Genesis 37:1-36 Here, we have human sin and divine grace. We see jealousy (11) and its effects: ‘where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice’(James 3:16). We see God working out His purpose: ‘you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good’(50:20). In his dreams, Joseph was […]Read more "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good."
“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” “The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 … obeyed by faith … obedience is the pathway to holiness … no one will […]Read more "Quotations from Jerry Bridges (Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey)"
Don’t settle for second best when you can have God’s very best. ‘Samuel did what the Lord commanded’(1 Samuel 16:4). Real obedience comes from ‘the heart’. It is more than just ‘keeping up appearances’(1 Samuel 16:7). ‘The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart’ – This is something we must never forget!’. […]Read more "Don’t settle for second best."
In the beginning, there is love, eternal love, the love of God. ‘Genesis’ means ‘beginning’. These opening verses challenge us to get our priorities right – (a) The priority of God (Genesis 1:1). God comes first. Before anyone else is mentioned, He is there. (b) The priority of God’s Word (Genesis 1:3). God is the […]Read more "Some Ideas For Preaching God’s Love"
Psalm 30:1-12 ‘I will exalt You, O Lord’(Psalm 30:1). God is not exalted because we exalt Him. We exalt Him because He is exalted: ‘He is exalted, for ever exalted, and I will praise His Name’(Mission Praise,217). How do we come to the point where we say, ‘I will exalt You, O Lord’? We realize […]Read more "“O Lord My God, I Will Give Thanks To You Forever.”"
The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ. ‘No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 12:3). ‘In Jerusalem’, on ‘the day of Pentecost’ there are ‘Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven’ (Acts 2:1, 5). They are ‘amazed’ at what they hear – ‘we hear them telling in our […]Read more "The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ."
If I were to go around the congregation and ask you, “Why have you come to this church service?”, I’m sure I would get quite a variety of different answers. Some of you, if you were being perfectly honest, might have to say, “I came because I’ve got into a routine of coming to church […]Read more "The Word of God – Christ, Scripture, Preaching"