The Bible is very comfortable with the idea that you can talk to God. Depending on the Bible version you look at ‘prayer’ is referenced over six hundred and fifty times!
What place should the Bible have in a Christians life? Any tips?
An essential Christian discipline is to read or listen to the Bible regularly through the week. It would be a shame if the secular news cycle had more of a voice into your life each week than the Word of God.
The battle to put the Word of God before the word of the world is ongoing. Each time you read or watch the news (an activity which in itself is not wrong), you subject yourself to the opinions of the journalist who is accountable only to an opinion that makes news! Our secular press are rarely accountable to anyone but their ratings – it is not difficult for truth to get lost or skewed in the pursuit of a growing readership.
Sermon on ‘Patience’ by Simon Marshman is now available to stream or download – http://bit.ly/2e7wODQ
English Support Handout: https://f001.backblazeb2.com/file/trinitycity/english/2016/20161009.pdf
Who is wise among you?
Be careful how you answer – because there are two different kinds of ‘wisdom’. On the one hand there is heavenly wisdom and on the other there is worldly wisdom.
A wise person, should probably examine themselves before they give an answer.Of course a Christian would want to say they were a ‘heavenly wise’ person. Indeed. Would others consider you to be?
James in his letter shows us the difference between these two kinds of wisdom – and helpfully suggests that the way to determine a heavenly wise person is to effectively ask those around them!
Sermon on ‘Taming The Tongue’ (James 3:1-12) by Ken Noakes is now available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2dfbDPV
Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2cy2CTL
‘With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.’ – James 3:9
Sermon on James 2:14-26 ‘James vs Paul’ by Ken Noakes – available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2cy1cZz.
Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2chYc32
In this talk, the question of whether James and Paul are at odds theologically over what it means to be justified by faith alone or by works is raised. The discussion is large and so the sermon deals with it briefly, but suggests this paper (‘Is James at odds with Paul?’) for further reading if so inclined.
Please note: This is an academic paper, so it is long, at times detailed, and uses technical language (including greek). Further, the paper was written several years ago and since then I have changed my position on the late dating of the letter of James (as you would hear in the sermon, I know think it is dated early). Regardless, it I think is still helpful for an inquiring mind.
Sermon on ‘Discrimination’ (James 2:1-13) by Ken Noakes now available to stream or download – http://bit.ly/2cvekMS
Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2bWHUgb
Download the English Corner PDF: http://bit.ly/2bWGWQW
Sermons on ‘Hearing With Your Hands’ (James 1:19-27) by Ken Noakes is now available to stream or download. http://bit.ly/2c1M1VY
Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2bszwTs
Download the English Corner PDF: http://bit.ly/2bjRVjV
Sermon on the ‘Crown Of Suffering’ (James 1:1-18) by Ken Noakes is now available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2bd6XI8
Read the Bible text: http://bit.ly/2bxD9qK
Download the English Corner PDF: http://bit.ly/2bkdyD1