All Sermons by Dr Peter Masters
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 October 2022
'To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.'
6:30pm | Sunday 2 October 2022
According to the Bible, alienation from God is entirely due to the problem of sin. But what is sin, why should it be so offensive to God, and what is the biblical method of bringing about forgiveness and reconciliation with God?
1 Corinthians 16.1
11:00am | Sunday 2 October 2022
A number of practical instructions reveal ongoing 'rules' of conduct for believers and churches, including aims to pursue in living for the Lord and responsibilities that rest upon us for the defense of the faith and the work of the Gospel.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 September 2022
It may seem strange that God should reveal His purpose and plan for mankind in a book. Here are the reasons why this is precisely what we should expect and how the Scripture and their message are proved to be authentic, and vital to knowing God.
1 Corinthians 15.58
11:00am | Sunday 25 September 2022
Indebtedness to the Lord is the engine of real commitment, and the exhortation to serve Christ Jesus in this verse relies on an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Here are the duties we owe to God. Whoever is not moved to respond is possibly not saved at all.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 September 2022
'That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled…
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 September 2022
The Lord said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church, yet we live in a time of severe spiritual decline, when unbelief triumphs everywhere. Here are five great aspects of the victory of the true church seen even at the present time.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 September 2022
There are many substitutes for God in human society - things to admire, live, serve or possess. Perhaps they are preferred to the true God because they have no moral authority over us. Let Isaiah unfold the differences between these and the true God.
1 Corinthians 15.35
11:00am | Sunday 11 September 2022
So much is here about our transformation to resurrection bodies at the coming of Christ. The bodies that have the likeness of animal life will be adapted to the physical yet heavenly realm of the new heaven and new earth. How? When? Paul tells all.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 September 2022
‘Two natures’ was the position of the Reformers, the Puritans and the mainstream evangelical position until the 1950s. Here is the scriptural support, also the mistakes of the one-nature view, and how the old view gives the most realistic view of the struggle for holiness.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 September 2022
One human trait stand out in the Bible as the 'master sin', which leads to so many others and becomes more entrenched as time goes by, yet is widely promoted. But God's immeasurable love has provided a way of escape and eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15.3-4
11:00am | Sunday 4 September 2022
Six things unique in world history to the Gospel. The prominent public witness of the resurrection. Its purpose in human history. God's plan and order for salvation, and the judgement at the return of Christ. Here is the message and meaning of Paul's resurrection teaching.
2 corinthians 4.6
7:30pm | Wednesday 31 August 2022
Isaiah was overwhelmed and convicted by it. The four and twenty elders of Revelation fell down before it. What is it like to sense God’s glory – its perfections and attributes? Here is how it is known through Christ, and how it must be honoured.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 August 2022
What happens when the dream of life is over and the reality of God's existence dawns? The Psalmist describes the futility of a life lived without God, and the inevitability of final judgement. Will we face Christ the Lord as our Saviour or as our Judge?
1 Corinthians 15.3
11:00am | Sunday 28 August 2022
Paul speaks of Christ as our substitute and sin-bearer. Here are some of the prophecies he refers to about the atonement. Here also are texts from the Gospels and Apostles that show crucial aspects of Christ's redeeming work, these being the basis of our love for Him.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 August 2022
In the disastrous decision of the ungodly king who took Judah into 70 years of captivity we see the very influence that manipulates away from God, and into rationalism and atheism. Here are the 'levers' used by unbelieving society to keep us from God.
1 Corinthians 14.1
11:00am | Sunday 7 August 2022
Reading these God-given rules and limitations of the ministry of prophets and tongues speakers we see the enormous gulf between what really happened in the formation stage of the church and what charismatics do today. The path of obedience is the true path of blessing.
1 Corinthians 13.4
6:30pm | Sunday 24 July 2022
Paul speaks of knowing 'the love of Christ which passeth knowledge.' This message describes the nature of Christ's love towards those who find and know Him - actions of affection, kindness and power unmatched in human society. Here is how it may be experienced.
1 Corinthians 12.31
11:00am | Sunday 24 July 2022
Love must be the driving virtue and motive of all that is done for Christ, insists the inspired apostle. Then he shows how it acts and reacts in all circumstances concluding with the reasons for its supremacy over all the gifts and graces.
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Why is there virtually no concept of Christian consecration today among Reformed evangelicals? Why do so many churches and Christians find worldliness acceptable? James demonstrates how the Holy Spirit yearns for our entire consecration to the Lord — beginning with humble submission to Him.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 July 2022
Christ's healing of a man born blind was a liberal act of compassion which is also intended to demonstrate the way a person may be forgiven and renewed. Here are the striking similarities between his healing and the receiving of spiritual life from the Lord.
1 Corinthians 12.1
11:00am | Sunday 17 July 2022
Paul speaks of the revelatory and sign gifts given while the New Testament was being delivered. These were never for individual benefit, but for the whole body. Here they are reviewed , along with the famous analogy showing the mutual dependence and care of believers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 July 2022
A survey of the book of Malachi, God's final prophetic interaction with his people before the appearance of John the Baptist. It is cast in six sections: Israel’s spiritual apathy, condemnation of the priests, the charge of treachery, a great prophecy of Christ, a charge to consecration and the destinies…
6:30pm | Sunday 3 July 2022
Christ tells of a man with a great need who is obliged to get help from a friend already retired for the night. He obtains more than he needs, but only by his 'importunity', showing how we may successfully pray to God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 June 2022
'Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts:…
1 John 1.9
6:30pm | Sunday 19 June 2022
Why do we need forgiveness? Why should we be accountable to God? What are God's motives in requiring repentance? What is the role of Christ in reconciling people to God? How does a person seek forgiveness? Is forgiveness and reconciliation with God a verifiable experience?
1 Corinthians 11.23
11:00am | Sunday 19 June 2022
Corinth had combined a fellowship meal with the Lord's Supper, but Paul firmly separates them. The Supper is presented as a spiritual banquet, distinct, and calling for deep earnestness. Here are the symbols and what it signifies to ingest them. Here is the Covenant of Grace.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 June 2022
'Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.'
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 June 2022
'Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.'
6:30pm | Sunday 5 June 2022
People may be brilliant and accomplished in several fields of learning and skill, yet unreceptive and unaware when it comes to the purpose of life and reconciliation with God. Here are miniature parables of Solomon that appeal to us all to be open to God.
1 Corinthians 11.1
11:00am | Sunday 5 June 2022
Paul answers the question on the roles of husbands and wives and affirms conformity to the dress code of head coverings in Greek society at that time. With Calvin and major confessions we show that the 'message' of clothing may change in other ages and lands.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 June 2022
'In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, The Lord hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn…
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The deranged man of Gadara desperately sought Christ's help, but on meeting him shouted to be left alone. His healing sparked alarm among his neighbours. Why is there such antipathy to Christ? Here is our resistance to Him, and the depths of conversion.
1 Corinthians 10.12
11:00am | Sunday 29 May 2022
Three factors are given by Paul for countering temptations. First, the necessity of watchfulness - how temptations come and how to prime the heart; secondly, the rule for resisting temptations; thirdly, the power of the Lord's Supper to shame away sin and strengthen our resolve.
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 May 2022
'Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.'
6:30pm | Sunday 15 May 2022
If we have no connection with Christ we have only physical life, but no experience of spiritual life, no understanding of the purpose of life, no acceptance by God, no power to shape character, and no eternal life. Here is how Christ provides all these.
1 Corinthians 10.1
11:00am | Sunday 15 May 2022
Exodus Israelites included believers and witnessed miraculous deliverances and provisions, yet they fell into various sins. Their actions and God's responses are a pattern for later ages. It is not allegorising to draw these intended lessons (here reviewed) for avoiding sin.
2 Chronicles 34.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 May 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies entitled ‘Lessons in Faith’.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 May 2022
The Saviour's first incident of raising the dead took place at Nain, as a funeral party headed to the burial place. He showed his divinity and power, his vast compassion, and his readiness to impart spiritual life to the dormant and inactive souls of men and women.
1 Corinthians 9.19
11:00am | Sunday 8 May 2022
Paul makes himself all things to all men. Here is the wrong (common today) and the right sense of his words. Then we draw applications from Paul's 'focused athlete' illustration, and his profound conception of the body as a servant of the mind.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 May 2022
'And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.'
6:30pm | Sunday 1 May 2022
King David looks back to his experiences of deep cynicism, describing how it gave way to a realisation of the futility of life without God. He saw life as a 'shadow', and provides us with a prayer for approaching and finding a forgiving God. You May Be Also Interested in……
1 Corinthians 9.1
11:00am | Sunday 1 May 2022
Paul proves his apostleship - here are the unique tasks and qualifications of apostles as the church's foundation. Paul was motivated by his commission for God, by a desire to reach souls (at great personal cost), and by the great joy of seeing a harvest.
2 Chronicles 29.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 April 2022
From a series entitled 'Lessons in Faith' from the life of Hezekiah.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 April 2022
'A woman called Damaris' appears as a footnote in the biblical account as one who believed in Christ through hearing Paul's great sermon at Mars Hill, Athens. What convinced her? Why did she from that time 'glue' herself to Christ and His teaching? You May Be Also Interested in… Booklet: Seven…
1 Corinthians 8.1
11:00am | Sunday 24 April 2022
Knowledge is both vital and excellent, but it can so easily inflate pride and vainglory. The apostle names three graces (unfolded here) that deflate pride and make knowledge a source of blessing for the church.
2 Kings 17.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 April 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies from 2 Kings entitled 'Lessons in Faith'.
1 Corinthians 15.20, 1 Corinthians 15.20
Easter Sermon 11:00am | Sunday 17 April 2022
Paul presents the resurrection as a representative act, guaranteeing total victory over death. He firmly places our resurrection at Christ's return when all sin, unbelief and death will end, and shows the final victory-transaction when Christ hands all to the Father.
Good Friday Service 11:00am | Friday 15 April 2022
'Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!'
2 Kings 8.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 April 2022
Lessons in faith including Elisha with Hazael, showing the mechanism which begins all wars, and the deathbed act of Elisha exposing a king's indolence, with spiritual applications.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 April 2022
The four reasons why Christ performed so many spectacular healing miracles in His ministry, and how they illustrate His transforming work in the lives of those who come to Him. The striking message of the restoration of sight to the blind Bartimaeus begging at Jericho. You May Be Also Interested…
1 Corinthians 7.20
11:00am | Sunday 10 April 2022
A passage about situations that disadvantage believers and the right way to approach them, beginning with slavery or any other onerous position in life that traps us. Then Paul speaks to both unmarried and married believers. Here are powerful encouragements of priorities for all.
2 Kings 6.8
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 April 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 April 2022
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ makes many mind-opening 'shock' statements, asserting the very opposite of what people expect. His opening theme is how we become Christians. Here is the frame of heart that brings us to forgiveness and spiritual life. You May Be Also Interested in… Book: The…
1 Corinthians 7.1
11:00am | Sunday 3 April 2022
The abiding bond of marriage is established with its 'debt' of love, care and pleasure, and its concept of headship blended with partnership. Also explained is Paul's divinely inspired marriage teaching (often contested), the circumstances of divorce, and how the Lord is proved in marriage.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 March 2022
The nature and scope of human love is impressive, but Divine love, made visible in history and, supremely in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, is limitless, freely bestowed and certain toward all who find Him. Here are the 'lovingkindnesses of the Lord' they experience. You May Be Also Interested in……
1 Corinthians 6.1
11:00am | Sunday 27 March 2022
A heresy that has swept into evangelical churches everywhere is the notion that Christian liberty frees Christians from all rule-keeping and avoidance of worldly pursuits. Here are Paul's answers to such claims, and his powerful remedy for the avoidance of immorality.
2 Kings 5.20
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 March 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
2 Kings 5.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 March 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 March 2022
There are two classes of people in the Bible, those who focus on 'the flesh', and those who relate to the Spirit. Here are the characteristics and goals of each, and how God can free us from the captivity of flesh to know communion with Himself.
1 Corinthians 5.1
11:00am | Sunday 13 March 2022
The Corinthian church was proud when it should have grieved deeply at the polluted state of the 'body' through toleration of incest. Here is the pattern of discipline, also the potential spread of sin, and positively, the true church's continuous 'feast' of joy.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 March 2022
When the prophet Isaiah told a king to set his house in order, the king knew that he meant the house of his soul, as well as his earthly affairs. Here are the five 'departments' of the soul, and how God may bring them to life. You May Be Also…
1 Corinthians 4:14
11:00am | Sunday 6 March 2022
Preachers at Corinth had thrown aside apostolic authority and failed to address many vital matters (listed here). Paul gives a binding command to follow the 'pattern church' of the scriptures, so neglected today. A full and faithful ministry will be given converting and edifying power.
2 Kings 4.8
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 March 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings, entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
1 Corinthians 4.1-16
11:00am | Sunday 27 February 2022
How to assess and regard preachers - here are the apostle's standards. The problem of cliques, their causes and cure; also the simple, reasonable lifestyle of God's servants demanded by the apostolic example, and the contrast seen today in 'celebrity' preachers.
2 Kings 3.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 February 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings, entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
1 Corinthians 15.26
6:30pm | Sunday 20 February 2022
Everyone knows that death is totally destructive, taking away everything in life. All will die, but it is not the end. Beyond this life, a day of reckoning or reception into everlasting glory. It depends on what we have done with the Saviour of Souls. You May Be Also Interested…
1 Corinthians 3.1
11:00am | Sunday 20 February 2022
Paul turns to church growth, warning that believers' hearts may be largely recaptured by the flesh. Soulwinning is God's work and we must take care how we build. Here are applications; with the case of those who will lose a reward, yet be saved 'as by fire'.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 February 2022
When John the Baptist diverted the first two disciples to follow Christ a remarkable new process began in their lives. Here are the stages of their transformational attachment to Christ, the terms, and their experience, together with that of others who joined with them. You May Be Also Interested in……
1 Corinthians 2.9
11:00am | Sunday 13 February 2022
The apostle impresses upon us the spiritual blindness of our unconverted state to the wonders revealed in the Gospel, including future glories (described here). Here also is the meaning of 'comparing spiritual things with spiritual,' judging all things and living the mind of Christ.
2 Kings 2.19
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 February 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 2 Kings, entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elisha'.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 February 2022
How is God to be approached in order to experience real conversion? Here are the two essential elements - repentance and faith - what they are, and how they must be expressed to God. Throughout the Bible these are always the two vital steps. You May Be Also Interested in……
1 Corinthians 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 6 February 2022
Paul's chief rule for preaching (and witness) is frequently lost, leading to the withdrawal of the Spirit. Here is the apostle's golden rule. Here also is why the Gospel is called 'a mystery', together with the riches of the 'eye hath not seen' passage.
1 Kings 20
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 February 2022
Part of a series of Bible Studies on 1 Kings, entitled 'Lessons in Faith from the Life of Elijah'.
6:30pm | Sunday 30 January 2022
The Bible speaks of the record of sin kept in the depths of every conscience, suppressed by us, but brought out on the day of judgement. Only God can blot out our guilt, and here is why, how and when this may happen for us. You May Be Also Interested…
1 Corinthians 1.21
11:00am | Sunday 30 January 2022
This passage begins with man's blindness to the things of God, proving that divine power alone can awaken lost souls. Indeed, God calls the humble to bring light and life to the wise and lofty to demonstrate that all glory is due to Him.
2 Kings 7.1
6:30pm | Sunday 23 January 2022
The vanishing benefits of life wholly invested in this material world are here set against the solid, lasting experience of knowing Christ and His lovingkindness and power. Here also is the unreasonableness of unbelief, and how God is to be sought and found. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: Christ…
1 Corinthians 1.10
11:00am | Sunday 23 January 2022
For the Gospel to be credible, (so the Corinthians taught), we need conspicuous personalities or preachers. Here Paul proclaims the true source of spiritual power, the preaching of the cross of Christ, and why it is foolishness to the perishing and power to the saved.
6:30pm | Sunday 16 January 2022
No flesh, says Paul, will glory before God, 'flesh' referring to humanity alienated from God and pursuing its own objectives and desires. This statement offends human pride, but here are the reasons and the way God freely forgives, receives and reconciles individuals to Himself. You May Be Also Interested in……
1 Corinthians 1.1
11:00am | Sunday 16 January 2022
This first study of a new series explores the great themes of the opening verses - the credentials of a preacher, the definition of a church, grace as the basis of all blessing, the features of conversion, and the wonders of partnership with Christ.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 January 2022
Matthew's account of his conversion could not be shorter. So little is said, but much is implied. Here are the events that led to the moment that the Gospel writer yielded his life to Christ, and how two words made all the difference. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermons: The…
11:00am | Sunday 2 January 2022
Should believers suffer many doubts and fears? Here is a sure footing for assurance - firstly what the Word does for us: its explanations and convicting power. Secondly, the approachability of Christ and His constant provision of needed help. Doubts cannot persist when God speaks and answers.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 December 2021
What is truth? Whether the meaning and purpose of life, or the uttering of truthful words? Why do people lie, while God never does? Here is how we may be certain that God's Word is true, with His call to seek and find Him. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: Finding…
11:00am | Sunday 12 December 2021
The apostle commands subjection to ruling authorities and forbids slander of them or others. He reviews our past lives, and gives a 14 point overview of God's mighty work within us, moving us to work for the salvation of others.
11:00am | Sunday 5 December 2021
A seemingly unusual but crucial concept given by Paul in this passage is that grace disciplines and trains. Here is how, with the apostle's remarkable summary of the believer's aim and objectives in this present world, as they look eagerly for the Lord's return.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 November 2021
King Solomon's compelling illustrations of our spiritual need urge us to see the tragedy of living without the help of God, and without ever knowing the way to the city of pardon and blessing. You May Be Also Interested in… Booklet: Seven Certain Signs of True Conversion Sermon: What exactly is conversion?,…
1 John 5.20
6:30pm | Sunday 21 November 2021
The unshakeable certainty and assurance of an apostle who can say, 'We know that we are of God.' How? Here is the solid basis of truth of the Christian message and the quality of evidence that runs through the lives of Christian believers. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: The…
11:00am | Sunday 21 November 2021
Paul's dependence on the prayers of believers comes first, especially for openness and plainness of speech - and this is what this should mean for today. Here also are the vital components of biblical ministry, and the stirring concept of an ambassador in bonds.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 November 2021
The Bible speaks of the deceitfulness of sin, which acts like a person within us. People do not realise how manipulative and controlling sin is. Here is the secret work of sin in every life, and how only the Lord can deal with it. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 14 November 2021
Explaining the words Paul uses in his great 'armour of God' exhortations to pray, words such as 'always - supplications - watching thereunto - perseverance' and particularly 'in the Spirit'. Here is what he does not mean, and what he does mean by this most remarkable term.
11:00am | Sunday 7 November 2021
In the soldier image the sword of the Spirit represents the Gospel work of the church. Here is the penetrating, searching, persuasive power of the Gospel as proclaimed by the apostles. A church or believer not proclaiming salvation is a soldier without the sword.
6:30pm | Sunday 31 October 2021
Do not be astonished, said Christ, that the hour is coming when the dead shall hear His voice and stand before God. Here are the reasons for the unreadiness of many for God's intervention at the end of time, and how to prepare for it. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 31 October 2021
The helmet is the hope or anticipation of final salvation, when Heaven's glory dawns on the soul and we see Christ - the greatest possible incentive to serving Him. Here is the Lord's emphasis on eternal life, and the believer's experience of death.
11:00am | Sunday 24 October 2021
Why is faith described as a shield? What are the fiery darts? Here is the centrality of faith in the Christian life, how it is tested in our earthly journey, how the shield is taken up, and the gracious accomplishments of faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 October 2021
True freedom means liberty from all forms of fame and power. Antagonistic to our wellbeing, freedom from sin and its consequences, and all other hindrances to spiritual life and happiness. Here is why it can only come through meeting with Jesus Christ. You May Be Also Interested in… Article: Sermon: True Freedom…
11:00am | Sunday 17 October 2021
The third component of the Christian armour, the footwear, portrays us on the march for Gospel witness. It is readiness for Gospel work. Here are seven essential parts of readiness, and the means provided by God for these to remain present in the heart.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 October 2021
The best known of all Christ's parables (The Prodigal Son) traces the journey of a lost soul into a far country away from God, before circumstances conspire to awaken and bring the wanderer to seek reconciliation, pardon, purpose, happiness and eternal life. Here is the lovingkindness of the Lord. You…
11:00am | Sunday 10 October 2021
The apostle shows how righteousness acts to be protective of the heart or affections in a saved person - a large target of the devil. Here is how self-denial, love for Christ and obedience to the commandments garrison the heart from pollution and shame.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 October 2021
When a likeable rich young ruler asked Christ what he should do to gain eternal life, the Lord's questioning uncovered massive obstacles that blocked his progress. Barriers to finding God: They are common to us all, but Christ can remove them and bring us to Himself. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 3 October 2021
The foundational piece of the Christian's armour is firstly objective truth - the unchanging doctrines of the faith. (The sword, later, is Scripture used 'offensively' to make Christ known). Secondly, the belt is also subjective truth, truthfulness and sincerity for which here are helpful rules.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 September 2021
In a parable of servants waiting for their Lord, Christ portrays the human race, enslaved by endless alternatives to God, and spurning the liberty of His kingdom. Here are the futile masters we serve and the contrasting lovingkindness of the Lord in conversion to Him. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 26 September 2021
The introductory passage to the magnificent description of the Christian 'armour' - all that is needed in the spiritual warfare to defend against the wiles of the devil and to preserve and enhance instrumentality for the Lord. Each item is a wonder of grace and effectiveness.
1 John 5.1
6:30pm | Sunday 19 September 2021
Why does God not make Himself more obvious? - so the question goes. Though His existence is obvious, it is obscured by mankind's attitude to Him. Here are the reasons for our hostility and alienation, and how God ends the 'war' by the conversion of seekers. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 19 September 2021
Beginning with the duty of conversation, admonition and encouragement between believers the apostle moves to the blessing of singing psalms plus hymns and spiritual songs (here defined), the elements of true worship (public and personal) and the importance of melody of the heart.
1 Corinthians 2.14
6:30pm | Sunday 12 September 2021
The 'natural man', says the Bible, does not receive the things of God, regarding them as foolishness. Why is this? What are the differences between 'natural' (unconverted) people and those who believe (converted)? How may we find forgiveness, spiritual life and purpose from God? Is it possible to gain life…
11:00am | Sunday 12 September 2021
Charismatic thinking mistakenly sees similarities between the effects of alcohol and the filling of the Spirit. This verse describes tremendous differences between them. Here are the details of Spirit-filling together with the fruit and the means of obtaining this filling.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 August 2021
A brief biography of Peter, one of the first disciples, showing his calling by Christ (and partial response), then his conviction of personal sin, his realisation of Christ's divinity and work, and the critical stage - the full dawning of faith and surrender. You May Be Also Interested in… Article: The…
11:00am | Sunday 22 August 2021
In a marvellous overview of the Christian's walk and duties, the apostle shows how they should demonstrate the light of Christ in new life; how they should channel the message of light, and how they may enlighten their surroundings or new posting in this fallen world.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 August 2021
In a simple verse Paul pictures the captivity of a materialistic, unbelieving life in which we are unaware of God and the need for rescue. Here are the limitations and the chains that bind us, and Christ's manner of deliverance and restoring to life. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 15 August 2021
The duty and treasure of kindness toward God's people, its impediments contrasted with the great motive - the full readiness of the nature of Christ's love to us, and how He yielded Himself up for eternity. Also the necessity of cleanness, and the pitfalls of jesting.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 August 2021
King Herod Agrippa II exclaimed "almost you persuade me to be a Christian" on hearing Paul's testimony. What so gripped his mind and conscience? And why did he shy away? His reason may be ours also, if we recoil from faith in Christ. You May Be Also Interested in… Video…
11:00am | Sunday 1 August 2021
The apostle's appeal never to grieve the Holy Spirit. Here are the sins that do, causing Him to withdraw from (but never leave) us. Here also is what the sealing of the Spirit means for us, and the folly of undervaluing His grace.
11:00am | Sunday 25 July 2021
Formative in the sense that in addition to being deeply offensive to God, they form deep roots in the character, promoting other sins and shaping the whole person, whereas new opposite virtues (performed by the Lord's help) lead to lifelong blessing and usefulness.
John 3.16, John 3.16
6:30pm | Sunday 11 July 2021
The Bible's most famous verse mentions the astonishing scope and depth of Christ's love in sending a member of the Godhead into our corrupted world. In what sense could God love this world? And what was it that Christ did to save lost people? You May Be Also Interested in……
Teaching Sermon 11:00am | Sunday 11 July 2021
First, an analysis of the sad state of the unsaved heart. Then two levels of transformation: (1) conversion, where putting off the old and putting on the new life is God's work, and (2) details of sanctification, where believers are empowered to act by God.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 July 2021
'What is your life?' asks James, 'it is even a vapour'. Here is material, physical life without God, its instability and brevity, its insubstantial character and its lack of merit and value for eternity. How very different it could be with the intervention of Christ the Lord. You May Be…
11:00am | Sunday 4 July 2021
The apostle lays down the vital role of the entire congregation functioning together in evangelism and sanctification. The chief agent of this is 'the truth'. Here we seek to appreciate more fully the privileges and power of the faith entrusted to us.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 June 2021
The biblical view of man held for centuries until recent times and very obvious to all, is that human nature is flawed, especially by pride. Here is how pride steers us, its characteristics, its consequences and how it may be pardoned and cured by Christ. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 13 June 2021
Unity defined, not as membership of an organisation, but as a bond between those in union with Christ and bearing His likeness. Then, the opposition believers will know and the answer of holy living. Lastly: service and loyalty to the body, the local church.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 June 2021
Christ explains the militant and orchestrated presence of evil in the world, and speaks of the hold that Satan has on human souls. He also shows the love of God in providing a way of reconciliation and life for all who desire and seek Him. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 6 June 2021
The apostle first shows that the ministry of Christ's church is described in prophecy. He then identifies the different kinds of teacher by their tasks (expounded here), and states the great objectives of all ministry - soul-winning, sanctification, and closeness to Christ.
6:30pm | Sunday 30 May 2021
Christ's healing of the man with the withered hand is amazingly descriptive of the need and healing of the soul. Here is the step-by-step illustration of the elements of conversion in the Saviour's words: "Rise up... stand forth... stretch forth thy hand". You May Be Also Interested in… Video Tract: What…
11:00am | Sunday 30 May 2021
Beginning with prerequisites for Christian fellowship, Paul presents seven reasons for close union within churches, each a powerful encouragement. What it means to be one body, under one Holy Spirit, with one eternal hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one Father.
Philippians 2.9, Philippians 2.9
6:30pm | Sunday 23 May 2021
Paul describes the personal work of Christ, His divine nature and His eternal attributes. He speaks of His becoming a man and His atoning death. Here are the reasons why He will reign in glory, and precisely what He has achieved for us. You May Be Also Interested in… Booklet: How…
11:00am | Sunday 23 May 2021
First, the nature of God's calling - irresistible and transformational, also the basis of assurance; second, the objective of the call - pardon, liberty, holiness and heaven; third, the character of the called - lowliness, meekness, patience, and forbearance among believers and before the world.
1 Samuel 26-28
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 May 2021
David speaks to himself in self-pity, focussing on his trials, the power of Saul and the doubtful loyalty of his 600 men. Here are lessons from Satan's assaults, and what David should have considered. Also, light on Saul and the witch of Endor.
2 Timothy 4.7
6:30pm | Sunday 9 May 2021
The struggle for the soul, says the Bible, is like an Olympic wrestling match, yet many do not even begin the search for God, and opposing influences win the day. Here is how God enables us to come through all resistance to find His pardon and love. You May Be…
11:00am | Sunday 9 May 2021
The true church is a demonstration to the world of God's glory. Human nature prefers to vaunt personalities, preachers, even musicians and their produce, but our God-given role is to show the fruits of the converting and sanctifying work within us.
1 Samuel 24-25
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 May 2021
What accounts for Saul's resistance to God? But there are the same tendencies even in us as believers. Supremely, in these chapters, are the four arguments of Abigail to deter David from sin, the same arguments so useful to us in restraining ourselves from temptation.
1 Timothy 6.7
6:30pm | Sunday 2 May 2021
Just as we came into the world with nothing, so we shall leave it. When we appear as souls before our Maker, how will we be provided for? Will we have a Saviour, a pardon for all sin, and eternal life? You May Be Also Interested in… Sermons: The Source of…
11:00am | Sunday 2 May 2021
The apostle prays that believers will have Christ in their hearts (here explained), and rooted and grounded in love for Him, we will know more of His for us. Here is the scope of the breadth, length, depth and height of that love.
1 Samuel 21-22
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 April 2021
Beginning with the erosion of David's trust in his subterfuge at Nob, proceeding to the total collapse of trust in his flight to Gath, and then the repair of faith in Psalms 34 and 56, and the token of future blessing in the rescue of Keilah.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 April 2021
When the jailor of Philippi cried 'What must I do to be saved?', Paul replied in one word: 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ'. No works or deserving or ceremonies were required, only trust in Christ to bring about the transforming power of conversion. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermons: The Characteristics…
11:00am | Sunday 18 April 2021
Paul's special calling to unfold to the Gentile world the hitherto unproclaimed grace of God, person of Christ, and oneness of saved Gentiles with saved Jews in one body. Here also are the unsearchable riches of Christ, and the ultimate purpose of the Gospel.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 April 2021
How influenced and conformed we are, if only we knew it, to society around us! How unoriginal, how alike - yet all that shapes us is external, while our greatest needs are within. Here Paul presents the inner transformation that conversion to God brings about. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 11 April 2021
In the building of a spiritual family the work of the Holy Spirit is the vital power. Here several Holy Spirit verses in Ephesians are explored (including 'Be filled with the Spirit') to show the different activities of the Spirit in the Christian life.
11:00am | Sunday 4 April 2021
John was the first disciple to grasp the reality of the resurrection and realise that the Lord 'must' rise again from the dead. Here are the reasons why it was essential and inevitable, together with the great assurances it brings into Christian lives.
1 Corinthians 2.2
11:00am | Friday 2 April 2021
Christ is the manifestation of God's nature and the only source of pardon and life for those who seek Him. All empires and philosophies pass away, but the crucifixion stands as the greatest ever act of kindness and atonement - the only way to God.
