Hearing about, experiencing and responding to the love of God.
Paul Bickley starts a new series – audaCITY: Living for a place God loves – speaking from Jonah chapter 4.
We can be city-haters, city-avoiders, city-moaners, city-uses, city-survivors, or city-escapers. God wants us to be city-lovers.
The city of Nineveh was evil and corrupt, but God loved it. Like Jonah, we can stand in opposition to our city and speak judgment over it, but his word is a word of love: “should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left”.
Paul Bickley speaks from Luke 15.
Jesus tells three parables about celebration of lost things being found. But the third parable has a son who won’t celebrate. He’s lost too.
When our hearts are grasped with joyful gratitude for what we’ve received, then we’ll be sustained for any hardship on the adventure.
Paul Bickley speaks from Deuteronomy 26:1-11.
Being a Christian requires a radical change of heart in how we get and how we spend our resources. Our stuff isn’t just the product of our hard work – all of our lives are a gift. The Bible teaches that we should return the ‘firstfruits’ of what we have to God and our neighbour.