What do we make of Christ’s death? (Crucifixion Day)

Bible Readings John 18:1-11 Luke 23:26-49 Introduction My dear brother and sister in Jesus Christ, Our Lord once said, Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2–3, NIV) In another place our Lord said, praying to his Father, I praise you, … Continue reading What do we make of Christ’s death? (Crucifixion Day)

The cross and us

Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see is as something son by us (leading us to repentance).  Indeed, 'only the man who is prepared to own his share in the guild of the cross may claim his share in … Continue reading The cross and us

Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

It is easy to condemn Pilate and overlook our own equally devious behaviour.  Anxious to avoid the pain of a whole-hearted commitment to Christ, we too search for convenient subterfuges.  We either leave the decision to somebody else, or opt out for a half-hearted compromise, or seek to honour Jesus for the wrong reason (e.g. … Continue reading Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

The Cross

"The Missionary among Moslems (to whom the Cross of Christ is a stumbling block and the atonement foolishness) is driven daily to deeper meditation on the mystery of redemption, and to a stronger conviction that here is the very heart of our message and our mission ... The more unbelievers deny its crucial character, the … Continue reading The Cross

Covenant Baptism

Broadly speaking, there are two main views on baptism: Covenant Baptism (some may call it paedobaptism, because it implies that infants of together with their covenant parents should be baptised).  The mode of baptism is sprinkling of water. Believers Baptism (some call it credo-baptism, because only those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as … Continue reading Covenant Baptism

The Gracious Invitation to follow Jesus Christ

Discipleship Scripture Reading Luke 14 Introduction Dear friend in our Lord Jesus Christ, We have a tendency to think that the rich and the famous are in some ways better people to mix with.  Over the exit out of Wimbledon, boys and girls would wait with a large tennis balls or a printed program just … Continue reading The Gracious Invitation to follow Jesus Christ

Endure to be Offered

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:7, ESV) The readers of Hebrews understood the word endure. For them is meant a hard struggle with sufferings, they were publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and … Continue reading Endure to be Offered