Hebrews 1: 4-14. “To most Jews angels were exalted beings, especially revered because they were involved with giving the law at Sinai to the Jews” (NIV Study Bible). They were the ones to whom “God’s supreme revelation” had been given, but now the attention grabbing claim that they need to grapple with is that Jesus […]
Hebrews 1: 1-3. The letter to the Hebrews begins by looking back to Jewish roots of this particular group of Christians who are being written to. That’s done carefully and respectfully by stating that God had spoken through the prophets of old, and so the importance of their place in history is not overlooked. Then […]
Isaiah 9:2-8, Luke 2:1-20. “Today, you will find Him and so find your hope”. That was the message of the Angel of the Lord to the shepherds (slightly paraphrased!). It’s a message we need to hear, be transformed by and responded to in the midst of our Christmas celebrations.
Luke 1:26-56. 1 Peter 2:4-5 “Meanwhile, back in Nazareth….” Following on from Zechariah’s place in the birth narratives, and with expectation building, we come to a reminder of an Old Testament prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) that is responded to with praise, despite the less than ideal circumstances. In 1 Peter 2:4-5 rejection is included, but so is […]
1 Peter 5: 1-14. Peter’s final encouragement is given to the church. This is about the importance of the way of the church following the way of Jesus in all of its relationships with each other, and how that’s lived out in the wider world. The strong encouragement is to unity and humility regardless of […]
1 Peter 1:13 – 2:3. Having started with something of a general focus on hope and joy through Jesus in the early verses of 1 Peter, we move on to see how we can build on that strong foundation in specific ways. “The way of Jesus” becomes clearer as we do that. The heading just […]
HEBREWS 10:19–25. We need one another to ‘stay red’ in a sea of grey dots and continue to have an impact on our frontlines.
Acts 13: 1-12. Islands always seem to provide for good destinations. It is the first place the newly commissioned Paul and Barnabus (with John Mark) went once commissioned and they travelled the length of the island, 150 miles, (how long would that take? What would the terrain have been like?) taking the gospel message. Along […]
Acts 29. “Be a church that’s willing to take a risk for Christ and so step up, step out and so step into all that God has for you. The church in Acts was unleashed in its power and potential as a carrier of God’s presence. But it was also unleashed from its old thinking and […]
Acts 1:37-41; 9; 1 Cor. 3, 5, 12:12-31 As the church in Acts began to move outwards, those who were convinced by their message wanted to know how they could belong. They listened to what the church said to them, accepted their words, believed, and were baptised. Huge numbers were added to the church and […]