What is grace? Grace is one of those words within the Christian faith which we know is important but at the same time can also be a bit vague. We generally understand that grace is a good thing and we can encounter it in sentences to do with faith, salvation, hope, mercy, and other similar … Continue reading A Picture of Grace
One of the most striking features of the good news of Jesus Christ is the revelation that the God of heaven and earth not only desires for us to be reconciled to Him but that we would be called His children and He our Father. This truth is perhaps best expressed through the gospel of … Continue reading A Father’s Love
In Matthew 13 we encounter a number of parables often referred to as the "Kingdom Parables" so named because they each are representative of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus beginning each parable with "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." or similar. Two often paired and discussed parables from Matthew 13 are the relatively short parables … Continue reading The Treasure and the Pearl
1 Corinthians 13 is widely known as the "love chapter" due to it's point by point description of the fundamental characteristics of love. However, there is another chapter in our new testament which features the word love more than double that of 1 Corinthians 13, this chapter is 1 John 4. While 1 Corinthians provides … Continue reading The Real Love Chapter
On the cross, Jesus asks the rhetorical question “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Mat 27:46) This question is also the opening line to Psalm 22, a hugely prophetic psalm that foretells a number of aspects of Christ's death including: He would be surrounded by evil men They would be mocking Him … Continue reading Why has God forsaken me?
Abraham’s offering of Isaac is recounted as perhaps the most significant testing of a man’s faith in the Old Testament. Abraham after finally receiving a son in accordance with God’s promise is asked by God to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham does not withhold his son from God and the sacrifice is only … Continue reading Abraham’s Faith: Past, Present, Future
One of the fundamental characteristics of God’s people emphasised in scripture is unity. The illustration of every believer being a member of the body of Christ is perhaps the best illustration of God’s intention for unity amongst His people (1 Cor 12:12-27). Unity is associated with goodness, pleasantness, glory, perfection, faith, peace, maturity, and love: … Continue reading Worship and Unity