Luke 1: 26 – 45. Like Zechariah, Mary had a question: “How can this be?”, again the word of the Lord gave an explanation. Mary was moved into a place of acceptance as she listened to the angel’s message. Her God-ordained circumstances, her living experience of the Lord’s activity in her life, would take her […]
Romans 11: 1-36 Paul sets out the difference between what we have now, and the future hope to come. Some were already secure in their relationship with God; others who had once rejected God were now having another think; others thought it was too late for them. Paul explains how God moves all people towards […]
Romans 9:1 to Romans 10:21 Paul’s sorrow in chapter 9 is about those who have rejected God, even though they already know that through Christ, He has chosen to call them His children. Then in chapter 10 Paul addresses the responsibility we all have of accepting God’s choice of us. He speaks from the heart as […]
Romans 6: 1-23. In this chapter Paul tackles the challenge we face when we make “life’s first cry” as a new Christian: shall we keep sinning on purpose so that we can know God’s grace all the more?” (vs. 1) No – Our lives have been transformed in Christ! We’ll be looking at that alongside the […]
Romans 1:14-17, 2:7, 3:21-22, 4:20. This might feel like a pause of our studies in Romans, but it’s more of a development of the themes we’ve looked at so far! As we hear from the BMS Action Team about the outworking for their faith, what can we learn from them about “living the gospel” ourselves?
Romans 3:1 to 4:25. Paul is clear: our righteousness and justification aren’t gained by the things that we do, but only through faith in Christ. We are only “justified freely by His grace”. The things that we do follow as a response of faith from those seeking to be “living the gospel”.
Romans 1: 18 to 2: 29. The themes of wrath and judgement that are dominant in this section of Romans probably aren’t ones we’d pick as our favourites, but understanding them properly is important. John Stott says, “Human anger is mostly unrighteous, irrational, uncontrollable… [but] God’s wrath is driven by His holiness”. We need to hold […]
Through our teaching series in Ruth, we learnt that “Ruth strikingly exemplifies the truth that participation in the coming kingdom of God is decided, not by blood and birth, but by the conformity of one’s life to the will of God through the ‘obedience that comes from faith’ (Rom. 1:5)” [NIV Study Bible, Introduction to […]
Ruth 1. We are introduced to Ruth at a time of bereavement and fear for Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law. When Naomi decides to return home, alone, Ruth’s loyalty and faithfulness emerge. Ruth will not give up on Naomi in the face of adversity, but instead stays with her. Ruth’s actions reflect her saying to Naomi, “Don’t […]
Exodus 3:7 -4:13; Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 10:1-17 When we are fully “living questionable lives” people around us will notice and ask about our worldview and values. That’s because what we see will be distinctive. It will look and feel different, in good ways. Then the questions will start! This is the way of life for […]