We can all relate to suffering, mostly through our own personal difficult circumstances. Because the existence of suffering is so evident our world, every worldview seeks to provide a sufficient reason for its existence. If a worldview cannot explain suffering, the validity and truth of that worldview should be questioned. The easy conclusion to jump to is because suffering exists there cannot be a God – this clears our conscience of any personal accountability but can there be more to suffering and evil that we don’t realise?
To say that God can bring good from evil will cause many to mock the goodness of God. But equally, to think that… Continue reading
Recently, Danny was asked to preach at St Andrew’s Baptist Church and he gave a sermon entitled ‘Righteousness, Self-Control and the Judgment to Come’. In Acts 24, Paul provides one of 6 defences of his faith which leads to Governor Felix becoming very intrigued with the gospel – this results in two years of exchanges between the two men about matters of faith. We are given an interesting detail in Acts 24:25 where Paul speaks to Felix about:
- Self Control
- Judgment to Come
If this was the model Paul used when speaking with a Roman leader like Felix, surely it provides a great template for us when witnessing to… Continue reading
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