To know God's love, to show God's love

Exile

Our sixth study in this overview of the biblical storyline brings us to the end of the Old Testament and the (or so it would seem) of the Nation of Israel. In 586BC the Babylonian Empire conquered Israel, burned the Temple, and took her people into Exile for 70 years. It was the loss of…

Suffering

Suffering is a question that often comes up when we begin to speak about the justice of God. To understand how best to respond to suffering, we need to come to terms with the injustice of the world around us, the randomness of its suffering, the meaninglessness that it seems to impose. This evening we…

Nation

As a result of the Exodus and the giving of the Law, God transformed the children of Abraham into the nation he had long promised. But, although they stood appeared to be just one more nation among many, they were a nation founded on entirely different and unique principles. I will make you into a…

God’s Justice

The third step of the Two Ways to Live summary of the gospel requires us to talk about God’s justice. It’s not enough to simply become aware of our own sin, we need to know that sin has a response from God’s character, he cannot overlook it. It’s something we actually know instinctively, we know…

Remembering War

On Remembrance Sunday we are remembering war: those who gave their lives in war, those who perished during war, those who suffer after war. But we also want to remember how God thinks of war, what God’s plan for war is. His plan is found in Isaiah 2, In the last days the mountain of…

Why do we pray?

We want to ask ourselves some basic questions about prayer, and there isn’t any more basic question about prayer than the question of why we do it at all. We think about this by looking at some of the more surprising, and even shocking, prayers of Scripture. You have heard that it was said,`Love your…

How to talk about sin

As we share the gospel of Jesus Christ it is inevitable, it is necessary, to come to the subject of sin. But how do we speak about something so emotive. We look for guidance from Paul in Romans 3, and remember that, when it comes to sin, We are equal It is universal The problem is…

Law

The fourth landmark event in the Bible’s history is the giving of the law – not as a burden but as a blessing because it allowed Israel, as the nation they had become, to worship him as one people. It did not leave them as individuals seeking God, but as a body bound to God…

God Rejected

We come to the second step in the story we need to tell people when they ask us what our faith is all about. It begins by telling them about the God who rules, who made us, who gave us everything. But then we need to tell them that they, like everyone else, has rejected…