One of the major theological problems we have at present in western mainstream Christian circles is the inability to reconcile two of the attributes of God – His ‘love’ and ‘wrath’. We often see these as mutually exclusive and conclude that they cannot simultaneously describe the character of God. As a result, churches will speak confidently of God’s love (which it should), but either become shy and awkward about God’s wrath or abandon any discussion of this altogether.
This is not consistent with the teachings of the Bible. God has an array of attributes that describe Him – it is a mistake to elevate any one of these above the… Continue reading
Jesus’ death and resurrection was the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever seen. We have a Father in heaven who wants a restored relationship with each of us and His Son was willing to make this possible by bridging the gap between us and our Creator – this gap exists because of sin.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:6-7)
We have regularly stressed the fundamental truth that Christianity without the resurrection is not Christianity – our faith hinges on the historicity of Christ been raised from the dead, never to die and this makes Him utterly unique among anyone in history. This fundamental truth is under constant attack.
In the week leading up to Easter, the BBC displayed the headline news that according to a quarter of Christians, the ‘resurrection did not happen’.
What was not clear was that this survey distinguished between ‘active’ and ‘non-active’ Christians and the 25% figure comes from combining the groups – ie. it included ‘non-active’ Christians. We are also not told how an… Continue reading
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead then the Christain faith is void and worthless. It’s this fact of the gospel message that a Christian’s belief should be rooted in. The belief here is more than simply accepting that something is true – Christians have to give themselves to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, they have to surrender to that truth!… Continue reading
Last Sunday (New Years Day), Danny was asked to preach at St Andrew’s Baptist Church and he gave a sermon entitled ‘Prepared as a Bride’ where he looked into the need for being prepared, watchful and alert in these uncertain times.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 was used as a base text and there were three themes that were expounded that are particularly relevant at the start of a New Year:
- The need for Perspective
- The need for Purity
- The need for Passion
Although this message was given specifically with St Andrew’s Baptist Church in mind, there will no doubt be an application for any church or individual.
Feel free to listen… Continue reading
It’s been a very eventful year from a Christian perspective – the world continues to groan and travail as the return of our Lord edges nearer. Events appear to be spiraling towards some kind of climax on a number of fronts with many starting to sense that the world is on the brink of something big – there appears to be an increasing degree of hysteria and uncertainty at the moment with many people feeling unsettled. Whilst this goes on, faithful Christian’s watch with dismay at a world which attempts to shut God out of every public square and silence the mention many Biblical morals. Meanwhile, much of the mainstream… Continue reading
The gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection are dismissed by many as fiction, but some details don’t make sense if this was the case. One such detail is when blood AND water came out of Jesus’ side after His side was pierced:
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:33-34)
If someone was making this up why would they add water to the description? It’s only with our deeper medical understanding do we know that this is feasible,… Continue reading