Atonement – an eye for an eye

Bible Readings Leviticus 24:10-23 Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Matthew 5:38 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deuteronomy 19:21, NIV) It took me many years to work out what “brotherly love” meant.  Our household, like many others I suppose, … Continue reading Atonement – an eye for an eye

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Jesus Christ only – no if’s, no but’s (4)

Scripture Readings 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2 Colossians 2:9-15 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, Today is the last in our sermon series from Colossians 2.  Our topic over the last three weeks was Jesus Christ only, no if’s no but’s.  In the first of this mini-series, we learnt from Scriptures that Jesus Christ … Continue reading Jesus Christ only – no if’s, no but’s (4)

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bible readings Numbers 14:1-12 1 Peter 1:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, in many gardens grows a shrub with the botanical name brunfelsia latifolia, which is commonly known as Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow.  This name comes from the way its flowers are changing in colour form one day to the next. Each bloom opens … Continue reading Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (2)

Bible Readings: Hebrews 12:18-29 Philippians 3:12-21 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Our family loved picnics.  Any quiet spot where there was shade and firewood would do us.  Our first visit to a real public park included a swimming pool. While dad unpacked the picnic gear (I always wondered what was so special about having … Continue reading Walking in step with the righteousness of Christ (2)

Walking in the righteousness of Christ

Bible Readings Hebrews 12:22-29; Philippians 3:7-4:1 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This is the last day of 2017.  The days of the last year made up part of the journey we are on—indeed, we are on our way to eternity.  2018 will once again add to privileges and opportunities, but it will … Continue reading Walking in the righteousness of Christ

The King after God’s own heart

Bible readings Acts 13:16-25; 1Samuel 13:1-15 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters, it’s only the expression on the faces of little girls when mom catches them out with make-up all over their faces sometimes which helps to not dish out punishment straight away.  It’s another story when a parent finds a toddler with a permanent … Continue reading The King after God’s own heart

The Intercession of Christ (2)

Scripture Readings Exodus 28:6-21 John 17:11-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, we might make the mistake to disregard everything the Old Testament in connection with sacrifices and offerings.  It is true that we living on this side of the cross of Christ do not need an earthly high priest, neither an altar, … Continue reading The Intercession of Christ (2)

Limited Atonement

Limited atonement—is it biblical? [This and other articles can be found at http://www.gotquestions.org/limited-atonement.html] Disclaimer:  By using this article from gotquestions.org does not imply that we necessarily agree with all expressions put forward on that site (The contents of the original article is not altered, but we added some paragraph breaks and headings to help make a … Continue reading Limited Atonement

Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Communion Service - association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration.  Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about … Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