Mark 1:16-39 What is the mission of the church? What is the church sent into the world to do? One book on the subject says this is the ‘most discussed and most potentially divisive issue in the evangelical church today’. This question of mission and priority was one Jesus had to confront right at the beginning of his ministry. We do well to learn from him.
Mark 1:1-15 ‘A frankly terrible year’. The New Zealand PM summed up 2020 pretty well. We long for good news. And that is why Mark is such a timely book for us to start going through – because it is about good news for us and our world.
Psalm 121 As Christians we are on a long journey to the heavenly city in the new creation. How are we going to make it? So much could go wrong en route. How do we avoid being consumed by anxiety and fear? This pilgrim psalm is the medicine we need.
John 11:1-44 With well over half a million people worldwide now having died from COVID-19, we have all been forced to confront our own mortality. But this is something Jeremy Marshall has had to face up to even before the pandemic began. Jeremy was in senior management for many years at Credit Suisse, and then as CEO at C.Hoare & Co., the UK’s oldest private bank. Now 57, he has a rare and incurable form of cancer. In this interview and Bible talk, he shares something of his story and why he has hope in the face of death.
Titus 3 In our public life, we are to be devoted to good works, not going back to foolish ways, but confirming that we are indeed heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The gospel produces Godly Christians in the World.
Titus 2 Paul wants Titus to teach sound doctrine, the Grace and Glory of Christ, and this leads to transformed people, affecting how we relate to one another.
Titus 1:5–16 Paul wants the church’s in Crete to remain faithful, so instructs Titus to appoint Godly elders, emphasising that good doctrine produces a Godly and gospel focussed church.
Titus 1:1–4 Paul wants the essentials, the foundations, to sink in and be firmed up, which means not departing from his teaching, but instead clinging to the true Gospel, and for this to produce changed lives.
1 Kings 21:1-29 ‘Naboth’s Vineyard’ is not a great chapter heading. But this chapter is not actually about vineyards. It’s about injustice. It’s as up-to-date and relevant as George Floyd and Jeffrey Epstein and Asia Bibi, and the lives of millions in our world today.
1 Kings 20:1-43 What comes to mind when we hear the word ‘God’ really matters. If the God in my mind does not correspond to the God who is actually there, I’m worshipping a false god. It’s worthless idolatry. In this chapter something of what God is like is revealed to us, so that we might know him better.