The second of two back-to-back talks given at the "Who made God" conference at the Campus Church, Welwyn garden City, UK on 27 Feb. 2016, the first talk being "The necessity of God" ... an argument derived from current atheistic cosmologies! This second talk complements the first by identifying the specific characteristics of the biblical God. The presentation is based on Paul's address to the Athenian philosophers in Acts 17 and locates three cosmic 'identifiers' and three relational 'identifiers' that distinguish the true God from all imitations. These identifiers lead logically to the gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
The first of two lectures given at an'Alpha & Omega'Conference at the Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City on 27 February 2016. We examine the three most popular cosmological arguments advanced by atheists in their attempt to prove the non-existence of God, namely (1) that God is an invention of the human mind; (2) that the idea of God has no explanatory value (the "Who made God?" question); and (3)that the universe created itself. Not only do we see that these arguments are based on fallacious reasoning but that they actually lead logically to the neccessity of God.
We are not truly preaching God's Word unless we put it to work, that is, apply it to people's lives. It must first be applied to the mind because the mind is the gateway to the soul, but this consideration leads us further to examine areas of application; Timothy must apply the Word to convince,rebuke and comfort those who hear.
Every believer has a gift of some kind, given by God to be exercised for the benefit of the body of Christ. But the attitude with which we exercise our gifts is just as important as the gifts themselves. God looks not just to our acts of service but to the way we carry them out.
In this third podcast on we explore the intrinsic power that resides in 'God-breathed Scripture' (2 Tim. 3:16), appealing to the statement in Hebrews 4:12 that the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, and illustrating the principle from other scriptures.
We see in these verses that the creation ordinance of marriage was under attack even in New Testament times as it is today. The good news is that in spite of this marriage has survived and the better news is that it remains a powerful picture of the marriage vow that Christ has made to his church. We trace some of the spiritual and practical implications of marriage under three headings; it is honorable, faithful and fruitful.
One subjective implication of scripture being 'god-breathed' is that in reading, hearing and meditating upon scripture we may enter into a direct and personal experience of the proximity of God. We see how this works by considering Jacob's dream at Bethel and Psalm 139.
Paul asserts that "all scripture is breathed out by God" (2 Tim. 3:16 ESV). But what does that mean? What constitutes "all scripture" and how can it be "God-breathed"? In this sermon we explore both the meaning and the practical implications of this remarkable claim.
In the Lord's Prayer God's forgiveness is made conditional on our forgiving others. But how can we reconcile this with the basic idea of grace ... that God "who is rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4-6) forgives the sinner unconditionally? Our study leads us into deep issues such as the image of God in man.