The final talk in our Matthew 8-10 Bible Talk series. In this talk, Bishop Gary Koo considers the costs that comes with following Jesus. As Jesus sends his disciples out into the world, he makes no promises that they will find it easy, but he does promise that it will be worth it. And he wants them to be ready.
Read the text – 2 Timothy 1:13-2:13
Simon Gillham, Vice Principal of Moore Theological College, in this stand-alone Bible Talk offers five commands for the soldier of Christ – to be strong in the grace of the gospel, to entrust the gospel to others who will share the gospel, to endure the hardships that may come, to reflect of what the Lord is doing, and to remember what God has done in raising Christ from the dead.
Read the text – 1 Corinthians 4:14-5:13
The church in Corinth, like any church, is a gathering of sinners. Yet they are a church who sit under the power of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul writes to help the Corinthian church family consider how to deal with sin which is celebrated within the church family. His directive? Don’t celebrate sin.
Ken Noakes show the principle at play in this passage shows how it is applied to a particular issue with the church family involving sexual immorality. Left unchecked, this sin is unhelpful for those involved and dangerous for the church family at large. How should the church exercise loving discipline – to care for those involved and to help one another be accountable under Christ.
Read the text – 1 Corinthians 3:1-17
Growing up in faith means being built up upon the only true foundation Jesus Christ and grown by God. Take care, anyone who builds upon that foundation, for your work will be tested.
In this talk, Ken Noakes helps us to understand that growing in faith is grounded in what God has done through Jesus, yet demonstrated in the various ways that we each serve to build up his church. And we are warned that the good we do (under God) will last while the bad will be destroyed.
Does Christianity work? Do Christians offer anything of value to our modern, contemporary, progressive world today?
The answers could be offered in well-articulated arguments which aim to defend and describe the true faith established by the gospel of Jesus Christ. The answers could be influenced in the way that followers of Jesus Christ pass on their faith from generation to generation. Both are valid.
Yet there is a way that the established and passed on faith can be most clearly valued by our world today – it is when the faith is lived out and visible to the world around.
The salvation offered in the gospel should be lived out in the godly lives of those who have been saved and for the benefit of those who might be saved through the proclamation of this true faith supported by the testimony of transformed lives.
This talk is about how Christianity works, when it is seen in Christians devoted to doing good works.
Read the Bible Text – Titus 3:1-15
– Ken Noakes
The beginning of the year is a helpful time to do a personal stocktake!
Let me try and explain. I suspect, that most of us would find that there is some kind of ‘pattern’ to our week – get up, breakfast, personal devotion, school/uni/work/home duties/appointments…, lunch, afternoon activities, dinner, and then whatever evening things we commit too, before falling into bed – ready to do it all over again!
Of course, this ‘routine’ will vary from person to person and from day to day. The point: we often construct our days and weeks according to ‘patterns’ which, frankly, help us stay sane.