1 Samuel 18.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 31 March 2021
King Saul is under God's judgement, and David has been secretly anointed as king. Here we see Jonathan's faith and humility, while pride and suspicion consume Saul. We also see Saul's classic false 'conversion' that soon fails, and David's laying all before the Lord.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 March 2021
The last thing on the mind of the Samaritan woman who encountered Christ at Jacob's well at Sychar was her soul. Here is the Lord's way of awakening her need and understanding for a personal walk with God, with joy and eternal life. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermons: Knowing…
11:00am | Sunday 28 March 2021
Having shown that God has brought saved Jews and Gentiles into one church, Paul presents the church's character. First, her citizenship and privileges, secondly, her family ties, thirdly her doctrinal foundation, fourthly, her unworldly saved beauty, and her sensitivity to the Spirit.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 March 2021
No one has ever spoken like Jesus Christ. Vast crowds listened spellbound to Him, so gentle yet full of authority, so clear and yet so profound. His words to the soul have brought millions to find Him. Listen to some of His calls to human hearts. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 14 March 2021
The sense in which conversion is a new creation - God's distinctive workmanship - and the implications for our daily walk. Also, the duties of remembering our origins; rightly esteeming the blood of Christ; and the uniting of saved Jews and Gentiles in the church.
1 Samuel 17
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 March 2021
A fresh look at the famous defeat of Goliath showing that for the believer all events are a spiritual matter. Here it is seen that spiritual tenacity and strength co-exist with gentleness and kindness. Here also is the difference between working by flesh or spirit.
John 1.29, John 1.29
6:30pm | Sunday 7 March 2021
Here are essential facts (from John the Baptist) that many people do not know about Christ. (1) He has come to earth, (2) He alone takes away sin, (3) There is no other Saviour of the world, (4) He is easy to approach. You May Be Also Interested in… Video…
11:00am | Sunday 7 March 2021
This inspired review of Christian experience begins with the characteristics of spiritual death and the rule of the prince of the power of the air. Then we learn the extent of God's love in both initiating and accomplishing conversion, with the goal of eternal life.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 March 2021
A single practical study for developing good behaviour in children, including Paul's priority to avoid frustration and resentment; the goal of preparing for adult life; the place of punishments and restrictions; key texts of promise and warning; duties for children and good manners.
11:00am | Sunday 28 February 2021
The fifth great theme of Ephesians calls us to consider God's mighty power in our salvation and sanctification. To reflect on this gives a great surge of assurance, building our certainty and faith for the final stage of redemption - entry into eternal glory.
7:30am | Wednesday 24 February 2021
A brief study of what it means to be 'one flesh', mainly expounding and applying to marriage the terms used by the apostle in 1 Corinthians 13. Often surprising and always challenging, these provide the principles for harmony and happiness in the sanctified life.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 February 2021
When pilgrimages to Jerusalem reached the last stage of the journey, and the mountains of the city were in sight, this psalm was sung and explained - a call to look to God for reconciliation with Himself, pardon, life, and His power and guidance to eternity. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 21 February 2021
Paul desires that his readers gain wisdom to grasp the spiritual purpose in passages of Scripture - something opposed by many preachers today. Here are the proofs for true personal study and use of God's Word, with examples of the process given elsewhere by Paul.
1 Timothy 1.15
6:30pm | Sunday 14 February 2021
Conversion involves a colossal change in status before God, in our eternal future, and in our character. But why do people recoil from it? Here is the answer, looking at the motives of Saul of Tarsus for rejecting conversion, and the transformation when God drew him to Himself. You May…
11:00am | Sunday 14 February 2021
In five verses the apostle looks to the eternal Heavenly glory awaiting the elect: first the end-time gathering, second their inheritance, third the choir, and fourth the seal or 'down-payment' of the Spirit received even now, with its ten (at least) marvellous, amazing components.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 February 2021
Job is humbled, repenting of his questioning of God. But he is accepted as a saved man. The 'friends' however are condemned and must repent of their false views of God. Job is restored but only when he brings forth fruits meet for repentance.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 February 2021
The Bible portrays life as a turbulent sea ever threatening to draw the stricken vessel of humanity away from God and to eternal disaster. Here are the dangers to the soul, and God's gracious call to come for refuge, relief, conversion and eternal life. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 7 February 2021
The adoption of spiritual children is rooted in the longing of God before time began. It brings the redeemed into the eternal family of love, clothed with privileges and an inheritance secured by the most costly process imaginable. Here the apostle reveals its wonders.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 February 2021
We take the beasts to be a hippopotamus and crocodile, both teaching trust, the power and invincibility of God (for if He made them they must reflect His infinitely greater capacities) and the contrasting weakness displayed by Job.
11:00am | Sunday 31 January 2021
The apostle gives glory to the Triune God, source of all spiritual blessings, given according to His sovereign election of souls. Here we answer doubts about election, whether it is fair, whether it undermines or strengthens evangelism, and how it should inspire Christian living.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 January 2021
To know 'the love of Christ which passeth knowledge' is to soar above all that may be learned and known in this world, however sensational the experience, or whatever the field of learning may be. Here are elements of Christ's infinite love for those who seek Him. You May Be…
11:00am | Sunday 24 January 2021
Paul's commendations of his fellow-preachers and helpers in Rome show the standard for all believers, especially ministers. Here are the terms he uses, with their full meaning and challenges. Plus a glimpse of Archippus and his possible 'hindrance', with its common equivalents today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 January 2021
Here are elements of Job's humbling (vital for light, pardon and blessing) showing how the Lord works in the lives of all His people. Here also are pastoral lessons drawn from the wild goats, asses and oxen, and from the ostrich and the warhorse.
2 Corinthians 4.1-2
6:30pm | Sunday 17 January 2021
The conscience, originally programmed by God, operates in both Christian and pagan societies. Although damaged and weakened by sin, its underlying standards are dramatically revived in individuals by the power of the Gospel, as we see in these major biblical conversions. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: Purging the…
11:00am | Sunday 17 January 2021
Two verses that commend walking in wisdom toward unbelievers, redeeming or buying up the time, and gracious speech. Here is what the apostle meant by these challenging terms, with counsel for daily conduct and witness to the dying souls to whom we are assigned.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 January 2021
Elihu is a true messenger of God, whose reproof of Job is confined to Job's post-affliction reactions. His noble speeches anticipate the very words of God, soon to follow, and he gives a full explanation of God's use of affliction in the lives of His people.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 January 2021
A passage that highlights the key moments in conversion to God; when personal sovereignty collapses, we see our separation from God, and then - the crowning moment - we see the price Christ the Saviour has paid for our forgiveness and reconciliation with Him. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 10 January 2021
A call to the two continuous commitments of the Christian life - first to persistent prayer (the impediments, the helps, and the branches of prayer); secondly to pray specifically for preachers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 January 2021
Charged with extreme hypocrisy by his friends, Job describes the virtuous works of his public and private life. But despite his godliness he seems to over-relish his wealth and station, and shows no evangelical compassion for the outcasts of society.
Hebrews 3.12, Hebrews 3.12
6:30pm | Sunday 3 January 2021
With great concern and sympathy the inspired writer warns that the 'heart' (encompassing mind, affections, will and conscience) may be luring us into unbelief or rebellion against God. Here are the dangers, and the only remedy for the power of unseen inner prejudice against God. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 3 January 2021
The perfect text for the new year, providing its own natural headings, challenging believers to live every moment of life under the direction of Christ, to do all for His glory and for Him, and to be thankful for everything day by day.
11:00am | Friday 25 December 2020
Five of the purposes named in the Gospels by the Lord for His incarnation. Here is the confirmation of human status before God, the need to reveal God, the beginning of the full light of truth, the procuring of salvation, and the beginning of judgement.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 December 2020
The cross of Calvary is the heart of the Christian message, for without an atonement for sin there can be no reconciliation with God. Here is God's call to us from the mysterious three hours of darkness that occurred while Christ suffered for sin. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 20 December 2020
Paul presents four tremendous graces given to believers to exercise and keep in view constantly, lifelong - the doctrine of salvation, the gift of wisdom (here explained), the practice of melody in the heart through psalms and hymns, and a strong awareness of representing Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 December 2020
Job is denounced by his justified-by-works friends, but refutes their ideas. He criticises God for not having a complaints procedure for people like himself, yet at the same time, he witnesses to his friends in a magnificent poem on finding wisdom and truth.
11:00am | Sunday 13 December 2020
Once saved, the Christian has the infallible help of the Spirit to lay aside the impulses of the old nature, including covetousness, the five distinct forms of anger, and lying. Progressive renewal also brings rich shafts of knowledge which provide the believer's blessed assurance.
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 December 2020
Job longs for an explanation of his suffering, and for vindication before his 'friends'. As his friends denigrate him, and his gloom deepens, he is suddenly given a moment of revelation about his personal Redeemer-God, incarnate, and visible to him in a final resurrection.
11:00am | Sunday 6 December 2020
Explaining how believers are dead, yet commanded to put to death sin. Here is the offensiveness of impurity, the apostle showing how it invades the mind (uncleanness), the heart (inordinate affection or passion) and the will (evil concupiscence or evil longing). Remedies for mortification.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 December 2020
Job's 'friends' increase in hostility with charges of hypocrisy. Job clings to his evangelical view of grace, and upholds God's perfection, but lapses into self-pity. He then eloquently trounces and disproves the liberal theology of the friends, and proclaims his testimony of salvation.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 November 2020
Four words display the heart of Christ in redeeming souls. Here is why He could only be executed at Golgotha, why the leaders and the people supported it, why crucifixion was the only possible method of death and the unique significance of the One who died. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 29 November 2020
After dismissing the fleshly rites that heretics had begun to introduce to the church, Paul points to the 'heavenly life' and growing the graces that will be perfected in glory - deep feeling, kindness, lowliness, a servant spirit, generous love and grateful contentment.
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 November 2020
Eliphaz begins the attack by the so-called friends. Resenting Job's evangelical salvation, and protecting their works theology, they insist he is a hypocrite under judgement. They deny that God requires holiness - only a pass mark. With pastoral lessons from Job's first reply.
11:00am | Sunday 22 November 2020
The Judaisers have tried to persuade Colossians to adopt Jewish ordinances. Paul shows they have a vastly superior circumcision of heart. The old nature is dethroned and a new installed. But old sins may re-emerge without these named precautions. Here is Paul's imagery of conquest.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 November 2020
The excellencies of Job, the encounters of Satan with God, Job (unknowingly) placed by God to demonstrate the reality of conversion, his crushing afflictions, the shock of his friends, and his magnificent poem of dismay - and the blessings he lost sight of (like us).
6:30pm | Sunday 15 November 2020
Why the removal of guilt is vastly greater than wealth, power or fame, and how it brings about union with God. Here is the full spectrum of our need in the sight of the Lord, and the benefits that the removal of guilt unblocks. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 15 November 2020
Beginning with the ferocity of the forces of error surrounding believers (here are examples) Paul identifies first the need for deep appreciation of the doctrine of Christ, secondly church order and firmness, thirdly a sense of amazement at Calvary, as our key defences.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 November 2020
The great emphasis of the Bible is that conversion to God is a free and gracious gift that cannot be earned or deserved. And yet we have hindrances that deter us from approaching Him. Here they are, and how they may be resolved. You May Be Also Interested in… Video…
11:00am | Sunday 8 November 2020
Five verses draw together essential elements of all witness. Here is how Paul came to rejoice in the troubles of a proclaimer. Here also is his deep sense of responsibility for the Gospel, his estimation of Christ's priceless value, and his manner of persuading souls.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 November 2020
The contrast between rejected Israelites who invented their own 'gods' to their taste, and the remnant who feared the Truth. Then the great upheaval of the New Testament and the lasting features of revived Zion of elect Jews and Gentiles and their worship.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 November 2020
The parable of the disappointing fruit tree portrays God the Father and God the Son considering the saving of unbelieving people. Here is the human situation from God's point of view, and the heart of God in providing a way of salvation and life. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 1 November 2020
In showing aspects of reconciliation the apostle extols the scope of Christ's redemptive work (including securing the external obedience of the angelic host), then the depth of our alienation, then the height of our elevation, and finally the sure sign of redemption.
7:30pm | Sunday 25 October 2020
Christ's disciples were astonished when the Lord asserted the impossibility of people contributing anything to be accepted into the Kingdom of God. 'Who then can be saved?' they cried. Here is the answer of God - the only way to obtain pardon and eternal life. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 25 October 2020
Following aspects of the atonement, Paul turns to the magnificence of Christ, 1) His significance as image of the Father, 2). as forerunner and Creator of all, 3) as sovereign Head of the Church, and 4) as 'all fulness' - in which we may participate.
1 Samuel 7.12
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 October 2020
'Hitherto hath the Lord surrounded us' - the full sense of this famous text with examples of extraordinary helps received by God's people in past and present; the background and inspiration of many today who expect great things and attempt great things for God.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 October 2020
Christ's parable of two houses portrays us all as builders of a house of life. One house had no foundation, being all appearance, and lack of foresight led to tragedy. Here is the foundation of conversion to God that builds for now and eternity. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 18 October 2020
Three verses that present four distinctive aspects of the eternal accomplishments of Christ on Calvary, 1) our personal crucifixion with Him, 2) our deliverance from Satan's power, 3) our redemption and transfer into the kingdom, and 4) our purifying. So great was the price paid!
11:30pm | Wednesday 14 October 2020
The call of the Gentiles along with a saved remnant of Israelites will form the New Testament church, the new creation (completely fulfilled in eternal glory). Here are the special blessings of Christ's people, saved Jews and saved Gentiles, and how diverse saved personalities fellowship.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 October 2020
The care of a synagogue ruler who comes to Christ for the healing of a dying daughter illustrates the necessity of believing. Here are the reasons why belief is essential for conversion, its components and how it may come about. A message of life's purpose. You May Be Also Interested…
11:00am | Sunday 11 October 2020
In these verses Paul urges greater knowledge, not only of doctrine, but of God's ways, how He deals with us, and the lot of believers. Here we also learn about applying the Word, our aims in behaviour, and the power to obey and please God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 October 2020
First God's indignation at those hostile to believers and Truth (and how Calvary makes their judgement possible). Secondly, God's kindnesses to believers, and how He is affected by our troubles; then God's delight in surprising believers with unexpected blessings all the way to glory.
10:12am | Sunday 4 October 2020
Beginning an epistle of essential doctrines, objectives, conduct and spiritual joys in the converted life, Paul defines and extols five aspects of this new life: faith in Christ, love for the saints, anticipation of glory, assurance, and love in the Spirit. Do we have these?
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 September 2020
Messiah speaks of His coming to give forgiveness, life and liberty to lost souls, with happiness and righteousness. Here also is amazing detail of the nature and work of the new Jewish-Gentile church, with a unique pledge of protection and security from Messiah.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 September 2020
Christ's miracle of the stilling of the tempest initially brought great fear to the disciples, because they realised as never before that He was divine. Now their minds were open to grasp His real purpose in reconciling people to God, and how He would achieve it. You May Be Also…
11:00am | Sunday 27 September 2020
The pre-eminence of Christ who condescended to be our scapegoat and Saviour. The accomplishments He foresaw. What He endured on Calvary's cross, and how He maintained obedient faith through the deepest conceivable valley of death. All the lovingkindness of the Lord in one verse.
2 Corinthians 13.11
11:00am | Sunday 20 September 2020
Paul's closing counsels set before us the duties of Christian cheerfulness, keeping spiritual perspective and faith alive, being of one mind as a church family and maintaining harmony. Here are the steps to be taken, and the great reward of God's presence in our midst.
2 Corinthians 13.5
11:00am | Sunday 6 September 2020
First, the problem when believers reform their behaviour but without any depth of repentance. Here is vital counsel. Then Paul tells us that if Christ is in us, it is fairly plain to see. Here are the signs of His dwelling in true believers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 September 2020
The Gospel era will bring an amazing Gentile harvest, transforming Zion into a proclaiming organ, with a mutual love between saved Jews and Gentiles, extending throughout the world. Little Israel will beome a worldwide church. Here are the many precious characteristics - our goal today. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 30 August 2020
What did Christ mean when he said 'I am the light of the world'? Here is why he is the supreme light, and the reason for the world's continuance, and how following him leads us to walk with God now and for ever. Full Service Recordings: You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 12.1-10
11:00am | Sunday 30 August 2020
The apostle discloses how he experienced in mysterious manner entry into paradise, to prepare him for all rigours he must endure. He speaks also of the affliction given him to maintain humility, and to show him and us that every achievement is the Lord's doing.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 August 2020
Atheism steals the key to understanding of life, claiming there is no God, eliminating the soul and eternal life. It is unable to answer all 'why's?' of life or to forge character. It is bleak, purposeless, and useless in sickness and death. Full Service Recordings: You May Be Also Interested…
2 Corinthians 11.30
11:00am | Sunday 23 August 2020
Paul's labours and sufferings 1) added to his authentication 2) revealed his love for Christ and souls 3) showed his human limitations 4) preserved his humility 5) equipped him to comfort others 6) exposed human hostility 7) deepened desire for glory 8) set standards for consecration.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 August 2020
In a great call to sincerity the prophet exposes the human tendency to hypocrisy in worship, asserting that any worship that does not change and shape life is useless before God, then outlines the magnificent blessings flowing from conscientious striving for holiness. Full Service Recordings:
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 August 2020
Here is the contrast between the people of Christ and the children of this world, with their entirely different worldviews, lifestyles, aims and commitments. Here also is the equality before God in every sense of believers of all backgrounds, and their eternal safety. Full Service Recordings:
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 August 2020
Isaiah adopts the stance of a Gospel-age preacher proclaiming individual reconciliation and direct access to God by grace alone. Demonstrating Gospel reasoning he speaks of Christ and of Gentile salvation, crediting the outcome to irresistible grace - all with the astounding clarity of prophetic vision. Full Service Recordings
2 Corinthians 11.32-33
11:00am | Sunday 2 August 2020
The harrowing list of pains, pressures and trials, endured by Paul as a continuous authentication of his ministry as an apostle, starts at Damascus, with his ignominious escape. Here is the first of the purposes of Paul's many sufferings and how it applies to us.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 July 2020
The Bible has many biographies of people who came to know God, and of others who failed to do so. The story of Micah remarkably portrays dead or false faith, and how it differs from a sincere approach to God, and authentic conversion. Full Service Recordings: You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 11.5
11:00am | Sunday 26 July 2020
Paul speaks reluctantly of his life and work to defend his standing, so attacked by heretics. Here is his level of commitment, contention for the truth, and faithfulness through labours, privation and persecutions. Is our commitment diluted by the affluence, comfort and self-care of our age?
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 July 2020
The magnificent prophecy of the Gospel church describes Christ's benefits and commission to his N.T. people giving us, 1) a new territory; 2) a new relationship; 3) a new composition, and 4) a new victory. Here are the promises of God for our preservation and power. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 19 July 2020
The mystery of three seemingly keen disciples who were declined by the Lord. God does not always receive those who appear to seek Him, and here Christ shows why. Here also is the right way to desire salvation and what sincere seekers experience. Full Service Recordings: You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 10.7
11:00am | Sunday 19 July 2020
How superficial the Corinthians were in letting false teachers get in! They only had to claim to be Christian preachers and no questions were asked. When good people lay aside discernment the result is Satanic conquest. A similar war faces sound churches today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 July 2020
In language of soaring beauty and with characteristic detail and precision the prophet presents first, Christ's exalted qualifications; secondly, His contrasting humiliation for the work of redemption; thirdly, His rejection; and fourthly, His unique and harrowing atonement, and finally our utter dependence upon Him. Full Service Recordings:
2 Corinthians 10.1-12
11:00am | Sunday 12 July 2020
Beginning with Paul's apostolic authority, this passage presents his reliance on God's power rather than human schemes, showing how strongholds of human thought void of biblical foundation may be thrown down by the truth. Here also is the need for true submission to Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 July 2020
Nearly 700 years before the coming of Christ, the prophet details the principal features of the church to come: a people preserved; a people born in new revelation; a people who listen to God, and a people who live to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Full Service Recordings:
2 Corinthians 8.13
11:00am | Sunday 5 July 2020
The apostle's instructions for giving have often been found surprising, being chiefly spiritual matters. The priority of the Gospel is emphasised even in relief offerings, and a precious list of aims and attitudes is given, bringing a reward of spiritual not fleshly enrichment.
Isaiah 49 - 50
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 July 2020
Having already said so much about Christ and His future church, Isaiah now shows the astonishing features of the coming Gentile conversion, the unreasonableness of unbelief to be overpowered, and the infallibility of Christ especially in the upholding of His redeemed people. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 28 June 2020
Christ's parable of the lost sheep tracks the giving of the parable to record crowds including many hostile leaders. He emphasises that God's mercy is to individuals, showing the divine motive, our lost condition, the costly recovery of the lost, and the Saviour's ultimate victory. Full Service Recordings: You May…
2 Corinthians 8.1
11:00am | Sunday 28 June 2020
Six graces are listed: faith (conviction), witness, knowledge, diligence (earnestness), love for the cause and stewardship. Then follow seven aspects of such graces that challenge the heart and show the spirit in which they are exercised. This passage uniquely defines dedicated spiritual living.
Isaiah 46 - 49
7:30pm | Wednesday 24 June 2020
This review of four chapters begins with the fall of Babylon biblically foreshadowing the demise of this unbelieving world at the end of time (including the collapse in shame of evolution). Here also are the words of Messiah about His coming and work in the world. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 21 June 2020
One of the Lord's shortest parables tells through the story of two sons the privileges of mankind, the rejection of Almighty God, the startling regret and repentance of the most outspoken 'rebel', and the mercy and goodness of God toward all who seek Him. Full Service Recordings: You May Be…
11:00am | Sunday 21 June 2020
This message marks a break in the 2 Corinthians series to reflect on the redeeming work of Christ, surveying the statements throughout His earthly ministry predicting the details of Calvary and the resurrection - the goal and triumph of His immeasurable love for His own.
Isaiah 44 - 45
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 June 2020
Here the N.T. church is shown to consist of those who are elect, spiritually converted, connected in a spiritual family, professing Christ and pledged to Him. Here also is how God superintends history for the church, including today as we approach the end of time. Full Service Recordings:
2 Corinthians 7.1
11:00am | Sunday 7 June 2020
Believers may, like those of Corinth, make serious mistakes and need to repent and reform. Here the apostle chronicles the Corinthian readiness to change, highlighting seven distinct components of a believer's repentance, so that restoration to full blessing and fruitfulness may be experienced.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 June 2020
The Gospel era will be for believers a time of labour for the Lord with much opposition, but here are the comforts of God beginning with Isaiah's six great arguments for assurance. Here also are predictions of regenerating power and many special provisions. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 31 May 2020
People have always looked outside the concept of one true God to man-made gods (and to 'no-God') for the meaning of life. Here is why, and all that they miss, and here also is how God enters countless lives bringing eternal blessings. Full Service Recordings: You May Be Also Interested…
2 Corinthians 6.11
11:00am | Sunday 31 May 2020
Fellowship with false teachers nearly ruined the Corinthian church, leading to this passage on the utter incompatibility of believers being united with unbelievers (as churches or as individuals entering into marriage). Here are God's reasons, and the command to stand apart from apostate churches or denominations.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 May 2020
With further inspired insights into the Gospel era the prophet describes an entirely new order in which the church will proclaim Christ and His accomplished salvation, sing a new hymnody extending the book of Psalms, and labour as the church militant in evangelism. Full Service Recordings:
6:30pm | Sunday 24 May 2020
Here are our three greatest mistakes about God that keep us from seeking Him, and here also are the three charges that God will bring against us if we ignore Him in our lives. Best of all, here is God's way of forgiveness and real life. You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 6.7
11:00am | Sunday 24 May 2020
Paul is a model for all believers, especially preachers. Here he lists our weapons, such as preaching and witness, to be maintained regardless of our reception, even despite great violence, and through lows and highs - making many rich, and though having nothing, yet possessing all things.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 May 2020
An unbelieving world, says Isaiah, will be deaf to the message behind God's mighty events (whether conquest or pandemic) while believers will know His love and power, and reap a great spiritual harvest. Here we explore the prophet's powerful words and their fulfillment.
2 Corinthians 6.1
11:00am | Sunday 17 May 2020
The apostle gives inspired and essential conditions for instrumentality in Gospel work. Beginning with a strong plea to avoid fruitlessness, he stresses the necessity of a consistent life, resilience through all hardship, and five positive qualities which must be exhibited, by the Spirit's help.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 May 2020
In this prophecy of the church age Isaiah demonstrates the challenging character of Gospel preaching, first stressing the obviousness of God, then His sovereign rule throughout history, and finally the rewards of faith and prayer - especially the power and strength imparted by Him. You May Be Also Interested in……
6:30pm | Sunday 10 May 2020
Guilt for sin must be forgiven for God to be found and Heaven reached. Here are our common objections and the remedies we propose for calming and silencing any feelings of guilt. But here also is God's salvation - the only way - leading us to Him. You May Be…
11:00am | Sunday 10 May 2020
These verses reveal first the means by which Paul sustained his unflagging zeal; secondly the radical change of outlook brought about by conversion, and thirdly the compelling obligation for evangelism which is given to every true believer: are we really saved, and are we genuine witnesses?
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 May 2020
It is astonishing just how much Isaiah was shown about the age of Messiah and the composition and work of the Gospel church. In just 17 verses of sublime literature we are given 11 features and doctrines of the Jewish-Gentile church of Christ.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 May 2020
Society today is confident that natural gifts are enough to achieve a happy and fulfilled life: God is unneccesary. But Scripture shows that there are other 'gifts' that must be obtained from God to make a person complete. Here are priceless things given to seekers only. You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 5.10
11:00am | Sunday 3 May 2020
The apostle says - all will appear at the judgement seat, saved and lost. Will the sins of the saved be revealed? What will be the basis of judgement? What are the 'good' deeds referred to? Here also is Paul's concern for the salvation of souls.
Isaiah 38 - 39
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 April 2020
More on Hezekiah's repentance. He is dying at 39 with no sons, and rendered unfit to continue the Davidic line. He thinks he is eternally lost and makes his model repentance, soon marred by another compromise. How very like our church situation today!
6:30pm | Sunday 26 April 2020
Here are the aims and desires of all who live life without God, and their failure to gain what is desired. Here also are the obstacles that keep us from God, the benefits that come with His forgiveness, and how He is to be approached. You May Be Also Interested…
2 Corinthians 5.1
11:00am | Sunday 26 April 2020
At death the believer's soul enters its heavenly home, capable of praise, fellowship, love and learning, and awaiting only the resurrection body. Here is the greatest imaginable incentive to holiness and service and how it should always be in the forefront of our minds.
Isaiah 36 - 37
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 April 2020
King Hezekiah's soundness is seen in his purge of idolatry and sincere commitment when disciplined by the Lord. But he continued in compromise with Assyria and Egypt. Here is his repentance for this also, and the consequent remarkable blessing, with application to our compromises today.
Isaiah 32 - 35
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 April 2020
Over three chapters there are several major prophecies about Christ's coming church covering firstly her doctrinal foundation (eg: Christ the hiding place - justification), then her conversion characteristic, then her worship priority, then her laws, and finally her pilgrim ethos. Here are details and applications.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 April 2020
The coming of Christ into the world was unique and essential for the provision of spiritual life to needy people. But why do so many have no idea of their need of it? Here are its transforming qualities, and how it is received. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: Valuing…
11:00am | Sunday 12 April 2020
We consider the astonishing condescension of Christ, to leave the infinite glory of Heaven, and to enter the cesspit of our world to suffer, die and rise again for His enemies. Here is a glimpse of the pre-incarnate and risen glory of our great Redeemer.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 April 2020
Israel's greatest king - David - was also a remarkable teacher, prophet and psalmist. But it was as a youth that he found a personal relationship with the living God, and this psalm recalls the experience that changed his life and took him from shepherding to ruling. You May Be…
2 Corinthians 4.7
11:00am | Sunday 5 April 2020
The mighty, glorious paradox of the witnessing Christian life is here seen - in weakness, Christ makes us strong; in hindrances and hardships, He provides the escape; when at the end of our resources, He supplies - a lifelong proving of His power and faithfulness to us.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 April 2020
The Lord's chief complaint against Judah is their following human schemes not His Word. Here are applications to us today, both as churches, and as individuals in lockdown, along with the predicted blessings (and other conditions) that will come to the faithful.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 March 2020
Christ's famous words of hope to a gravely backslidden church lacking spiritual life apply to all people in need of reconciliation with God. Here is the Saviour's famous illustration of the barrier between us and Himself, removed by trusting in Him and His saving work and atoning love. You May…
2 Corinthians 4.1-7
11:00am | Sunday 29 March 2020
The glorious nature of Gospel ministry burdens preachers and witnessing believers to reach every form of unbelief and rebellion against God. Here are more forms. Here too is Satan's chief objective - the obscuring of Christ, and the necessity of the Spirit's illuminating work in salvation.
Luke 12.15, Luke 12.15
7:30pm | Sunday 22 March 2020
Christ's parable of the rich fool shows a man detached from the deeper realities of life, carried along by the here-and-now, consequently forfeiting all, and surrendering his soul to judgement. Here is the love of Christ in saving both life and soul for eternity. You May Be Also Interested in……
2 Corinthians 3.18
11:00am | Sunday 22 March 2020
The apostle shows where false teachers (promoting Jewish views) went wrong, explaining the veil over their minds and hearts. Then he advances the liberty of true conversion, and here are its components. Finally the question is answered - how does beholding Christ lead to sanctification and glory?
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 March 2020
A prophecy about the fall of Samaria and later the Babylonian invasion of Judah tells us much about God’s method and purpose when He allows HIV, MERS, SARS, earthquakes, floods, fires, and now worldwide plague. Here also is God’s promise of personal salvation.
2 Corinthians 3.1
11:00am | Sunday 15 March 2020
Learning from contrasts, including that between the law written on stone, and conversion written in the heart; the ministry of the the letter and that of the Spirit; the old and the new covenants; the administration of death and of the Spirit, with the unique glory of the latter.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 March 2020
In the light of end-time events here are the themes on which to reflect for assurance, inner peace, trust, spiritual stability, and a view of the sovereign work of God. Here also are features of human nature that influence many situations.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 March 2020
"Why be thankful to God?" we may ask. We grasp at attempts to explain away the evidence of design in our universe, and we do so, according to scripture, because of human pride. Here are the psalmist's steps for paying homage to God and finding Him. You May Be Also…
2 Corinthians 2.12
11:00am | Sunday 8 March 2020
Paul reveals his great anxiety for the Corinthians, but hastens to show how he looked also at the overall scene and God's ceaseless blessing in opening doors and making Paul and others the savour of Christ everywhere; truly a model life for us all.
Isaiah 24 - 25
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 March 2020
In just one chapter of striking symbols lies the most remarkable vision of the final judgement, the setting apart of the redeemed, the end of all antagonism and the judgement of demons. It is followed by the rhapsodic praise of Zion's eternal inhabitants.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 March 2020
When Christ healed the paralysed man at Bethesda's pool, He provided a challenge that would span the centuries. Here are the stages of reconciliation with God: a hopeless scene; a listless person; Christ's unsought initiative; a vital question; an impossible command, and a glorious outcome. You May Be Also Interested…
2 Corinthians 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 1 March 2020
Despite Satan's drive to establish a hold over God's people, the Corinthian church purges out grievous sin (here are the purposes of discipline), achieves restoration for the offender, proves its obedience to the Lord, and defeats Satan's devices (these being named and described here).
