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Faith Matters Series

Taking Up My Cross – No Matter What (Faith Matters)

Today, whilst working on an assignment for my MA in Theology and Ministry, God broke in through the words of an academic, writing in a textbook, and spoke directly into my heart. I wasn’t expecting to find healing in a textbook, and yet God used it regardless of my expectations. My assignment is on atonement, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading about how the crucifixion of Jesus is interpreted and understood. I thought I understood, but the more I read, the more certain I become that I’ve had it wrong all this time.  What struck me today, what broke me and made me weep, was the realisation of what it truly means to ‘take up my cross’ and follow Jesus. On the cross, at Calvary, Jesus was victimised, wrongly accused, beaten, mocked, tortured […]

Being on the winning team Faith Matters

Being on the Winning Team

Without transformation, there is no salvation. This is a truth that many “rainy-day Christians” fail to realise. And it’s a truth that a lot of dedicated Christians and even evangelists fail to take into consideration. Of course, transformation isn’t something that’s easy to quantify, but it’s still possible to recognise, and most definitely something that all Christians should emphasise when they’re preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. Atonement theology in most reformed, Protestant churches in the West tends to hinge on the idea of substitution. Now, it’s possible that I’ve already lost you at the word “atonement”, but give me the benefit of the doubt and read on, because what I’ve got to say is important. In short, atonement is all about the meaning of the death—the crucifixion—of Jesus, and it’s something that’s been […]

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The Lord is Faithful

The Lord is Faithful – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Key Verse: v3: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.   What Does it Mean? Paul acknowledges that “not everyone has faith” (v2) and that we cohabit the world with those who have wicked or evil intentions towards us. His words weren’t meant to ignite fear in the hearts of the church at Thessalonica, but rather were a simple statement of fact. Every Christian needs to remember that they are in a battle – not necessarily a visible one, either. As Ephesians 6:12 warns us, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV). The devil […]

Secure in the Lord

Secure in the Lord – Psalm 112

Read: Psalm 112 Key Verse: vv7-8: They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. What Does it Mean? According to Psalm 112:8, trust and dependance upon God have three positive results: security, an absence of fear, and the confidence that one day we will “look in triumph on [our] foes” (NIV). We’re reminded, yet again, that God is the only anti-dote we need when fear tries to invade our hearts. In the modern world, we have 24/7 access to news broadcasts that seem utterly focused on giving us reasons to be afraid – troubling political situations, financial crises, unemployment, civil war, terrorism… the list is seemingly endless. […]

Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm- Mark 4:35-41

Read: Mark 4:35-41 Key Verse: v40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” What Does it Mean? The disciples found themselves in the midst of a terrible storm. The boat was being battered by wind and waves, and was taking on water. As they panicked, fearing that they were going to drown, Jesus lay sleeping, with His head on a pillow. Picture that scene if you will. With the boat being tossed on the violent waves, and the wind howling, and waves breaking over the side of the boat, the idea of anyone remaining asleep in those conditions is somewhat ludicrous. The boat was on the verge of sinking, and Jesus was sleeping? The disciples’ response, as they woke Jesus up, is possibly something we’ve all […]

Strong Firm and Steadfast

Strong, Firm and Steadfast – 1 Peter 5:8-11

Read: 1 Peter 5:8-11 Key Verse: v10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.   What Does it Mean? Peter was writing to Christians at a time when they faced much persecution and difficulties, and he didn’t mince his words. Although in the Western world Christians do not face the same kind of trials as our first century compadres, Peter’s words still hold true for us. In verse 8, Peter reminds us that the devil prowls around like a hungry lion, looking for ways to trip us up and make us more vulnerable to his attacks. We have to be mindful of this. And, yet, at the same time, […]

Boldly Approach the Throne

Boldly Approach the Throne – Hebrews 4:12-16

Read: Hebrews 4:12-16 Key Verse: v16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. What Does it Mean? Through Jesus, we have direct access to the throne of grace – to our Heavenly Father, who gives us mercy and grace when we ask Him for it. The word the writer of the letter to the Hebrews uses to describe the way we are to approach God’s throne is confidence (NIV) or boldly (KJV). We don’t have to be timid or meek, or afraid to be honest with God about how we feel, what we’re struggling with, or what we need. We come before Him, with our prayers and petitions, with confidence that comes from an understanding […]

Faith Hope Love Armour

Faith and Love and Hope As Our Armour – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Key Verse: v8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. What Does it Mean? Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica about the need to be alert and not to be caught sleeping when the “day of the Lord” comes. The first-century Christians were probably much more alert than twenty-first century Christians, so Paul’s words are even more appropriate for us now. There’s a danger of complacency and of justifying or minimising the sinful behaviours that we can be tempted towards. We believe that Jesus will return, but we don’t have the same sense of urgency that the early church had. We need that urgency back. We need to stop excusing […]

