Christian Living 

Learning from 2 Thessalonians 1

We’ve begun to study 2 Thessalonians in church before we move on to a series that deepens our commitment to our core convictions on church & discipleship. So what can we learn from this first chapter? Faith is supposed to grow (v.3) So is love for your brothers & sisters in Christ (v.3) Perseverance & faith keeps you going through persecution & trial (v.4) God rewards those who endure for His sake (v.5) We don’t need to concern ourselves with revenge but can trust God to do justice (v.6) When…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 5

As a church we’ve been working through 1 Thessalonians (1,2,3,4) and the final chapter 5 raised a whole ton of questions and insights. Here are just a few of them. Jesus will return Don’t get caught up with dates & times of the coming of Christ – note how many Christians still ignore this (v.1) It will be surprising not unexpected (v.2) So don’t be surprised (v.4) Therefore be people of the day and the light not of the dark and the night (v.5-8) We are called to be alert (v.6), self-controlled…

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 3

We’re studying a chapter of 1 Thessalonians each week (1, 2). Here are some simple questions and observations from chapter 3. Faith needs strengthening & encouraging (v.2, 10) Suffering & hardship is part of the package of following Christ (v.3-4, 7) Fear, temptation, spiritual battles and setbacks are too (v.5) Churches flourish with faith, love & genuine relationships (v.6, 11) Stories of faith in Christ encourage & inspire faith (v.8) Love for Christ, for the local church & the wider church can always increase (v.12) Jesus is coming back (v.13)

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Christian Living 

Learning from 1 Thessalonians 2

As a house church we’re reading 1 Thessalonians together. (chapter 1) Here are some of the things we drew out from 1 Thessalonians 2 Time spent investing in church is not ‘failure’ (v.1) This despite suffering, insults, strong opposition (v.2), toil & hardship (v.9), hostility & enemies (v.14-15) and the work of Satan (v.18). Being on mission with Christ requires some toughness. Do we have it? We’re to try and please God (v.4) who tests our hearts and not people (v.6). Who are you trying to please the most? The…

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Christian Living Church 

Questions from the pool of Bethesda

At Grace Church every Sunday we spend time studying the Bible together. We have people from all over the world and in all different stages of their faith journey. Our goal is to help people feel confident in reading their Bibles, feeling confident to ask questions of the Bible and how to find good answers. Every week (if I remember) I’ll share some of those questions and answers. John 5:1-15 is a well-known story, one woman in the group recalled how she felt familiar with the story from Sunday School but reading it…

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Commentaries on the Gospel of John

At Grace Church we have just begun to read the fourth gospel together. We read it together, ask questions about the text and ask two basic questions (1) what is the text saying? (2) what does this mean for us/me? Although I don’t preach through the text, I do prepare with the text. I do this for a number of reasons, firstly I want to learn and grow in my knowledge of the Word through the word. Secondly, to be able to guide well. We read together so we all…

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Church 

The Kingdom of God in Luke’s Gospel

At our small group we’ve begun to have a look at the book of Acts together (no real shock for a church plant that). We read the first chapter of Acts together and then did a brief study on two questions that arose from the chapter. Luke records that after his resurrection Jesus spent forty days teaching his disciples about the Kingdom of God. So we looked at some verses from Luke’s gospel about some of the things Jesus said about the Kingdom of God. So the first question was,…

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