7:30pm | Wednesday 26 February 2020
A community so privileged with the Temple and the prophets, and so devout in worship, are to be disciplined for the failure of real dedication to the Lord - the prevailing feature of so much evangelicalism today. Here is Isaiah's challenging analysis and application.
2 Corinthians 1.11
11:00am | Sunday 23 February 2020
An insight into Paul's deep sense of the priesthood of all believers. Shared intercession comes first (he needs them), then shared sincerity, then a shared anointing (not just the preacher), finally shared proving of the Lord (the local church needs no external oversight).
Isaiah 13 - 14
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 February 2020
Long before the rise of Babylon Isaiah foretells her character and fall. She aspired to be as Lucifer, and how she reflects Satan her ultimate master, and also Antichrist of the last times. Literal Babylon fell, and so will the culture of the world that she symbolises.
Isaiah 9 - 11
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 February 2020
The ten northern tribes receive a last warning, then their fall (722BC) is predicted. As for Judah, she will also be punished by Assyria but with the miraculous deliverance of Jerusalem, the surviving remnant of the discipline. Here are lessons for spiritual service in our day.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 February 2020
The prophet Isaiah confronts Ahaz, king of Judah, over his pending appeal to Assyria for military aid. The king refuses a sign-miracle, and the coming of Messiah by virgin birth is announced. Here objections are answered and lessons drawn for present day believers.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 February 2020
Healing the bent-over woman in the synagogue, the Lord declares her 'loosed' rather than healed, showing the miracle to be a picture of our release (at conversion) from all the moral and spiritual limitations that bind us away from God. Here is true conversion. You May Be Also Interested in……
2 Corinthians 1.1
11:00am | Sunday 2 February 2020
Beginning with God as a compassionate Father over His children, Paul moves to sufferings incurred for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, especially his own experience of 'so great a death', and its spiritual purpose - that of delivering him from self-trust.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 January 2020
Isaiah places his message first, coming to his own call in chapter six. The overwhelming holiness of the Lord, seen by vision, crushes him, leading to forgiveness and commissioning, and here are the lessons for soul winning and warning so often left unapplied today.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 January 2020
Following the sermon on the mount, a leper runs to Christ for healing, providing a clear pattern for approaching Him for pardon and new life. Here is the faith that connects to God, how it emerges and how it is explained, leading to reconciliation with Him. You May Be Also…
2 Thessalonians 3.16
11:00am | Sunday 26 January 2020
Some believers imagine that Christ speaks to them and even touches them, while others overreact from extreme pietism and think little of Christ's constant presence with them. Here is the Lord's nearness throughout the Bible, and the power of 'seeing Him' with the eye of faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 January 2020
In the Lord's parable of the ten pounds, a nobleman's citizens cried, 'we will not have this man to reign over us!' Here is why, how it parallels our rejection of God (before conversion), and what makes His reign 'over us' so magnificent. You May Be Also Interested in… Article:…
2 Thessalonians 3.6
11:00am | Sunday 19 January 2020
Paul commands withdrawal of fellowship from believers who persistently flout the apostles' teachings. One example of disorder is the refusal to work for a living, but here are the key offences that seriously blight Gospel work. Here also is the call to fellowship and harmony.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 January 2020
Over 2700 years ago the prophet's vision describes the full scale of human nature and man's fallen behaviour in six remarkably concise yet profound categories. There is nothing so penetrating even in the New Testament as the astonishing scenario of the vineyard parable and the six woes.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 January 2020
Judgement Day is almost unmentionable in today's society, yet it awaits us all at the end of time. Here is the motive of God's justice, how He has made His standards known, and how Christ secures release from judgement for all who trust in Him. You May Be Also Interested…
2 Thessalonians 3.1
11:00am | Sunday 12 January 2020
Authentic believers, says the apostle, pray for the Gospel in a certain way, taste opposition (and deliverance), have lively consciences to obey the Lord, and grow in new sense of His love, looking for His return. Are we consciously experiencing the features of a sincere walk?
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 January 2020
Isaiah predicts Judah's future troubles through invasion and captivity of all the leading men, showing the reasons for judgement, especially the vaunting of man. Here is the application to the church today, and here also is a magnificent detailed prophecy of the New Testament age.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 January 2020
The Scriptures exclusively explain the human condition, the presence of sin and suffering, and God's way of salvation. Here is the doctrine of the Fall - the understanding of which is the door to reality and seeking for God and conversion to Him. You May Be Also Interested in… Sunday…
2 Thessalonians 2.13
11:00am | Sunday 5 January 2020
Paul first speaks of indebtedness (here is how election should influence us); then of our experience of the call of God; then of our duty to hold the faith; then of the forms God's blessing takes, and finally of the kind of strength God imparts.
11:00am | Wednesday 25 December 2019
Proceeding in the manner of an unfolding mystery tale, the prophet begins on the remote, rural start, and step by step, reveals the astounding coming of the Son of Man and Son of God, rising to the magnifying of His saving power and love.
11:00am | Sunday 22 December 2019
Isaiah's first prophecy of Christ and His Kingdom; its characteristics, conversions and blessings; culminating in the prophet's inspired appeal - as from the heart of God - for people to learn the way of salvation and walk in this light to the Heavenly city.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 December 2019
It is a profound change of life only achievable by God, by which one is completely forgiven, enlightened, adopted into God's family, changed in character and given an eternal inheritance. It is so unmistakable it proves the reality and power of God. Is it our experience?
2 Thessalonians 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 15 December 2019
Two particular events must precede the Lord's return, says Paul - the great apostasy and the revealing of the man of sin. Here are his terrible acts, and the final triumph of Christ. How near are we to these events, and how should they affect us now?
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 December 2019
Isaiah introduces his prophecies with vivid descriptions of the desperate plight of Judah - yet she was in great prosperity. But he speaks in earthly terms of her spiritual state, listing failings mirrored in our churches today. Here are the Lord's warnings and remedies.
2 Thessalonians 1.11
11:00am | Sunday 1 December 2019
In a single magnificent 'sovereign grace' verse, the apostle frames a prayer that three essential features of Christian living might be manifested in believing lives. Here is true conversion, plus the blessings of God's 'good pleasure', plus the divine work of building up our faith.
11:00am | Sunday 1 December 2019
The scribes of Christ's day were accomplished men, but a strange fog clouded their reaction to Him. Though amazed at His person and teaching, they refused to listen. Here is why, and how the same mental block shuts us off from God today.
1 Timothy 4.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 November 2019
Today numerous false teachings flourish even within conservative and reformed churches, crippling the work of God. Here are common major wrong views of the Bible, of the Godhead, and of salvation spread by leading teachers. The great need of clarity, discernment and a faithful stand.
2 Thessalonians 1.3
11:00am | Sunday 24 November 2019
Paul's short yet dazzling unfolding of end-time events written to a young church in a place of fierce opposition. Starting themes are the duty of constant praise, and the unceasing exercise of faith. Here also is Paul's introduction to the Lord's return.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 November 2019
David, pursued by 3000 military men of Saul, has taken refuge in a mountain cave. Bereft of all help, he turns to God, and is delivered. Here he recalls his sense of helplessness in order to illustrate the realisation of spiritual isolation and loss that usually precedes conversion to God.
11:00am | Sunday 17 November 2019
This famous doxology of Jude urges us to hold God in highest esteem by looking back at what He has done, looking also at what He is currently doing, looking ahead to our entry into glory, and looking at His everlasting attributes. This is authentic worship.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 November 2019
Roles of men and women at creation; relationships fixed as a reminder of the Fall; roles in the church and marriage, with duties of husbands and wives. The question answered: Do the same rules apply also to roles in society and business?
11:00am | Sunday 3 November 2019
Jude provides four duties of maintaining faithfulness. First, the building upon faith ( i.e. doctrinal understanding and trust); second, praying in the Holy Spirit (what it is); third, keeping oneself in the love of God (frequently forgotten steps), and fourth, avoiding dangers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 October 2019
Why John is given a vision of the reigning Lord in biblical symbols, rather than a true resemblance, and how each symbol shows the true attitude of worship in church or in personal devotion, serving as a tonic for real appreciation of Christ and communion with Him.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 October 2019
A trick question is put to Christ by the Pharisees in the hope of discrediting Him, to persecute Him, but He confounds them with a disarming reply that imparts all we so much need to know about the kingdom of God, and how to enter it.
11:00am | Sunday 27 October 2019
Jude urges God's people to defend the faith, warning of the stealth of errorists, and of how down the centuries they invent doctrines and attack the authority of Scripture. He also reveals their motives and points to how the battle must be fought.
1 Corinthians 12.8-10
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 October 2019
Nine revelatory and sign gifts of the Spirit given for the ministry of the Word while the Scriptures were being completed. What they were and how they were eventually given to all believers - in the Word (Ephesians 1.17-19). Also, the gifts of Romans 12.6-8.
3 John 1.1-14
11:00am | Sunday 20 October 2019
John here presents four crucial ideals for believers to aim at: 1) to take seriously personal spiritual progress or soul-prosperity; 2) to fully embrace missionary support; 3) to avoid Diotrephes-style leadership; and 4) to know how to recognise those truly approved by God.
Thanksgiving Service 7:30pm | Wednesday 16 October 2019
The meaning of the rejoice words of the New Testament, the components of Christian happiness, how it differs from ordinary earthly happiness, how to achieve it, and maintain it in times of trouble and grief, and what to avoid in order not to spoil it.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 October 2019
In three short sentences, designed to surprise and challenge, the Lord shows the emptiness of possessing only 'material' life and clinging tenaciously to it, then the vast superiority of having life in the soul. Here is what it means to follow Christ, and be eternally safe.
2 John 1
11:00am | Sunday 13 October 2019
The chief message of this personal letter to a Christian lady is the duty and protective power of mutual love against error. Here we define 'walking in the truth', consider how fellowship love guards against doctrinal and spiritual collapse, and summarise the main heresies over time.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 October 2019
In an atheistic age people do not think about owing anything to God. But our lives, gifts, powers and bodily provisions are all from Him, and we surely owe Him thanks and obedience. How will we stand before our Maker at the end of our journey?
1 John 5.18
11:00am | Sunday 6 October 2019
John sets out the authentic characteristics of truly saved believers. What he means by saying that they sin not, and how they fight sin. Here also are Satan's attempts to ruin them, and a key work of redemption - a certain and personal walk with God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 October 2019
This second message on spiritual awakening reviews the errors of Israel described by the prophet that must be repented of for a special visitation of the Spirit, and here are the obvious parallels with the general state of evangelicalism in our age. Revival includes reform.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 September 2019
Paul tells of how he once lived as a Jewish intellectual without concern about his condition before God. Then the day came when the commandments of God suddenly shook his conscience and led him to faith. Here is the discovery of life's purpose.
1 John 5.14
11:00am | Sunday 29 September 2019
Here is the necessity of prayer and why God requires it; the meaning of God's promise to answer 'according to his will'; the things for which we should pray; the manner in what we should pray; and the vexed exception of the 'sin unto death'.
2 Chronicles 28-30
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 September 2019
Unmistakable signs of revival in the Old Testament; the term in the Psalms ('revival/awakening'); and a sweeping tour of British revivals. Finally, ten prominent characteristics of true revival, and the example of Hezekiah's revival and its parallels with historic Western awakenings.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 September 2019
The feelings of God disclosed by the prophet for all who live and die without knowing Him and His forgiveness, wasting the treasures of life, and going into a lost eternity. Here is the call of God to come to Him for new life.
1 John 5.10
11:00am | Sunday 22 September 2019
As unbelievers we thought unbelief was 'innocent'. Surely it was for Christians to demonstrate God's reality to us. But here is God's viewpoint - the depths of wilful unreasonableness in our rejection of Him. And here also is what we owe to Him for His mercy.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 September 2019
The two parts of Samson's life, the time of integrity, power and blessing, and the time of his fall and punishment. Why the upright part is essential to the pastoral message of the passage. Also, the fall, its components and its deep lessons for us.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 September 2019
Of itself, faith has no merit or power to earn God's favour, or to obtain life, yet it is vital to conversion. Here is what it is not, contrasted with what it is, showing what it believes and how it stretches out to receive salvation.
1 John 5.1
11:00am | Sunday 15 September 2019
The apostle describes seven solid evidences of the work of salvation in the true believer (different from the 'marks of grace' usually described). All provide either strong assurance, or a profound challenge in the case of those who have not yet experienced conversion to Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 September 2019
The low view of inspiration that has invaded modern evangelical commentaries and most Study Bibles is never more evident than in their character assassination of Samson. Here is the Bible's own view; here is the vindication of Samson as a Hebrews 11 hero of faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 September 2019
A very remarkable presentation of the way to find God in which the psalmist uses ten illustrations in just five verses, to show (1) the human predicament - cut off from God; (2) the remedy - what God has done; (3) our response; and (4) the result.
1 John 4.7
11:00am | Sunday 8 September 2019
From the warning against false teachers, the apostle turns again to the great duty of love to fellow believers, providing fourteen compelling reasons (with benefits) for honouring this obligation. Here love is defined, its actions and activities listed, and the reasons surveyed.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 August 2019
The Saviour's call to 'ask-seek-knock' conveys the whole message of salvation in a single illustration. Here is how to ask (with the mind) to seek (with the heart) and to knock (with the will) on the door that opens to Christ and new life.
1 John 4.1-6
11:00am | Sunday 11 August 2019
The duty to test all who teach by four standards: (1) Do they proclaim the divinity and humanity of Christ, our infallible mediator? (2) are they truly converted? (3) are they separate from the world? (4) are they bound by the authority and sufficiency of scripture?
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 July 2019
Jephthah, a rare godly man in apostate Israel, is called from exile to defend the typical church. He makes a pious but rash vow and honours it with an obedience matched by his daughter. Not a human sacrifice, of course, but a challenge of commitment.
1 John 3.10
11:00am | Sunday 14 July 2019
The apostle John describes five aspects of love, in the church, at the same time showing that each one is evidence of true conversion. Here love, helpfulness to fellow believers, and the promised greater instrumentality in prayer, are seen as bulwarks of assurance.
12:00am | Sunday 14 July 2019
Paul's appeal to the Galatians - shrewd independent thinkers - not to be entranced by the ancient heresy of salvation by works. How easily we, though able thinkers, succumb to the poor arguments of unbelief today! Here are the issues that should lead us to find the Lord.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 July 2019
The non-cooperation of Succoth, the snare of Gideon's ephod, the fable of Jotham, and the reign of Abimelech the bramble provide lessons on the antagonism of the flesh to spiritual progress, and its longing for human rule, rather than that of the Lord.
1 John 3.1-7
11:00am | Sunday 7 July 2019
Gaining Christian perspective by comprehending all aspects of God's mighty love, then by looking forward to seeing Christ and being transformed, then by appreciating deliverance from the dominion of sin, and then by knowing how to stay close to the Saviour.
1 Corintians 9.16
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 July 2019
The biblical arguments in favour of regular evangelistic preaching as an essential and divinely central thread in ministry under the text 'Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel'.
6:30pm | Sunday 30 June 2019
The moral law of God is an act of great kindness, intended to give order to the human race and to show how far short of God's standards we fall, and how greatly we need free forgiveness. Here is how we receive grace from God.
1 John 2.24
11:00am | Sunday 30 June 2019
In five verses John describes three major aspects of the spiritual life, the word 'abide' appearing six times. Here is how we should make use of the body of Christian doctrine, maintain close union with Christ, and keep alive the illumination of the Spirit.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 June 2019
Using a military analogy, Paul compares waking from soul-sleep to soldiers being roused to defend against an attack. Here are spiritual realities unseen while we live with no thought of God. Here is the new life that dawns with finding Him.
1 John 2.18
11:00am | Sunday 23 June 2019
The apostle John provides the facts about the emergence of antichrist, what exactly antichrist will do, and the twin means by which believers will discern 'many antichrists'. These two, the unction of the 'Holy One' and the test of truth, are here explained.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 June 2019
Gideon's expulsion of the Midianites is an example of a literal event superintended by God to provide an overview of spiritual mission. Here are three disqualifications for instrumentality plus an insight into God's work in minds, and how harmony in the 'church' was preserved.
6:30pm | Sunday 16 June 2019
In two miniature parables, Christ shows the necessity of taking stock of life to avoid the loss of spiritual life and blessing. Here is the building of a tower that could not be completed, and the fighting of a war that could not be won.
11:00am | Sunday 16 June 2019
In three famous verses, John shows that love for the world cannot coexist with love for God, then defines worldliness, shows its offensiveness to God, and describes how it passes away to judgement before our eyes. What believers do, however, lasts forever.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 June 2019
Midianite oppression drives Israel to prayer - and rebuke! Conviction must precede restoration. Gideon by faith seeks divine authority for action. The altar of compromise is destroyed, and further authority sought for war (the fleece). Here are rich lessons, lost if Gideon is thought faithless.
1 John 2.12
11:00am | Sunday 9 June 2019
John's words to little children, fathers and young men seem repetitive and puzzling at first sight, but they are a call to think of the considerable changes brought about in those who are converted, and to stir assurance and zeal. Here are the triumphs of grace.
12:00am | Wednesday 5 June 2019
While the Study Bibles mostly see Barak as a coward, Hebrews 11 shows him to be a hero of faith and achievements. Here is the narrative in this light, with numerous lessons for today including the reasons why several tribes failed to rally to the cause.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 June 2019
Appealing to individuals to seek the Lord, Jeremiah uses powerful illustrations to show how we are seen by God. He speaks of the inevitable things in life, of our vulnerability to unbelief, of things that distract us from God, and of how we may find Him.
1 John 2.7
11:00am | Sunday 2 June 2019
After extolling Christ and exhorting to holiness, the first topic of the epistle (showing its importance) is mutual love in the congregation. Here are the grounds of solid ties, and the blessings and helps, along with the Apostle's warnings about opting out of this precious duty.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 May 2019
The Judges seen through the lens of Hebrews 11 as men of clear faith, not defective men of their time as many erroneously teach today. Here are lessons for us from the Mesopotamian and Moabite oppressions and from the lives of Othniel and Ehud.
1 Timothy 2.5
6:30pm | Sunday 26 May 2019
The Bible asserts there is one mediator between God and man. Why is a mediator necessary? Why is there only one? Why cannot people reconcile themselves with God? Why must God do this Himself? Do other religions offer a mediator? What does a mediator achieve for us?
1 John 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 26 May 2019
The aged apostle speaks out of concern for believers everywhere, urging all to avoid spiritual lifelessness by keeping in full view: 1) The campaign for personal holiness; 2) The price Christ paid for us; 3) All His commands to serve Him; 4) Our love for Him.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 May 2019
A chapter teeming with detailed prophecy of Christ's person and work together with the characteristics of the Gospel Age and the uniting of saved Jews and Gentiles in the church. Here it is also proved that Messiah will be a divine person and not the nation.
7:30pm | Sunday 19 May 2019
This is the occasion Christ called the multitudes around Him to make a momentous statement of principle. It was a matter on which Israel's 'clergy' had misled them - what defiles people to keep them out of Heaven? Here is the Lord's answer, and the only remedy.
1 John 1.1
11:00am | Sunday 19 May 2019
Christ is extolled by the aged apostle as truly man and God, who is holiness and truth, genuine believers being identified by their sensitivity to sin and concern for biblical obedience, and false Christians by their relative indifference to one or the other.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 May 2019
The famous appendix of Judges, speaking of events after Joshua and the elders. Micah and the Danites - a record of astounding syncretism from so-blessed a people, yielding lessons on how we as sincere people may fall into 'double-mindedness', first barely consciously, then fully.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 May 2019
Christ calls us to think about what life should really accomplish and the central importance of the soul. They show how much we need God's words for the soul to live, and the tragedy of devoting our entire lives to this material life and losing Heaven.
11:00am | Sunday 12 May 2019
Why does the risen Lord tell Peter he will die a martyr? How did this glorify God and why was Peter told that John's future should not concern him? Here are the reasons and their importance to us as individuals and churches today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 May 2019
An incomparable psalm for understanding the riches of thankfulness. Here are unexpected seams of thought from God's acts of creation, deliverance, guidance and provision. Here also is how the psalmist anticipates conversion and the Christian life, and shows the spiritual benefits of thankfulness.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 May 2019
It is amazing that Jesus Christ the Son of God, who entered into the world, should describe Himself as the 'bread of life'. Here is why He came in humble form, what He did to atone for sinners, and how we come to Him.
11:00am | Sunday 5 May 2019
A resurrection appearance of Christ to seven disciples gives a final lesson on dependence upon Him for all future blessing. Then, the threefold restoration of Peter shows love for Christ is the key to blessing and the antidote to self-love and disloyalty.
2 Kings 2
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 May 2019
Before Elisha's special enduement of the Spirit came three tests of loyalty, followed by a vital question. What will we ask of the Lord? What will a new preacher ask? Here is the meaning of the parting of Jordan, a chariot of fire, and the whirlwind ascension.
11:00am | Sunday 21 April 2019
It is clear the resurrection was completely unexpected by the disciples. Here is how it came, first by gentle intimation, then with a caution, then as a proof of Christ's successful atonement, and then as a command to trust in the living Lord.
11:00am | Friday 19 April 2019
The outward aspects of Calvary show the very evil for which the Lord atoned (on behalf of the redeemed). We see vividly portrayed His humiliation, along with human dishonesty, rejection of Himself, corruption and theft. For all these He paid an indescribable price inwardly.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 April 2019
Why is this such a prominent and distinctive doctrine? How does it relate to regeneration and sanctification? What are its purposes and what should we do to keep it alive in our hearts, and to reap its benefits in our lives and service for Christ?
6:30pm | Sunday 14 April 2019
As Christ hung on the cross in agony of body and soul, making atonement for all who are saved, a criminal executed alongside Him began to see Him in a new light, and yielded his life to Him. Here is that 'model' conversion, and what was involved.
11:00am | Sunday 14 April 2019
The Gospel of John here reveals the repeated failure in understanding and loyalty of a representive disciple, the deep dishonesty of the Jewish leaders, and the unwavering purpose and dignity of the Son of God throughout the multiple unjust, overnight hearings leading to Calvary.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 April 2019
After twenty years of historical silence, Joshua's last convocation of Israel is recorded, with his remarkable speech presenting sixteen distinctive exhortations or 'resolutions' for the lives of God's children. There is nothing quite so searching and comprehensive in all the Bible.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 April 2019
Why were the philosophers of Athens so eager to hear Paul? What were their beliefs? How did he go about showing their emptiness of thought and their need of Christ, and what were their various reactions? How closely their ideas of God reflect those of today!
11:00am | Sunday 7 April 2019
In the course of this great 'high priestly' prayer, the Lord reveals the purpose of the Christian calling, the vital distinctives of a true Christian faith, and the Christian's future destiny. Then the hour of redemptive work arrives, and He proceeds so calmly to Calvary.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 April 2019
Israel's tribes failed to clear residual Canaanite occupation, diluting their commission - the lessons. Joshua implements cities of refuge - here is how we know they have significance for the Christian life. Here also is the first piece of 'theatre' in the ancient church, and its folly.
6:30pm | Sunday 31 March 2019
King David's burden is to convey the very real experience he had of association with God. He spells out the tangible changes in his life through conversion, the evidences and scale of God's interventions and helps, then the terms on which one must approach Him.
11:00am | Sunday 31 March 2019
The Saviour's prayer - 'Sanctify them through thy truth' has led to a review of the Ten Commandments, this study surveying the scope of the last three - 'Thou shalt not steal...bear false witness....covet' - and especially how these guide believers in the life of the church.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 March 2019
Christ's most famous call to souls, showing who He is who calls, why He does so, what He calls us from, why we should listen, who will respond, and what He will do for us - illustrated with examples of those who have responded and found Him.
11:00am | Sunday 24 March 2019
Continuing John 17:17, 'Sanctify them through thy truth', we here review the fifth to the seventh commandments to see the wide application given by Moses and the New Testament, each commandment naming the chief sin of a 'family' of offences. This is the path of holiness.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 March 2019
We learn the need of limited methods in the Lord's work, how to identify 'Hazors' or pivotal issues in the defence of faith, the necessity of total obedience to God's plan, and the certain fall of Anakim giants that triggered Israel's unbelief and disobedience.
2 Corinthians 5.17
6:30pm | Sunday 17 March 2019
The Bible describes the necessity of conversion to God. In this verse it is presented as something radical, sudden, a complete event accomplished in an instant by God, and not by us. Here are the great features, and how we may come to it.
11:00am | Sunday 17 March 2019
Christ's high priestly prayer 'Sanctify them through thy truth' takes us to the moral law and a review of the fourth commandment. Here are the biblical reasons (and the resulting blessings) for honouring the Lord's Day. Here also are its biblical purposes and warnings.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 March 2019
Joshua's defence of the Gibeonites teems with spiritual lessons that still apply and bless God's people. Among them are once-only miracles that establish Joshua and his principles and crushed pagan deification of sun and moon. Here is Joshua's promoting of faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 March 2019
Isaiah's sublime poetry exhorts the superiority of God's thoughts and plans - so benevolent, magnificent and certain. Here is what God thinks of us, and what He is ready to do for us, if we listen to Him and turn to Him for a new life.
11:00am | Sunday 10 March 2019
Sanctification (purification, consecration and commitment) by the Word is the will of Christ for His own, and here we turn to the first three of the Ten Commandments to challenge our souls. How should these be applied today in our lives and churches?
6:30pm | Sunday 3 March 2019
Here is Paul magnificently explaining first, how not to gain the ear of God, and then how to do so - by understanding how He saves the soul and changes the life; also how to approach Him. This is the way to find and know Him.
11:00am | Sunday 3 March 2019
Believers are those who have 'seen' God and His ways. They are interceded for and kept, in order to reflect and speak of Christ. They are separated from the world and dedicated to the joy and service of Christ, and they are sanctified by the Word.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 February 2019
Biblical proofs that Joshua's conquest was a moral action of divine judgement that included an offer of peace to pagan cities (refused by all except the Gibeonites) if yielding to the moral standards displayed at Ebal. The Gibeonites in a positive light - illustrating evangelical repentance.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 February 2019
Suggested by the teaching of Jeremiah, here are the reasons why people are inclined to turn away from God, and to block out thoughts of His help and of eternity. Here also is a summary of all that is lost, and how to find Him.
11:00am | Sunday 24 February 2019
A prayer expressing the united will of the Godhead for things about to be secured by the work of Christ. Awed disciples learn, and generations of believers receive mighty assurance. This introduction shows Christ praying as prophet, priest and king for all His own.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 February 2019
Achan sins and all Israel must suffer - why? Is it just? The question answered. The nature of 'the accursed thing' and its equivalent today. Here is 'spiritual desertion' as they knew it (and how it may strike believing churches), Achan's obduracy, and the nation's restoration.
1 Corinthians 1.29
6:30pm | Sunday 17 February 2019
The most jarring aspect of the Bible's message is that people, however accomplished and praised, have no claim to be approved by God if they have no relationship with Him. Human pride is offended, but here are God's reasons and His terms for acceptance.
11:00am | Sunday 17 February 2019
The very final briefing of the Saviour to the disciples before His arrest tells of much yet to be taught them (by the Spirit), of Christ being 'seen' (by the Spirit), of their new liberty in prayer, and of their great joy - all ongoing promises for believers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 February 2019
Four steps are emphasised in Joshua 4-6: first, the cherishing of God's works (the Jordan memorial), second, not hindering the work (by prolonging the reproach of Egypt), third, clinging to one's sense of God (the theophany), and fourth, keeping faith as paramount (the strange siege).
6:30pm | Sunday 10 February 2019
Paul gives a unique definition of conversion as the entry of Christ into a life, and here is the explanation of what this means, how Christ's work in us is carried out, and how we are changed and enriched for life and eternity.
11:00am | Sunday 10 February 2019
Christ speaks of the Spirit's work convicting of sin (unbelief being the crowning sin), convincing of the perfection of Christ and our dependence on Him, and convincing of the judgement to come. As these things were preached, the Spirit would convict and convince souls.
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 January 2019
First, tests of faith exemplified; second, the fourfold significance of the ark for us today; third, the necessity of reverence; fourth, the preaching of God's Word central in every church event; fifth, all glory to be assigned to God, not leaders.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 January 2019
The remarkable high priestly blessing given by God to be pronounced in Old Testament times lists the elements of spiritual life and experience given freely by God to all who sincerely seek and trust Him. Here is the substance of a true meeting with God.
11:00am | Sunday 27 January 2019
The Saviour taught that people generally, locked in the world system, whatever their surface attitude, detest Him and His message. History shows this to be so. Here are the various forms of hatred, the reasons behind them, and the biblical response of Gospel workers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 January 2019
The well-known sending of the two spies contrasts with the twelve sent forty years before, who offended the Lord by presuming to choose the route of conquest. We learn the necessity of honouring God's prerogatives — prescribed directions for the Christian life and church.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 January 2019
The apostle Paul was converted from a career as a persecutor of Christians to being a tireless missionary to the Gentiles. Here he describes the viewpoint of God as He considers rebellious mankind. This is Paul's magnificent survey of our need, and Christ's kindness to save.
11:00am | Sunday 20 January 2019
Sublime words of Christ about mutual love between believers, about the privilege of being loved by Him, of being told all things by Him, of being 'elected' to salvation and service, commissioned, and equipped with the power of prayer. An overwhelming inspiration to full commitment.
11:00am | Sunday 13 January 2019
Christ's instructions to the apostles defining the Christian life. He begins with the New Covenant, and how He is the true vine securing redemption for His people. He also defines 'fruit' (the essential evidence of conversion) and what it means to 'abide' in Himself.
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 January 2019
The literal history of Joshua, showing the pastoral parallels for our spiritual lives today in chapter 1. Here is Joshua's momentous call, the certain promise of instrumentality, the effort needed, the necessity of a focus for faith, and other principles often neglected yet so vital today.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 January 2019
"Buy the truth" urges Solomon - a search for the explanation and meaning of life, and a relationship with the Lord. Don't sell it, as many do, for a godless life. Here is how the heart is given to God, and how eyes are opened.
11:00am | Sunday 6 January 2019
Five expressions of love for Christ all found in this passage - all being a key to ongoing assurance, and all stirring greater love. For a new year, we see Christ's words - love learns, love trusts, love identifies, love serves and love obeys.
11:00am | Tuesday 25 December 2018
Not a charming story but a series of profound and vital facts about Christ and His work. Here the questions are answered - Why shepherds? Why an angel? Why 'good tidings'? Why the term 'Saviour'? Why the sign of a manger and then a choir?