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Find Strength in the Lord – 1 Samuel 30:1-8 (Storms of Life)

Read: 1 Samuel 30:1-8 Key Verse: v6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. What Does it Mean? The way people respond to situations can reveal a lot about their character and their level of faith. David faced a situation where instead of pulling together and trusting in God to find a way out of a very desperate situation, his men were turning on him and blaming him for their misfortune. It would have been easy for David to succumb to fear and anxiety, but instead we read that ‘David encouraged himself in the Lord his God’ (v6, KJV). The NIV translates this as ‘David found strength in the […]

God arms me with strength Fueling Faith

Armed With Strength – Psalm 18:25-36 (Storms of Life)

Read: Psalm 18:25-36 Key Verse: v32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.   What Does it Mean? Even the strongest, most confident human being on earth is still immeasurably weaker than God. Once we understand this simple truth, and recognise our complete dependance upon our Heavenly Father, God is able to strengthen us, protect us and guide us when we’re facing tricky situations. He can’t help us until we recognise our own fallibility and weakness, and the futility of our attempts to save ourselves. But once we come into that place of acceptance, He can work in our lives – as David describes in this Psalm. He arms us with strength and keeps our way secure (v32); He gives us sure-footing and enables us to stand securely ‘on the heights’ […]

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Staying the Course

Read: Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. When life seems to be throwing an endless stream of curveballs and difficult circumstances, the temptation to either quit – or get frustrated with God – is high. It isn’t easy to hold on to faith when everything around us is crumbling. We may question why God isn’t intervening, why people of other or no faith seem to be having an easier ride than we are. In the storms of life, God can seem distant and uncaring, and our perception of Him as our loving Heavenly Father can be challenged. What do we need to do when we’re feeling this way? Ironically, the solution to the […]

An Anchor for Our Soul

Read: Hebrews 6:16-20 16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High […]

Fixing Our Eyes on the Prize

Read: Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. What Does it Mean? The writer of the book of Hebrews (no, we don’t know exactly who wrote it!) reminds us that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” and, because this passage follows chapter eleven, which is […]

One Step at a Time – Learning to Walk with God

Bible Reading:1 Peter 2:1-5 2 1-3 So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. 4-5 Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. Bible Reading: Hebrews 5:11-6:3 11-14 I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time […]

Redefining Church Series

Redefining “Church” – Introduction

What can the earliest believers teach us about what it REALLY means to be a fellowship of believers? The church in the 21st Century is in crisis. No longer at the forefront of communities, it struggles to make itself relevant and reach out to the lost and broken. The essence of what it really meant, for the very first Christ-followers, to be a church, or a community of believers, has been lost in layers of rules and rituals. What would it mean for the church today to return to its roots, and shake off the centuries of dogma and doctrinal debate?  Read: Acts 2:42-47 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and […]

Devoted to the Gospel

Concept #1: Devotion to the Teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Redefining Church)

Following Peter’s first preach on the Day of Pentecost, the fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, which would come to be called “the early church” devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. They didn’t have Bibles from which to read, and there were no formal doctrinal statements, but these first believers were devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ that the twelve apostles shared with them. What does it mean to be devoted in this way, and what lessons can we take from the way that the early church operated?  Read: Acts 2:42: All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. The early church didn’t have many of the problems that the twenty-first century church has. There was no arguing over […]

Devoted to the Gospel

Concept #2: Devoted to Fellowship (Redefining Church)

At the end of Acts 2, we see a formula for the way that the Early Church operated – eight principles that underpinned a community of believers whom “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). Last week we saw how these early believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This week, we’ll be looking at the Early Church’s devotion to fellowship – and how our modern concept of fellowship has been watered down over the centuries.  Read: Acts 2:42: All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. (NLT). When Luke writes about fellowship in Acts 2, the word that he uses is the Greek word koinōnía, which […]

Devoted to the Gospel

Concept #3: Devotion to Breaking of Bread and Prayer (Redefining Church)

In this series focusing on the model of church demonstrated by the earliest group of Christians, based on Acts 2:42-47, we come to the third of eight key concepts: the way in which the early church devoted themselves to the breaking of bread and to prayer. These were solid foundations upon which the faith of these new believers was built – and are foundations that should be (but not necessarily are) at the centre of the 21st Century church. Was the early church’s concept of the breaking of bread the same as our 21st Century interpretation, or are there lessons to be learned about the way we approach the “Lord’s Supper”? What does it really mean to be devoted to prayer, and what does that mean for how we view prayer?  Read: Acts 2:42-43: They […]

