Hearing about, experiencing and responding to the love of God.
Paul Bickley speaks from 1 John 4:7-21.
There is nothing so celebrated and valued in society as love. But most people wouldn’t know how to even start to describe it.
The idea of Trinity means that the love has existed since before the creation of the world. Our human loves are imperfect reflections of the love that underpins creation itself – the love that we see on the cross.
Paul Bickley speaks from Habakkuk.
Habakkuk has a complaint. There is violence, injustice and oppression in the land. God has an answer. He will use the destructive power of the people of Babylon to discipline Israel. But Habakkuk isn’t happy with this proposal either. Babylon is worse than a corrupted Israel!
God has an answer to this too. Injustice won’t be tolerated forever.
Paul Bickley continues our series on the nature and character of God, looking at John 14:15-27
The Holy Spirit is the presence of God with every single believer. He is our teacher. He is our advocate. The presence of the Holy Spirit should help us toward a faith which is free from self-accusation and and empowered for God’s work.
Paul Bickley speaks from Exodus 3.
Moses meets God in a burning bush, and God commissions him. Moses wonders if he is capable of doing what God asks – in response God tells Moses his name – I was, I am, I will be. The foundation for any confidence we have is not our qualities but God’s qualities
Tom Biddulph speaks from Genesis chapter 1.
If we believe that Life, the Universe and Everything is the result of a series of billions upon billions of impersonal, random, chance events, it’s very likely to affect the way we do life. We’ll just do whatever it takes to get through as comfortably as possible.
Genesis gets straight to the point: “In the beginning, God..” All the three persons of the Trinity are involved in creation, and their creative power is at work in and through us.
Paul Bickley speaks from Genesis 3.
Shame was one of the results of the fall – Adam and Eve become aware of the difference between them and a the Holy God. Human beings are endlessly creative in their attempts to ‘cover’ themselves, desperately hiding our sin and inadequacy.
We must allow God to clothes us. Faith in Jesus means that we can say, “Blessed are those – whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them”.