Jesus’ parables are stories designed to separate. They’re designed to separate those who are ready to listen from those who are not. They’re designed to separate those who are genuinely seeking the truth from those who can’t be bothered. They’re designed to separate those who know they need to be ready to meet God from those who are just living for the here and now. Which group do you belong to?
Through the positive example of Paul’s costly and selfless service, and the negative example of the self-appointed ‘super apostles’ in the second half of the book, we learn about the true nature of authentic gospel ministry. The gospel is not advanced by guarantees of wealth and health, or through the flashiness or brashness of leaders, but through Christ’s power displayed in the weakness and suffering of his people. In a message which is as counter-cultural in our day as when Paul wrote this letter almost 2000 years ago, when God’s people boast, they are to boast in their weakness and God’s power.
1 Peter is a letter written to Christians scattered far and wide who are experiencing grief in all kinds of trials. Peter says that his aim in writing the letter is to help these separated Christians to stand firm in the grace of God.
Discover how God invites you to patiently trust him as your only source of peace and protection in troubled times. We will discover together how through the death and victorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, God offers you a glorious eternal future with Him that is immune to the effects of the Coronavirus.
Be honest. At some point in your life have you asked one of those really BIG questions? Does God really exist, and if he does, what's he like? Can we know him? What's the Bible all about and can we trust it anyway? And we all wonder sometimes what will come next and whether we've been good enough to get there. Listen in to some answers to those BIG questions.