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.
In this third meditation on the Lord's Prayer we examine the simple petition "Give us this day our daily bread", only to discover that it is a doorway to the amazing doctrine of the providence of God. We see both the general porvidence of God in His care for all creation and His special providence in His care for those who trust in Him.
In this, the second sermon in a series on the Lord's Prayer we consider the petition, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth". Yet the Bible teaches that God is and always has been the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth, so in what sense is his kingdom still awaited? The answer lies in the qualifying statement 'in earth AS it is in heaven'.