At the beginning of chapter 3 we find Moses in a very different set of circumstances from the miraculous rescue into the courts of Pharaoh. Living with regrets and losing ourselves in the routines of life can insulate us from encountering God. When Moses decided to turn aside at Mt. Horeb, he encountered God in […]
1 Corinthians 15 : 1-11 In this passage we discover why in the words of Paul “For the what I received I passed on to you as of first importance.” The substitutionary death and the resurrection of Jesus are so important to the reality of the Christian faith, and the impact of that event upon […]
Zechariah’s Song Luke 1:67-80 In this study of Zechariah’s prophetic song we are given the first glimpse of the gospel, the good news of God’s rescue plan for the world. We are also challenged to follow in the footsteps of John the Baptist and in doing so to take up the same office as a […]
Genesis 12: 1-5 Abram is considered the Father of Faith, a giant of a figure and someone to aspire to be like in our own faith journey. When really consider the man behind the legend, we realise that his story has the potential to be our own. Called by the merit of grace alone, a man […]
Paul was one of the most influential, legacy leaving apostles ever gifted to the church. Yet he was the least recognised and appreciated for his service to Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:vv1-18 reminds how important it is to be an encouragement those who minister to us and in the secular field as well, those whom we work with. Furthermore, Paul gives himself as an example of ensuring we have our eyes fixed on Christ even if it cost us everything else.
Archie continues in our sermon series in 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 and looks at Paul’s advice on sex as a vital element in marriage and a gift to be exercised, enjoyed and honoured in the safety of marriage.
Looking at 1 Corinthians 1:18- 2:5 we discover that God’s wisdom is the opposite of the world’s wisdom. He deliberately chose the weak things to shame the wise hence why we need to understand the shame of the cross as the starting point of our own relationship with God and our call to be a Christian.
Reading Galatians 6:1-10, we see Paul bring everything that he has said before into a very concrete application of how Christians should relate to one another by bearing one another up and restoring one another when we fall into error. Have a realistic appreciation of our own strengths and weaknesses and measure them against Christ and not one another. Finally, by choosing to live according to the Spirit we choose to die to the way of the world. By persevering in doing good, we sew for an eternal harvest, the coming Kingdom of God. Where the treasures will not rust or rot.
Archie takes us through Galatians 5:13-26 and shows us that the freedom we have been called to is a release from the way of the world and its agenda for how we should live. We have the freedom to live the life of Christ through the presence of the Spirit dwelling in us.
Archie reads from Galatians 3:15-22 and considers the pastoral heart of Paul and his love for the Galatian Christians and asks how do we love the Christian community we are in? He looks at how the seed of Abraham found its reality in Christ but the signs were there in his forebears in the genealogy of faith and that the law served its purpose in pointing us to Jesus.