We like to be entertained by something that will distract us and take us away from reality. Jesus is not interested in playing that game. He has some far bigger for us. He is not putting on a show so that we will applaud. He is revealing glory so that we will trust Him. Come and glimpse the glory for yourself
John tells us of one week. A strange week where Jesus is presented in all of his greatness and yet at the same time in all of his nearness. Here is the gospel John wants us to understand: The Great God of Heaven has come so near to us. Will we come and see him?
John the Baptist is the first testimony we hear about Jesus. John is not interested in talking about himself - he wants to talk about Jesus. He shows us that Jesus is the Lord of Glory and also the Lamb who will die. It sounds so strange to our ears - but here is the true glory of God.
Israel is malfunctioning - they are God's people, but they're not living like it. They assume that God will continue to bless them while they live a life that rejects Him. Chapter three of Jonah is a shocking call for them to wake up.
Jonah outlines his experience of God's salvation. He sank about as deep as you could sink but everything changed when he finally called out to God. If this is the God who saves then why would we cling to anything else?
Jonah is a prophet to God's people Israel. God's plan was always that he would bless the world through Israel. But they are in rebellion and Jonah is a picture of Israel. God is calling them back to be what they were always meant to be.
Peter, James, and the others fade out of sight and our focus in these final chapter is on a solitary figure: Paul. As Jesus promised, he testifies before kings and authorities about Christ. How has Christianity survived centuries of political opposition like this? The answer: courage that comes from Christ.
The brand new, thousands strong church in Jerusalem is hit with three things that were not part of their plan: persecution, the salvation of Saul, and the inclusion of Gentiles into the Kingdom. But in the plan of the risen and reigning Lord Jesus, each of these things are part of His plan to spread the word and spread the joy of the gospel.
The book of Acts charts the thrilling spread of the gospel. No matter what obstacles are put in the way, this word if unstoppable. Here is what the church really need to know in a world that is so full of trends that come and go. Let's be confidence and clear that the name of Jesus is the greatest.
Have you had that question after praying… has anything actually happened? Did that do anything? Perhaps one of the biggest reasons we don't pray is because it doesn't seem to do anything. Today we're going to see three pictures to encourage us that when we pray something incredible is happening…
Jesus knows that we are in danger. He loves us too much to leave us unprotected. So he gives us the most powerful weapon possible to arm us for the battle. He gives us this prayer, "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one." The question is, will we use it?
We have a huge burden of debt that needs lifting- our debt of sin against God. And this daily prayer refreshes us in the reality of our cancelled debt and lets us stand tall as children of the Father. But it doesn't stop there. A heart that's repented will bear the fruit of forgiveness, releasing our grip on those who are our debtors. What a liberating life Jesus has for us of being forgiven and forgiving!
Sometimes we make prayer very complicated. But Jesus teaches us that when we pray we need to learn to 'just ask' God for what we need. We are designed to be dependent receivers rather than independent takers.