Living the Gospel

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Commendations and Instructions.

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Romans 16: 1 – 27. There’s plenty that we can see in this final chapter that goes beyond it being just a list of names! Paul is still instructing us how to keep on “living the gospel” here. His list of names cuts across social divisions as he includes Jews, Gentiles, freed slaves and the […]

Living a personal mission.

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Romans 15: 14-33 It feels as though this section of Romans is the start of Paul bringing things to a conclusion, but he still has plenty to say. He uses his own example, his own working out of what it means to be “living the gospel” to encourage us to be: priestly (vs. 14-17); powerful […]

Unity of Life and Worship.

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Romans 14:1 – 15:13 Romans 15:5-6 are key verses that enable us to understand this whole section. Paul calls those who are “living the gospel” to unity of life and worship. Where lifestyles or opinions differ, Paul brings it all back to unity in Christ. Where some are stronger and others are weaker, Paul brings […]

Let love out of the building.

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Romans 12:9 – 13:14 Romans 12: 14-21 are like a bridge that joins up the way that we love each other within the church, and the way that we go about “living the gospel” as we move around in the world, still showing the same love that we show towards each other. That’s so crucial […]

Choose to Love.

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Romans 12: 9-21. Love is a dominant theme in a number of Paul’s letters. In Romans he gives attention to how we show love within the church, as well as beyond our church community. That begins with love for each other as we keep our “spiritual fervour serving the Lord”. The encouragement is for us […]

be part of the family.

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Romans 12: 1-8 As we come back to Romans, we firstly have the reminder in verses 1-2 of where we left things at the end of November: “in view of God’s mercy” we need to live transformed lives – we need to be “living the gospel”. Paul helps us to apply that to the way […]

Living God’s plan.

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Matthew 2: 1-23. “As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go & worship Him”. Really? That’s really what you want to do is it – worship the new-born King? The truth of King Herod’s message to the Magi was masking his own plans. Yet, as this part of […]

Treasuring and pondering.

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Luke 2: 8-19. Christmas is a time for treasuring and pondering. What memories from 2018 will you treasure? What are you pondering for 2019? Treasuring – Pondering –

Living with Challenge.

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The familiarity of Christmas Carols will enable people to feel safe to draw closer to the truth of the living gospel message of Salvation, and “Christingle” will give an opportunity to consider how our living experience of the Lord touches the world around us. When the two come together, we offer an opportunity for people […]

Living with Transformation (The Nativity)

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Luke 1:26 – 2:20; Matthew 1:18 – 2:18 With hosts of angles, the principle characters, sheep, Magi and a little “helpful” direction from a Minister, the stage is set for a cute retelling of the whole story. Yet in the midst of the cuteness, God’s message of Salvation is still powerful. How are we living […]