Pray for empowerment.

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Acts 2: 1 – 41 As we come to celebrate the season of Pentecost we will be remembering specifically how the 12 disciples were told to wait, to pray and to be expectant for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts we can see wonderful accounts of all the things the […]

Pray with a good heart.

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In the midst of all the great teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1 – 7:29), Jesus said: “And when you pray…” (Matthew 6:5). When Luke records the disciples asking Jesus about prayer, His response began: “When you pray…” (Luke 11:2). There is nowhere in the Bible that describes prayer as a “maybe” […]

The Gospel as renewal and restoration.

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John 21: 15 – 25. Peter learns a very powerful and valuable thing in these final verses of John’s gospel: no matter what we’ve done or how big we make out our failures to be, they will never be barriers that are too huge to stop Jesus working in our lives to renew and restore. […]

The Gospel as Serving and Revealing.

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John 13:1-17; 21:1-14. There are two significant moments in John’s gospel when Jesus serves His disciples in a way that they were not expecting. In John 13 that was as Jesus stooped down to wash His disciples feet. In John 21 it happened as He cooked them breakfast. Both occasions point towards mission. In John […]

The Gospel as evidence and proof.

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John 20: 19 – 31. We said on Easter Sunday that there really should be no more room for doubt or disbelief as the full revelation of the gospel is seen in our risen Lord and Saviour. Yet, John takes some time in the rest of chapter 20 to detail the times and places where […]

The Gospel as alive and victorious.

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John 20:1-18. If Jesus’ prayer in John 17 can be described as “one of the mountain peaks of revelation in this gospel”, then the resurrection is another one – the main one that stands high above all others! There really should be no more room for doubt or disbelief as the full revelation of the […]

The Gospel as prayer-filled and self-giving.

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John 17: 1 – 26. One biblical scholar has described this chapter of John as “perhaps the most sacred passage in the four gospels” (W Temple), and another as “one of the mountain peaks of revelation in this gospel” (B Milne). Jesus, on the way to the cross, pauses to pray. He includes his own […]

The Gospel as comfort and hope.

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John 12:12-19; 14:1-31; 16:5-23. In moments of distress and bewilderment, John shows us Jesus as the giver of comfort and hope. Jesus showed His own distress as He approached Jerusalem (see Luke 19:41), yet was soon surrounded by crowds of people jubilantly celebrating that He was there. Soon after, emotions would swing back to distress […]