6:30pm | Sunday 23 December 2018
Here is the whole Bible in one verse, showing the great division in society; also that unbelief must have consequences; then - the meaning of sin, the true meaning of death, the extraordinary gift of God, and the price paid by the Giver.
11:00am | Sunday 23 December 2018
In this last teaching discourse to the apostles the Lord impresses upon them things they have not yet grasped, especially about the Holy Spirit: that He is a divine Person, giving spiritual illumination and assurance, and impressing Christ on the hearts of believers.
11:00am | Sunday 16 December 2018
The day before Calvary, with the disciples, Christ gives a fourfold remedy for their deficiencies. They must grasp the necessity of faith, the heavenly objective, His pivotal atonement, and His equality with the Father. Only then can they fulfil their commission.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 December 2018
A sequence of verses showing how to steer oneself toward consideration of others, use 'unbreachable barriers' to avoid sin, maintain diligence in all things, avoid giving superficial counsel, register and convey disapproval of wrong, and treasure family devotion and the means of grace.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 December 2018
The 'depraved' human condition was acknowledged for centuries past because it is so obviously true. Here Isaiah shows human unreasonableness before God, alienation, rebellion, and inability to change. Here also is the way to find God's forgiveness and life-changing power.
11:00am | Sunday 9 December 2018
Having washed the disciples' feet, Christ revealed to them seven vital immediate events - the betrayal, their future work, the ugliness of hypocrisy, the need for heart-searching before the Lord's Supper, the direction of events, how humiliation would bring glory, and the future church.
7:30am | Wednesday 5 December 2018
This group of verses unfolds five 'companions' of biblical truth as we search and apply it to life. Fascinating illustrations press home lessons on the need of: diligence, purity (in doctrine and methods), reality (especially the call to service), humility, and diplomacy (or sensitivity).
6:30pm | Sunday 2 December 2018
It is astounding how many illustrations and arguments the prophet Jeremiah uses to persuade people in 586 BC to turn back to God. Yet today his reasoning is just as vital, as he stirs us to see our need of spiritual life.
11:00am | Sunday 2 December 2018
A symbolic act with four moving lessons for the future apostles, just before Christ went to Calvary, showing his love for his own, his coming humiliation, his cleansing of them, and the humility of bearing and life (essential to them and all believers in order to be used by God).
Romans 5.1, Romans 5.1, Romans 5.1
6:30pm | Sunday 25 November 2018
The reality of the state of war between all people and God before conversion. The full consequences of war throughout life, and its futility. Then the multiple benefits of peace on reconciliation, how it is achieved, and how we may be certain of it.
11:00am | Sunday 25 November 2018
The profound meaning of 'now is the judgement of this world', and the scornful questions of the masses, revealing their problem, then the Lord's last great appeal before Calvary, then the mysterious hardening of the heart of the people, plus green shoots of conversion.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 November 2018
Through four striking illustrations Solomon considers spiritual 'skills': a noble building showing the three stages of spiritual life, warfare showing strategies for resisting Satan, the uninitiated builder or soldier showing hopeless consequences, and the need for constant exercise of spiritual skills.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 November 2018
As far as human beings are concerned, the multitude of God's tender mercies are the towering wonder of His divine attributes. Here are His mercies of salvation, their benefits, the great cost to God of their implementation, and the happiness of receiving them.
11:00am | Sunday 18 November 2018
Almost like a Greek play with seven scenes, the apostle John (in twenty verses) tracks seven distinct sources of powerful authenticating views about Christ as Messiah, including the words of Christ Himself and the Father. Here also is the Lord's call to salvation.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 November 2018
Starting with a brief comment on the 'rod' in Proverbs, and what it does not mean, here is a remarkable 20-verse topic showing how Satan first makes sin desirable, promotes it through bad company, weakens thirst for regular teaching, then tightens sin's grip on us.
11:00am | Sunday 11 November 2018
John's record of the last days of the earthly life of the Lord begins with the supper at Bethany - a remarkable picture of Christian worship and commitment seen in Martha's service, the testimony of Lazarus, and Mary's demonstration of faith by the symbol of anointing.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 November 2018
- earthly and personal desires that is. Beginning with the need to curb determination to have one's way, Solomon deals with anger, longings in general, and the 'evil eye' of coveting. He powerfully emphasises the need to observe God's sacred boundaries in life.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 November 2018
Christ's parable of the pounds had a message for His Jewish hearers, plus an ongoing one to the people of all times, namely that everyone has an awareness or instinct of God and should invest it by seeking to find Him and know Him.
11:00am | Sunday 4 November 2018
Two months before Calvary, the ruling council of chief priests and clergy assembled to plan the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Their folly is here tracked to show how everything they thought and planned was overruled and re-shaped by the sovereign power of Christ.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 October 2018
Undoubtedly there are attractive-sounding benefits from rejecting God and investing in life without any spiritual concerns, and here are some of these. But see the weighty losses and the burdens, and also the compassion of Christ for human 'sheep not having a shepherd'.
11:00am | Sunday 28 October 2018
Over several days, the Lord gave three clear intimations that He would raise Lazarus from the dead, but the disciples, then Martha, in varying degrees, could not take in His words. Faith triumphed in the end, and here is the history of growing conviction.
7:30pm | Wednesday 24 October 2018
The first proverb in this group announces the theme - the believer's reputation for shining integrity (and its works), showing that it encompasses a true view of self (humility), principled living, keeping personal spiritual independence, and other precious elements. With examples of typical failure.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 October 2018
Sin is the impassable barrier between God and men, which must be removed and forgiven before reconciliation. Repentance is not enough. There must also be faith. Here is why, what faith must be in, and why alternatives are disastrous.
11:00am | Sunday 21 October 2018
Surrounding Christ in the temple precincts four months before Calvary, the teachers of the Jews attempt to ensnare Him, but the encounter reveals seven elements of the Lord's approach to lost souls, all of which teach believers how they should proceed.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 October 2018
How easily, as believers, we lose sight of the spiritual warfare, proceeding undefended through daily life. Here Satanic hostility is seen at four levels: the battle for the life of the soul; for sanctification; for the spread of the Gospel, and for defence of the Truth.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 October 2018
The short parables of the treasure hidden in a field and the pearl of great price proclaim the discovery of Christ, salvation and His superiority over everything else sought after on earth. Here is the person and work of Christ, and the experience of finding Him.
11:00am | Sunday 14 October 2018
Six months before Calvary the Lord uses the Good Shepherd allegory to portray salvation and the new church order. Here is the contrast between Satan's 'shepherds' and the Lord. Here also is the call of the Gospel, and the gifts of salvation bestowed by Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 October 2018
Here are eight consecutive graphic proverbs presenting distinctive aspects of sanctification: the need for a plan, the special guarding of appetites and words, fleeing pride, fearing indolence, being outgoing, keeping utmost sincerity in worship, applying Truth, and being ever-correctable. These powerful helps explored.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 October 2018
Bandits raiding the trade routes of the biblical world paid a price in wounds and death at the hands of militia. Solomon applies their lifestyle to the spiritual cost of disdaining the Lord. Here are the blessings lost by neglect, or gained by coming to Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 7 October 2018
Announced by Christ as a demonstration of His saving work, picturing repentance as central to saving faith. Also here is a statement of commission to successive believers, a view of Christ's divine attributes, and a glimpse of the demise of the Jewish priesthood.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 October 2018
Twelve verses track the fallen state of mankind, revealing strikingly different and often surprising aspects of our lost condition. It stirs our sympathy, prayers and witness, and, of course, our gratitude for salvation. We see also the vast differences between being lost or saved.
7:30pm | Wednesday 26 September 2018
Here are six influences to be resisted: things that intoxicate (not only alcohol), peace and acceptance, the love of strife, the love of comfort and convenience, untested dreams and plans, and inner self-justification. Here also are the biblical ways of defeating them.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 September 2018
Despite the intellectual brilliance of the human race, we are capable of great foolishness in our dismissal of God, as King David points out. Here are the reasons why we suppose that God keeps no account of our lives, and all that we lose by this thinking.
11:00am | Sunday 23 September 2018
The Jerusalem 'clergy' failed to see the Lord in the clear promises of Genesis and subsequently, so His words made no sense to them. Here is how Christ is the chief rule of interpretation, and the key to understanding all human history.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 September 2018
Our title identifies the theme running through this group of twelve proverbs (clearly so in eight of them). Here are twelve distinctive and vital counsels for Christian fellowship, all of them curing defects and enabling deeper ties of respect and love between the Lord's people.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 September 2018
Mankind has been enabled by the Creator to accomplish many things, but without Christ we cannot see, taste or know spiritual realities, overcome flaws and sins, be reconciled with God, know deep purpose and happiness, or have eternal life. Here is how we find Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 2 September 2018
In a vast temple court, the Lord declares Himself the light of the world, but the Pharisees reject His divinity. Here, He reasons with them, giving a solemn warning. The shallow belief of some of them urges us to be sure of genuine conversion.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 August 2018
Remarkable and profound verses show the necessity of being wholly submitted to the Lord in all departments of the spiritual journey - including the direction of life, self-examination, advance in holiness, pride-abatement, and persecution. Almost every verse couples a human action with a divine response.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 August 2018
The doubts some people had about Christ (when on earth) mirror our doubts today. Here are the Lord's own answers to people then, answers that resolve our misunderstandings in modern times, showing the reality of the faith, and the necessity of finding and knowing God.
11:00am | Sunday 26 August 2018
Scribes - experts in the law - devise an inescapable trap for Christ, determined to frame charges against Him, but He confounds them, turning the attention of the crowd to salvation. Here also is 'I am the light of the world,' and what it means to possess Him.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 August 2018
The Roman military commander of Capernaum gradually sees he is unfit for God, and grasps the soul-saving purpose of Christ. He gives up the six beliefs of all who hope that their works will gain God's favour, and embraces free forgiveness by grace.
11:00am | Sunday 19 August 2018
The Pharisees and chief priests thought they had communion with God, power to vanquish Christ, and knowledge of the Scriptures. In reality, they had none of these, as this passage shows. Here also is Christ's great call to the thirsty to receive life and power by the Spirit.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 August 2018
The remarkable parable of the labourers in the vineyard teems with surprising facts of God's mercy toward souls. This also illustrates how God gathers people to Himself out of all the different age-groups, at immeasurable cost to Himself.
11:00am | Sunday 12 August 2018
The attitude to Christ of His own brothers (before their conversion), then of the common people crowded into Jerusalem from throughout the land for the feast of tabernacles, then of the leaders, and then of the residents of Jerusalem. Here also are the lessons.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 August 2018
Profound verses tell how to keep a calm mental, emotional state with joy in the Lord (no matter what). Here are the duties of appreciation, joy and gratitude even alongside woes, the need for food for the soul, and for simplicity, love, and self-control.
7:30am | Wednesday 25 July 2018
The Lord Himself tells us that patience possesses or holds firm the soul in communion with God. This is an active form of patient endurance, including spiritual hope and joy, and here are key texts illustrating its promotion in all the pressures of life.
Luke 13.6, Luke 13.6
6:30pm | Sunday 22 July 2018
A short parable of Christ about a failing fig tree, illustrating the Saviour's lovingkindness and mercy in redeeming and transforming worthless and dying souls. Here is the privileged uniqueness of humankind, tragically alienated from God, and the way from meaninglessness to union with the Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 22 July 2018
Christ exclusively has the words of eternal life, but it is enriching to understand that this is a comprehensive term that refers to a host of features of eternal glory, reviewed here. If these are not appreciated and wanted, one cannot really desire eternal life.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 July 2018
The 'principles' contained in key Scripture texts that decide whether a pursuit is of the world; plus an examination of dancing, with special attention to David's dancing before the Lord, and the impossibility of this justifying modern dancing either in worship or in the world.
1 John 2.15
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 July 2018
Surely we are moving into the last age end-phase of licence and lawlessness. Here we briefly review history since the 1960s, and then consider a gulf between church and world, then study the command to love not the world and its things. What are these?
11:00am | Sunday 8 July 2018
About a year before Calvary, the Lord preached at Capernaum promises of eternal life to all who received His bodily work for sinners. They would, He said, be 'drawn' by the irresistible grace of God to find true and living union with Him.
2 Timothy 4.5
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The Scriptures provide comprehensive practical instruction and guidance for the carrying out of all preaching, worship and church activity, and for every instruction there is a divine promise of help and reward. Do we review adequately or often our teaching, or the work of our church? Here are the ‘departments’…
6:30pm | Sunday 1 July 2018
Christ's parable illustrated spiritual truths marvellously, riveting minds, but they required thought, or the meaning would remain obscure. Here are the motives that would lead hearers to the meaning (both then and now) and to obtaining pardon and new life from Christ the Saviour.
11:00am | Sunday 1 July 2018
The discourse of the Saviour to followers who sought a political rather than a spiritual salvation. Here is His presentation of His divinity, His life-giving work, His salvation promises, and His explanation of the Father's preparatory work in the hearts of those who believe.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 June 2018
The parable of the sower reveals four different reactions to spiritual matters, in particular - to the good news of pardon and life from Christ. What influences our response against our deepest and eternal interests? Christ tells us how we may change.
11:00am | Sunday 24 June 2018
The building of faith in the great calling of saved people - how slowly it deepens, without thought. Here is the testing of the disciples, with lessons, in the feeding of the 5000, and Christ's earthly power in walking on, and calming, the storm-tossed sea.
11:00am | Sunday 17 June 2018
Early in His ministry, Christ challenged the Jews, proclaiming a spiritual resurrection for all who 'heard' His voice, and a future bodily resurrection. Again, He asserted His divine sonship, authenticated by the Father through His mighty works, and through the scriptures - especially Moses.
Philippians 2.19, Philippians 2.19
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 June 2018
A single study review of Timothy as a model for believers, particularly his remarkable sympathy, his commendation, his forwardness and courage (contrary to what is often assumed about him), and his humility. Here is the evidence and the practical counsel for us in our day.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 June 2018
The basis of salvation taught throughout the Bible and down the centuries by Christian preachers is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Here is the meaning of this greatest message of love, and why there can be no other way of meeting God.
11:00am | Sunday 10 June 2018
The startling question 'Wilt thou be made whole?' exposes the human indifference to salvation, broken only by Christ's initiative in opening the heart to mercy. Here are lessons in salvation; also - Christ's unambiguous assertion of His divinity, which became the real basis of all hostility.
2 Corinthians 13.11
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 June 2018
Far more than 'sundry' good wishes, here are Paul's five conditions for the presence of God: the maintaining of joy; living a full-spectrum Christian life; knowing how to gain comfort in trials; being of one mind with believers; and being a peace-maker.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 June 2018
What do we lose by forgetting God and the soul, and building our lives without interest in these things? Society currently urges us into unbelief, but here is how God reasons with us about the purpose of existence and the way to eternal life.
11:00am | Sunday 3 June 2018
The harvesting of souls is the Saviour's stated source of great satisfaction, and will be ours also if it governs our priorities and prayers. Here also is the power of witness, and the nature of saving faith in the case of the nobleman of Capernaum.
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 May 2018
Here is the Lord's own teaching on the maintaining of Christian joy, including reflection on conversion blessings, rewards in striving for holiness, seeing the risen Christ near at hand by faith, a life of answered prayer, the practice of anticipation, and the right handling of trials.
11:00am | Sunday 27 May 2018
Christ's exhaustion shows His astonishing love in assuming the limitations of human nature for salvation. His encounter with a brazenly reluctant hearer, unable to grasp spiritual wonders until He revealed His identity, reflects all experience of conversion. Here also are the golden rules of worship.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 May 2018
Conversion to Christ may take place in a moment, but more often we discover what it means to find Him by stages. Here is the experience of Simon Peter, tracing his phases of reluctance up to the great moment of genuine faith.
11:00am | Sunday 13 May 2018
Here is the exemplary modesty of the Baptist in yielding the crowd to Christ, and his exalting of Christ's divinity. Also, we see how crowds desired baptism without deep belief, explaining why John's Gospel emphasises belief in Christ's redeeming purpose (which leads to repentance).
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 May 2018
This is a tour of a 'family' of texts in the New Testament that together define the good works that should characterise those saved by grace. Here are the categories of witness, kindness or compassion, and holiness, with their scriptural helps and encouragements.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 May 2018
Love for Christ is constantly eroded by other concerns, and by salvation and blessing being taken for granted. Here scriptures show how admiration is maintained together with indebtedness, Christ-likeness and trust in Him. These deepen love. Here also is discerning love - the vital kind.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 April 2018
Christ's miniature parable of the 'evil eye' uses seeing disorders to illustrate our inability to see the spiritual purpose of life, our predicament before God, and our need of forgiveness and reconciliation. Here is God's provision for us, and the way to know Him.
11:00am | Sunday 29 April 2018
How the Lord presented salvation by grace to Nicodemus, showing that it was always given to individuals, through faith, by the immeasurable love of God in Christ. Here also is the Lord explaining why people refuse to believe, and his appeal to Nicodemus to repent.
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 April 2018
Here is the climax of persecution of the church by Antichrist, cut short by the return of Christ. We look at the church militant, the future glory, and the significance of the symbolic time to the end, with the encouragements and lessons for the church.
11:00am | Sunday 22 April 2018
An acclaimed and magnificent jewel of poetic literature by Solomon shows that we are not free, but subject in all things to forces outside our control. Then, by a parable, he shows how conversion to God is the way to real freedom and purpose.
11:00am | Sunday 22 April 2018
A ruling pharisee, possibly exploring cooperation between Christ and the Temple order, comes by night, but the Lord teaches that only a new birth purchased by Himself, wrought directly by God, and revealed throughout Scripture, can save people, whether pharisees or ordinary Jews and Gentiles.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 April 2018
This astonishing chapter falls into three parts: first, detailed prophecy of events up to 175BC (all fulfilled and here summarised); then the tyranny of Antiochus toward Palestine; then the end-times acts of Antichrist, now being fulfilled before our eyes in church and state.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 April 2018
How the prophet's prayers, longing for knowledge, and self-abasement before God, are rewarded by the most detailed prophecy of future events in the Bible. Here also is insight into the unseen spiritual warfare involving a principal demon and the victorious Saviour.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 April 2018
A final appeal of Moses to men and women about their need of God, which describes the human struggle for independence from Him - and the cost. Moses sets out the things that God bestows now and eternally, and pleads to us all to consider.
11:00am | Sunday 8 April 2018
The Lord's purity cannot allow the shameful hypocrisy of Temple conduct, and by an act of divine power He casts out the commerce, and prophesies His own death and resurrection (as well as the fall of the Temple), providing lessons for spiritual living today.
12:00am | Wednesday 4 April 2018
Here is Daniel's prayer for the restoration of Jerusalem, and the vision of seventy 'sevens' and how, by the traditional evangelical view, the prophet's eyes are lifted to Calvary and Christ's six accomplishments there.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 April 2018
Our society today knows so little about almighty God, having wilfully shut Him out of all consideration. But look, says the Bible, at His attributes, ways and plans. Consider the uniqueness of God and compare His actions, plans and promises with those of human society.
11:00am | Sunday 1 April 2018
We see first, the immeasurable, surpassing, incomparable greatness of Christ's resurrection and its chief purposes. We see also forty days of appearances, and consider the way 'resurrection' is replicated in a spiritual, moral way in the lives of believers, before their own resurrection.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 March 2018
The tragedy of human pride, affecting everyone, is here probed. God, the Bible says, arranges Himself in battle against the proud. Why is it so abhorrent to God? What are its forms and manifestations? How may we push through it to seek and find Him?
11:00am | Sunday 25 March 2018
First we see the message of the miracle; second - the insurmountable problem; third - the necessity of obedience; fourth - the quality of the miracle; fifth - the results. The disciples saw Christ's divine power and the nature of His saving work.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 March 2018
Daniel's vision of the Persian and the Greek empires, from which would come Antiochus Epiphanes, who would inflict seven years of woes upon Jerusalem, being a type and figure of the last-days antichrist, providing a picture of his last offensive against the faith.
11:00am | Sunday 18 March 2018
The encounter of the first disciples with Christ reflects the experience of all believers, embracing a considerable surprise, a deep sense of need, a compulsion to share Christ, a new character, light on the Word and the progressive discovery of even 'greater things'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 March 2018
Daniel's vision of four beasts extends the prophet's picture of the four empires, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, that would precede the coming of Christ, with emphasis on the 'little horn', antichrist, that would devour the earth and attack the church until Christ's return.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 March 2018
One of the greatest problems of mankind is an upside-down estimation of good and bad, desirable and undesirable, here challenged by King Solomon pleading for a spiritual view of life, without which we will never seek or find God. Here are his 'shock' arguments.
11:00am | Sunday 11 March 2018
John the Baptist, the forerunner, was needed because of extreme spiritual barrenness. He called thousands to repentance, but most remained unsaved, never receiving Christ's spiritual baptism - the new birth. Here are lessons to us, and also the saving work of Christ - the Lamb of God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 March 2018
Persecution of the seed of the woman by that of the serpent flares up when subordinates of Darius plot Daniel's death, but his faith and deliverance lead to religious freedom for Jews, attestation for the prophet, worldwide testimony, and a challenge for us.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 March 2018
Preachers down the centuries have identified the problem of self-righteousness as the greatest barrier to seeking Christ and salvation. Here is the evidence for its near universal hold on the hearts and minds of people, and how it is only cured by faith in Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 4 March 2018
Four elevating verses, first, presenting Christ's eternal existence and amazing condescension to His people; secondly, showing His limitless capacity, and the meaning of 'grace for grace'; thirdly, extolling His mighty accomplishments, and fourthly, telling how He reveals and 'exegetes' the Father to provide our spiritual experiences.
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 February 2018
Seventy years earlier, Nebuchadnezzar was indifferent to the true God. Later, God punished his pride (and stopped the genocide of the faithful). Belshazzar now adds insolent derision, always the last stage before judgement, and spurns repentance. Here is the 'true story' of that last night.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 February 2018
Who is truly wise and understanding? - asks King Solomon. 'The Preacher' answering the question in a series of unusual and striking illustrations, showing the necessity of finding the eternal purpose of earthly life, and coming to know and walk with God.
11:00am | Sunday 25 February 2018
Reflections on the magnificent introduction to John, glorifying Christ; eternally equal with the Father (no eternal submission), Creator and fountain of life, obscured by the Fall but always saving souls, rejected by the world but 'tabernacling' among us for the salvation of those 'born of God'.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 February 2018
Isaiah portrays God as issuing a call to us to reason or argue with Him about His terms for a relationship. What are our grounds for keeping away from Him? What would He say about this, and how would He deal with us?
11:00am | Sunday 18 February 2018
First, the use of psalms and hymns for personal spiritual help; secondly, the biblical authority and necessity for hymns of human composition; thirdly, the nature of melody in the heart, and fourthly, the qualities needed for valid, edifying, God-glorifying hymns.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 February 2018
The purpose of God in the humbling (though not the conversion) of a seemingly invincible emperor shortly before his death and then the fall of the empire. Daniel is assured of God's sovereignty overall, and we glean promises for the present turmoil.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 February 2018
Being 'born again' is a greatly debased term today through light usage, but it is vital to genuine conversion and spiritual life. Here is how Christ's term brings to life what happens when people come to Christ, what it feels like and what it leads to.
11:00am | Sunday 11 February 2018
Romans 8 shows sanctification begins with conversion and that it is progressive lifelong. Here is how the Spirit employs the Word, the conscience, and the practice of putting to death sin. Here also are special means such as divine chastisement, suffering and mutual admonition.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 February 2018
Nebuchadnezzar's 'image' was Satan's scheme to achieve submission to paganism or execution of all Jews at court, and through the empire, eliminating any remnant of faithful Israel and the plan of redemption. A miracle averted all with minimal deaths. Here are mighty spiritual encouragements.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 February 2018
Christ the Saviour was pleading with people to see their need of true conversion when He spoke of many who assumed they were bound for heaven, who would in fact be shut out. Here is why, and what we must do to enter eternal life.
11:00am | Sunday 4 February 2018
Loss of spiritual feeling, love, joy and fervour are more serious and ominous than we may think. Attendance soon suffers and a backward drift gathers pace. Why did it happen? The spiritual warfare must come back into view, with all its measures and helps.
11:00am | Sunday 28 January 2018
He who saw Satan cast out of Heaven began His ministry in voluntary subjection to the adversary's extreme malice. Yet even the Lord of Glory must do so to 'qualify' to be our representative and Saviour. Here is the meaning of each temptation and response.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 January 2018
Christ's parable of a crooked estate manager is about making arrangements for life and eternity. How stable are our riches and accomplishments? How useful are our contacts and friends in terms of eternal influence? Here are the real riches of life that only the Saviour gives.
1 Thessalonians 5.23
11:00am | Sunday 21 January 2018
'Let go, and let God' is a great mistake in sanctification, for there must be striving and prayer for progress in holiness. Yet, says Paul, it is all achieved by the power of God. Here also are the three 'departments' of life to be specially guarded.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 January 2018
In the mighty Babylonian empire human power seemed to have extinguished the people of God and the Messianic promise. Then God revealed the coming sequence and end of world empires and the day of Christ. Here is the startling rise of Daniel, prophet and guardian.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 January 2018
Unbelief in the Gospel is described in the Bible as wilful and deeply damaging to us, whereas modern thought says it is reasonable critical thinking. Here is the Bible's analysis of its cause and course, and how its cure is the greatest imaginable benefit.
11:00am | Sunday 14 January 2018
All believers have a solemn responsibility to examine and establish the biblical authority behind all doctrines, acts of worship and methods proclaimed or carried out by their churches, and by themselves as individuals. Here are categories of doctrine and practice to be monitored.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 January 2018
An extremely long life of remarkable instrumentality in the preservation of God's people along with unique prophetic insights began with a pivotal and risk-laden test. Here is the proving of Daniel and other young Israelites by which they denied the world and obeyed God.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 January 2018
The feeding by Christ of 5000 men plus women and children on the north-eastern shore of Galilee was one of the most significant of all His 'teaching miracles'. Here is what it said to the people, and to us, about our need for conversion to Christ
1 Thessalonians 5.19
11:00am | Sunday 7 January 2018
How is the fire of the Spirit manifested in believers' lives? Here are texts showing His work to be sanctifying, illuminating (with joy), and imparting zeal for souls and good works. Here also are the ways we resist and quench the holy flame.
6:30pm | Sunday 31 December 2017
Why do Christ and numerous Bible passages insist on believing as the only way to approach God and experience conversion to Him? Why not actions or works or ceremonies? Here is what is unique and vital about believing, and what one must believe.
1 Thessalonians 5.18
11:00am | Sunday 31 December 2017
The Bible is full of thankfulness. Here is its immense significance in the Christian life, also its power to inspire humility, indebtedness to God, appreciation of Him, holiness, trust, reliance, love, happiness and evangelism. Here also are matters for inclusion in thanksgiving.
12:00am | Monday 25 December 2017
This best known of all Bible verses speaks of the scale of God's love for this present disordered world. It is, of course, a love of vast compassion that sent the noblest and highest, the Eternal Son, to redeem. Here is soul-saving love.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 December 2017
Our greatest needs in life are light and understanding about the reason for our being, an explanation of the state of the world, and how we may relate to God and have a future life. Finding Christ is the solution, and knowing His power.
1 Thessalonians 5.17
11:00am | Sunday 24 December 2017
A call to prove the Lord in every phase of life. Here are the biblical departments of prayer, followed by the need for greater determination, faith, desire, thoughtfulness, patience, holiness and sincerity, with attention to prayer in trials, and the obligations that come with prayer.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 December 2017
An overview of surprising themes in Leviticus, including the need for feelingfulness, identifying sins of ignorance and strange fire today, Christian distinctiveness, and the ongoing message of the feasts and the jubilee. Also, the 'appendix' - the rules for vows, then and now.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 December 2017
In giving sight to a blind man at Bethsaida the Lord (unusually) healed in two stages, providing a lesson of hope for seekers who have seen through the world and begin to feel their need of forgiveness. Soon the full experience of conversion will follow.
1 Thessalonians 5.12
11:00am | Sunday 10 December 2017
This brief 'treasury' of concise exhortations lists key duties for Christian living, including rules for the spiritual life and duties for life in the everyday world. Here are the first eight forming a life of aspirations to both monitor and inspire.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 December 2017
Moses gives the gracious key to how God would deal with Israel by physical, earthly, public benefits or disciplines according to their general national behaviour. Here also by way of application are the equivalent spiritual benefits and disciplines for Gospel age believers.
2 Chronicles 33.12
6:30pm | Sunday 3 December 2017
The well-known extraordinary conversion of Manasseh, Judah's most evil king, provides a picture of how God draws people to Himself, imbuing them with a deep realisation of their need, so that they give Him their lives to be entirely changed.
1 Thessalonians 5.1
11:00am | Sunday 3 December 2017
So inclined are we to spiritual and moral casualness that the apostle stresses the necessity and urgency of constant self-scrutiny of our tendencies, temptations, conduct, words and our associations in the fight against the surrounding 'darkness'. Here are his three selected items of armour.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 November 2017
The purpose of the Land Sabbath — far beyond the resting of the land — its moral benefits and spiritual lessons; then the remarkable Jubilee law with its spiritual and prophetic purpose. Was a Jubilee ever held? The true Jubilee in Isaiah, fulfilled in Christ and His Church.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 November 2017
The human plight of today is looking away from God and alienation from Him. Here is the gracious appeal of God that stirs us from unawareness to see our spiritual need, and to experience His reconciling kindness in conversion. Here is the call of God.
1 Thessalonians 4.13
11:00am | Sunday 26 November 2017
The apostle declares Christ as the unique and authoritative hope for the resurrection of the body. Here also is the concept of being joined to Him for salvation and therefore for eternity; the parousia and the rapture, and their imminence and comfort.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 November 2017
All seven major feasts of Moses are in this chapter. This overview explains the spiritual purpose of each, showing how they form a perfect agenda for the meditation of believers, as well as a preacher's checklist of essential themes for the blessing of God's people.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 November 2017
Millions pray to the one eternal, almighty God. Who may pray to Him, and how? On what basis may the Holy One be approached? What makes prayer acceptable or futile? What kind of request is heard, and what is the proof? Here are David's answers.
1 Thessalonians 4.1-8
11:00am | Sunday 19 November 2017
Four principles of living to please the Lord: (1) The need to be pledged to constant progress, (2) the chief virtues to aim at, (3) the necessity of deliberate, determined abstention from sin, especially returning sin, and (4) the role of the Holy Spirit.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 November 2017
Rules for discerning the ongoing message for today in the ceremonies of the law, eg: the vital spiritual application (not digestive!) of the embargo on eating the offering after two days; the priests' funeral restrictions, the giving of children to Molech, and especially spiritual sincerity.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 November 2017
First, how the annual Day of Atonement foretells the one sacrifice of Messiah; secondly, sexual conduct laws, including the abomination of same-sex relationships and their moral-law permanence; thirdly, the message of uncircumcised fruit - that no culture is neutral but all must be sanctified.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 November 2017
- Especially if God is set aside. The limitation of idols listed in this Psalm apply to the idol of today - materialistic atheism. Lacking voice, vision and hearing it has no explanation of life's purpose, no help and no power. The Gospel of Christ is the opposite.
