Rediscovered! For centuries, the church had been distracted and confused. During this remarkable period, the Word of God and the Gospel itself are brought back to the centre. Through Luther, Calvin and many others reformation is in the air. May we learn from this era, that we might continue to reform the church by the […]
Mark 2:1-12 Two reasons why Jesus’ claims to be God are true.
Gen 1:27-28 & Deut 7:7-9 – “Evangelism” is a word that generates anxiety for most Christians. Understanding what evangelism is (and what it isn’t!), is the first step towards faithfulness (no matter how we might feel!).
Genesis 41-44 – One day Joseph is in prison and the next he’s practically the most powerful man in the world! In Joseph’s story, we see just how wonderful and surprising God’s workings are. We’re urged to praise him and to… repent.
The church faces a crisis. Reform is vital, but the church “digs in its heels” and entrenches itself against it. Learning and preaching are on the rise, but how will Christ’s church fare in this next pivotal phase? Will the church heed worldly philosophy or Scripture? This is a key question for the church in […]
1 Peter 4:19 – Suffering inevitably comes upon God’s people. We must entrust ourselves to God and continue to do good.
Genesis 39-40 – Joseph’s life is the stuff of nightmares. Betrayed, enslaved, falsely accused, imprisoned and seemingly forgotten – this is Joseph’s lot. From this grim account, Christians can learn 2 facts about hard times: firstly, God is with us, and secondly so is temptation.
As the church continues to be distracted in the so called “Dark Ages,” rays of light burst forth. Jesus continues to build His church, even though she’s all too often impure. There’s a lot we can yet learn from Bernard, Anselm and Hildegarde von Bingen. Most importantly, God’s people must be devoted to Christ! This […]
James 3.14-16 warns believers about the dangers of envy and ambition.
Genesis 37-38 shows us the rise and fall of Joseph and Judah. We see that God’s plan remains in place despite outward trials and inward sins.
As the Christianity spreads and the church gains influence, so too does the church become distracted. It’s an era of monks, icons, popes and serfs. As Christianity spreads, the world becomes a better place, but the church must beware pursuing worldly popularity! This is the third of 9 studies in Church History.
Romans 12:19 – Is there any place for vengeance in the Christian’s life? No. Do we often, though, seek the downfall of others (at least in our minds!)? In Romans, Paul gives us helpful principles to fight against the urge to “get back” at that person. Listen and grow.
As Christianity is legalised and the Roman Empire crumbles, the church enjoys newfound fruitfulness. Doctrine is clarified, and the Gospel spreads. At the same time, new dangers emerge – false teaching gains influence and unbiblical rituals are accepted by many. The message for us is clear: hold tightly to Scripture and be wary of worldly […]
Colossians 1:28 – Speaking of Jesus and growing to maturity in Christ – this is what the church should be all about. How did St Giles do towards accomplishing these aims in 2015? What should our priorities be in the year ahead? Listen in to find out.
How did the church of Jesus Christ fare after Jesus had ascended into heaven and the apostles all had died? Let’s just say it was a “difficult” period. Simultaneously though, the gospel continued to grow and bear fruit. There’s much to learn from the persecution of those who’ve gone before us. Be faithful to Jesus, […]
Isaiah 60:19-20 – Who doesn’t find the grey days of winter dispiriting? Thankfully, for God’s people, a day of unceasing brightness and joy is coming. The Lord will be our everlasting light. This news should make our hearts throb and swell with joy!
2 Thessalonians 1:3-11 – Paul gives us 3 encouraging assurances to remember when going through trials or persecutions.
Philippians 1:3-11 Three effects of Christian Fellowship
Genesis 32-33. Jacob learns three lesson that are applicable to Christians today. Christians can expect to be overwhelmed. They ought to seek God’s help for a resolution of their trials. And they should follow God’s plan as revealed in Scripture, rather than their own plans. It is through these lessons that God’s people may expect […]
Luke 9.51 shows us that Jesus was resolute in his mission to go to Jerusalem, that his suffering was God’s plan all along, and that his death was never the end of the story. What a Saviour we serve!