All the way from international to office politics we care about leadership and we want to be lead well. Good leadership enables life to flourish and so the question of what we should look for in a leader is vital. God shows us in the book of 1 Samuel what good and bad leadership looks like. After Saul has modelled the bad, in chapters 16-19 God gives us a taste of what good leadership is like. The surprising choice of David teaches us lessons of how God will achieve his purposes for his world and what it looks like to live with him as our leader. David is a prototype of Jesus and so get ready to see how this shepherd boy projects how the universe will be led by his greatest grandson. As we return to the King we’ll finally find a leader we can trust with our lives and serves us to his death.
The Psalms is a songbook consisting of a rich variety of poems which God’s people have used through the ages to pray and praise Him through the ups and downs of life. Psalms 15-24 form a fascinating and thrilling mini-section within the Psalms of David, framed by the hugely important question, who is able to enter God’s presence (Psalm 15:1, Psalm 24:3)? This can be an unsettling question for many Christians who, racked by guilt, memory of past failures, or feelings of inadequacy, lack confidence that God will accept them. As these Psalms declare the glorious nature of God’s steadfast faithfulness, God’s perfect justice, God’s precious word, and God’s tender care, they give the Christian believer grounds for rock-solid assurance of their acceptance by God, through the saving work of God’s King, Jesus. Join us as we see that even in the face of suffering and persecution, God’s people can be totally confident of enjoying God’s presence both now and in eternity.
We are living in turbulent, volatile, fearful times. Like the people of Isaiah’s day, we can be tempted to turn to and trust in all the wrong things. Join us as we work through the introduction to Isaiah and discover Good News for Turbulent Times
Technology is part and parcel of our lives and whether we have realised it or not it has impacted us deeply. Teenagers growing up with smart phones are addicted to them, and almost all of us carry this computer in our pocket that is more powerful than our desktop. The most significant advance in the way we communicate since the invention of the printing press has happened in our life time and we want to know how to honour God with it. This series looks at what the whole bible has to say about technology, and specifically how it affects our relationships and time. Whether you are a luddite or an early adopter God has important things to say to us as we navigate through this complicated area.