Living with acceptance.

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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 […]

Living with certainty.

Luke 1:1-25, 57-66. December is a month of preparation, anticipation and excitement! Those are certainly the messages we hear through the different aspects of our “commercialised December”. Let’s be honest, though… December is also filled with messages of busyness and stress, perhaps through expectations that express where we should be, who we need to spend […]

Total transformation.

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Romans 12: 1-2. After 11 chapters of explanation, there is no doubt in Paul’s mind: “in view of God’s mercy” we need to live transformed lives – we need to be “Living the Gospel”! The transformation he speaks of in these two verses is about moving away from the ways of the world, and moving […]

God’s unbreakable promise.

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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 […]

A matter of choice and responsibility.

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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 […]

Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

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Romans 8:29-30; Psalm 139:7-12. This is more than a gap-filler to make a teaching series fit into the right number of weeks! The gospel truth that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” is so important that it deserves a second look. How […]

Glorious Conquerors.

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Romans 8:18-37. Paul comes back to the reality of our suffering and struggles (see chapter 5) and here sets it squarely alongside Christian hope. Hope dwarfs suffering. It puts it in the shadows. How? Because “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us” (vs. 37). Therefore, nothing can separate […]

Learning to dance with the Spirit.

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Romans 8: 1-17. Paul explains here how we are to live by God’s ways as best we can, empowered by the Spirit. He urges us to seek out a rhythm for life that sets our lives by the Spirit – what some people describe as “learning to dance to the Spirit’s tune”. Paul gives us […]

Freedom of Life through Christ.

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Romans 7: 1-25 Commentaries warn us to be careful not to try squeezing more meaning out of the illustrations we read in Roman’s than Paul would have intended. That’s certainly true for this chapter! Paul is not commenting in full about every aspect of marriage, but using just one headline example from the Mosaic law […]

Life’s first cry.

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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 […]