1 Thessalonians 3.1
11:00am | Sunday 5 November 2017
Reflected in this letter is the apostle's deep concern for believers, and his sacrificial spirit. Also we see his acceptance of hardship for Christ, his great priority of building faith and trust in believers, his prayerfulness and his teaching on separation from the world.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 October 2017
Paul's racing analysis of the human condition before God - the extent of our spiritual lifelessness and its consequences, set alongside the astonishing power and love of Christ in the conversion of innumerable individuals, and their new lives. Here is conversion - truly a raising from the dead.
1 Thessalonians 2.14
11:00am | Sunday 29 October 2017
Of all the marks of conversion the apostle's crowning sign here is readiness to suffer in the course of witness. Also, he refers to Satan's hindrances (here are today's), and to the immense joy of relating to converts (our wreath of glory) both now and eternally.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 October 2017
Simon Peter was overwhelmed on first meeting Christ, but although he became a follower, he was not immediately converted. Here are the key stages in his experience which have helped seekers over many centuries. His discoveries may help us to trust Christ for salvation.
1 Thessalonians 2.10
11:00am | Sunday 22 October 2017
Paul's description of the mission to Thessalonica presents the vital ingredients of evangelism - a desire for souls, hard work night and day, holy lives, fatherly appeals, and a desire for lasting conversion, all leading to a miracle of God in illumination and regeneration.
1 Thessalonians 5.21
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The mighty work of God in the Reformation that began 500 years ago can only be truly honoured by a commitment to continuing reformation. Here are nine major aspects of church life and belief, abandoned by many evangelicals today, that must be reformed for spiritual blessing.
1 Thessalonians 2.3
11:00am | Sunday 15 October 2017
Paul entered Thessalonica outwardly lowly but inwardly laden with treasures of grace and power. He lays out three tests of soundness: matter (the message), motives, and manner (of proclamation), and here we apply them to Jews, pagans, modern atheism, and present-day Christian phonies also.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 October 2017
The 23rd psalm is the most famous of David's poetic compositions, but people often do not realise it is the king's brilliant summary of his view of life - of how he saw himself before his Creator - and how he came to find and know Him.
1 Thessalonians 1.9
11:00am | Sunday 8 October 2017
Thessalonica saw lives radically changed. The new objective of believers was the gathering of souls out of a doomed world for Christ's return, not world restoration (an old heresy returning today). Here also is their realisation of God's hatred of sin. Is ours fading?
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 October 2017
Numerous times we are told that worship and priesthood were prescribed in detail by God, yet immediately and fatally Nadab and Abihu innovated. Why? Here are common answers, but Scripture mentions only that their novelty was not commanded by God, and here are lessons for churches today.
John 6.68, John 6.68
6:30pm | Sunday 1 October 2017
We track the events of an astounding chapter that sees many disciples turn away from Christ. It was the opposite of what usually happened. They found Christ's statements about eternal life unpalatable. Why? The answer moves us to take seriously the needs of the soul.
1 Thessalonians 1.4
11:00am | Sunday 1 October 2017
Paul's letter to a young church begins with eleven signs that people are truly elect and saved. Paul can rejoice for the Thessalonians, but could he for us? And are the signs reflected in professing Christian congregations today? Have we reason to rejoice?
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 September 2017
Lessons from the offerings for our devotional lives today, first for peace (thankfulness), second for sins of 'ignorance' (light untroubled sinning), third for guilt by association, fourth for 'trespass' (sins against God). How can we repent without knowing these categories of offence?
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 September 2017
The burnt offerings are past and over, eclipsed by Calvary, but by placing ourselves in the midst of the scene we may feel the impact of the symbolism and the nature of guilt. Here we learn much about how to think in times of repentance.
2 Timothy 1.6
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 September 2017
Like daily prayer, Scripture reading, mortification of sin and good works, the stirring up and enlivening of God-given abilities is a regular duty not only for ministers such as Timothy, but for all believers. Here is the method of Paul.
2 Timothy 1.7
6:30pm | Sunday 10 September 2017
Paul here names three elements of conversion to Christ: 'Power', describing the great change of life; 'love', describing all that Christ has done to secure pardon for us; and 'a sound mind', describing the clear view of God, of life and of eternity that conversion brings.
1 John 1.1
11:00am | Sunday 10 September 2017
John looks back sixty years recalling with amazement how the apostles listened to Christ, and watched Him through His earthly ministry, constantly convinced of His redeeming work, and by the wonder of personal fellowship with God. Here is the basis and joy of such fellowship.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 September 2017
The apostle makes us pause to sense the depths of the ugliness and harm of sin. His words jolt us, alarming us out of our lightness and calling us to engage fully in the war against sin through personal holiness and Gospel proclamation.
2 Corinthians 5.1, 2 Corinthians 5.1
6:30pm | Sunday 3 September 2017
Paul outlines the teaching that runs through the Bible about Heaven, showing the way to be accepted by God and also the way God confirms to those who believe in Him that they possess everlasting life. There is surely no greater knowledge than this.
2 Corinthians 5.14, 2 Corinthians 5.14
11:00am | Sunday 3 September 2017
The apostle explains his persistence in service, however arduous, as being driven by Christ's love to him, showing how the power of that love comes from reflecting on it. Here are the elements that awaken and compel our souls, proving also that new life is within.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 August 2017
In the parable of the great supper an invited guest declines to attend, implying he has better things to do. Here the Lord reasons with His hearers about their supreme need of God, and the consequences of being confined to a life of materialism.
11:00am | Sunday 20 August 2017
A final teaching miracle by the risen Lord trains seven apostles to see key principles of service and instrumentality, including the threefold reproof and restoration of Peter, and the lessons for us, especially on the nature of true love for Christ leading to lifelong loyalty.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 August 2017
Paul's analogy of war shows our state before God. We are enlisted in a war against Him, using faculties and powers as weapons. It is a moral war, a rebellion, in which we will fall. Here is the possibility of amnesty and reconciliation.
11:00am | Sunday 13 August 2017
The rule of doing all in the name of Christ appears in the context of worship and is a warrant for distinctively Christian hymns, but it goes beyond, embracing all our thoughts, words and deeds. Here is how His name influences every aspect of life.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 July 2017
What is Christ really like? How does He compare with the mighty of this world? What is it like to meet Him in prayer? How do Christian believers 'prove' Him and know Him? Is it mere hope and imagination? Here are answers, and the terms.
11:00am | Sunday 23 July 2017
A devotional study of significant events at Calvary: (1) Christ's garments stripped, (2) the bravery of four women, (3) Christ's compassion to Mary, (4) His last triumphant report to the Father, (5) the proof of His death, (6) the new-found boldness of formerly-secret disciples.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 July 2017
Two hours before his betrayal the Lord speaks of the Holy Spirit's indwelling work and also of his work in the world, effectively giving the rules for all preaching and witness. Here also is the Spirit's illumination of the Word – the only authority for Christians.
11:00am | Sunday 9 July 2017
Union with Christ is the greatest imaginable privilege of the redeemed, and vital for progress in sanctification and usefulness to the Lord. But what exactly does it mean to abide in Christ, and to allow Him to abide in us? Here are biblical directions.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 July 2017
The Bible is a book of ‘reformations’ from beginning to end. One of the great cables or themes running through its narratives is the calling out of the world of the people of God, their (repeated) re-absorption over time by the wiles of the devil, and their victorious reclamations as…
6:30pm | Sunday 2 July 2017
King David, a man of immense ability naturally, tells from experience of the journey from self-confidence and self-satisfaction to being humbled to see his vital need of God, and going on to seek and find a life-changing relationship with Him.
11:00am | Sunday 2 July 2017
Paul's powerful challenge to all believers to offer up their lives constantly as a living sacrifice. The need for sacrifice today; what it includes, and also what it is not. The value of this precious concept and its benefits to us spiritually.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 June 2017
Why should vague or false ideas about God so offend Him? Here are the marks of wrong religion, and how they differ massively from the faith of the Bible. Here also are the motives for false faith, and the benefits of the true.
11:00am | Sunday 25 June 2017
Contrary to what Bible critics ignorantly claim, the Old Testament is full of heaven and the eternal bliss of the redeemed. Here is a review of David's psalms that overwhelmingly prove so, including an explanation of the few places that suggest (wrongly understood) the contrary.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 June 2017
Providence - God's fore-provision for all His aims - creation and perpetuation of all, including salvation; how freewill fits in; God's part in all troubles and the deep things they accomplish; the reasons for suffering and the mighty encouragements of Scripture.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 June 2017
A prophet of 700BC shows the sympathetic heart of God and sets out the terms and the manner for approaching Him, providing the words and the promises that God will hear. Here are our greatest needs, and how God amazingly meets them, and the outcome in our lives.
2 Peter 3.17
11:00am | Sunday 18 June 2017
The closing admonition of the epistle is a stirring appeal for vigilance in keeping our souls, coupled with a plea for lifelong growth in the gifts given at conversion, and consciousness of Christ's love. Here is what these are, and how they should deepen.
Ephesians 2.1, Ephesians 2.1, Ephesians 2.1
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 June 2017
A pastoral overview of the doctrines of grace showing man's great need of God's initiative in salvation, the origin of the 'five points' and the galvanising effect they should have on witness and prayer for souls. With God sovereign in salvation, we never despair.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 June 2017
Our pride instinctively recoils from being depicted in the Bible as sheep, but it is a profound and challenging depiction that enables us to see the depth of our spiritual need, and the costly and glorious work of Christ, the shepherd of lost souls.
2 Peter 3.17
11:00am | Sunday 11 June 2017
The apostle urges growing union with the Lord and inner peace by keeping in view the day of the Lord, reflecting on the reason for Christ's delay – the salvation of the redeemed – and by building knowledge and stability in the Word of God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 June 2017
This study refutes a new book attacking the credibility of the Bible (The Bible for Grown-Ups), denying all Bible history before 900BC and claiming endless errors along with the absence of any spiritual message or consistent morality in the OT period. (We hear of teachers indoctrinating classes with it.)
7:30pm | Wednesday 31 May 2017
The special aims of this tract-like Gospel and its unique themes, including attention to the 'signs following' of chapter 16 ('the Pentecostal mistake') and the numerous uses of 'immediately' and their rich pastoral messages as used in different passages.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 May 2017
Many people do not know how the cross of Christ can give new spiritual life and reconcile them with God. Yet the cross of Christ stands infinitely higher than every other event of history in its kindness, power, enduring effect and costliness to God. Here is how.
2 Peter 3.8
11:00am | Sunday 28 May 2017
'One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.' Reflection on God's view of time, the certainty of final dissolution of all things, and the believer's duty to look for that day and shun materialism.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 May 2017
At 40, Moses was a famous prince of Egypt, accomplished, admired and probably heading for the crown. But he left it all, preferring obedience to the one true God. Here are the factors which cause countless people down the centuries to take the same pathway.
2 Peter 3.1-7
11:00am | Sunday 21 May 2017
From false teachers in the churches, Peter turns to our vulnerability to the godless worldview of the last days, how it is prophesied in both testaments, its motivation, its underlying contempt for accountability, and its wilful rejection of creation, design and morality.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 May 2017
Refuting samples of claimed discrepancies in the gospels, demonstrating the unreasonableness of unbelief. Also the Matthew/Luke beatitude passages, which provide different perspectives, inspired by the Spirit, to show the full message intended by the Saviour. Plus, a review of Christ's divinity in Matthew.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 May 2017
King David's last words combine a history of time with a 'world view' from God's perspective. Here is the solution to the greatest problem of mankind - moral disorder and alienation from God - and how Christ saves countless souls out of every age of time.
2 Peter 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 14 May 2017
A seemingly negative chapter is crammed with profound comments on false teachers and the immense danger of association. It reviews their infiltration of the church throughout time, and warns believers of growing used to surrounding worldliness and the power of secret sin. See more sermons on 2 Peter.
2 Timothy 3.16
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 May 2017
The nature of inspiration; the interpreting of Scripture; the anointing or transformed view of Scripture that conversion brings; the nature of attacks on Scripture, and a classic example in the virgin birth prophecy of Isaiah 14, showing the absurdity of the attack and the wonder of the passage.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 May 2017
A terribly sick woman who had haemorrhaged for twelve years crept up behind the Saviour in a crowd and touched the hem of His garment. The purpose of this healing miracle was to portray how faith secures God's healing of the soul and eternal life.
2 Peter 1.16
11:00am | Sunday 7 May 2017
The Old and the New Testaments magnificently authenticate each other through the fulfilling of prophecy in the marvellous Person and work of Christ. Here is the self-interpreting nature of the Bible, its sufficiency, and the right of private judgement, and how these are honoured.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 May 2017
The question, 'Why did God allow sin?' deeply disturbs many seekers and young believers for it challenges the perfection of God. The full answer - beyond our capacity - awaits eternity, but here are precious clues that reveal a glorious and heart-warming part of God's eternal wisdom.
6:30pm | Sunday 30 April 2017
When a Canaanite woman in great need pleaded for Christ's help, she was (seemingly) rebuffed. But the Lord was turning the encounter into a lesson in prayer. Here are the ten factors that made her prayer (and her prayers for salvation) acceptable to God.
2 Peter 1.7
11:00am | Sunday 30 April 2017
Brotherly love, and how it differs from 'charity' (agape love). Here are its characteristics, benefits, helps and hindrances. Also, how love can become a vice, and how all the graces in the silver chain gain assurance and a foretaste of Heaven.
1 John 5.13
7:30pm | Wednesday 26 April 2017
(ii) — Doubts about salvation: experienced both by young and seasoned believers, their form and our response. Here are five surprising and powerful evidences of salvation presented in 1 John to show troubled souls that they should regard themselves as saved and move forward in faith.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 April 2017
— or the Hebrew original: the untangling of knots. A survey of doubts, firstly Genesis 3 and their satanic origin, then Peter's doubting of Matthew 14, then praying without doubt (other texts), backsliding doubts, and different forms of doubt and how to confront them (Ephesians 6).
6:30pm | Sunday 16 April 2017
So often people seem to have no inclination whatsoever to know about God, or what His plans may be. Here is why this is, and how much we miss, if this is our case, and what lies ahead if we do not find Him.
11:00am | Sunday 16 April 2017
The day of Christ's resurrection which transformed the disciples, except for Thomas. Here are the reasons for his cynicism, swept away by his seeing the Lord. Here also is the promised blessedness of Gospel age believers, when signs would give way to faith alone.
11:00am | Friday 14 April 2017
Matthew's atonement account provides a seamless overview. Here are: the rejection of Christ that ended the era of Jewish privilege, the cruelties inflicted, the uttered scorn, the three hours of darkness (and its significance) up to the Lord's voluntarily yielding up of life for the redeemed.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 April 2017
Everyone, whether aware of it or not, is searching for fulfilment and happiness, and here are the forms this search takes. But the true needs of the heart can only be met by finding God. Here is the real search, and how to make it.
2 Peter 1.6
11:00am | Sunday 9 April 2017
To enjoy the multiplying of God's blessing, faith must be clothed with seven virtues. Here, patience (endurance) is defined with (biblical) hindrances and helps. Also, here is godliness, shown to mean reverence, and its powerful influence is our spiritual lives.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 April 2017
The Bible speaks of a spiritual and moral gulf between God and mankind which can only be bridged by a mediator, Who must be divine as well as man. Here is the record of Jesus Christ and what He has accomplished to be our Saviour.
2 Peter 1.5, 2 Peter 1.5
11:00am | Sunday 2 April 2017
The new life embraced by the gift of faith is to be 'adorned' by virtue, knowledge and temperance. Here is what they are, how they are cultivated by the Spirit's help, how they add to each other, and how they save churches from decline.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 March 2017
Probably David's last and most uplifting psalm containing standards for his successors but chiefly soaring into messianic prophecy. Here is spelled out the character, extent and fruits of Christ's reign using vivid pictures exclusively fulfilled by the One 'who only doeth wondrous things'.
2 Peter 1.1
11:00am | Sunday 26 March 2017
Here the essence of apostolic preaching is seen:- precious faith (the door to blessing) defined; how knowledge is vital to advance; God's provision of everything needed for spiritual life, and also the sense in which we are partakers of the divine nature.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 March 2017
Fleeing Saul in the wilderness of Ziph David's quest for communion is rewarded, this psalm revealing his steps under four discernible headings: 1. his longing for it (the means), 2. his commitment to praise (including the feast analogy), 3. his dependence, 4. the element of anticipation.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 March 2017
When the apostle Paul preached to the gathered leaders of many Jewish Synagogues in Rome, about half truly believed in Christ, but others did not. But why did half respond and others reject? The answers help us to examine our own response to Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 19 March 2017
Paul's journey to Rome, where he would gain the souls of many Jews as well as Gentiles in a 'protected' ministry in the capital of the world. Here are the wonders of God's ways and the apostle's example of determination, compassion and faithfulness.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 March 2017
Composed when David was at the height of his power, this looks back at Saul's disastrous reign and its cause to help people value their present blessings. To us, it says inversely - reviving past evangelical blessings means abandoning new methodology and trusting the Word alone.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 March 2017
When Christ called the first disciples, He asked three things of them. They must first see their need of Him. Then secondly, accept the changed life He gives and thirdly yield their lives to follow Him. Here is how they came to see Him as God and Saviour, and respond.
11:00am | Sunday 12 March 2017
Paul's fourth shipwreck is recounted, showing that believers will know trials. Paul is the principal person in this event, praying, trusting and encouraging, and God gives him all lives on board. Here are the spiritual lessons that stand out in this unique narrative.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 March 2017
David takes his terrifying predicament to the Lord, but not before affirming his trust in God's promises and power – a vital antidote to making self-pitying complaints rather than offering believing prayers. Here are the lessons of his great example in the conquest of fear or discontent.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 March 2017
There are really only two forms of religion: one where you only know about God (or 'gods') and the other where you know Him in an unmistakable personal way. Here are Christ's words about His 'friends', how this comes about, and what it is like.
11:00am | Sunday 5 March 2017
In days when so many evangelical leaders make social efforts equal to the Gospel, here is God's commission to Paul, the message to be declared, the apostle's obedience, and the response of human rulers. The Gospel is unquestionably the priority for God's people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 March 2017
This hymn with a refrain that recurs 11 times addresses a series of exhortations to believers, accompanied by strong divine promises, especially to see all of life in the light of eternity. Containing the famous four words – Trust, Delight, Commit, Rest, it constitutes a rich devotional feast.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 February 2017
David's prayer in deep waters, but his chief concern is God's glory and the perpetuation of his witness. Here also are the answers to the seven questions we may ask in personal Bible study – Is there a doctrine here, a duty, a reproof, a promise? etc.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 February 2017
The good Samaritan is perhaps the best known and least understood parable of Christ. It has an ethical message plus a parallel message which became obvious once Christ was crucified. He was the 'Samaritan' who tends those dying eternally from the wounds of sin.
11:00am | Sunday 19 February 2017
Paul, after two years captivity in Caesarea is tried before a new governor of Judea, and offered a 'retrial' in Jerusalem. What will he decide? Here is how he discerned God's guidance. Here also is the relentless hostility of unbelief against him, and its equivalent today.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 February 2017
The authentic call of God when a 'voice from behind us' breaks through the turmoil of life summoning us to consider our Maker. The call is about reconciliation with God, about forgiveness and how Christ has secured it, about receiving new life. Will we respond to Him?
11:00am | Sunday 12 February 2017
Paul's trial in Caesarea shows the hostility of the human heart to the Gospel, the apostle's unchanging priority as he turns his defence into a witness, the impact of God's Word on Governor Felix, and his rejection of amazing mercy. Here are the lessons.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 February 2017
Dependence is a central duty of the Christian life and vital to the blessing of churches. Here is the nature of dependent prayer in troubles, the avoiding of worldly solutions, the forms in which God gives strength, and some of the mistakes of today.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 February 2017
Here is how Paul the Apostle evaluated himself before his conversion, his worth as a person and his prospects, and how he came to see his worthlessness, and the overwhelming superiority of knowing Christ, and His transforming power and love.
11:00am | Sunday 5 February 2017
The dramatic record of how God brought the apostle through murderous mobs and organised assassination, to take him under Roman escort on the first step to the capital of the empire, where as 'ambassador in bonds', he would gather many souls.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 February 2017
Although hostility and war threaten the king, the running theme of this psalm is close communion with the Lord, his first and chief source of relief and perspective. Here we trace how the king went about it, his experience and its fruits.
Galatians 2.20, Galatians 2.20, Galatians 2.20
6:30pm | Sunday 29 January 2017
The hindrance identified in the Bible is the inner reservoir of self-regard, the great 'I', that interferes with all taste, desires, aims, decisions and actions. Here is what we do not see of God, and here also is the transformation that conversion brings.
11:00am | Sunday 29 January 2017
Accused by a vast Jewish crowd of being their enemy, Paul, flanked by Roman soldiers, tells of his conversion, and his call to preach to Gentiles. Here are the evangelistic lessons for us, and also the perilous position of the Jewish people and Temple.
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 January 2017
Carefully structured, this great prayer provides a profound study of dedication, yet it also works as a quick checklist of the vital elements, such as one might keep in the back of one's Bible. Here are David's six 'departments' for regular recommitment.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 January 2017
Most people, even if they barely believe in God, feel they would pass any test for acceptance by Him. Here Christ, in a parable, shows what Heaven's terms really are, how we should see ourselves, and God's readiness to forgive those who own their unworthiness.
11:00am | Sunday 22 January 2017
At the end his third missionary journey Paul's long foretold 'captive ministry' is about to begin, his violent arrest serving to repair a serious defect in the vast Jerusalem church. Here is the problem, the shock, the Lord's overruling, and Paul's remarkable 'pulpit'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 January 2017
First it is shown that the main theme of this prayer – paths and ways – is about the course of life and its major decisions and crises. Then we see several prerequisites or conditions for discerning the Lord's guidance, all equally prayed for by the king.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 January 2017
The greatest tragedy of modern life is that so many people are deprived of any knowledge of a real relationship with God. Here is one of the first accounts in the Bible of how we may come to experience and know Him. This is Jacob's great discovery.
11:00am | Sunday 15 January 2017
From Miletus to Jerusalem, believers knew Paul was heading into suffering, and tried to dissuade him. But emotions must yield to God's way, and the age-long hostility to Christ must be demonstrated. Here is the example of the apostle and the lessons for us.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 January 2017
Just what we need for the day of intense trial, temptation, persecution, loss, illness or turmoil. Here is God's promise for prayer, the conditions for being heard, the part we must play, the duty of appreciation, the effect on assurance and avoiding fleshly solutions.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 January 2017
An insight into a most helpful approach to assurance, not here by reviewing our experience (legitimate as that is) but by reflecting (1) on God's attributes in creation (2) on the distinctive qualities of the Word, and (3) by avoidance of certain kinds of sin.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 January 2017
The paralysed man famously lowered through the roof into the place where Christ was teaching was not only healed but forgiven all his sins. This deeply significant miracle pictures the paralysis of the soul, and how life and a new experience comes by conversion to Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 1 January 2017
Paul's charge to the elders of Ephesus urged self-scrutiny, the care and protection of the flock, awareness of the spiritual warfare, emphasis on the Word, and obedience to Christ's command to find happiness as givers of Gospel grace and needed help.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 December 2016
Christ's parable of the rich fool who preserved his riches but neglected his soul, is a truly sympathetic way of showing us how we plan and act when away from God. Here is how we think, and its cost, unless conversion to Christ intervenes.
Christmas Service 11:00am | Sunday 25 December 2016
Great themes including – Christ as the Word, what it means; how He speaks by creation and in redemption; the sense in which He imparts life to all; the three needs of mankind – light, forgiveness and life; also the meaning of 'grace for grace'.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 December 2016
Many wonder how any person could love God. Is not love an affection we have for people, or beauty or a cause? Here is an insight into how countless people, great and small, have stumbled into an experience of great love of God.
11:00am | Sunday 18 December 2016
This most moving (and challenging) farewell address of Paul, given to the Ephesian elders, shows the heart, manner and commitment of a true minister of the Gospel, indebted and loyal to his charge even in the knowledge of very great trials ahead.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 December 2016
David in despair and hounded by Saul controls his feelings and (1) articulates his needs in prayer (2) affirming that God knows what He will do (3) that he has a higher, better life (4) that God alone can help and (5) yielding his life afresh.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 December 2016
Perhaps the best known of the Lord's parables is the prodigal son, but most people do not realise how closely it portrays the life-course of us all when we forget the soul, and also when we seek and find Christ in a personal way.
11:00am | Sunday 11 December 2016
In his ministry, Paul had aims and objectives, seen here, never being in a rut. Much exhortation was given, reviewed here. He endured the rigours of life, and here is why, and saw God's power, as we should also in ways here stated
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 December 2016
A truly extraordinary psalm with numerous illuminating metaphors. Here we see 13 of them under the headings (1) the place of prayer (2) the priority of guarding lips and heart (3) the heeding of correction (4) coping with the world's contempt (5) Satan's snares.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 December 2016
Christ's own call to consider the needs of the soul, to see our spiritual predicament and our need of Him. Here are the reasons why we lock the door of the heart against Him and resist every divine approach, and here is the momentous experience of yielding to Him.
11:00am | Sunday 4 December 2016
From Ephesus the Gospel spread mightily by preaching. Without choirs, vocalists, bands, entertainment or over-the-top preachers, great numbers were saved. Here is the sad mindlessness of the opposition (like today), and views of the apostle Paul's courage and modesty, an example to be followed for instrumentality.
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 November 2016
Extraordinary psalms – here the riches of fellowship are unfolded: first the ideal; secondly, the fragrance or pleasantness of Christian warmth; thirdly, its power and productiveness; fourthly, its eternal character. In these exquisitely structured verses two feelingful illustrations speak to our hearts.
2 Corinthians 1.20
6:30pm | Sunday 27 November 2016
The Bible is a book of promises. They are the overtures of God to our souls, pointing the way out of alienation from Him and a spiritual living death, and urging us to something infinitely better. Here are God's promises and how He keeps them.
11:00am | Sunday 27 November 2016
Genuine, living churches will manifest the effects of Christ at work shown in this passage – Christ becomes all to believers, the offence of the cross is known, godly fear is present (alongside joy), believers renounce worldliness, and the Word prevails. Lukewarm churches, show no signs.
2 Corinthians 5.7
6:30pm | Sunday 20 November 2016
Many think that Christianity gives a narrow, restricted view of life, when it is a materialistic outlook that imposes a limiting cage. Here is the vastly wider view that comes from listening to God's Word, and what it means to know and prove Him.
11:00am | Sunday 20 November 2016
At Corinth great encouragements came repeatedly to Paul and his fellow missionaries, as they do to all faithful servants of God. First, we review his steadfastness, then see the provision of work, home, fellow-labourers, meeting-place, assurance, and (in Corinth) a special peace from violence.
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 November 2016
A king's devotions - these three memorable verses enable believers to maintain humility, dependence and trust in all circumstances. Firstly, a regular confession, secondly, the deportment or stance to be worked at, thirdly, the patience and waiting factor. All these sustained a great ruler's trust.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 November 2016
Rahab of Jericho typifies the journey vast numbers take from materialism to faith. A harlot - hostess began to reason, here is how, and came to meet with God. From her experience, here is the way to approach God for forgiveness and new life.
11:00am | Sunday 13 November 2016
Athens, where pride in learning and culture disabled ability to grasp truth; where pride disdained a supreme God; where pride refused to repent; and where pride displayed its greatest obstinacy. Here grace was largely withheld, and the city of idols left in their 'power'.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 November 2016
All the healings of Christ serve to portray spiritual conversion, one of the most stirring being the healing of a demonised and epileptic youth in the Caesarea Philippi area. Here are the equivalent spiritual and moral afflictions found in all of us, only healed by conversion.
11:00am | Sunday 6 November 2016
There is a treasury of information about Paul's methods in Thessalonica, in both Acts and 1 Thessalonians. We note, for example, that Paul reasoned with the active minds of his hearers, which is rather different from plain exposition. Here is authentic apostolic evangelism.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 November 2016
Most modern 'study Bibles' limit Psalms 123-6 to the release from Babylonian captivity. But older works are right to relate them to all Zion's trials, including spiritual opposition. Never underestimate, says David, the war against the saints, its periodical peaks, and remarkable deliverances.
11:00am | Sunday 30 October 2016
At Philippi on the second missionary journey Paul and Silas are falsely charged, flogged and flung bleeding into jail. But their deportment and witness manifests sincerity, steadfastness, and sympathy for individuals to a degree that commends them and challenges us as believers today.
6:30am | Sunday 30 October 2016
The Bible portrays the human problem as a rebellion or war against God, with all the consequences of war picturing the trouble in our lives. Christ is the Saviour who gives peace (reconciliation) with all its benefits, and who rebuilds lives. Here is how.
7:30pm | Wednesday 26 October 2016
Unique Psalms – David reflecting on the church, especially Messiah's, using the picture of the Temple. Here are the riches and benefits of God's provision of gatherings of his people. We too should reflect on the meaning of its structure, purposes, 'walls', 'palaces', and peace.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 October 2016
Christ's parable of the unforgiving debtor gives a remarkable picture of all human life, including our debt to God. If fear or need drives us to pray to Him, will our appeal be sincere or shallow? This parable answers, and teaches us to seek Him.
11:00am | Sunday 23 October 2016
The beginning of Paul's second missionary journey is full of unexpected events – a key helper appears, the Spirit blocks progress, redirection to Europe takes place, Luke amazingly coincides with the mission – all events reflecting the sovereign hand of God in the Christian life.
2 Samuel 12.22
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 October 2016
What kind of hopes and desires is it legitimate to pray for? Are there terms for answered prayer? Here are lessons from David's words - 'Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me?' Also - the astonishing affection of God for each believer.
6:30pm | Sunday 16 October 2016
From the beginning to the end of the Bible, the way of finding Almighty God never changes. Remarkably, the life of Cain so long ago shows the same bitter resistance to God that we maintain until the day we turn to Him for free forgiveness.
11:00am | Sunday 16 October 2016
The independent Church of Antioch protests to Jerusalem about false teachers from there who have visited them. Wrongly called a 'Church Council', here are the facts of what took place and how apostles asserted divine revelation as the only source of doctrine and directions.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 October 2016
A unique model prayer rich in counsel, including problems in prayer. Four evident sections cover (1) The petitioner's humble approach, (2) God's approachability and readiness to respond, (3) The petitioner's promise to God (a vital part of prayer), (4) The core petition itself, including the token for good.
