Consider Jesus

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Hebrews 3:1

Elizabeth Linton

Consider Jesus

Ignorance is growing, of the true meaning of CHRISTmas. Society is becoming superuser illiterate. But the bible tells us to consider Jesus.

He is the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3). And through him we find freedom – freedom from sin and freedom from the curse of death.

At Advent, we remember Jesus’s first coming. We also think of his second coming, when he will arrive in power and the dead in Christ will rise.

Acts 14:21-28

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Acts 14:21-28

Matt Banks

Heading into Advent

We approach scripture through the lens of Christ. Christ is all and in all. With this lens, today we look at the incarnation afresh. The incarnation is about the coming, the suffering, the resurrection and the coming again of Christ.

Three small details are worthy of notice in this passage:

  1. Paul and Barnabas retraced their steps. Even though they had suffered hardship there, they went back.
  2. They returned to strengthen the believers. They chose to risk suffering for the sake of the new believers.
  3. The message they brought was a reminder that the disciples must suffer hardships in order to enter God’s kingdom.

We, who are called, will suffer. We come to Christ to die. And then we live through him. Here’s the joy: whoever loses their life, for the sake of Christ, will find it.

Worship ushers in the Kingdom

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Hebrews 10:19-25

Dave Fellingham

Worship Ushers in the Kingdom

Hebrews was written primarily to the Jews, who were rooted in the Old Testament. The theme of worship predominates Hebrews, as it does the entire bible, Genesis to Revelation. We must worship God holistically, body, soul and spirit.

Every time revival has come, worship has been an integral component. We see worship in its prophetic context: ushering in the Kingdom of God. The book of Hebrews demonstrates that Old Testament worship is a prototype of what was and is to come.

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