Romans 5:1-11 Paul turns from the theme of justification (chapters 1-4 of Romans) to begin his exposition of the great privileges that belong to the one who has been justified by faith in Christ. Today we are reminded that we have:1. Peace with God (1-2)2. Hope that will never let us down (2b-8)3. Certainty that we will be saved from God’s wrath Peace, hope and certainty. Contemplating these can only lead to rejoicing in God! (v11)
Luke 9:51-10:4 Discipleship calls for single-minded clarity, and is to be lived out in a world that hates and opposes you, but can be lived confidently because we are children of God’s grace and eternal salvation.
Philippians 1:12-30 Paul’s focus on the gospel gave him a completely different perspective even though he was in prison in chains. Sharing Paul’s heart ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’ will enable us to share his focus for the world.
2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2 God calls us to live radical lives of sacrifice in service to Him. In this passage, we see two key reasons why anybody would choose to give their whole life for the cause of Christ
2 Corinthians 4:1-18 Increasingly, in our society, the gospel is being rejected and the experience of the Christian is one of weakness. As the Apostle Paul speaks about how his life of service has been shaped by the gospel, we are encourage to not lose heart, but instead to live gospel-shaped lives that reveal God’s glory and power.
Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Ten Virgins reminds us that Jesus will return one day, suddenly and unexpectedly, and when he does we need to be ready! Are you ready? Are you staying ready? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves as we explore this parable together.
Matthew 20:1-16 Is God fair? We want fairness, but what we need more than fairness is God’s grace. The parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, makes us feel quite uncomfortable as we are confronted with the way God, in his perfect wisdom and divine sovereignty, chooses to exercise his grace in saving people.
Luke 14:1-24 People make all kinds of excuses for refusing to accept Jesus. In the Parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus shows us that unless we accept him, we will never eat at the great banquet in the kingdom of God. We’re all invited. But will we be there? It all depends on how we respond to Jesus.
Luke 12:13-34 In the parable of the Rich Fool Jesus calls out the inadequacy of a materialistic view of the world, and challenges the greed and covetousness that lives in every human heart. We are presented with a stark choice, to pursue material riches, or to live in a way that is rich toward God. The latter is where we will find real security, freedom and joy.