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.
We live in a world marked by injustice, oppression and pain. We long for justice, goodness and mercy. But is it possible to experience these things in our daily lives? And, if so, how do we pursue them? Micah speaks into these questions. He inspires us to know the God who is full of mercy, compassion and perfect justice. He calls us to follow him, and to let his Spirit transform us so that we will live justly and love mercy as we walk with him.
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.
The book of Judges records a dark and desperate time in Israel’s history. There was no king and everyone did as they pleased—with devastating results. But while Judges opens our eyes to the effects of disobedience and self-rule, it also shows a God who is faithful and persistent in his pursuit of rebellious people. It shows how he works above the chaos, confusion, darkness and despair, using weak and flawed people to accomplish his purposes. It shows that he is the sovereign God we can trust to fulfil his good promises to us.
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.