Colossians 1:1-6 – Paul thanks God for the Colossian church – their faith in Christ and their love for all God’s people. As we look back on 2017, we see, by God’s grace, both of these characteristics in the life of our church. It’s ‘annual report’ time!
Mark 9:14-29. The demon possessed boy’s need for healing provides the opportunity for his father to learn several important lessons about who Jesus is and what is required of faith.
Mark 3:1-6. Jesus’ healing of the man with the withered hand shows the stubborness of men and the glory of Christ.
Luke 2:13-14 – Few songs are more famous at Christmas time, and for good reason. It’s in these words of the angels’ song that we get the whole meaning of Christmas.
Luke 2:22-32 – Simeon’s the forgotten nativity character, but his words capture the heart of Christmas: God’s promises have been kept, salvation has come to God’s people, a light has dawned.
Luke 1:46-55. Mary’s song shows us that the Lord has done great things, the Lord has shown mercy, and the Lord has kept his promises.
Matthew 1:18-25. Christmas is all about these three words: God with us.
2 Chron 19 – God is just and this impacts everything, but especially our salvation in Christ and the resultant way we live our lives.
Acts 20:28-31 – Why should we bring our practice as a church in line with Scripture? Because the church is worth it and because the church is constantly under threat.
2 Kings 2:1-25. The end of Elijah’s story reminds the church of God’s power and expectation for his people today.
1 Timothy 3:8-13. Paul lays out the qualifications for those who will serve the local church as deacons.
Psalm 92:12-15 – How are Christians different from the rest of the world? It’s about who they’re rooted in. James shows us from Psalm 92 what true living is like.
Acts 6:1-7 – The church has a problem. How to meet practical needs and not neglect the ministry of the word and prayer? The answer: deacons.
2 Kings 1:1-18 – Are we ‘ok’ with a God who judges sinners? It’s a tough question – thank God for His mercy.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 – Praise God! He has so designed it that His church should be led by godly men. This is a blessing to the church, and honouring to the Lord.
1 Kings 21:1-28 – As Ahab pursues and takes Naboth’s vineyard, we’re reminded of the high cost of covetousness and the need for confession and courage in the Christian life.
1 Peter 5:1-4 – What is it exactly that elders are supposed to do? Scripture is full of rich teaching in this vein. In short: shepherd, equip, preach & pray.
1 Kings 19:19-21 – God is always with and always providing for His people. It’s a simple, yet profound, truth.
Luke 7:36-50 – Two people, two very different attitudes to Jesus. The difference? One understands the great debt that Jesus had forgiven her. Do know about your debt and what Jesus offers to you?
1 Kings 19:1-18. God uses Elijah’s discouragement to show him that God works according to a different plan than man does.