Before the promise of Jesus, God said a type of Elijah character would come. This was John the Baptist. John was bold, courageous and knew what he was about – when people thought of John they thought of Jesus! As a consequence he was both of interest to those who listened and a thorn in the side. In this message we hear about a character call Herod who felt this way about John and all he had to say, but also had other contenders in his life that he wanted to listen to. Text: John 6:12-30.
Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. Proverbs 29v1 (NLT)
I love these kind of Proverbs. The reason is simple, because criticism is painful and hard to take. I guess it is for most people.
Last night my daughter was discussing personality types and she concluded that I don’t take criticism personally. I am not sure that is true! Whilst I take a degree of comfort that I may have a degree of resilience to criticism which helps me, but the other side of that coin is that it can make me stubborn and unyielding. Over the long haul that is dangerous territory. Key to criticism acceptance is identifying a core of people who have free reign to criticise you. You must know, before the criticism begins, these people are for you, love you and want you to win. Don’t let the criticism change your perception of that. I have seen too many people confidently declare a trust in people, only to distrust them when the criticism comes.
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. Proverbs 29v1 (ESV)
Jesus told his disciples that people would know they were his disciples by their love for one another. The Bible has many other ‘one anothers’ as well, describing the way Christian brothers and sisters should treat each another. In this opening teaching of the series ‘One Anothering’, we look at the importance of firstly being devoted to one another in fellowship.
The ‘One Anothering’ series focusses on the statement Jesus made, that the world would know who His disciples are by the love that they would have for one another. It’s so important therefore that as the church get it right! This talk specifically looks at how we should ‘honour one another’ (or as the NLT translation puts it – to ‘outdo one another in showing honour!’) particularly in terms of Value, Merit and Rank. It challenges us to truly honour one another, so that the world may see and know that we are His disciples!
In this account told by Luke, Jesus had been invited to the house of a prominent Pharisee for dinner, along with other guests who appear to be other Pharisees and experts in the law. (prominent people). Throughout the gospels, the Pharisees were mostly opposed to Jesus being their long awaited Messiah, (there were some exceptions), and did not take a liking to how Jesus exposed their religious hypocrisy.
Psalm 110 is the most referred to Psalm in the New Testament. This message preached on Easter Sunday 2016 shows how this Psalm was a prophecy about Jesus Christ – a better King and a better Priest.
The Bible can be studied and analysed in great depth, but it is also a manual, a guide, a prompt and a promise for everyday life. In this talk we see how we can approach the Psalms without any preparation, and yet feed the soul from its promises and in prayer.
Whenever we teach about the Holy Spirit we must remember that those listening will be diverse in their understanding and their expectation. This is not new, and rather like the Holy Spirit, has been around from the beginning. But the Bible does make clear that an increase was also promised, and the tipping point came in the book of Acts. From this time on we see that He makes himself known like a personal item of clothing for us to wear, which changes us today both from the inside out, and from the outside in.