Romans 4:13-25 Because our justification rests entirely on grace, we can be sure that we are right before God. This assurance changes everything. It gives us a secure identity, it frees us from having to find assurance elsewhere, and it gives us true joy!
Judges 17-21 As we’ve moved through the book of Judges, things have tended to get more depraved, and we reach a climax in these final chapters as we get an up close look at Israel’s sin. These chapters describe the religious and moral degeneration of God’s people living apart from God. We are confronted with the ugly reality of our sinful hearts. The only hope is a king who will rescue, rule and change us, and it is this we…
Romans 3:27-4:12 Paul continues his argument that all human beings can only be made right with God by faith in Christ, pointing to Abraham, whose faith was “credited to him as righteousness.” Because our righteousness does not depend on our works, boasting is excluded.
Judges 13-16 In this message, we explore Samson’s life in five “episodes.” We see a man with incredible strength, but who is otherwise, impulsive, self-centred and vengeful. Samson’s story causes us to ask some serious questions of ourselves. Above all, Samson points us to Jesus, the far better Saviour, who in his weakness delivers us from our great enemies.
Romans 3:21-26 How can sinful people be made right with God? God, in his love, wants to forgive us, but God needs a way to forgive us. God has intervened in history to save us! In the death of Jesus, God achieved justification, redemption and propitiation for us, and so gives to us the righteousness we do not have in ourselves. We receive this as a gift, by grace, and it is applied to each of us personally through faith.
Judges 10-12 10:6-12:7 Jephthah tries to manipulate God for his own ends, with tragic results. Jephthah is treating the Lord like he would an idol, but the One True God cannot be manipulated. We ultimately exist to serve God’s agenda, not him ours. If we are to worship and obey God rightly, we must first know him.
Romans 3:1-20 Paul concludes his long charge against humanity, showing that all are under the power of sin. This text leaves us feeling the weight of our sin and our need for Jesus, who alone can make us right with God.
Romans 2:1-29 Having established the universal need for the gospel at the end of chapter 1, Paul now addresses the self-righteous religious types in his readership, reminding them of the impartiality of God’s judgement. Like everyone else, the fundamental need even of morally ‘clean’ people, is repent of their sins and allow the Spirit of God to do his work of regeneration in us as we believe the gospel.
Judges 6-8 We can learn from Gideon’s story at two levels. When we look at Gideon the warrior, we see how God taught this weak man lessons about God’s presence, promises and power, before using him to deliver God’s people. But when we look at Gideon the worshipper, we see a man who failed miserably, leading God’s people to worship foreign gods rather than the one true God. From here, things only get worse for God’s people.
John 20:11-18 John’s Gospel records Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the risen Jesus. Today, we reflect on the significance of what Mary saw, heard and said that first Easter Sunday, and celebrate, with Mary, this fact – Jesus has risen!