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.
Matthew 6:25-34. Jesus’ teaching on worry points us to a heavenly father we can trust and a heavenly father we can seek.
Psalm 73. Asaph’s honesty about his troubled faith provides Christians today with the ability to learn to trust in a God who cannot fail.
1 Kings 18:1-15. Elijah instructs Obadiah to bring him to Ahab.
Ephesians 4:22-24. Christians are called to put off sin, renew their minds, and put on righteousness. This is how we change and grow to become more like Jesus Christ.
1 Kings 17:7-24. Blessing follows obedience, but obedience doesn’t necessitate blessing.
Mark 8:27-38. Peter’s confession of Christ and subsequent failure point Christians to the necessity of taking up our cross and truly following Jesus.
Psalm 23 – If we focus rightly on the shepherd, it makes all the difference in the world.
Acts 20v28-31, Heb 13v17 – If God’s given authority in the church to the church, where do leaders fit in? What do we call them and how do they relate to the church? All of these are important questions…
1 Kings 16:29-17:6. The introduction to the life of Elijah shows us our need to take sin seriously, to heed the voice calling us to repentance, and to repent quickly.
Isaiah 22:22 – An obscure reference to an obscure leader provides us a picture of God’s plan to delegate authority and responsibility to His people. It’s a history lesson with very practical application.
Matthew 16:15-19 – Who does run the church? The answer might surprise you. It’s all about who Jesus gives the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus gives those keys to… local churches – ordinary Christians.
Ezekiel 33v13 – Your obedience is great, but… don’t trust in it! Trust in the God who longs that not one of the wicked would perish. Trust in Jesus the Saviour. Don’t trust in the things you do.
Luke 18v9-14 – How do we approach a righteous God? Either we put our confidence in our own righteousness, or we put our confidence in God’s mercy. Which way will you choose?