John 3.7, John 3.7
6:30pm | Sunday 9 October 2016
Even scientists do not always consider how much of the human condition cannot be explained by scientific knowledge, including vast matters such as consciousness. Here are evidences for God, including aspects of Christian conversion that can only come about if God is at work in the soul.
11:00am | Sunday 9 October 2016
As the Gentile mission reaches Iconium and Lystra, great lessons emerge about times of soul winning and blessing, especially how persecution is provoked, the tenacity of God's people is increased, and any form of accommodation with the culture and religions of the world is shunned.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 October 2016
A soul-searching psalm that presents all the things in life provided exclusively by God, together with things we cannot possess or experience unless we apply to Jesus Christ the Saviour for forgiveness and eternal life. Then only do substantial and eternal things become ours. You May Be Also Interested in……
11:00am | Sunday 2 October 2016
Here is the first sermon of the Gentile mission, and the first of Paul's to be reported in detail. Preached in a synagogue to Jews, and yet made understandable to Gentiles, we see the apostle's method, his emphasis on Christ, and his urgings and warnings.
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 September 2016
Unique psalms: here is the whole scene of redemptive warfare, lifting us above setbacks and discouragements. Here too is prophecy - the ascension of Christ and the New Testament age, with the harvest of the Gentiles and coming judgement, and with surprising assurances along the way.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 September 2016
Atheism, of course, has no conception of the power and purposes of God. Here, by contrast, is proof of the unique nature and infallibility of the Scriptures and the revelation of God's purposes for us. Here is the power that comes by hearing Him.
11:00am | Sunday 25 September 2016
At Antioch the Lord established an autonomous church, and here He begins the Gentile mission. Paul is soon endorsed by a God-given miraculous deed as His apostle. But young Mark fails to grasp the historic moment, and leaves. What about us?
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 September 2016
Unique psalms: here David shows us how to summon ourselves to praise. The main subjects are God's forgiveness of, and compassionate acts toward, His people, both flowing from His character, and infinitely exceeding our guilt and inadequacy. The pinnacle of praise then lifts to Heaven.
11:00am | Sunday 18 September 2016
Only inspired history could provide this view of the war between fallen human nature (driven by Satan), and the work of the Spirit. Here is Herod Agrippa's attempt to crush the church, and the power of prayer in keeping Gospel mercy flowing.
6:30am | Sunday 18 September 2016
Why do we believe the things we do, that drive our lives and shape our tastes and decisions? Who gave us our views? Can their truth be tested? Here are today's typical 'values', compared with the rule given by Christ for building a life for now and eternity.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 September 2016
A unique and challenging psalm: David's ten vows for his reign, all to do with his moral rules for personal life and for his administration. Here is - (1) his dedication; (2) his plea for evident divine involvement; (3) his defence of the cause in the spiritual warfare.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 August 2016
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11:00am | Sunday 14 August 2016
Steeped in mistaken Jewish culture, early converts shunned the Gentiles, but God amazingly transformed them to embrace Gentile salvation. The Word still trains believers to think, saving them from conforming to the unreasoned opinion-culture of social media, and rooting them in obedience to Christ.
6:30am | Sunday 14 August 2016
Countless people put no value on their soul. They feel no need of help for either this life or eternity. Here, through an unusual parable, Christ shows His availability to seekers for spiritual life, how they must approach Him, and what He will do for them.
1 Corinthians 16.13
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 August 2016
Here are Paul's 'stand firm' texts. First, for the faith, embracing doctrine and duties. Secondly, the rooted and grounded analogy of Ephesians 3 – how to maintain living spiritual experience. Thirdly, standing against the wiles of the devil – what they are and how to resist.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 July 2016
The spiritual warfare described, and Satan's attempts to undermine and draw into sin, worldly concerns, coldness, complacency and doubts. How perspective, assurance and zeal is gained, and the promises, in a sense, be inherited now. Here too is the significance of God's 'oath'.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 July 2016
Isaiah shows God's case in His dispute with mankind, and the limitations and bondage of life without Him (seen in the prophet's famous 'cart-rope' illustration). Here is all that God has done for mankind, and His power and kindness in receiving individual seekers.
11:00am | Sunday 24 July 2016
The 66 verses devoted to the visit of Peter to Centurion Cornelius tells us that God's orchestration of the start of Gentile evangelism with the sealing of the ceremonial law, was an epochal event. No wonder it required authenticating angels and visions.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 July 2016
The great commission directs believers in every age, but when seen also as doctrine, its full richness springs into view, including the Trinity in salvation, the authority of the Word over reason and experience, the true nature of Christian liberty, and the Lord's presence.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 July 2016
Paul's famous words reveal the greatest human need and God's astounding remedy in drawing countless individual people to Himself. Here is the Bible's view of the plight of man and Christ's redeeming work, in a single life-changing chapter.
11:00am | Sunday 17 July 2016
Saul's 3 years in Damascus and 7-8 years in Tarsus - the long years of preparation and proving, and the reasons why. Then the significance of Peter's two great miracles as God prepared the way for the Gentile mission.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 July 2016
Spoken exclusively to the disciples, here are texts commanding love between believers. In imitation of Christ's own, love must be sacrificial, generous and helpful, and not self-concerned. Also, how spiritual joy relates to love, and what it means to be 'one' in John 17.
11:00am | Sunday 10 July 2016
How Saul the persecutor experiences conviction of sin, transformation, and the proving work of God to prepare for his magnificent work - the Gentile mission. Here also are the elements of church life to be honoured to secure the 'comfort of the Holy Ghost' and growth.
School of Theology Lecture 7:00pm | Wednesday 6 July 2016
There was a time, and it ran for two centuries, when Baptists held a distinctive doctrine of God’s covenants quite different from the Presbyterian view, and eminently more scriptural. Then dispensational ideas made it a minority view. But a revival is taking place. This School of Theology address presents the…
6:30pm | Sunday 3 July 2016
It is amazing to possess conscious life and feeling; to perceive, to reason, and to enjoy family and social companionship. But what about spiritual life? Why should the soul be dormant and inactive? Here is the reason, and how Christ gives complete life by conversion to Himself.
11:00am | Sunday 3 July 2016
The risen Lord had sent the Gospel to the 'uttermost part of the earth' and now Philip is made the historic instrument who would begin that mission. The core of his witness was Calvary, and the result a full-hearted profession. Here are the lessons.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 June 2016
The great question posed and answered by James, half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, illustrates life as a vapour, so brief, inconsequential, unstable, and insubstantial, with other deficiencies here unfolded. But the opposite characteristics fill our lives when we come to Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 26 June 2016
Luke's record of how intense persecution served to spread the Gospel extensively; how a city in superstitious subjection to sorcery was captivated by the Gospel, and how a double-minded 'convert' and prototype prosperity preacher was exposed by apostles. Encouragement and warnings for us.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 June 2016
Spoken exclusively to the apostles, here is the Lord's teaching on the Spirit of Truth, of communion, of holiness, of illumination and of witness. Also, Christ's words on the unique advantages of blessing by the Spirit, and His discrete, unostentatious, inconspicuous stance.
John 9.1, John 9.1, John 9.1
6:30pm | Sunday 19 June 2016
Christ's literal healing of a man born blind was intended to picture the healing of spiritual blindness. Here are the things we do not see in life, in ourselves, in God, or in the future. Only God's Word gives understanding of life and conversion.
11:00am | Sunday 19 June 2016
Stephen proved to the Sanhedrin the disaster of Israel devoting herself to visible symbols while opposing real faith in Messiah. Here are the lessons for us. When they stoned him, he prayed for their salvation, a prayer notably answered in the conversion of Saul.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 June 2016
The future apostles are taught the steps to be taken when the soul is wounded or jaded, vital for all who love and serve the Lord. Here are the Lord's five themes for reflection, enabling obedience to, 'Let not your heart be troubled'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 June 2016
Shortly before Calvary the Lord charges His disciples with (1) defence of faith and church (2) the preaching of the Gospel (3) avoidance of any use of His church for personal benefit (4) separation from the world, and (5) total focus on the Last Day.
11:00am | Sunday 5 June 2016
Stephen, in showing the Sanhedrin the roots of their hostility to Christ, also traces the typical call of God out of the world, the obedience and trials of faith, and the supreme promise of eternal glory that keeps believers all for Christ.
12:00am | Wednesday 1 June 2016
In three Gospels this double prophecy, given exclusively to the disciples, discloses the harbingers of the end of the Temple, to be repeated (more intensively) at the end of the world. The first would be seen by that very generation.
11:00pm | Sunday 29 May 2016
In this record of extraordinary awakening among people in and around Jerusalem comes the implementation of Christ's first rule of church government, the two approved 'methods' of ministry, the inevitability of opposition and the necessity of preaching for conviction of sin.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 May 2016
Like someone in denial about an illness, we somehow shut out all thoughts of our relationship with God and of eternity. We cannot see why God would reject us. The Bible tells us how much we need to find Him, and how He has made it possible.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 May 2016
The existence of the conscience has invincible proof, but much modern thinking hates and rejects it, claiming it is merely a remnant of brainwashing. Certainly it may cause much trouble, even illness, but here is God's way for the conscience to be cleansed.
11:00am | Sunday 22 May 2016
The apostles face an enraged Sanhedrin, but stand firm. Council members want them dead, but the counsel of Gamaliel (though proud and foolish) came to their aid and they are flogged and released. Boldly they teach and evangelise everywhere. Here are the applications to us.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 May 2016
Continuing 'seminary' passages exclusive to the apostles, the Lord teaches fundamental principles about the kingdom, and lays down the chief rule of church government, in the light of which Acts and the Pastoral Epistles must be interpreted.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 May 2016
Christ's healing of ten lepers not only illustrate the spiritual life He gives to countless people living far from God, but shows that our perception of 'need' is limited to earthly, material things. Here is why we must see beyond these, to the needs of the soul.
11:00am | Sunday 15 May 2016
Explaining first the sign miracles and their special purposes for the apostolic age. Secondly, the primacy of preaching for the conversion of the lost. Thirdly, the differences between the disciples and the chief priests and rulers, and their significance for us today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 May 2016
In the course of the Lord's 'seminary course' for His future apostles (passages addressed exclusively to them) we consider the necessity of humility, the avoidance of offences large and small, radical measures in personal sanctification, discipline, the prevailing power of corporate prayer, and forbearance.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 May 2016
It has been said that atheists have more 'gods' than anyone, but all have more than they realise. Here is what they are, why we cling to them, and what they do to us. Only conversion to the true God releases us from them and their service.
11:00am | Sunday 8 May 2016
The judgement upon Ananias and Sapphira for their hypocrisy stunned the early church and the wider public. This exceptional event marked God's hatred of insincerity, to which believers are constantly pressed by Satan. Here are the lessons for promoting personal integrity and freedom from self.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 May 2016
We track the apostles' 'seminary course' through Matthew 16-17: the avoidance of the churchmanship of the Pharisees and Saducees that produced nominal worshippers, the primacy of human instrumentality, the scope of self-denial, and the need for strong desires for blessing by prayer and fasting.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 May 2016
The actions of a king in choosing earthly counsels in times of trouble, rather than God's solution, amazingly mirrors the actions of most of us as we fashion our policy for life. Here are our reactions to life's troubles, and the earthly or heavenly options before us.
11:00am | Sunday 1 May 2016
With the leading apostles arrested, the new church suffers an apparent major setback, but the superior power of God is honoured in prayer, not for relief, but for success of the word, and they are answered in transformed hearts. Here are the lessons.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 April 2016
In their training the apostles are sent on a probationary mission. Here are the great faith strengthening factors in the passage (beside prayer) namely, commitment to a cause, dependence on the Lord, awareness of two kingdoms and the clear example of Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 April 2016
First, the genius of parables, their purpose and the Lord's reason for using them. Then, His interpretation of the sower, teaching the four kinds of response to the Gospel, only one amounting to true conversion, an event attributed to light being 'given'.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 April 2016
A half deranged outcast man is put into his right mind and transformed as a person at the word of Christ. Here are the elements of conversion that are intended to be traced from the event, and how much is accomplished in our lives.
11:00am | Sunday 17 April 2016
In his second temple sermon, Peter proves from prophecy that Jesus is Christ. When arrested, he trusts God in answering the Sanhedrin, receiving a marvellous measure of vindication. The pattern for this being - prove the Gospel, trust the power of God, see vindication in witness.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 April 2016
When Christ taught the twelve to pray He did not, as we might, give a list of necessary attitudes, but an agenda or pattern that itself creates the right attitudes. Here are the headings with suggested sub-contents of the Lord's Prayer. This is real help.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 April 2016
The most brilliant of men and women may be altogether disconnected when it comes to spiritual awareness or concern. Here are Solomon's jolting miniature parables designed to draw us from indifference to God and the soul, and bring us to know Christ the Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 10 April 2016
The healing of the disabled man in the temple before the evening sacrifice led to Peter's second recorded sermon - an inspired 'masterclass' in convicting contrasts, resulting in thousands of conversions, and yielding lessons on Christ's presence in the lives of His people today.
1 Samuel 3.10
6:30pm | Sunday 3 April 2016
The call of God to the young Samuel provides an insight into how a person's heart is first engaged and then drawn to spiritual conversion and life. For so many, is the story of alienation and resistance giving way to discovery of and reconciliation with God.
11:00am | Sunday 3 April 2016
The characteristics of people converted through the first sermon of the young church. These serve today as the signs of spiritual life to comfort and encourage (or to challenge) all who hear the call of Christ. Also, the community of goods applied today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 March 2016
The 'syllabus' for the disciples' training began in the Sermon on the Mount. Overwhelmed and probably inflated by miracles and vast crowds, they must first learn of a disciple's humble, compassionate deportment, and secondly of the moral standards and character to be strictly maintained.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 March 2016
In striking symbolic language, John shows a new heavenly realm prepared for the eternal future of all who find the Lord while on earth, providing insights into that astounding realm, and speaking of the terms of entry, at the end of life's journey.
11:00am | Sunday 27 March 2016
The reaction of the disciples to the resurrection brings powerful pastoral help to believers today. It was such a shock, and they were reproved by the Lord for their unbelief. But unbelief still works in us, to some degree: here is how, and the healing remedy.
11:00am | Friday 25 March 2016
We do not grieve over Calvary, because the Lord now reigns in glory, but it stirs our indebtedness and love as nothing else. Here is Gethsemane (the foretaste), the scourging (man's hatred), the cross, (the atonement), and the 'royal' superscription.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 March 2016
The sad scene of a widow's only son lying dead led to the son being raised to life through Christ's compassion. The event is intended also to picture spiritual death and all it deprives us of, and how we can receive spiritual life from the Saviour.
11:00am | Sunday 20 March 2016
The first sermon of the Christian church (and of Peter) is amazing in structure and clarity, never swerving from lifting up Christ and pressing the necessity of repentance and faith. It also reflects the powerful work of Christ in preparing the apostle for such a task.
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 March 2016
A review of the wonders of the Cross: as a sacrifice, the 'stripes' of suffering, the heights of love, the obedience of Christ, His purchase of creation, assurance secured, the power, the example, and the defeat of Satan. How to appreciate Calvary.
11:00pm | Sunday 13 March 2016
How could the apostles survive the inevitable hostility of Jews and Gentiles after the Lord's ascension? The miracle of Pentecost was powerfully reassuring, but it also conveyed to them vital principles for the church age. These are here reviewed, along with the power given.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 March 2016
Human pride, perhaps, is the greatest snare, having many forms, immense subtlety, and bringing upon us the opposition and indignation of God. Here are its main injuries to life and soul, and the only way to end its dominance, by the power of God.
11:00am | Sunday 6 March 2016
In the interval between the resurrection and Pentecost, remarkable advances were accomplished in the apostles. Here we see their inner lives, grasp of the Word, high view of service and total submission to God's authority, and our own inner development is challenged.
Genesis 2.24 et al
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 March 2016
Marriage at the beginning established for all time; man’s headship in the light of the equality of men and women before God; marriage as a covenant; the nobility of the unmarried; the way of courtship; a husband’s duties and the divine promise of 1 Peter 3.7.
6:30pm | Sunday 28 February 2016
Atheists claim Christianity uses hell to scare people into believing. But it would be amazingly callous not to mention Christ's teaching on judgement, so that people never knew their situation. The aim is not fear, but openness to consider the love and mercy of God.
11:00am | Sunday 28 February 2016
Luke's magnificent inspired record of the first decade of the church provides far more than history. Here are doctrines, duties, patterns for church life, methods and priorities, joined with examples of faith and patience in both blessing and persecution. This is authentic Christian living.
7:30am | Wednesday 24 February 2016
Ezekiel has lamented the failure of separation from the world, and now the river symbolises the church's positive work in the world. Here is the meaning of its secret source and miraculous expansion, with our soul-winning priority, and the incidental yet mighty social benefits in times when there is great…
6:30pm | Sunday 21 February 2016
Every statement in Christ's sermon on the mount is a calculated surprise, even a shock, as He shows how we need to have God's forgiveness and new life. Here is His call to be aware of our need, and to seek Him.
11:00am | Sunday 21 February 2016
The closing prayer of praise in Romans draws strong assurance from the Gospel, emphasising the eternal security it gives, its complete and unchanging nature, its exclusive power to save, its being received by faith alone, and the glory it reflects upon the Lord.
7:30am | Wednesday 17 February 2016
Is this great city/temple vision to be fulfilled literally or does it portray Christ's Church? Here are the reasons why historic interpreters were all sure it pointed to the Church, and how this view reveals the many vital pastoral applications for today.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 February 2016
The name of Damaris has been preserved for centuries in every language through the Bible, yet nothing is known of this obscure lady except Paul's sermon that brought her to believe. Here is how she became known to God, and how we may be also.
11:00am | Sunday 7 February 2016
An appeal for the stirring up of strong feelings of earnestness and warmth in the spiritual life, and a warning against sinking into coldness, with its consequences. Here are Paul's pressing arguments. They provide an insight into his life, and a fresh impetus for ours.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 February 2016
An obvious parable (as Ezekiel shows by building in major pointers) about the coming of Christ and the church age, telling us about the constant hostility of the world against the church, how God will restrict it, and its end times crescendo when Christ returns.
1 Corinthians 1.18
7:30pm | Sunday 31 January 2016
Here is what makes the message of Christ so foolish in the eyes of the world, and why, despite its simplicity, it is really the wisest, most profound, and most effective message for the deepest human needs, in its diagnosis, remedy and outcome.
11:00am | Sunday 31 January 2016
Paul longed to see the church at Rome, both to help them and to be refreshed by them. Here are the ways we are strengthened through fellowship, and the nature of the ties that the Holy Spirit forms within true churches of Christ.
Ezekiel 26 - 28
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 January 2016
Among nations to be judged for hostility to God's people, Tyre was unique, and subject to uniquely phased judgement. Here is how she parallels anti-Christian thought today, and the perspective we gain from this (already partially fulfilled) prophecy.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 January 2016
The phenomenon of human love, what drives it, its strengths and limits and why rationalists cannot explain it. The superiority of Divine love, the mystery of why it is not wanted, the consequences of missing it, and how it may be experienced and proved.
11:00am | Sunday 24 January 2016
These five verses of vital exhortation for every church present the importance of mutual admonition in the right spirit; living life as an offering to God; true submission to the Word; and the necessity of entire dependence on the Holy Spirit for all blessing.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 January 2016
While God's forgiveness and spiritual life are free, the questions asked by buyers of large acquisitions may be asked when seeking a religion. Who made it? Does it have a Saviour? Does it work? Will it last? How will I be affected? What are the alternatives? etc
11:00am | Sunday 17 January 2016
Hope (meaning anticipation) of God's dealings with us throughout life, and then in glory, is the crown jewel of assurance. Here is the way God gives it, with joy and peace, showing both our part and the powerful aid of the Holy Spirit.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 January 2016
Fervour or zeal for the Lord (literally 'heat') is a conversion gift. But this fire within of passion for Christ, holiness and souls is easily quenched. Here are its sources, objects, accommodation to personality, and means of erosion or revival in our hearts.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 January 2016
700 years before Christ, Isaiah describes the radical change that conversion brings about, using pictures of sight to the blind, agility to the crippled, and rivers streaming into the desert. Here is how the phenomenon of new life enters heart and soul when we come to Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 10 January 2016
Contrary to the ways of today's society the believer is called to an unselfish life. Here are the questions we should ask about any activity; Paul's personal discipline; the example of Christ in His life, and the role of the Old Testament in helping our progress.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 January 2016
The psalmist predicts the destruction of Zion and its restoration after exile; also its spiritual revival in the Christian age. Here is Christ's blueprint for individual churches (rather than denominations, societies and private ministries), their superior qualities, their end-time oppression, and final triumph.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 January 2016
The Bible speaks of an appointment that all will keep, when we shall stand before God to give account for our lives. Here is the role of memory (largely submerged now) that is revived for that decisive day. Here also is Christ's way of deliverance.
11:00am | Sunday 3 January 2016
In a single verse Simeon's biography gives four features of a life the Lord will use for His glory. How we should covet these, praying for them and cultivating them. Here is the way to great instrumentality wherever we are placed, and the basis of assurance.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 December 2015
'Remember thy Creator', said the billionaire king whose attempts to make atheism and self-indulgence work all failed him. Here is his counsel to learn about God and grace while there is time for this to transform us and fill our lives here, and prepare us for eternity.
11:00am | Sunday 20 December 2015
Here is, first, the walking analogy for the Christian life and its implications; then the genuineness of that walk; then the characteristics of heathen life which still press on believers today. Finally, what it means to put on Christ, how to do so, and the blessings.
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 December 2015
Despite training, Israelites were ignorant of doctrine, choosing uninspired nonsense over the Word. They thought Exodus taught that parental sin was punished in children. Ezekiel denies it, unless children choose to sin. A call to personal knowledge of doctrine and conduct - so rare today.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 December 2015
To underestimate Christ is the greatest tragedy leading to eternal loss. Here are Christ's attributes and work; His incomparable compassion for souls, His accomplishments, what it means to find and know Him, and why His name is above every earthly name.
11:00am | Sunday 13 December 2015
What form does love for others take? It is not unconditional love, or necessarily even affectionate love. 'Social' love is here defined, with hindrances and helps. Also the error of loving oneself, and the great exhortation to 'awake out of sleep' to serve Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 December 2015
From the parables of the vine and of two great eagles the greatest faults of the 'typical' church (repeated today) were pride and idolatry. Ezekiel shows that humility, simplicity and faithfulness are essential for true blessing. We see how worldliness is the equivalent of idolatry.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 December 2015
God's message through the 'reasoning prophet' was that society in general makes two massively harmful decisions. One is to reject spiritual life from God, and the other is to live for short-lived material things alone. Here the gains and losses are compared.
11:00am | Sunday 6 December 2015
Why should hostile authorities be conscientiously obeyed by believers? Because while rulers may not know it, they are servants of God, Who in His kindness has etched into the fallen human constitution a need for government. Here is how Christ is magnified.
7:30pm | Wednesday 2 December 2015
It is remarkable how the vision-messages given by God to Ezekiel are structured and divided to ideal sermonic form, as if they are inspired lessons in delivery. Here we see the Lord's own subject, shape and divisions for several major 'sermons'.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 November 2015
When Christ came the Jewish leaders wanted His mighty miracles on their side, without His message of conversion. But He insisted on the great change of life He gives to needy souls. Here is how He described it, and what it achieves in us.
11:00am | Sunday 29 November 2015
Searching practical verses setting the tone for sanctified behaviour, reflecting the Saviour, proved by the apostle Paul, and providing a gauge of our progress and a spur to advance. What are we really like in our relationship with other people, and in adversity?
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 November 2015
A new vision of the holiness of God fills the prophet with indignation at the insult to Him of apostasy. Commissioned a watchman to souls, a time of barren ministry creates dependence on the unction of the Spirit, while the siege enactment teaches his attitude.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 November 2015
First, proof that Ezekiel's commission applies to all believers. Secondly, why he is constantly reminded of his human vulnerabilities. Thirdly, how the Spirit carries him and us over the opposition of the age. Fourthly, proclamational not missional (in the modern sense) methods are commanded.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 November 2015
A blind beggar of Jericho called out to Christ for healing and was rewarded. But this was more than a miracle. It was a demonstration of what Christ would do for billions who cry out for spiritual sight, forgiveness and life. Here is how these are obtained.
11:00am | Sunday 15 November 2015
The immense value of 'rejoicing in hope' is here seen. This is the practice of anticipating and expecting God's hand in our lives. We see its major place and its fruits from Paul's various references to it in Romans. Its neglect costs us much blessing.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 November 2015
The personal spiritual message of Ezekiel 1 - the call of a prophet certainly, but also the commission that should dawn dramatically on all believers, bringing a powerful sense of God, His glory and omniscience. How this brings fruitfulness, while its absence has ruined much evangelical witness.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 November 2015
David’s rhapsodic review of all the ways by which he knew the mighty hand of God in every condition of life. Both deeply searching and powerfully comforting, here are the details of the Lord’s love toward his own in action, and the gratitude we owe.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 November 2015
We do not need much faith to know that God is there. The Bible teaches that unbelief is inexcusable because the evidence of God's creative power is overwhelming. But faith is vital for salvation, and here are the reasons, and the way to find The Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 1 November 2015
A threefold exhortation in a single verse calls believers never to hang back in outgoing activity for Christ, always to maintain spiritual zeal and also to live as people who are bonded to the service of Christ. Here are the applications and helps.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 October 2015
Isaiah the prophet long ago uttered the famous message to King Hezekiah of Judah, 'set your house in order: for you shall die'. Here we view the five 'departments' of the soul and ask if they are fit for the great journey into eternity?
11:00am | Sunday 25 October 2015
Reasons why love for fellow believers often falls short, and how we should build it up. The command to utterly hate evil things, and how this is a vital help in avoiding sin and harm in our churches. Cleaving or clinging to good, despite Satan's assaults.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 October 2015
David shows praise is about the Lord and his work, and also about the believer's many recurring deliverances throughout this life of countless needs. These blessings cannot be experienced without concern for holiness and reverence. Here are inspired counsels for both personal and congregational praise.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 October 2015
Three days before execution, Christ spoke of His return and the judgement of all, using the sheep and goats analogy to describe all people. Here is how God views us, and how we may be prepared and safe for the coming great day.
11:00am | Sunday 18 October 2015
Seven spiritual gifts – roles in the church for which God distributes abilities and the dedicated and spiritual way they are to be carried out. Here is a view of all that was done in a first-century church with all members pooling their efforts.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 October 2015
A refresher in personal Bible study. Paul prays that we should have the ability to see the spiritual message. Here is a 'check list' of the ten topics in Ephesians which we expect to find (not all every time) when we read the Word with expectant minds.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 October 2015
The Bible presents God using terms of massive significance such as omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign, holy, just, unchanging and merciful. He is personal and may be known and approached - but how? Here is the way made open by Christ the Lord that the Bible sets before us.
11:00am | Sunday 11 October 2015
The epistle now turns from doctrine to living, beginning with dedication, and the offering of ourselves as a holy sacrifice, not conformed to this world, but transformed by God. The second cannot proceed if the world is not renounced. The prize is real discernment.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 October 2015
A refresher in prayer: right and wrong anxiety; spiritual damage of the latter; hindrances and helps in prayer; the approach to God; rules of pleading; elements of thanksgiving; reasons why prayer is not heard; the mistake of the 'Yes, No, Wait' scheme, and the glorious reality.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 October 2015
'The Truth' is greater than the total of all the facts in the world, reaching beyond material things to the purpose of life. Christ's declaration that He is ' The Truth' makes Him the reason for the world's existence, and the key to finding God.
11:00am | Sunday 4 October 2015
This great song of praise is a compelling call to reflect on God's infinite wisdom and knowledge and on His mysterious ordering of the lives of His people. The passage moves us to marvel and trust Him for all, and to serve Him wholeheartedly.
1 John 2.15, 1 John 2.15
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 September 2015
'Love not the world' texts are frequently twisted to mean - be worldly as long as you don't sin. Past believers always saw the world as a complex evil campaign orchestrated by Satan. Here are passages proving this view and defining worldliness.
1 John 2.16, 1 John 2.16
7:30pm | Sunday 27 September 2015
The old view that human nature is influenced by sin-tendencies, and in need of regular cleansing and servicing has been thrown out, so that few take note of what drives them. Here is God's book on the subject of pride, its stealth, power, and only cure.
11:00am | Sunday 27 September 2015
God's promises to bless Abraham's offspring are kept in every age in an elect remnant saved by grace. Even Gentile salvation is used by God to turn the hearts of many Israelites. And saved Jews and Gentiles have enriched the world, here is how.
2 Thessalonians 2.3
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 September 2015
The apostle names two signs before the return of Christ, one being the revealing of the man of sin. Is he an individual or a collective concept, a genus of God-haters? And what will he or they do? Possible answers are gleaned from the passage.
Luke 18.18, Luke 18.18
6:30pm | Sunday 20 September 2015
Conversion to Christ is entirely by grace, or free, yet coming to Him involves leaving several things behind, and here are those things. The Lord's encounter with a very rich young ruler, whose search for eternal life was aborted, shows what our approach must be.
11:00am | Sunday 20 September 2015
Paul's famous 'backwards text' covers the wonders of the Gospel, the call and the commissioning of preachers, and what it means to truly hear, believe and call upon the Lord for salvation. The back-to-front order serves to stir responsibility to make Christ known.
1 Thessalonians 5.21
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 September 2015
Reasons why we fail to prove all things. Here with examples are key rules. Is the idea in the Bible, or dependent on other knowledge? Beware of the secret formula for success. Is it new or novel? Examine carefully the source or origin.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 September 2015
It may seem open-minded and non-judgemental to be vague about God and spiritual matters, but here are some of the things vagueness will forfeit and miss. Many are surprising, and all have lifelong consequences. Here are the benefits of following Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 13 September 2015
Christ, long prophesied, was appointed to obtain spiritual salvation at Jerusalem in a manner that would humble human pride and presumption, draw multitudes to believe, but confound those who rejected Him. To the last day Christ will be the Rock of refuge or of dismay.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 August 2015
A single study about fellowship drawn from a range of scriptures, covering the command and duty to love fellow believers, the hindrances and gains, personal attitudes and encouragements for advance in the mutual ministry and pleasure of friendship.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 August 2015
Wandering far from God we may be entirely 'at peace', having no spiritual interest or troubles of conscience, even dismissing God with scorn. But here is the basis of this peace, what happens when it is broken, and how real peace with God may be found.
11:00am | Sunday 2 August 2015
Paul upholds God's right to exercise sovereign election, and shows it is the only hope of salvation. He also shows God's kindness during life to the lost, and amazingly, the threefold divine purpose of all human history encapsulated in three unique verses.
