We’re all involved in an ongoing war – a spiritual one. There are only two sides, that of God and that of Satan. It’s going on right now and we can’t see it with our eyes because it’s an unseen battle between good and evil, darkness and light. The good news of the Gospel is that evil does not have the last word in God’s universe.
A massive and crucial part of being a true disciple of Jesus is listening to his voice, and doing what he says. I’m sure we all know the main way we do this is with our Bibles open, especially in church, but also in family worship at home, and private worship in our own. There are no short-cuts to spiritual maturity – you must sit at Jesus’ feet with your Bibles open.
The Christmas story in the Bible is full of surprises. There’s the surprise that God himself was going to become a human being. Then there’s the surprise of how it was going to happen – through the power of God the Holy Spirit coming upon a virgin called Mary. On hearing the news, the shepherds believe God’s promise, and respond in faith and obedience, going to see the baby. They know they need rescuing from sin, and so they praise God for the birth of the Rescuer. How will you respond?
Religion without love is pointless. Of course, we cannot earn our way to Heaven. But once we’ve placed our trust in Christ, God expects us to see with different eyes, and see the needs around us. And he expects that we will expend time, love and money in our efforts to bless our neighbours.
Mission is one of the most important activities which all Christians should be involved in.
Scripture : Luke 9:51-62 Speaker : John Johnstone 1. A determination to celebrate Determination is an admirable quality, so long as the goal we
Scripture : Luke 9:43-50 Speaker : John Johnstone Jesus has just been glorified on the mountain in his transfiguration, when for a time, his
We long to see men and women and boys and girls come to faith. We long to see people turning from living for money, pleasure and self, and turning to God in repentance and faith. We long to hear the joy of those who realise their sins have been forgiven and their past mistakes have been dealt with – it is as if they never happened.
The great theme of the letter to the Hebrews is that Jesus is the greatest. He is greater than the angels, than the Old Testament priesthood and the structures of the old covenant. And if he is the greatest, and he is, then we ought to persevere in the faith, continuing to trust in Christ until the end.
Most of us would say that we have experienced a small number of events which we would describe as being life-changing. For Peter, James and John, the transfiguration was a life-changing event. What impact should the transfiguration have on us?