“I had a dream!”

Scripture Readings 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Jeremiah 23:23-40 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Long before God called Abraham, people worshipped other gods. Although they had names, none ever met them; yet, all worshipped them. They bowed to images of them.  Those in charge had the privilege to the secrets regarding these gods.  The worshippers … Continue reading “I had a dream!”

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Why Christ “alone”?

Sermon delivered by Dr Mark Baddeley, lecturer at Queensland Theological College, as part of the 500 Reformation Celebrations at Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church Scripture Readings Psalm 29 Ephesians 1:1-114 Introduction Reformers coined the idea of life "solas". The Bible alone By grace alone By Faith alone Through Christ alone, The glory of God alone. How … Continue reading Why Christ “alone”?

The beauty and the beast

"In the ninth century, when the Latin Mass began to be enforced, I’m confident the same discussions took place. Some, I would expect, argued that the Latin Mass carried with it a gravity that communicated the glory of God, a certain sense of mystery and timelessness. Others, I’m quite sure, pointed out that the people … Continue reading The beauty and the beast

The life-changing power of God’s Word

Reformation 2014 Scripture Readings Psalm 19 1 Peter 1:13-25 Introduction Us who grew up in modern times will find it hard to imagine life without electricity:  no running water in our homes, no fridges, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, TV’s, computers, air-conditioners … How annoying is it to have only one powerpoint in a room of … Continue reading The life-changing power of God’s Word

Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church

Article by David Murrow.  Original found here Years ago, worship leaders used to prepare their flocks when introducing a new song. “We’re going to do a new song for you now. We’ll go through it twice, and then we invite you to join in.” That kind of coaching is rare today. Songs get switched out … Continue reading Why Men Have Stopped Singing in Church

Reformation – what is the fuss about?

Five Key Concepts in the Reformation Understanding of Justification On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses concerning clerical abuses and indulgences on the church door at Wittenberg. This famous event is often considered that launching point for the Protestant Reformation. The chief concern for Luther and the other reformers was the doctrine … Continue reading Reformation – what is the fuss about?

Reformation

Jesus Christ, the center of creation, the message of the Bible Scripture Readings: Daniel 2:24-45 Revelation 5:1-14 Introduction There was a time in history when the official church burned on the stake those who dared translate the Bible from Latin into English.  There was a time when only a few priests had the privilege of … Continue reading Reformation

Reformation or Revival?

"Often men have acted as though one has to choose between reformation and revival. Some call for reformation, others for revival, and they tend to look at each other with suspicion. But reformation and revival do not stand in contrast to one another; in fact, both words are related to the concept of restoration. Reformation … Continue reading Reformation or Revival?