1 Corinthians 2.14
6:30pm | Sunday 26 July 2015
In the Bible, the 'natural' person is incomplete, lacking spiritual life and experience. By contrast, the 'spiritual' person has heard the call of Christ, and obtained from Him an understanding of life's spiritual and eternal context, and a personal relationship with God. Here is how.
11:00am | Sunday 26 July 2015
The apostle is anguished for the souls of his enemies the Jews. Lessons in intercession. Also the symbols of true spiritual life held before Israelites and their rejection by so many. The same symbols appeal to us, bringing Gentiles into the 'Israel of God'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 July 2015
Significance of the vine and the branches picturing Christ and His people, and the daily privilege of abiding in Him. The three-fold fruit - character, praise and witness - and the vital means of abiding listed by the Saviour, all contributing to the realisation of His presence and power.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 July 2015
Proven facts about the reliability of the Bible, verifying its unique, inspired character. Why believing in Christ is the only way of escaping humiliation at the end of life's journey. How an unmistakable experience of God's forgiveness and presence may be obtained.
11:00am | Sunday 19 July 2015
Proofs that Christ's love of His own can never cease, ranging from the immeasurable price paid for them, to the impotence of all forces seeking to block the flow of His love. Here is the kind reasoning that carries us over attacks on assurance.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 July 2015
Israel's susceptibility to the Moabite strategy of penetration and corruption, and Satan's use of this today. Moses retired, the type of Christ to be unblemished for entry into the land. The Reubenites and our tendency to settle down rather than fight the Christian warfare.
11:00am | Sunday 12 July 2015
Here is the solid foundation of assurance in all the problems and needs of living for Christ in an increasingly hostile world. Also, the great objective of election and calling - likeness to Christ - and the features of character that should mark us out for Him.
7:15pm | Wednesday 8 July 2015
Even preachers are often confused about whether they should use reasoning in Gospel preaching. Paul persuaded all the time, and so did Reformers, Puritans and preachers in Awakenings. The old Calvinistic view of regeneration compelled it, but today's view crushes it. What are the differences?
6:30pm | Sunday 5 July 2015
Before conversion, we do not realise how out of touch with God we are; how little we know about Him, and how unable we are to even address Him. This healing miracle by Christ teaches how channels of communication are opened by His loving kindness.
11:00am | Sunday 5 July 2015
The incomparable privilege of having the Holy Spirit's prayers on our behalf; what they are, and what love they show. How they should greatly energise our prayers. Also, what is meant by 'all things' working for good, and why this is as much a challenge as a comfort.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 July 2015
Why God used the phenomenon of an ass seeing the angel of the Lord and speaking. Balaam's true visions, and how he grasped the vulnerability of Israel should she lose her distinctiveness. The outcome - 'the doctrine of Balaam' - found to this day among evangelicals.
7:30pm | Wednesday 24 June 2015
From the meaning of the 'serpent of brass' to the lessons of Balaam's contradictions. A true prophet, and false; sincere, yet insincere; powerless, yet unleashing against God's people the most devastating and enduring Satanic strategy. Balaams surely 'live' today; the biblical record is for us.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 June 2015
Why should we believe the compassionate call of Christ to all souls? After 2000 years, how may we be sure that He is the Lord of life and the Saviour of souls? Here are the credentials of our Maker, the Son of God, Who came to save.
11:00am | Sunday 21 June 2015
Famous verses depicting the creation as a person subjected to the judgement imposed on mankind through sin, and looking forward to the end of the age, when it will be transformed into the home of the children of God. Here is the full, glorious picture.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 June 2015
The people craved a repentance-free, non-challenging religion, but God commands that His appointed worship be kept sacred. How His rules for ministry are disobeyed today. The profound message of the red heifer. Also the error of Moses that cost his entry into Canaan.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 June 2015
King Solomon long ago named the six main false ideas about the human race and its viability without the need of God. These are still the basis of confident unbelief, even though repeatedly proved mistaken. Here is how knowing Christ solves everything.
11:00am | Sunday 14 June 2015
Here are the priceless blessings of adoption into the family of the redeemed, also how one's own spirit, then the Holy Spirit, both witness to our adoption. Then the inheritance that lies ahead for those who suffer now (here explained) with Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 June 2015
The Israelites did not accept that unbelief and disobedience should shut them out of Canaan, Korah and the people demanding both a new priesthood, and a no-repentance, non-sifting ministry. Here are the parallels for our time, and the lessons of the wanderings.
11:00am | Sunday 7 June 2015
Marks of a spiritual person, or, what it means to 'walk after the Spirit'. Our thinking and behaviour is driven either by the flesh or the Spirit. Here are the features of each lifestyle (even in the church) and how the flesh is to be put to death.
6:30pm | Sunday 31 May 2015
The title mirrors words of Christ to a spiritually confused person. If only we knew about God, and ourselves, and what Christ has done for us! Here are samples of present day unawareness of eternal realities, and how these may be proved.
11:00am | Sunday 31 May 2015
The wages (or meagre rations) given by the world's largest employer - 'Sin', slowly poison our interests in and openness to spiritual matters. Physical death follows but here is the astonishing gift of pardon and life through Christ and His atoning work.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 May 2015
The disastrous decision at Kadesh when the people recoiled from entering the land, and the present day equivalent when churches and members recoil from serious effort to reach young and old alike in the battle for souls. Why has the serving culture almost disappeared?
6:30pm | Sunday 24 May 2015
Here are the circumstances that prepare us to open our minds to God, creating a sense of need, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be reconciled with Him. Here also Christ describes the means of finding Him and the experience of all who do.
11:00am | Sunday 24 May 2015
First, the apostle shows the deep reality of the believer's old life and sins being in Christ on Calvary. Secondly, he shows the certainty of new life and power over sin through reflection on this, and calls for a response of complete dedication to Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 May 2015
Lessons begin to flow from this typical church, including: the cloudy pillar shows the way but they must watch for localised dangers. The daily prayer of Moses provides a profound plan for our petitions. Satan infuses gloom that quickly turns to lust - plus remedial thinking.
1 Corinthians 15.26
6:30pm | Sunday 17 May 2015
According to the Bible, death is every person's greatest enemy, and is personified as a seemingly invincible ruler over us. But Christ is the opposite of death, and here the help He offers us is compared with the hostile activities of death. To whom will we yield?
11:00am | Sunday 17 May 2015
In his passage showing the contrast between Adam and Christ, Paul provides five distinct aspects of the Lord's achievements in redemption and the privileges of believers. Here also is the apostle's stirring exhortation to all who are called 'dead to sin', and what this means.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 May 2015
From the 'strange fire' judgement to the march from Sinai, we trace the preparation of the Israelites in (1) learning to preserve the presence of God; (2) maintaining purity, and (3) pursuing an ideal of true dedication. Here is a pattern for churches today.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 May 2015
The Bible teaches that before conversion to God we are like prisoners, except that we do not know it. We need to experience the freedom, reality and fulfilment that comes with the pardon of God. Here is the biblical picture of our 'captivity' and the way out.
11:00am | Sunday 10 May 2015
Realisation of God's love for us is given by the Spirit first through a profound sight of Calvary, and the price paid for contemptuous sinners. Such great love, we see, can never be withdrawn. Then we receive melting insights of His love during reflection, prayer and praise.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 May 2015
The chief and distinctive purposes of Numbers seen through NT eyes, the Israelites being a type of the church. Here is the 'working church' concept, seldom followed today, the call-up to war and activism, faith, holiness, order, and the centrality of worship in everything.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 April 2015
Promises of wonders greater than the Red Sea crossing were kept then, and subsequently in the history of the church, even to the present wherever saved people strive to keep the conditions named: no compromise, honour spiritual obligations, and be consecrated to God's service.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 April 2015
Christ's parable of the rented vineyard was intended to illustrate how we grasp life for ourselves and resist all the overtures of God. The parallels are clear and challenging, showing the length to which Christ has gone to save lives for eternity.
11:00am | Sunday 26 April 2015
The priceless benefits of justification are here described and amplified. So great is the 'fortune' of believers, how can we fall into sorrow, or not share it, for the worldling has nothing. It is all by faith, progressively refined in the tests of life.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 April 2015
Following the golden calf God took away His presence and limited the Israelites to a 'preservation' grade of experience, mirrored today when we host worldliness or other sins. Here also is the intercession of Moses and his special experience of God's glory, with lessons.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 April 2015
Everyone, though we may deny it, esteems, worships and obeys a variety of 'forces' and people, becoming shaped by them. The need to admire and submit is inescapable. Here is God's remedy for misplaced servility, and the vast superiority of yielding to Him alone.
11:00am | Sunday 19 April 2015
Paul traces eternal life, by faith alone in God's redeeming plan, back across the centuries to Abraham, and then to King David. It pre-dated circumcision and also the law, and involves dependence on Christ and His creating power to give new and everlasting life.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 April 2015
With Moses away, the idolatrous apostasy at Sinai was met by Aaron's strategy of appeasement. It was a disaster, condemned by God (yet recurring to this day in evangelical history). How different from the stance of Moses - a type of Christ and an example to us!
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 April 2015
(1) The daily sweet savour offerings of lambs (2) the altar of incense (3) the half-shekel ransom money (4) the brass laver, and (5) the anointing oil - all had an obvious teaching message for worship and life. Here are these lessons.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 April 2015
God's own campaign for our souls, and His statement of the human problem of unbelief and detachment from Him. Here, through Isaiah, is God's reasoned call to us, with what He must do if we refuse, and His amazing kindness if we respond.
11:00am | Sunday 5 April 2015
Many prophecies shine out of the Old Testament about the resurrection of the Messiah and His people, and here are striking examples, showing that resurrection is a key theme. The Lord spoke repeatedly of His own resurrection and here are the reasons and the benefits.
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The enduring amazement of Paul the Apostle shines through these famous words, urging us to explore and ponder the glorious Person of Christ and the way in which He 'gave Himself', or handed Himself over, to the work of redeeming His people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 April 2015
The symbolism of the high priest's garments has often been greatly overdeveloped, but they clearly were symbols of the woman's promised seed and Abraham's expected descendant. Here is what they surely conveyed to believing Israelites, and how they spoke of our Redeemer.
11:00am | Sunday 29 March 2015
The apostle's perfectly woven threads of teaching show the depths of justification, redemption, propitiation and faith in such a way that the unenlightened are amazed, and believing hearts soar. It is not by inadequate 'works' but by faith that God's law is honoured.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 March 2015
Conversion occurs when God's call suddenly cuts and pierces the heart as never before. It so often comes when a preacher, without histrionics, presents the needs of the soul. Here is the first sermon of the Christian church, that had this effect on thousands.
11:00am | Sunday 22 March 2015
The apostle prepares the ground to show that grace is the only solution to human sinfulness. God will be faithful to His promises (to save), and His warnings (of judgement) also. Both Jew and Gentile must be saved by grace alone.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 March 2015
Most people are surprised - even shocked - when they hear these four vital facts of the Christian faith. Yet these have been the means of drawing vast numbers to seek Christ since He came to earth. Here is how John the Baptist introduced the Saviour
11:00am | Sunday 15 March 2015
To what extent are the Ten Commandments written in every heart? Does the apostle redefine the term 'Jew' in showing that Gentiles may be Jews in their hearts? May Christians ever resemble the Jews condemned here for disobedience to the law? Paul provides the answers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 March 2015
As well as illustrated prophecies, abiding principles of Christian doctrine, witness and worship are plainly taught by the major features of the Tabernacle (often missed or violated by today's evangelicalism). Here they are, with their implicit promises and encouragements.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 March 2015
A prophet of old denounced his generation for shutting their ears to the voice of God, rejecting His call, and refusing to approach Him for help. Here are the steps that lead to a sure discovery of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
11:00am | Sunday 8 March 2015
All will be judged by their deeds, even those saved by grace alone. True salvation leads to good works - the sure evidence of grace. Here is the kind of evidence that appears, and the apostle's call to all Christians to be certain of their salvation.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 March 2015
An overview of the civil laws given to Moses for Israel to show their great wisdom and kindness, and to explain the real benefits of some that seem unfair when not read alongside passages that explain them. Also, their immense value to Christians.
11:00am | Sunday 1 March 2015
Three times it is said that God gives up and gives over people to their sin. Here are the reasons and the outcome. Here also is the list of 22 sins that increasingly fill an atheistic society like ours, and the opposite traits in Christ's people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 25 February 2015
The Ten Commandments are holy, just and good or beneficial, reflecting God's own nature. Here are the benefits of the first four. Says God - I am your God: and will be your Father, Saviour, Friend, Defender, Provider and Guide. You will need no other 'god'.
Gospel Sermon 6:30pm | Sunday 22 February 2015
Many only ever approach God over emergencies, but not to find Him or to have Him as their God. Others approach Him in a way He has already said in the Bible is unacceptable to Him. King David shows the way, and here is his effective approach.
Romans 1.18, Romans 1.18
11:00am | Sunday 22 February 2015
How God's wrath is revealed in the Gospel and the reason for it. Also how disrespect for Him in society leads to increasingly extreme sensual sin. What it means to be given up to sin, and the mission of the church to rescue people in time.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 February 2015
Here are stirring spiritual parallels in God's words to the typical church at Sinai: eg being borne on eagles' wings, a peculiar treasure, and a kingdom of priests. Here also is distinctiveness from the world, knowing God by faith alone, and reverence.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 February 2015
Christ taught that the Commandments would never change and would be the standards for the Day of Judgement. This summary shows their unique positive benefits in life. Also, how Christ by His atoning death, purchased pardon and life for all who believe.
11:00am | Sunday 15 February 2015
Paul gives three reasons why he is ready to evangelise where his message will be despised. Herein is the power of the Gospel, also an explanation of God's imputed righteousness, and of how regeneration leads to someone being consciously convicted and persuaded by the Gospel.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 February 2015
The preaching of Paul in Philippi led to his jailing and to the conversion of the hostile jailer, providing a model of how God turns people from spiritual lifelessness and even antagonism to himself, bringing them to a burning awareness of their need of His pardon and power.
11:00am | Sunday 8 February 2015
Before Paul's famous, stirring, profound statements come pouring from his inspired pen, six priceless verses reveal his unselfish, caring, outward-looking character, his evangelistic priority and his great concern to live in accordance with the will of God. All are challenged to keep spiritual priorities.
7:30pm | Wednesday 4 February 2015
The trial of faith when the cloudy pillar stops the migrating column in dry Rephidim, and Horeb's rock - type of Calvary. Then the Amalekites, Satan's agents to fight Israel: their astonishing unbelief and antagonism until their 'man of sin' Haman plans Israel's destruction c470BC. Today's equivalent.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 February 2015
In teaching the afterlife, Christ speaks of 'seeing' death, which includes tasting it. He describes the most terrible experience conceivable, leading to judgement. But those, He says, who believe His message will never see it. Here is how He is able to deliver believers.
11:00am | Sunday 1 February 2015
Introducing Romans - the supreme doctrinal foundation of our faith - revealing Christ in the full glory of His work and His headship of the church. Romans shows how He calls, saves, sanctifies and keeps His own, and the duties of the Christian life. Above all, it exalts Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 January 2015
The astonishing feeding of an entire nation for 40 years by miraculous manna is a worthy type or prophetic illustration of the redeeming work of Christ. Here are some of the many parallels, and the pastoral lessons for us all, that stream from this narrative.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 January 2015
David provides eight reasons why we commit personal sin, then sets out the magnitude of God's mercy, His promises of pardon and life, His soaring unchangeable standards, His provisions of help, and the precious thing He gives to those who trust Him.
2 Timothy 4.22
11:00am | Sunday 25 January 2015
In this hostile world, believers cannot live successfully and fruitfully without Christ being with their spirits. Here is why the soul is also called the spirit, and what it means for Christ to be with our spirit. Examples and counsels for securing His nearness.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 January 2015
Before vast crowds from many lands disperse from Jerusalem after the Feast of Tabernacles, Christ stands in the Temple to give a stirring appeal that will be spread afar. Here is His passionate call to draw people to know and walk with Him.
2 Timothy 4.9
11:00am | Sunday 18 January 2015
Facing execution, Paul from prison cares for infant churches to the end, sending out pastors. An enemy has given devastating false evidence against him, and now he expects deliverance not from death but by death into the Eternal Kingdom. Martyrdom will seal his genuineness for Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 January 2015
The first (and last, in Revelation) congregational hymn of the Bible is 19 verses long, glorifies God, and is deeply doctrinal and intelligent. Nothing like contemporary music lyrics, it was learned by multitudes within hours. Here are some of its wonders.
6:30pm | Sunday 11 January 2015
The parable of the fig tree - one of the shortest - illustrates Christ's timetable for human history, and also the way He works in the lives of all who seek and find Him. Here is life in the soul, reconciliation with God and eternal life.
2 Timothy 4.9
11:00am | Sunday 11 January 2015
Soon to be executed, Paul uses exalted language to describe the privilege and blessings of the Christian life, and the experience of death. Here is what he means by the good (noble) fight, finishing his course, keeping (guarding) the faith, and receiving the crown of righteousness.
7:30pm | Wednesday 7 January 2015
Perhaps the greatest miracle of the Old Testament, the crossing teems with spiritual application, and contains a famous 'contradiction' that leads to deliverance. We can only imagine the menacing, towering walls of water, the fiery cloudy pillar, and the long night of faith.
Ephesians 2.12, Ephesians 2.12
6:30pm | Sunday 4 January 2015
The apostle Paul describes the losses incurred from being without Christ, without heavenly citizenship, without forgiveness, without eternal hope, and without God's blessing in this life also. Here also are the overwhelming gains of having Christ and proving His power.
2 Timothy 4.1
11:00am | Sunday 4 January 2015
We are 'present' at Paul's last briefing of Timothy, a key minister, who receives a solemn charge for his life's work. And yet these words apply to all truly committed believers, for all witness, and uphold the ministry. Here are the ten vital commands.
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6:30pm | Sunday 21 December 2014
The quest for safety, success and satisfaction is the story of life, but are they spasmodic or delusory? And do we seek them only in the material realm? Here is the reality of our spiritual needs and standing before God, and how we may know Him.
2 Timothy 3.16, 2 Timothy 3.16
11:00am | Sunday 21 December 2014
The New Testament canon, set by the Spirit through the apostles, joins the Old Testament as the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word, unparalleled by any human literature. Here are its unique excellencies, themes and purposes, that deepen and equip believers for their 'good works', also here named.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 December 2014
Indescribable relief filled Hebrew homes that midnight when judgement struck Egypt. They knew as idolaters they deserved it also, but atoning blood kept them. Thousands of lambs secured one deliverance, whereas the Lamb of God would gain eternal life for billions. Here are the parallels.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 December 2014
Many strive for liberty from laws, daily toil and even the thought of God; but Jesus Christ said there is one true freedom - release from the power and condemnation of sin. All other freedoms bring their own bonds, but pardon and spiritual life give unsurpassed peace and strength.
2 Timothy 3.10, 2 Timothy 3.10
11:00am | Sunday 14 December 2014
Timothy witnessed the love that drove Paul on his missionary journeys. Here is the source - God's love of all, even the unredeemed, proved from scriptures. Also the purposes of 'common grace', and Paul's chief love passages, with hindrances and helps to advancing in this highest grace.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 December 2014
A review of the plagues of Egypt reveals facts often unnoticed which provide significant principles for the Christian age. Here are: (i) applications for individual believers; (ii) typical features; (iii) profound principles for evangelism drawn from the obduracy of Pharaoh.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 December 2014
Christ, in great sympathy, dissuades a multitude from toiling primarily for earthly satisfaction which fails and perishes, to seek as first priority the spiritual life that He gives freely, that expands into everlasting experience. Here is what He gives, and how He imparts it.
11:00am | Sunday 7 December 2014
Paul urges Timothy (and us) to follow his continuous exercise of faith. Here is the necessity of placing faith in God's providence and overruling in our lives, faith in His power to help, and faith in His Word (prescriptions and promises). Here also are many priceless characteristics of faith.
1 Cornthians 15.21
6:30pm | Sunday 30 November 2014
Biblical facts about the soul and life after death. Here also - facts about our alienation from God, our future judgement, why God would allow it, and what He has done, at great cost, to save us from it. Here is the kindness and power of God to all who…
2 Timothy 3.10
11:00am | Sunday 30 November 2014
Following the features of 'perilous times', the apostle provides a unique eight-point summary of his standards and aims as a servant of God, referring to his 'manner of life' or ongoing training in service. Here are the objectives for us all.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 November 2014
The call from spiritual aimlessness and emptiness to Christ, who gives new life to those who respond. Who is He? Why should I listen? What does He give? Why does He offer this? How does it come? What is the outcome of refusing Him?
2 Timothy 3.1
11:00am | Sunday 23 November 2014
A series of particularly godless seasons are to take place during the last age, the present age, each being worse than the previous one, the last being ended by the return of Christ. Here are the features of such seasons, and the response of true believers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 November 2014
Ruler and deliverer Moses is poor, rebuking prosperity heresy. His trial through neglecting a command. Israel's temporary faith and false converts today. Moses unready for Satan's actions, nor are we if we defend doctrine but not practice. New significance of the glorious name Jehovah.
6:30pm | Sunday 16 November 2014
Almost the last words of Christ - 'It is finished' - refer chiefly to the tornado of punishment taken on Calvary's cross on our behalf. Here is what He 'finished' for us, such as fear of death and eternal loss. With Christ, our life will never finish.
2 Timothy 2.24
11:00am | Sunday 16 November 2014
Should preachers shout? To be in earnest and larger than life is natural and sincere public communication, but is the bellowing culture not contrary to the words of Paul, and to Christ's example? Here is the ethos of proclamation for all, exemplified by the Lord.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 November 2014
The call and commissioning of Moses, including his reservations and the signs God gave him, provide six principles for spiritual mission in all ages, most of which are breached by large sections of evangelicalism today. Yet they are deeply encouraging and vital for Christ's blessing.
2 Timothy 2.22
11:00pm | Sunday 9 November 2014
Even Timothy, sanctified, godly and aged 38-42 must 'go on fleeing' the sins of 'youth', here described, along with the method of fleeing them. Here also are the positive virtues to be pursued in order to be instrumental for God in witness and intercession.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 November 2014
Just as Christ warned the multitudes to beware of false teachers, we must make known the fallacies of non-Christian world-views which increasingly shape lives today. Are they a fit foundation for life and eternity? Here is the way of Christ and the Bible.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 November 2014
God's sovereignty seen in the surprising and miraculous rescue of Moses when mighty Pharaoh's edict was doubly confounded! Faith exercised and rewarded. Christ foreshadowed. Human instrumentality demonstrated through Jochebed and Moses. Separation of 'church' and world set in train. Also, why Moses' conduct in Egypt was faultless.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 November 2014
Forgiveness and new life from God are wholly secured for us by the atoning death of Christ, and are given freely when we come to Him in repentance and faith. But there must be a pressing need and desire on our part, here described.
2 Timothy 2.19
11:00am | Sunday 2 November 2014
A passage calling true Christians from all spiritual association with false and worldly teachers, showing why this must be so. How the true church can never be overthrown; its distinguishing marks; also, promises of instrumentality to all who leave worldly culture and ways.
1 Timothy 6.7
6:30pm | Sunday 26 October 2014
Life's end point challenges all our values and goals. Is there a 'next world'? Here are the indications. Also, God's amazing description of Himself, our alienation from Him, and how we may be reconciled to be sure of safe passage on the ultimate day of life.
2 Timothy 2.10
11:00am | Sunday 26 October 2014
Christ gave Himself for His people, and so Paul endured all for those who would be saved. What it means to die to sin, the old life and the world, and to live to represent and please Christ. Also, the meaning of 'rightly dividing the Word'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 October 2014
Assurance blesses the mind and also the emotions or feelings. Here are the forms it takes and what it feels like. Also, how the mind may function spiritually even when feelings fail to cooperate, and how assurance is lost, recovered and maintained.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 October 2014
True religion is a meeting with God, but how and where and on what terms? What does God require from us? In a society that suppresses all thought and knowledge of God, here is the teaching of Christ about how He may be found.
2 Timothy 2.4-9
11:00am | Sunday 19 October 2014
Paul tells Timothy to ponder deeply on his three illustrations of soldier, athlete and farmer, seeing them as principles of service to Christ. Here are the three vital rules of dedication to Him, obedience to His Word, and soul-participation in Him. Here also - 'The Uncontainable Word'.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 October 2014
The centuries between Joseph and the oppression in Egypt are given a single verse noting their miraculous birth rate, but the chapter implies (other texts confirming) six serious failings that brought them to slavery. These same failings bring us down today, while their avoidance lifts us up.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 October 2014
When a wealthy man had to choose between riches and Christ, he chose riches, demonstrating the hold that this material life has on the human heart. But God has transformed every conceivable kind of earth-tied person down the centuries, and here is how.
2 Timothy 2.3
11:00am | Sunday 12 October 2014
Timothy is to pass the Word to truly saved men, separated from the world, for the future. It is not only preachers who are to live as 'soldiers' but all believers, and here are the standards and conditions we accept for the love of Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 8 October 2014
The funeral of Jacob shows the gratitude of Egypt toward him, the reformed character of his sons and the supreme importance in his life of the future promises. Here also is the training of Joseph and his legacy, and how we must always live for eternity.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 October 2014
People often do not realise how much is accomplished if God forgives their sins. Here are the facts of guilt and forgiveness - what cannot secure forgiveness, and what does. Here also are the gains and benefits (and the cost to God Himself).
2 Timothy 2.1
11:00am | Sunday 5 October 2014
Paul's exhortation to be strong in grace is no mere general encouragement. It is the secret of his walk, and a necessity for us all. Here is the practice of constant dependence on Christ in every aspect of the life of churches and individual believers.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 October 2014
Jacob's sons and their tribes are formally blessed and assured of God's future presence. Warnings are included and positive tribal traits listed, which would combine to equip all Israel. Here also are prophecies of Messiah, and lessons for Christ's people today, which Israel typified.
7:30pm | Sunday 28 September 2014
Often called 'The parable of dry bones', this dramatic prophetic vision predicts a future revival of God's people, and also gives a narrative of spiritual conversion - the theme of this message. Here is our lifelessness as unbelievers, and the process of receiving new life from God.
2 Timothy 1.13
11:00am | Sunday 28 September 2014
A martial call to keep the Word despite continual pressure to sweep us off course. The superiority of God's Truth over human learning, and the need to defend not only the doctrines but the conduct they teach. Also, the vital practice of faith and love.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 September 2014
Isaiah's remarkable prophecy of Christ on the cross - written 700 years beforehand - describes 30 different things that were perfectly fulfilled. Here are some of them, all proving that Christ is the Son of God and Saviour of all who trust in Him.
2 Timothy 1.12
11:00am | Sunday 7 September 2014
Whatever Paul suffers or surrenders for Christ, he is certain of spiritual and bodily triumph because he knows Christ. Here are the grounds of his certainty. Here also is what it means to deposit one's life, soul and eternal interests into the safekeeping of Christ the Saviour.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 September 2014
Jacob waits for God's sanction before entering Egypt. Why his listed family names are so significant. God's plans unfold. Why Egypt? The reasons unveiled - how the church and the seed royal would be spiritually preserved. Lessons from the adoption of Joseph's sons and the blessing of Reuben.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 August 2014
While the guiding providence of God is notable in Joseph, equally vital is his life-long goal for the repentance and restoration of his brothers (a church typified). Here his strategy is traced for securing conviction, change, reconciliation and provision, mirroring (perhaps including) evangelical conversion.
2 Timothy 4.7
6:30pm | Sunday 17 August 2014
The battle for the soul is the most vital because it determines life and eternity. Here are the earthly battles we prefer to fight to get personal gains, and the fight we put up against God, Who would give us free life and glory if we asked.
2 Timothy 1.10
11:00am | Sunday 17 August 2014
Sublime concepts illustrated and explained:- 'Saved' (what from and what to?), 'Holy Calling', 'Grace' (and the sense in which this Old Testament concept was more wonderfully revealed through Christ), the full meaning of 'Abolished Death', 'Life' (its glorious features) and 'Immortality'. Here is our highest knowledge.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 August 2014
Joseph in Egypt being prepared by the Lord: the young man's patience, diligence and integrity; plus fifteen ways in which he is undoubtedly a type of the Great Deliverer, with remarkable examples of God's providential oversight of His own. Spiritual lessons for today from events.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 August 2014
Christ's statement that without Him people can accomplish nothing refers first to spiritual things, but also to all of life. How limited is mankind! Here are just the main shortcomings, the missing factor that causes them, and the difference that it makes to know Christ.
2 Timothy 1.7
11:00am | Sunday 10 August 2014
Gifts of God - aptitudes and endowments - given to believers for the testimony of Christ must frequently be stirred up; literally Paul says - rekindled. Here is how, and here also are the three great strengths which we have from the Spirit that enable us to do this.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 August 2014
14 chapters cover Joseph's history! How can such a deliverer not be a type of Christ? We must reject trivial ideas that Jacob spoiled Joseph, who was disloyal and naive in reporting his brothers' sins and telling them his dreams. Here are the realities of his spiritual training.
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 July 2014
Teenager Dinah goes into the Hivite town only to be seduced by the prince. Her motive; the hypocrisy of her brothers; their terrible revenge; the family imperilled. Why were Jacob's offspring so wayward? The purpose and lessons to the church of this record. God's restoration.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 July 2014
King Agrippa said, in effect, to Paul, 'You will make me a Christian any moment now'. Here are the differences between knowledge of the Faith, and real experience of God's saving power; also, why we may pull back from yielding to God, and how to resolve this.
11:00am | Sunday 20 July 2014
Paul speaks about God providing our needs, not supplying excessive earthly rewards, as the prosperity heretics claim. Here are the conditions. God's 'riches in glory' are here defined, also how all glory should be His, not directed at human instruments.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 July 2014
With seemingly unending wars, terrorism, increasingly destructive weapons and moral collapse, Christ's teachings about the end of the age are uniquely accurate. Here are His words on how the present age will end and how we may find Him now, and be His at the final account.
11:00am | Sunday 13 July 2014
Paul has learned calm contentment of soul and how to obtain strength from Christ in every situation. Violence, sickness and poverty may abase, while revelations and blessing bring other dangers. Here are 'five points of contentment' that secure Christ's presence and power in all events.
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 July 2014
Jacob, enriched, returns to the Promised Land after 20 years greatly afraid that Esau will attack him. His two prayers are here examined, especially the hours in wrestling and pleading with God. Here are God's purposes with the encouragements and challenges for our praying.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 July 2014
Another group of compelling and intriguing illustrations from Solomon showing how we appear to God when we live without desiring or seeking Him. Here too, are God's persuasive appeals to wanderers to approach Him, and to discover His life-changing power and companionship.
