Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, November 17th, 2019
The evidence of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem predicted by Jesus and enacted by the Roman Legions in September 70AD is still clear. But is it clear what we are supposed to do with Jesus predictions.
Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Approached by some Sadducees, Jesus is challenged to defend the resurrection. He does so by correcting a common misunderstanding about the next life, and the Sadducee’s misunderstandings of Scripture.
Jesus teaches that marriage is no longer necessary in the next life (eliminating the Sadducee’s concern of ‘heavenly adultery’) because, in the next life, they cannot die. The resurrected become like angels.
In the resurrection, our adoption in Christ is consummated, fully realising the eternal benefits of being in Christ.
Jesus also teaches, that Scripture clearly points to an afterlife, that God is the God if the living, and Israel’s forefathers. He can’t be both of these if Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are dead. To him, all of them are alive.
In this, we are soberly reminded, that Why Knowing the Bible, Isn’t Enough. It’s not enough to know the Scriptures well. The Sadducees knew them well. But they failed to understand, that all of Scripture is informed by, and points to Jesus.
A map is only useful, if we knowing which direction is north, and we have a compass. It’s the same with Scripture. The ink on the pages isn’t what saves, it’s what, or rather who that ink testifies. The Bible is only eve enough, if know and understand, to whom it points.
Join us as we’re comforted and challenged by Jesus’ words, in Luke 20.27-40
In the closing of Paul’s second letter of Timothy, his beloved son is urged to proclaim the message of salvation through faith in Jesus. And, to correct, rebuke and exhort the false teachers within the church, and those seduced by the passions of the world.
The theme of suffering is never far away in Paul’s final epistle. We’re reminded again that his ministry has been dominated by isolation, suffering and persecution. But we’re also taught that God may use these experiences so that the message of salvation might be proclaimed to the world.
This leaves us to ask, what if the difference between the church and the world being as it is, and being as God intended, is the pain and suffering we’re unwilling to endure?
Join us as we conclude our four-week series on Paul’s second letter to Timothy.
As Paul continues to encourage and equip Timothy in his Gospel ministry, he is reminded that to live a godly life IN Christ Jesus, he will be persecuted. In the face of this, Timothy is encouraged to continue, Living the Gospel. A Gospel that brings the dead to life, and restores all of creation.
As we continue our series from 2 Timothy, we’re encouraged to examine our own lives, examining if we are marked by the Gospel or the World.
Suffering is something we all experience in life, but few if any of us, would willingly choose to suffer. Yet this is exactly what Paul is asking his beloved son to do, to be willing to persevere, and Suffer for the Gospel.
In asking Timothy to suffer, for the sake of the Gospel, Paul reminds Timothy, that suffering is not without its reward, nor is without a purpose. And we do not suffer alone.
Join us, as we continue our series on 2 Timothy and the Gospel, and be encouraged to Suffer for the Gospel.