Hearing about, experiencing and responding to the love of God.
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”.
Paul Bickley starts our new series, The Search for God, speaking on Psalm 42 and 43.
These psalms are written by someone experiencing a spiritual desert. He believes in God, but he doesn’t feel God’s presence. The psalms hint at some possible causes of this spiritual dryness. They also hint at some responses.
Tom Biddulph concludes our Lent series, speaking from Ecclesiastes 12.
Ecclesiastes teaches us that the pleasures of life can be enjoyed as gifts from God, but that they’re not ultimately fulfilling and they can’t offer lasting satisfaction.
The only possible response is to, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” and to “remember your creator in the days of your youth”.
Greg Cook speaks on Ecclesiastes 7.
The Teacher asks, “who can straighten what God has made crooked?” The life of Jesus in many ways looked crooked: he was born to a mother out of wedlock in a stable, trained as a humble carpenter, entered in triumph on a donkey, was betrayed and finally put to death as a Roman slave.
But after the resurrection, Jesus shows the wounds of his suffering to his disciples. They are overjoyed. The end, as the Teacher said, really is better than the start.
Paul Bickley speaks from Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.
The Teacher is wary of God, and suggests that worshipers approach with caution. He reflects the experience of those who actually see God in the Bible – they find themselves completely overwhelmed by His presence.
We ought to recapture this sense of the holiness and power of God. We worship only by his power and grace, like Peter who was called again to follow Jesus again after his denial.
Natan Mladin speaks from Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.
We live in a world that prefers knowledge, information, and data to wisdom. Ecclesiastes teaches that wisdom is limited, not least by death. It can only take its place in our lives when it’s rooted in fear of the Lord, and the knowledge that wisdom is not ultimately a thing but a person – Jesus Christ.