Devotions for the Storms of Life

The Lord is Faithful

The Lord is Faithful – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Key Verse: v3: But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.   What Does it Mean? Paul acknowledges that “not everyone has faith” (v2) and that we cohabit the world with those who have wicked or evil intentions towards us. His words weren’t meant to ignite fear in the hearts of the church at Thessalonica, but rather were a simple statement of fact. Every Christian needs to remember that they are in a battle – not necessarily a visible one, either. As Ephesians 6:12 warns us, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV). The devil […]

Secure in the Lord

Secure in the Lord – Psalm 112

Read: Psalm 112 Key Verse: vv7-8: They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. What Does it Mean? According to Psalm 112:8, trust and dependance upon God have three positive results: security, an absence of fear, and the confidence that one day we will “look in triumph on [our] foes” (NIV). We’re reminded, yet again, that God is the only anti-dote we need when fear tries to invade our hearts. In the modern world, we have 24/7 access to news broadcasts that seem utterly focused on giving us reasons to be afraid – troubling political situations, financial crises, unemployment, civil war, terrorism… the list is seemingly endless. […]

Calming the Storm

Calming the Storm- Mark 4:35-41

Read: Mark 4:35-41 Key Verse: v40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” What Does it Mean? The disciples found themselves in the midst of a terrible storm. The boat was being battered by wind and waves, and was taking on water. As they panicked, fearing that they were going to drown, Jesus lay sleeping, with His head on a pillow. Picture that scene if you will. With the boat being tossed on the violent waves, and the wind howling, and waves breaking over the side of the boat, the idea of anyone remaining asleep in those conditions is somewhat ludicrous. The boat was on the verge of sinking, and Jesus was sleeping? The disciples’ response, as they woke Jesus up, is possibly something we’ve all […]

Strong Firm and Steadfast

Strong, Firm and Steadfast – 1 Peter 5:8-11

Read: 1 Peter 5:8-11 Key Verse: v10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.   What Does it Mean? Peter was writing to Christians at a time when they faced much persecution and difficulties, and he didn’t mince his words. Although in the Western world Christians do not face the same kind of trials as our first century compadres, Peter’s words still hold true for us. In verse 8, Peter reminds us that the devil prowls around like a hungry lion, looking for ways to trip us up and make us more vulnerable to his attacks. We have to be mindful of this. And, yet, at the same time, […]

Boldly Approach the Throne

Boldly Approach the Throne – Hebrews 4:12-16

Read: Hebrews 4:12-16 Key Verse: v16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. What Does it Mean? Through Jesus, we have direct access to the throne of grace – to our Heavenly Father, who gives us mercy and grace when we ask Him for it. The word the writer of the letter to the Hebrews uses to describe the way we are to approach God’s throne is confidence (NIV) or boldly (KJV). We don’t have to be timid or meek, or afraid to be honest with God about how we feel, what we’re struggling with, or what we need. We come before Him, with our prayers and petitions, with confidence that comes from an understanding […]

Faith Hope Love Armour

Faith and Love and Hope As Our Armour – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Key Verse: v8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. What Does it Mean? Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica about the need to be alert and not to be caught sleeping when the “day of the Lord” comes. The first-century Christians were probably much more alert than twenty-first century Christians, so Paul’s words are even more appropriate for us now. There’s a danger of complacency and of justifying or minimising the sinful behaviours that we can be tempted towards. We believe that Jesus will return, but we don’t have the same sense of urgency that the early church had. We need that urgency back. We need to stop excusing […]

Strength in the Lord Fueling Faith

Find Strength in the Lord – 1 Samuel 30:1-8 (Storms of Life)

Read: 1 Samuel 30:1-8 Key Verse: v6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. What Does it Mean? The way people respond to situations can reveal a lot about their character and their level of faith. David faced a situation where instead of pulling together and trusting in God to find a way out of a very desperate situation, his men were turning on him and blaming him for their misfortune. It would have been easy for David to succumb to fear and anxiety, but instead we read that ‘David encouraged himself in the Lord his God’ (v6, KJV). The NIV translates this as ‘David found strength in the […]

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Armed With Strength – Psalm 18:25-36 (Storms of Life)

Read: Psalm 18:25-36 Key Verse: v32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.   What Does it Mean? Even the strongest, most confident human being on earth is still immeasurably weaker than God. Once we understand this simple truth, and recognise our complete dependance upon our Heavenly Father, God is able to strengthen us, protect us and guide us when we’re facing tricky situations. He can’t help us until we recognise our own fallibility and weakness, and the futility of our attempts to save ourselves. But once we come into that place of acceptance, He can work in our lives – as David describes in this Psalm. He arms us with strength and keeps our way secure (v32); He gives us sure-footing and enables us to stand securely ‘on the heights’ […]

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