let's look at what the Bible has to say to give some comfort at this time."God is our strength and refuge" – Psalm 46

Posted by Understand the Bible on Thursday, 26 March 2020

The previous one from Wednesday night was about Jesus calming the storm and is available here.

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What is Christianity? – 3: Old Testament + Israel

Part three of a six-part series on the question “What is Christianity?” To answer the question we’ll look at a very brief overview of the whole Bible.

In this session we think about the rest of the Old Testament, in particular how God promised to undo the curse of the fall and yet how sin kept on getting in the way. At the end of the Old Testament we are left with a big question – how is God going to deal with the problem of sin?

You may also listen to the audio-only version if you prefer.

Repentance: (4) Hatred of Sin | Psalm 97

I think many of us feel uncomfortable about saying that we hate anything – but yet the Bible does tell us to hate certain things.

The passage is online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+97&version=NIVUK

The Doctrine of Repentance is available in lots of places online e.g. as a PDF here: http://www.onthewing.org/user/Watson%20-%20Repentance%20-%20Modern.pdf

Sermon recorded as part of a livestream on the Great Clacton Parish YouTube channel.

Podcast available here.

What is Christianity? – 2: The Fall

Part two of a six-part series on the question “What is Christianity?” To answer the question we’ll look at a very brief overview of the whole Bible.

In this video we think about Genesis 3, one of the most important chapters in the Bible. We think about:

  1. What sin is,
  2. What sin does,
  3. How it explains the world.

If you don’t have a Bible you can get them online or via apps, e.g. the YouVersion Bible app, or http://biblegateway.com. The two Bible translations I mention are called the New International Version and the New Living Translation. You can read the Bible passage online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+3&version=NLT

You may also listen to the audio-only version if you prefer.

Repentance: (3) Shame for sin | James 4:1-10

Shame is a dirty word in our society, yet the Bible has a lot to say about it. Should we feel shame? And how? What does the Bible say about it?

This is what was to be the sermon at Wednesday Worshippers today (18th March 2020) but due to the coronavirus situation had to be online instead!

The passage is online here.

The Doctrine of Repentance is available in lots of places online e.g. as a PDF here.

You may listen to the podcast if you prefer – here.

New Course: What is Christianity? – 1: Creation

This is the first of a six-part series where we will be looking at the question “What is Christianity?” To answer the question we’ll look at a very brief overview of the whole Bible.

In this video we think about:

  1. Why it’s important to look at the Bible;
  2. What the Bible says about creation …
  3. … and what that means for us.

If you don’t have a Bible you can get them online or via apps, e.g. the YouVersion Bible app, or http://biblegateway.com. The two Bible translations I mention are called the New International Version and the New Living Translation.

You may also listen to the audio-only version if you prefer.

The Understand the Bible App

I have started work on an Understand the Bible mobile app which will make it easier to use the discipleship programme from a mobile device. Please do stay tuned for more news – if you haven’t already, do sign up for notifications and / or the mailing list.

In the meantime, if you have a smartphone and would like to help me give the app a test run to check if there are any problems before it goes live, please do get in touch!