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What is Luke’s Gospel and how and why did he write it?

  • 17 March 2019

Introduction

Along with Matthew and Mark, Luke’s Gospel is one of the three synoptic gospels of the New Testament. The longest of the Gospels, it is the first of a 2-part volume, along with the Acts of the Apostles, which together account for over a quarter of the New Testament.

A simple and concise description of Luke’s Gospel is given by Luke himself in the opening verses of Acts which states:

“In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up…” (Acts 1:1-2a, ESV). 

What was the Reformation and what is its continuing significance for today?

  • 11 February 2019

Introduction

The question has been asked of Protestantism: “Where was your church before the Reformation?” One response wittily put forward asks “Where was your face before you washed it this morning?” The Reformation was a cleansing of an increasingly “dirty” church; a rediscovery of truths largely hidden or forgotten; a return “to more biblical foundations in relation to its belief system, morality and structures”. (Historical Theology, McGrath, p158)

"You Christians are Hypocrites!"

  • 4 December 2018

Why you shouldn't reject Christianity because of hypocrites in the church:

i) The existence of Christian hypocrisy actually proves the Bible is true. If Christianity is true then we should expect Christian hyopcrisy to exist. The Bible fully acknowledges the existence of such people. There are numerous warnings directed to them and to the church to watch out for them. (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 15:7; 22:18; 23:13, 15; 23:23, 25, 27, 29; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 6:42; 12:56; and 13:15)

Honour the Spirit, Listen to Men

  • 2 October 2018

If we thus ask for the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit, it will follow, dear friends, that we shall be ready to use all means and helps towards the understanding of the Scriptures.

When Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch whether he understood the prophecy of Isaiah he replied, “How can I, unless some man should guide me?” Then Philip went up and explained to him the word of the Lord.

From the Greater to the Lesser

  • 27 June 2018

God only ever wants what is best for those who are in Christ. No matter what the circumstances or how difficult things may seem, he promises it is for our good and his glory.

The Bible offers proof of this. Consider the following passage from Paul's letter to the Romans:

Romans 8:31–32
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? [32] He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (ESV)

God's Will For Your Life

  • 31 May 2018

What is God's will for your life? What, ultimately, does he want you to achieve? The Bible gives a fairly clear answer - "this is the will of God, your sanctification" (1 Thess 4:3, ESV). He wants you to grow and mature and become as much like Jesus Christ as you can. Everything else is a consequence or a 'working out' of that one goal.

Consider the following:

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