The Word of God – Christ, Scripture, Preaching

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 …

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The Vicarious Humanity of Christ and the Reality of Salvation (book review)

The Vicarious Humanity of Christ and the Reality of Salvation Christian D. Kettler University Press of America, Lanham, MD, 1991; 338pp., $28.00; ISBN 0 8191 8273 7 'A memorable month in 1981', when Kettler served as teaching assistant at Fuller Seminary to Thomas F. Torrance, stimulated him to explore further 'the profound evangelical and ecumenical …

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The Gospel Raises Our Questions – And Gives God’s Answer.

The Gospel raises questions in our minds. It makes us wonder about the meaning, purpose and direction of our life. It gets us started thinking in a different way, asking questions about the way we live: "Is all there is, or is there something more?" When Jesus starts speaking to us in the places of …

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Paul Tillich’s Systematic Theology: “A Help In Answering Questions”?

"My purpose, and I believe it is a justified purpose, has been to present the method and the structure of a theological system written from an apologetic point of view and carried through in a continuous correlation with philosophy ... A help in answering questions: this is exactly the purpose of this theological system." (Paul …

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A Christ-Centred Life And A Christ-Centred Ministry

"He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30). One ministry was about to end. Another ministry was about to begin. The second ministry would be greater than the first ministry. - The first ministry was the ministry of John the Baptist. - The second ministry was the ministry of Jesus the Saviour. What a …

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So many questions, so few answers: Is this all that we have to say to today’s world?

What, really, is going on in our world? There are so many questions, and there are so few answers. Where do we go from here? Do we give up on asking questions because we we have given up on the idea that there are any answers to our many questions? Do we give up on …

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How far can psychology and sociology take us?

When I was a young student, I studied psychology and sociology. I learned a lot about these subjects. Most of it I've now forgotten. Here's something I haven't forgotten. At my first psychology seminar, the leader described the study of psychology as building on shifting sand. As I heard these words, I remembered the parable …

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When we feel like the light’s been switched off

Our light can go out. Jesus' light never goes out. This is something we must never forget. It's not about our light. It's about His light. Our feelings tell us one thing. Jesus tells us something else. Who are we to believe: our feelings or Jesus, our Saviour? We know what our answer should be, …

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The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet.

"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet... " (Deuteronomy 18:15). This prophecy has its greatest fulfilment in Christ. Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the substance of the prophecy concerning God's Kingdom. The coming of God's Kingdom is the coming of Christ, both His first coming (our foretaste of …

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Is God still out there? What about taking a look at Jesus Christ?

What about God? Have you forgotten about Him? Is He still out there? or Has He disappeared? Plenty of people tell you that you're wasting your time even thinking about God. They tell you that you're a fool if you believe in God. Did you know that the Bible says the exact opposite: "The fool …

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You Raise Me Up.

"Your eyes are too pure to look on evil" (Habakkuk 1:13). The contrast between our sinfulness and God's holiness is an absolute contrast - never the two shall meet. Can we raise ourselves up from our sinfulness to God's holiness? - No! We cannot. We need to be raised up from above, by the Lord. …

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Berkouwer on “Scripture and Christ”

In his book, “Holy Scripture”, Berkouwer places great emphasis on the vital connection between Scripture and Christ.* “Scripture is the Word of God because the Holy Spirit witnesses in it of Christ” (”Holy Scripture” (p. 162).* “the purpose of the God-breathed Scripture is … to witness of the salvation of God unto faith” (p. 180).* …

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Preaching The Gospel Of Christ, Our Great Saviour

These are some outlines for preaching God's Word. _________________________________________________________ Awaiting Christ’s Return, let us worship God and walk in His ways. Worshipping the Lord with joy Walking with the Lord in love Worshipping with joy and  walking in love, we await Christ’s Return. __________________________________________________________ The Good News of Christ. is for all the world. Christ …

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Jesus And The Woman At The Well – Learning From Jesus

Jesus is tired. He rests at the well. A woman comes along ... Out of this very ordinary situation comes a great opportunity to speak of spiritual truth. Jesus doesn't barge in like a bull in a china shop. He makes an intriguing comment about "living water" (John 4:10), and, then, He waits for the …

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What do you believe? Who do you trust?

These two questions are closely connected, but they're not quite the same. Christian faith is more than believing what the Bible teaches us about Jesus Christ. It's trusting in Jesus Christ. While we can distinguish between the two questions; What do you believe? and Who do you trust?, we must not set these two questions …

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None but Christ can satisfy … Hallelujah! I have found Him!

We look out beyond the life that we have found in Christ. The world's way of living is drawing us away from our Saviour. May God help us to keep our eyes on Jesus, know this, "None but Christ can satisfy", and have this testimony, "Hallelujah! I have found him!" Here are the two hymns …

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The sheep need a shepherd. Sinners need a Saviour. Jesus is our Shepherd. Jesus is our Saviour.

Many are ‘like sheep without a shepherd’. We must not fail them. We must ‘teach them many things’ (Mark 6:34). In all our teaching from the Scriptures, let us point people to Christ (Luke 24:27). He is "the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep." He has come to give us "life …

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When Christ Returns, There Will Be Salvation – And Judgment.

Joshua 17:1-18:28; John 1:29-51; Proverbs 10:31-11:8 Each of the tribes had their part in the promised land. Each of Jesus' disciples, whom He called to Himself at the outset of His ministry, had his part in the work of the Lord. What God did with Israel and with Jesus' first disciples will be surpassed when …

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