Preacher: Ken Noakes
In this, fifth and last sermon on Song of Songs, Des Smith explains how this love song between one man and one woman, also points toward the gospel and what the implications of this are for all of us.
In this, the first of five sermons, Des Smith explores “the strangest book in the Bible”. In what appears to be a graphic and intense love poem Des explains how human romantic love points to a bigger love story for the whole world – between God and people. Song of Songs is indeed about one man and one woman, as well as men and women, and way they love each other. But that reality – romantic love and life-long commitment that is reflected in marriage – is a picture God placed in world to point towards the ultimate reality of his love for us. A love shown in the gospel as His Son died on a cross. In this sense Song of Songs is book for everyone because it ultimately points to the love of God for everyone.
Are you lost?
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 15 (the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Prodigal Sons) we learn that God only sees two sorts of people – those who are lost (estranged from him) and those who were formerly lost but are now back in relationship with him.
Guest speaker, David Cook explains that God is waiting with outstretched arms, seeking to welcome back the lost. David invites anyone who is lost to echo the prayer that is in verse 18 saying to God “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me part of your family”.
Bold in Witness
What does it mean to be bold in Witness?
Jesus asked his disciples to be his witnesses. And that is what Jesus’ first disciples did.
To be a witness, you have to be willing to make a stand, to testify, to speak on behalf of the person or the event that you are bearing witness too. The aim is to provide enough reason or evidence for someone who is not a witness to ascertain the truth behind what you say.
Our Weekend Away talk by Phil Colgan.
Talk 1 – The Amazing Blessing of Knowing Jesus (Romans 8:1-39)
Audio for listen or download – Talk 1 (Romans 8:1-39)
Talk 2 – The Joy and Pain of the Gospel (Romans 9:1-29)
Audio for listen or download – Talk 2 (Romans 9:1-29)
Talk 3 – The Wonderfully Simple Message (Romans 9:30-10:15)
Audio for listen or download – Talk 3 (Romans 9:30-10:15)
Talk 4 – Bold for Mission (Matthew 28:16-20)
Audio and Video for listen or download – Talk 4 (Matthew 28:16-20)
I had never read anything like it! It was amazing, it was as if the words were leaping off the page and calling out to me – these words were for me!
Those chariot journeys were a good time to read and reflect. Work was so busy and so much was asked of me. My day job is Head Official overseeing the Royal Treasury. I like the responsibility and I feel honoured to be working for the Ethiopian Queen making sure my people are provided for well. Not all eunuchs are given much respect so I know I am in a fortunate position.
I can’t tell you how I came across the scroll but I have to say it blew my mind.