This term we will be working our way through the Old Testament and delving into Gods constant plan for His world in mission. Through the series we are utilising the Bible Timeline pictures to keep where we are in context. As we dive in deeper, we will find that Paul did not invent global mission, and that on the contrary, God has had it on His heart from the very beginning of time.
Christianity has only ever been one stinky corpse away from being disproved. But the account of the tomb has rung out consistently for two millennia just as it was spoken first to the women who went to anoint His dead body;
You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Johns Gospel uniquely shows the brilliant, creative teaching of Jesus, through the eyes of his disciples. Throughout the series, we will see how Jesus continually disrupts the cultural and religious barriers of the people around him by showing them Truth, Way and Life. What we will begin to see as we meditate on the Red Letters found in Johns Gospel, is that just below the surface, within the subtext, Joy overflows.
There are stories and poems throughout the Scriptures that don’t ignore or gloss over the very real questions and pains of this day. They transcend all the analysis with the very straight forward acknowledgement that whatever this day is, it’s a gift to be embraced and engaged and maybe even enjoyed.
Throughout his letters, Paul reveals to us how persecution makes us doubt the goodness of God, and temptation blinds us to the gifts of God. So how can we ensure our faith won’t leave us stranded? How can we have an adrenalised faith that will go the distance?
The book of Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful imagery in all of Scripture, of the unfolding prophecy of a redeemed people. The message of salvation and hope to people at the ends of the Earth affirm the saving nature of our Heavenly Father. Except these words also serve as prelude to the imminent unravelling of Israel. It's exile.
The Israelites had forgotten their true calling - the failed to look towards the one true God and failed to be a blessing to all the nations, in doing so, failed to reveal the creator of the Universe to all mankind and His heart for humanity. They had chosen idols over the one true God and chosen to serve the created order instead of God Almighty. God would hand them over to exile in Babylon as judgement and through their suffering, would renew Israel’s heart for God, and reveal the true God to the Babylonians.
Isaiah speaks of the harsh judgement and wrath of God Almighty, but not in a vindictive way, but rather, an exile that would be transformative, redeeming, and a renewing. Isaiah not only continues to serve as a warning for our nations today, but also the heart of God, who uses our suffering and exile purposefully and intentionally for all nations and peoples.
Join with the NewLife@Night service, as Lead Pastor Stuart Starr opens up the Scriptures.
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