Biblical Messages

A snapshot of the church

This worship gathering was primarily led by young people, and their theme was the Holy Spirit; my job was to integrate with their theme, so I chose to bring a message from Acts 2.42-47 that shows a picture of the early church as it responded to the giving of the Holy Spirit.  The message itself starts at 39:37, or you can watch the whole service below.

Bonus: an audio recording of the message is below, if that suits you better…

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Biblical Messages

“And so it begins…”

And so what begins?  The end of Jesus’ ministry…because Satan has entered Judas.  Judas was so close to the Light – Jesus – yet he chose darkness.  What can we learn from this?  The message from this worship gathering (which begins at 23:20) helps us understand.  It’s based on John 13.18-30.

Biblical Messages

He Stoops to Conquer

Feet are divisive:  people either like them or they don’t.  But for most of us, they are personal, and we’re not always comfortable having them touched.  In first century culture, though, in Palestine, foot-washing was as common as wiping your shoes at the door is to us.  What can we learn from Jesus’ example of washing his disciples’ feet?  Watch this message (which starts at 34:30), based on John 13.1-17.

Biblical Messages

Unbelievable!

When Jesus concluded his public ministry to the Jewish people (John 12.37-50), John remarked at how few people actually believed in Jesus, despite his presence, his words and his miracles.  This was to be expected, though, given the prophecy John noted at the beginning of the gospel (1.11) and that he quotes from Isaiah.  “Unbelievable” is what some people thought Jesus’ ministry was; but others knew better.  How can we share our faith story with others?  Learn that by watching below.  (The message itself starts at 30:53.)

Biblical Messages

The Back Story

Ever wonder why, from a first-century perspective (as opposed to a theological one) that Jesus went to the cross and rose from the dead?  Every story has a back story, and the message in this gathering from John 11.45-57 helps us understand it.  It also helps us consider the importance of comparing any new movement against Scripture, keeping our preferences in check, and being mindful of healthy unity.  (The whole service is here; you can skip ahead to 35:50 to watch the message.)

Encouragement From The Word

Privilege and Persecution

The tragedy in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, and its politicization, has illustrated the reality that Christians are under attack, being persecuted and executed in these days, and often, the western media don’t even mention it.

It’s not getting any easier to be a follower of Jesus in our time.  Even as little as 50 years ago, the church still enjoyed a privileged position, in our country and in many western nations.  But that is no longer true.  As time rolls on, our relationship to the culture is looking more and more like the church of the first century.

And in many ways, that’s actually good news.

The church that experiences cultural privilege is less likely to rely on God. The church that experiences cultural persecution is more likely to rely on God, because he’s all there is to rely on!

And the church that experiences cultural persecution has a greater tendency to grow if it’s being faithful to Jesus and his Word.

So don’t worry about persecution; remember that Jesus is greater than any persecution we could face.

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16.33, NLT).