Sermon – Rebuke & Refuge: Shame (Zeph 2:4-3:8)

Read the text – Zephaniah 2:4-3:8

The Day of the Lord is a universal eschatological disaster. Yet God’s judgement is tantalisingly mingled with hope of restoration and his character of righteousness.  All humanity is clearly at his mercy. In this talk Ken Noakes helps us to see that God not only holds all nations to account, but he hold his own people to account. It all hinges on how God can be righteous and just, and at the same time merciful and forgiving.

Sermon – Rebuke & Refuge: On that Day (Zeph 1:1-2:3)

Read the texts – Zephaniah 1:1-2:3

In this series we look at the book of Zephaniah and see the hope of grace in the shadow of God’s promised universal judgement and wrath.  The focus of the book is on the nature of the day of the Lord.  In wrath, God will reverse his blessings, yet also in mercy, he will reverse his curse for those who turn to him in repentance and faith.

In this talk, Andrew Cox helps us to understand how Hebrew Prophecy works to shape our understand of how God deals so justly and completely with sin (in Zephaniah’s time, concerning the people of Judah and in our time, us). And yet, how he does that with and eternal hope for those in faith.

Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 3 of 3)

Dr Jacqui Service talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Creeds. In this fantastic discussion, Jacqui talks about the heresies which were addressed in the formation of the creeds and why that may still be relevant today.

They discuss:

  • The trinitarian form of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed.
  • Plato, Aristotle and how their thinking contributes to Gnostic and Marcian heresies.
  • What Gnosticism and Marcion rejects of established theology
  • How the creeds aims to address and safe guard theological truth
  • Modern day issues that the Apostles’ Creed helps address.

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: The Holy Apostolic Church and the Communion of Saints

Read the texts – Isaiah 25:6-9Ephesians 3:1-21

The final talk in this Apostles’ Creed series and we consider the final lines which help us to recognise that the Christian Life (life in the Spirit) is the best life now and forever. Why?

Nick Lindeback helps us to see the importance of the forgiveness of sin, the comfort of the Christian community, and the hope that is eternal.

Why should Creeds be used today? (Part 3 of 3)

By Jared Lidgerwood

Previously we have looked at why we have the Apostles’ Creed and then how the creeds (in general) help to protect the life-giving Gospel. In this post we consider why Christians should use the creeds.

Why do Christians recite creeds in our public meetings?

In the reformed tradition, there are three creeds which are often used: The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. Each are a helpful summary of what Christian believe and each focus on slightly different aspects of theology. The Apostles’ Creed is the shortest and has three sections (Father Son and Spirit) spending the most time describing Jesus Christ as Son and Lord. The Nicene Creed follows the same threefold structure but gives a more detailed summary of what Christians believe, focussing on the nature of each person of the Godhead. An earlier version of this creed was formulated during the Council of Nicaea in 325AD. The Athanasian Creed is by far the longest and focuses on affirming both the Trinitarian nature of the uncreated and co-equal members of the Godhead and the Christological significance of the dual nature of Christ (fully God and fully man). It is thought to have been formulated in late 5th or early 6th century AD.

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Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 2 of 3)

Neil Emerson talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Apostles’ Creed. They discuss questions like:

  • Are there other denominations that use the Apostles’ Creed?
  • How has declaring the Apostles’ Creed been good for the church?
  • Should we continue to declare the Apostles’ Creed when we gather in church?
  • Is there room to create new creeds or confessions of faith today?
  • Why do we often stand to declare the Apostles’ Creed?

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’

Read the texts – Ezekiel 36:22-30Romans 8:1-17

In this talk we look at the third ‘I believe’ statement in the Apostles’ Creed. Glen Connor, looking at Romans 8:1-17 shows us five aspects of how the Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer: to free us from sin and death, change our mindset towards God, to guarantee our resurrection, to bring holiness in the life of the believer, and makes us God’s children.

How do the creeds protect the Life-giving Gospel? (Part 2 of 3)

by Jared Lidgerwood

Previously we have looked at why the Christian church has the Apostles’ Creed. We now turn our attention to consider how the creeds (generally) protect the life-giving gospel.

As the early Christian church busily set about establishing new churches they proclaimed the gospel – spreading the news about a treasure that offered forgiveness from God the Father; promised life, both new and eternal in the Son; and gave a clear understanding through the Holy Spirit. It was the apostles who led the charge and took this life-giving gospel out to the nations – telling people, travelling, sometimes under persecution, and never keeping quiet. Within a single generation the gospel message had been proclaimed all over the Mediterranean, Asia Minor, North Africa and into Europe.

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Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 1 of 3)

David McKay talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Apostles’ Creed. They discuss questions like:

  • Where did we get the Apostles’ Creed?
  • When was the Apostles’ Creed first used in Christian churches?
  • Are there interesting changes or additions that have been incorporated into the Apostles’ Creed?
  • Are there particular reasons why the creed is called ‘The Apostles’ Creed’?
  • Who now uses the Apostles’ Creed?
  • What value is there in having the Apostles’ Creed?

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: A Day of Darkness and a Day of Light

Read the texts – Amos 5:18-271 Thessalonians 5:1-11

We continue working through The Apostles’ Creed and in this talk we focus on the line ‘He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead’. For those who love Jesus the day he returns will be a day of light. For those who do not it will be a day of darkness.

Nick Lindeback is eager in this talk to help us to know that it is because of what Jesus has done that the day of darkness (Amos 5:18) will be a glorious day of light (1 Thess 5:4-5) and that we can look forward to light, offer light to others, and live in light forever.