11:00am | Sunday 6 July 2014
Here are the matters which should occupy the minds and plans of believers. 'Whatsoever things are true' refers to the spiritual realities which should be our chief concern, unless we are becoming pliable, indifferent and ambivalent concerning the service and standards of the Lord.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 June 2014
Miniature parables or illustrations (from King Solomon) showing our condition when we try to live without God, and why we need Him. Here also are life's spiritual dangers - what we lose without God, and what is gained when we come to Him for new life.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 June 2014
Three seekers, one a scribe, another a regular observer of Christ, desire to become full disciples, but something is wrong. All have some reservation or hesitation. Christ shows each one what prevents him from wholehearted 'conversion'. It is priceless counsel for seekers in every age.
11:00am | Sunday 22 June 2014
The apostle's way to all-surmounting trust and strength despite trouble or prosperity. Here are six very distinctive steps that lead - by the sure promise of God - to spiritual safety and assurance. Here also is a definition of the peace that far surpasses all understanding.
7:30pm | Wednesday 18 June 2014
The theophany at Bethel and Jacob's response. A sense of God the goal of preachers. The shocking fraud in marriage - what should Jacob have done? His spiritual virtues. His preparations for home; were his breeding methods credible? Lessons for posterity, and church and world again separated by God.
6:30pm | Sunday 15 June 2014
Reasons why we reject God, and what unbelief takes from us. How atheism shapes us, imparting distinctive characteristics of thought and action. Proof that it is itself a religion. The contrasting benefits of believing in God, and how He may be found and known.
11:00am | Sunday 15 June 2014
The deepest and most glorious concept - a union determined from eternity, secured at Calvary, implemented at conversion, deepened through life and perfected in death. Here is how it is felt; with a pastoral survey of the departments and circumstances in which union is unmistakably experienced.
7:30pm | Wednesday 11 June 2014
Two distinct peoples were born to Rebekah. Isaac though godly never accepted that Jacob should have the entire heritage. He wanted Esau to head the family, while Jacob bore the seed royal. But God once again separated church and world. Here are the lessons.
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 May 2014
Abraham's mature faith – noble, magnificent trust; why he received such a hard test; the lessons for us; his reasoning and conclusion; his secret of submission to God; Isaac's heroic faith and young believers; Jehovah Jireh – the Lord sees ahead and provides; exercising precious faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 25 May 2014
Christ's healing of the man with a withered hand was one of the smallest of His miracles, yet an immensely important picture of the non-functioning soul, and its needs. Here is His enacted message to draw people to Himself for spiritual life and salvation.
11:00am | Sunday 25 May 2014
To be named in this most magnificent register of grace cannot be bought, earned or inherited. How could Paul be so certain that his co-labourers were named there? 'Eternal security' as widely preached is dangerously wrong, but the security of 'perseverers' is assured by the Book.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 May 2014
Unknown to Abraham God prepares for him a believing royal neighbour, but the patriarch repeats an old failing. Then Ishmael at 17 persecutes infant Isaac and Sarah realises the seed of the serpent aims to seize the inheritance. God restores separateness to the church. The lessons.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 May 2014
What the Bible says about God's infinite knowledge is both surprising and humbling. His knowledge of us is particularly moving, for it is a longsuffering and concerned knowledge that has provided a way of forgiveness and life to countless people who see their need of it.
11:00am | Sunday 18 May 2014
The opposite of minding earthly things is to keep heavenly themes in view. Here is how we should express and experience our heavenly citizenship with its riches and benefits, and how this exalts Christ in our hearts, and gives us perspective for all situations.
7:30pm | Wednesday 14 May 2014
God disclosed to Abraham the destruction of Sodom because his descendants (the church) would ever need to be out of the culture of a world due for destruction. The deliverance of Lot pictures the embarrassment that believers may be found immersed in the world when judgement comes.
2 Kings 6.17
6:30pm | Sunday 11 May 2014
A young man sees for the first time divine realities. The testimony of Elisha's servant speaks to young people today. Here are the unseen factors about every person's spiritual condition. Here also is God's solution and the experience of seeing and embracing it.
11:00am | Sunday 11 May 2014
Not only are the apostle's church activities a pattern for churches of all ages, but his manner of life is also to be closely imitated by believers. Here are key passages highlighting aspects of character, to develop and encourage true progress in godliness.
6:30pm | Sunday 4 May 2014
There was never a teacher like Christ. No one has ever been so understandable, and yet so profound and compelling. Here are examples of the unique superiority of His message and style. Everything He said has come to pass. Why trust your life (and soul) to others?
11:00am | Sunday 4 May 2014
Having been saved thirty years, Paul speaks of knowing ongoing resurrection power in his life, continuing to conform his mind, heart and will to Christ. What about earthly interests and pursuits? How should we weigh and ration them to fulfil the sufferings of Christ for us?
7:30pm | Wednesday 30 April 2014
At a time when many evangelicals want to be part of worldly culture, we take note of the sorry results of Abram and Sarai's identical mistake – seeking a godly outcome by worldly means. Then the rich lessons for the Lord's renewed covenant.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 April 2014
The Saviour's illustration of grain being sown to bring about a crop describes His atoning death on Calvary. It also pictures the laying down of a seeker's old life so that he may be given a new life by God. Here is how we must approach Him.
11:00am | Sunday 27 April 2014
Paul's famous gain and loss passage exposes false hopes for both salvation and earthly satisfaction. Some 30 years after his conversion, the apostle affirms the overwhelming superiority of knowing Christ. What he means is explored here, especially the experience of walking with Christ.
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 April 2014
Here is the first prophet of the Bible, the first vision, the first mention of justification by faith, and other ‘firsts’. How Abram’s seed resemble stars, and how Abram saw Christ as chief among them and believed God. Here also is the meaning of the burning furnace and lamp.
11:00am | Friday 18 April 2014
Why the place was so important; who ‘they’ were, and their significance; why it had to be crucifixion, and all that it meant; and the fact that of all people it was ‘Him’ upon that cross, the Saviour of the world. Four words that move hearts.
7:30pm | Sunday 13 April 2014
Here Moses speaks to people who, despite decades of teaching and remarkable miracles, were still in a spiritual stupor, having no desire to know God. How like them we are before conversion! Here are reasons why we need the Lord, and some of the persuasive pleadings of the Bible.
11:00am | Sunday 13 April 2014
The need to protect the Gospel and the Church; the threefold nature of the enemy; how to worship in the Spirit, and glory in Christ; 'flesh' in the church today; human inventions in God's work; and how to express the right kind of sympathy for the unsaved.
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 April 2014
Abram's renewed faith; how Lot, though godly, gradually declines in commitment to his earthly hurt; God's enlarged promises to Abram and the condition of faith met; faith in the rescue of Lot; Abram discloses his vow to God and his refusal of earthly help, with lessons.
6:30pm | Sunday 30 March 2014
Christ's teaching on the end of the world and what will happen to us all in the last judgement. We learn in scripture of mankind being divided into two vast groups - believers in Christ and unbelievers. Here is how we may be counted among those who have eternal life.
11:00am | Sunday 30 March 2014
The command to be happy as believers raises questions for all who suffer trials or have good cause for heaviness. Here is joy that exists alongside every hard experience, and how it is to be procured by reflection on key aspects of Christ and His work for us.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 March 2014
The mountains of Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount, remind the psalmist of the Creator, and of his own human smallness, and need of spiritual life. Here is how this powerful metaphor persuades us to reach out to God for life and purpose.
11:00am | Sunday 23 March 2014
The believer's life is to be a conscious and willing sacrifice of love and service to God. Here is how we are to assess the condition of our church, and where it should be strong. Also, here are Paul's indications of a future pastor.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 March 2014
Abraham responds to God's four 'I will' promises despite impediments to faith. Sarai's view of marriage. A nomad for God - principles for today. The lie to Pharaoh to preserve the promised seed a momentary loss of the four promises; lessons for us.
6:30pm | Sunday 16 March 2014
... to be reconciled with God. Here are the facts set out by Paul, the apostle. We must know about the state of mankind, our future in eternity, what Christ has done to help us, how He can rescue us, and what happens at conversion.
11:00am | Sunday 16 March 2014
To grow in appreciation of and delight in God's commands provides motivation and zeal for obedience. Here is Paul's counsel for advance and especially in the paramount duty of representing Christ by our lives, and lifting up the light of the Gospel.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 March 2014
The line of Shem (seed of the woman) had become too close to the line of unbelief when mankind rebelliously built Babel. Judgement forced dispersal to predetermined locations and called out God's people. Here is the meaning of the dramatic event.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 March 2014
What and where is the soul? Is my soul active or asleep? What am I missing if it is inactive? How is life affected? Is there fulfilment without making provision for the soul? Here is how the soul may receive life and communion with God.
11:00am | Sunday 9 March 2014
Sanctification involves striving in obedience to God, by His power. Here are key striving texts, and an overview of the four departments of holy, spiritual living for which we are to strive. Here also is the apostle's definition of conscientious effort.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 March 2014
Christ's parable of the two son who changed their minds shows us ourselves, and what forces shape our attitude to God. There is nothing quite like this parable to challenge us to deeper thought about our need of new life from Christ.
11:00am | Sunday 2 March 2014
As God-and-Man Christ is elevated to the highest glory and given a name unutterable on earth, but known in Glory. A strongly uplifting study for believers is to explore this greatest name, not to identify it, but to grasp its significance and wonder.
7:30pm | Wednesday 26 February 2014
In this historical event is the first imperative 'come' of the Bible, a rich type of faith, judgement to come, grace and eternal security. Here too are attributes of God, persisting human depravity, and the theme running through Scripture - the gulf between the world and the church.
6:30pm | Sunday 23 February 2014
Drawn away from God by various influences (mentioned here), we become our own god, requiring 'worship' and admiration, and inventing our own ruler. Then God intervenes, and we see ourselves as we really are. Only He can turn us round to find and walk with Him. Here is how.
11:00am | Sunday 23 February 2014
Paul shows that to think as a Christian needs the impetus of strong indebtedness to Christ. Urged by this, we can adopt spiritual values, particularly dis-self-esteem, plus outgoing care for others. Then we begin to resemble our Lord, who laid aside Heavenly glory for His people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 19 February 2014
By Noah's time the church of Adam and Seth had so degenerated that it became intertwined with the world - the line of Cain, and the moral breakdown of both was complete. Heroic Noah and family would alone survive. Here are the lessons of the Flood.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 February 2014
As Genesis 3 foretold, the ages-long history of hostility of the world toward the church begins, Abel then Seth representing the godly. Here also is the first death, God's call of mercy to Cain, the warning, the curse, and the defiance of unbelief.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 February 2014
Christ says that His salvation is easy, yet He also mentions difficulties. Here are the things that make it difficult, that we are reluctant to accept. But here also are the things that make it easy for us to open the gate of new and eternal life.
11:00am | Sunday 9 February 2014
How greatly Paul longed to be with Christ! Do we have such love of the Lord? Here Paul shows how to increase in appreciation of Christ. He also urges believers to Gospel labour, honouring their heavenly citizenship standards (not compromising with the world, as some prescribe).
6:30pm | Sunday 2 February 2014
In this royal testimony of conversion David describes his previous ignorance, and how the wonder and majesty of the night sky stamped on his mind God's infinite being, and his own smallness, bringing him to seek the kindness that stoops, pardons and imparts spiritual life.
11:00am | Sunday 2 February 2014
Paul's great profession challenges every believer. All we are and have is Christ's - homes, possessions, abilities, and time. He is our standing, strength, joy and future. We live to prove Him in holiness, service and love, and here is how death is all gain for His people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 29 January 2014
The arrival of guilt and sin, shame and conscience. The serpent's method then (and now), the choice of disobedience, the compound sin, the consequences, the beginning of enmity between the church and world, and the Gospel of the promised seed; with observations and application.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 January 2014
The coming of Christ was unique, extraordinary, and essential - if people are to be enabled to find and know God. He came to give spiritual life to countless individuals who believe in Him. Here are the immense gains of spiritual life, and how it may be received.
11:00am | Sunday 26 January 2014
Paul is silenced by imprisonment for years, yet in Rome his witness stirs the entire emperor's palace and guard, and moves the 'underground' church to new boldness. Learning from the tragedy of wrongly motivated preachers. Also, praying for preachers, and the challenge to magnify Christ by life or death.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 January 2014
Proving there are no contradictions between Genesis 1 and 2; the Sabbath established, and its purpose; the Garden located; its central trees; the covenant test of man; the profound method for forming the woman and its lessons for marriage throughout time.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 January 2014
Only God can purge the conscience. Here is why, and how He does it. Animal sacrifices could not do it; they were only illustrations of what God would do. Other religions proclaim no Saviour. Here is how we may know that our guilt is removed.
11:00am | Sunday 19 January 2014
Paul prays that our love will overflow, leading us to choose Christ's interests in every aspect of life. Our spiritual journey consists of continuous choices - here they are. Right choosing keeps us genuine all the way, and gives rise to practical fruits that glorify God.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 January 2014
A new series in Genesis. Why God phased creation over six days; why the particular order; the full glories of light; the higher purpose of night; the picture of a divine craftsman working to the pinnacle of all - mankind. How the literal view deepens faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 January 2014
Christ's parable of the lost sheep presents His concern for individuals, His costly labour for them, and His readiness to carry the spiritually wandering to eternal life and safety. Here an apparently simple plot conveys the deepest and most needed message in the world.
11:00am | Sunday 12 January 2014
Philippi had a remarkable congregation, bonded to the apostle Paul through longstanding ties of support and love. This is truly an epistle of love, also shedding much light on how to apply the Word to life, and to the practical service of Christ.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 January 2014
Wealth, fame, power, health, ability and pleasure all rank among the things most desired by men and women. But the Christian message ranks the forgiveness of God greater than them all. Here are the limits and costs of the former, and the eternal gains of free forgiveness.
11:00am | Sunday 5 January 2014
Holiness comes only by God's help. Why atheists cannot improve. Believers may resist God's work in them. Here are the good works we were converted for, with hindrances and helps. The importance of giving all glory to Christ (and the tragedy of evangelical celebrity culture).
2 Samuel 14.25
6:30pm | Sunday 22 December 2013
Here is the life and attempted coup of Absalom, son of king David, with its startling parallels of everyone's rebellion against their God. We trace Absalom's thoughts and plans, and his end. Here is the gentle searching of our hearts by God, designed to lead us back to Him.
11:00am | Sunday 22 December 2013
This inspired prayer for the people begins by lifting up Almighty God, an all prayer must. The God of peace is extolled, the resurrected Christ, His authority over his people, His work as Shepherd, His all-accomplishing blood, and the covenant everlasting. Here are the assurances.
6:30pm | Sunday 8 December 2013
The necessity of the Cross of Calvary; the unfolding story; the mysterious three hours of darkness that terrified and silenced the vast crowd; their meaning and their message; why Calvary is the greatest event in history; the eternal significance of our personal reaction.
11:00am | Sunday 8 December 2013
The attitude of believers toward this doomed world; compassion but not restoration; in it but never of it; the stance of the Lord and of Bible history; soul-winning our great aim. Also, the central place of praise, and how we offer it in Christ's name.
6:30pm | Sunday 1 December 2013
All people have their distinctive aptitudes as gifts, but no one is entire or complete, for vital faculties are missing until God works in our lives. Every 'good' and 'perfect' gift, says the Bible, comes from above. Here are the missing gifts, which God gives to those who seek Him.
11:00am | Sunday 1 December 2013
Here - the doctrines of the faith are an anchor to avoid drift. Grace must be held to as the exclusive way of salvation; it cannot hold fellowship with 'works'. Proof that O.T. food laws have ceased. Reasons why Christian must never be 'culturally progressive'; loyalty to God is at…
6:30pm | Sunday 17 November 2013
Christ's great parable of two houses speaks to all of us who shape our lives and future entirely on this material world, forgetting our spiritual purpose. Here is the outcome, as years pass, and here is the amazing experience, by contrast, of finding the Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 17 November 2013
Ways to remember great lessons of the spiritual life and doctrine; how undershepherds 'rule' as guides not by personal authority, but by faithful, applied preaching. What is not meant by the words 'obey' and 'submit' (v17) and the vital true sense.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 November 2013
Rejection by God at the end of life's journey is surely the most terrible shock imaginable. Here are the reasons set out in the Bible, along with God's method of showing mercy and love to all who will receive it, while there is time.
11:00am | Sunday 10 November 2013
Covetousness is a fierce spoiler of a believer's experience of the Lord. Here are its forms and effects, how it becomes an act of worship, and the remedies to be used to combat it. Here, also, are Christ's glorious kindnesses toward His people.
7:30pm | Wednesday 6 November 2013
Blood signifies violence, death and sacrifice - the blood of which was applied. Blood is emotive, showing the lengths to which Christ went for His own. Was atoning blood shed at Gethsemane or Gabbatha? How do we defeat Satan by the blood? Did Christ take His blood to Heaven?
6:30pm | Sunday 3 November 2013
Christ's parable of the faithful servant portrays our duty to God, who gave us our bodies, faculties and powers. What do we do with these, and with Christ's invitation to spiritual life and power? Here are the message and the promises of a life-changing parable.
11:00am | Sunday 3 November 2013
The climax of incentives to holiness is revealed as the greatness of the cause we serve. For we are not called to the Mosaic order, but the Gospel age; to the kingdom that shall never fall. Here are its contrasting and glorious features - and our duties.
6:30pm | Sunday 27 October 2013
Christ constantly combined compassionate works of healing with illustrations of spiritual conversion. His healing of the helpless man at Bethesda's Pool is a remarkable example, showing the dramatic course and features of how Christ is to be approached, and what He will do for seekers.
11:00am | Sunday 27 October 2013
Good churches are soon corrupted and disabled by indifference to holy living, so believers are to watch over each other, thankful that they are not under the Old Testament order, but the altogether better order of Christ's people, bound for the heavenly Jerusalem. Here are the mighty differences.
7:30pm | Wednesday 23 October 2013
A scan of events and trends which are to occur in society and in churches as the end of the age draws near, taken from Revelation, Christ's words in Matthew 24, and also from 2 Thessalonians 2 and 2 Timothy 3. Also: how believers should react and respond to these.
11:00pm | Sunday 20 October 2013
A low state of spiritual love, fervour, service and assurance may be speedily remedied by the blessing of God, and here is how. Here also is the duty of peace with worldlings, and the necessity of inward purity for a deep awareness of the Lord - by faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 20 October 2013
King David shows that no ruler or society or relation or loved one can help an individual person concerning the soul. This central, vital core of our being can only be enlivened and protected by God, and David's message is about God's way of saving the soul.
7:30pm | Wednesday 16 October 2013
A single study on the special contribution of those to whom Paul sent greetings at Rome: Phebe, Priscilla, Aquila, Epaenetus, Andronicus, etc. What they did, and their contributions took on significance beyond anything they could have imagined - as ours also may.
6:30pm | Sunday 13 October 2013
The Pharisees asked Christ a question to trap Him, but He gave a totally unexpected reply that challenged them - and us also. Is the Kingdom of God in us, and are we in it? Here are its characteristics and blessings, and how it may be entered.
11:00am | Sunday 13 October 2013
Here are the depths and riches of the Father's training of His people, representing His affection and plans for them. We may neglect it, becoming subject to the firmer disciplines here noted. How may we tell between chastisements, and afflictions for other purposes?
7:30pm | Wednesday 9 October 2013
A single study on the life and teaching of John the Baptist, showing the lessons in his perfect discharge of the commission God gave him, and including his handling of doubt. Here is the last of the prophets, who was himself the subject of prophecy.
6:30pm | Sunday 6 October 2013
The healing of a severely bent-over woman by Christ was certainly an act of compassion, but it was also a picture of release from spiritual bondage. Here are the limitations that bind us through life, that can only be removed by the Saviour of the world.
11:00am | Sunday 6 October 2013
Famously called 'the greatest fight in the world' these verses show us how the hearts of believers may be kept zealously loyal to their high calling. Here is what it means to 'consider Him' and to keep ourselves from fainting in faith, and strong in passion for souls.
6:30pm | Sunday 29 September 2013
Human beings are servants by nature, and here are some of the things that we are willingly enslaved by. We have only so much time to discover that Christ alone is worthy of service. Here are His attributes and plans, and His call to spiritual life.
11:00am | Sunday 29 September 2013
How God validates our faith in the eyes of others, if sin is laid aside. Also, how Christ regarded His debasement as temporary, and non-obstructive to the securing of joy for the redeemed, and how we should esteem our effect upon souls higher than our trials.
1 Timothy 6.6
Bible Study 7:30pm | Wednesday 25 September 2013
Godliness (reverence) is firmly coupled with contentment (satisfaction), and together they are the source of true riches. Reverence sees God's wisdom, power, love, goodness, providence, protection and plans, while contentment feels them in personal experience, causing us to be lost in wonder, love and praise.
6:30pm | Sunday 22 September 2013
'I am the door,' said Christ, providing one of the richest analogies in the Bible to describe the experience of coming to know Him, and entering into His kingdom. Here earthly doors of opportunity with their limited gains are contrasted with the great door of conversion.
11:00am | Sunday 22 September 2013
The most magnificent passage of proofs from Bible history that faith in Christ and a loyal, prayerful life brings from our lives a 'good report', i.e.- the witness of God that we are His. Here are the faithful, what they did, and the corresponding deeds today.
Isaiah 55.8, Isaiah 55.8
6:30pm | Sunday 1 September 2013
God's thoughts are so much higher than ours. He knows everything that happens - past, present and future - all the time, and His plans and intents are holy, perfect, just and fair. Ours are so different. Only God could conceive of a plan of free salvation for us, described…
11:00am | Sunday 1 September 2013
Unbelievers (and backsliders) see nothing, but faith views Christ in His Word and Work. Here are many ways in which we 'see' Him, especially His Person, power, affections and plans. We must view His all-surpassing qualities constantly, and do so with prayer, trust and submission.
7:30pm | Wednesday 28 August 2013
6:30pm | Sunday 25 August 2013
To know Christ we must first submit to Him, but who will? It offends our pride. But in rejecting God we unwittingly submit ourselves to a host of other influences and forces. How much better and greater is the love and power of the Saviour of souls.
11:00am | Sunday 25 August 2013
Moses believed a centuries-old promise of deliverance for Israel, and renounced royal life to serve God. His sacrifice was immense, as were also the results. He looked away from earthly rewards, and looked to spiritual gain. Here are the applications for us today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 21 August 2013
Are we living as strangers and pilgrims, a vital concept for the Christian journey? Throughout the Bible this is the rule, and here are its hardships and its many comforts, together with biblical dos and don'ts, and the resulting spiritual gains and benefits.
6:30pm | Sunday 18 August 2013
What will we do, asks Isaiah, in the day God brings us to account for our life? At the moment God disrupts our indifference to Him, or our defiance of Him, what will become of us? Here are examples of futile human defences. The only Saviour must be sought before…
11:00am | Sunday 18 August 2013
Four great examples of how faith sees Truth, believes and obeys it. Isaac responded with trembling, Jacob obeyed a unique insight, Joseph secured a 400-year testimony, and the parents of Moses performed a dangerous yet vital act with calm certainty. Here are enduring applications.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 July 2013
According to the Bible morally evil behaviour is both. People sin knowingly and wilfully, and this turns into a disease, but one for which they remain responsible, because God's forgiveness and re-making is freely available. Here are the facts about conversion to the Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 21 July 2013
True faith produces obedience and obedience is the proof of true faith. Strangely, today, much right doctrine does not always lead to obedience. Here are God's objectives in the proving of Abraham by the offering of Isaac, showing parallels with our provings by the Lord.
6:30pm | Sunday 14 July 2013
We see the marvels of Creation, but do not grasp the attributes of God, nor how He reconciles people with Himself. We are usually amazed when we first focus on the 'unexpected things of God', that draw us to seek Him.
11:00am | Sunday 14 July 2013
Sarah did not at first believe that she would conceive, but then faith was formed. Here is how it operated in the work of God to establish the line and church of Christ. Here also are the reasons why God employed miraculous means, with applications to us.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 July 2013
The Saviour's parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids shows the unreadiness of so many to meet their Creator. Here are the reasons for spiritual indifference, and their cure, how we should stir up our thinking and desire for real meaning in life, and a walk with God.
11:00am | Sunday 7 July 2013
This is the story of Abraham's God-given saving faith that compelled him to answer God's call. What made such an impression on him, how did he respond, and what was the basis for his ongoing faith? Here also are the parallel influences in believers today.
1 Corinthians 2.2
6:30pm | Sunday 23 June 2013
Why, when there is so much in the world to admire and aspire to, should we follow the Bible and place our hopes on Jesus Christ impaled on a Roman cross? Here are tremendous reasons which have led millions to Christ and to Heaven.
11:00am | Sunday 23 June 2013
In a single verse both saving and keeping faith are presented in the life of Noah. Here is his 'illumination' about future things, his careful response, his obedience, his devotion to the Seed Royal, and his witness - all showing he is an heir of righteousness by faith.
11:00am | Sunday 16 June 2013
From Abel to Enoch we see how our faith may speak on earth long after we die, and what it means to walk with God. Here sixteen features of being in communion are swiftly reviewed to help motivate and encourage believers to live by faith.
7:30pm | Wednesday 12 June 2013
Here are the prophecies of Christ, the Branch, and of His ransom for sinners; of the return of the exiles; of the calling out of believers in the Gospel age; of the calling of the Gentiles; of the New Testament ministry, and the regenerate character of the church.
6:30pm | Sunday 9 June 2013
All Christ's healing miracles demonstrated both His divinity and the way He restores spirtually all who come to Him. The Lord's first healing of a leper says everything about the way to approach Him for the great experience of conversion, and the receiving of a new life.
11:00am | Sunday 9 June 2013
Faith, for a saved person, is the capacity to see beyond the reach of human vision and sense, to perceive as real and certain, matters revealed by God in his Word. Here are faith's benefits and enemies, and how it must be exercised and enabled to grow.
7:30pm | Wednesday 5 June 2013
Although almost alone in his stand, Jeremiah obeyed God's express command in these chapters to make no concession to apostate culture (unlike many evangelicals today). Here also is the source of his strength, his occasions of doubt, meeting with God's reproof, and his preaching emphasis.
6:30pm | Sunday 2 June 2013
A call to conversion in one of Christ's shortest sermons. Conversion is presented as a personal approach to Him for pardon and a transformed, eternal life. Here is what He does in one's life, and the gains and losses involved in yielding to Him or rejecting Him.
11:00am | Sunday 2 June 2013
A two-part hallmark being first, conscientious concern for righteousness. False faith becomes indifferent to sin, but here is the difference between false faith and backsliding. The second mark is the acceptance of Christian priorities and trials. Here also are the joys of true faith.
6:30pm | Sunday 26 May 2013
The infinite and eternal God is a personal God who knows all things, and has a record of all human conduct, including thoughts, words, acts, and motives. Here is the biblical teaching, especially on the 'book of life' and who is listed in it.
11:00am | Sunday 26 May 2013
Inspired steps for fruitfulness and assurance that track the symbolic duties of the high priest. Here is counsel on: 1) drawing near to God, 2) obtaining cleansing, 3) affirmation and witness, 4) watching over others, 5) gathering for worship and instruction, 6) weighing our remaining time.
7:30pm | Wednesday 22 May 2013
Here we glean the necessity of 1) strong sorrow for the lost, 2) ministering for conviction, 3) humbling ministry, 4) expansive labouring, 5) readiness for trials, 6) closeness to Christ. Precious and powerful verses to challenge and enliven sincere students of the Word.
6:30pm | Sunday 19 May 2013
We do not realise how conformed we are to the programming of society. Even when young and experimental we are being shaped in the ways of the world, but there is a way of escape and freedom - in fact radical transformation - in conversion to Christ. Here is how.
11:00am | Sunday 19 May 2013
Further proof that Old Testament Jews knew that their ceremonial worship were both lessons on grace and prophecy of Christ's work in signs. Here, also, the greatness of Christ is presented, and His present work of subduing all things by conquering hearts and progressively frustrating His enemies.
7:30pm | Wednesday 15 May 2013
Why does the prophet appeal to Judah to repent, when he knows they never will? So that God's heart in the matter will be seen, obstinacy revealed and so that individuals may find the Lord. Here are lines of appeal still to be used today.
6:30pm | Sunday 12 May 2013
Whether or not we are thankful to God (the highest duty of the human heart) says more about our souls, our direction in life, and our eternal destiny than we realise. Here a range of attitudes to God are reviewed, showing our need to experience His power and love.
11:00am | Sunday 12 May 2013
One of the purposes of Hebrews is to convince readers that the Old Testament saints actually knew that their worship was typical and figurative of the work of their coming Messiah. Here are aspects of the wonder and riches of the atonement to move believing hearts.
6:30pm | Sunday 5 May 2013
'God is unfair,' they said. But God declares that He has no pleasure in seeing lives thrown away in materialism, unbelief and spiritual loss. Here is the cause of the problem, God's remedy, His fairness, His mercy, and what He does for those who turn to Him.
11:00am | Sunday 5 May 2013
Sparkling verses that review the riches of O.T. times to show how much people were shown about God's holiness and the provision of redemption through the coming Saviour. The symbols have gone, but the record of them stirs and deepens our perception of how much we owe.
7:30pm | Wednesday 1 May 2013
The unfaithful wife called back shows God's patience to rebellious Israel. How much more to true believers who should never delay repentance after waywardness. Compromised Judah prayed to the true God from idol shrines! Reasons why worldly evangelicals forfeit real blessing today.
7:30pm | Wednesday 24 April 2013
Modern translators and writer destroy the message of Jeremiah by calling his words charges or accusations against Judah rather than pleadings (KJV). Here is how we are meant to read these pleadings and apply them to ourselves, to derive challenge and comfort.
6:30pm | Sunday 21 April 2013
Life is a search for dependable things in an unreliable world. Apart from wilful lies there are countless mistaken ideas, half-truths, empty promises, excuses and exaggerations, not to mention gossip and slander. Here the truthfulness of God is presented and His solid promises to all who come to Him.
11:00am | Sunday 21 April 2013
Surveying the points of superiority of Christ's high priesthood over that of O.T. high priests powerfully stirs our gratitude and indebtedness. Likewise, the superior excellence of the covenant of grace increases our love, dedication, and anticipation of future blessing.
7:30pm | Wednesday 17 April 2013
In 627 BC the long ministry begins. His call is our call - analysing the features, terms and privileges. Jeremiah's good reluctance, his anointing and level of conviction; the certain outcome of his words (and ours). Are we in the last phase of the age?
6:30pm | Sunday 14 April 2013
Faith is repeatedly described in the Bible as the key to finding Christ in a living, personal way. Here is the biblical definition of faith, how we get it, what it must believe, how it is expressed, and the great reward it secures.
11:00am | Sunday 14 April 2013
Prophecies about Christ and His work included the foretelling of His high priestly work, and the passing of the Levitical priesthood - which was symbolic and unable to atone for sin. Here are great characteristics of Christ represented by Melchisedec, and also by David's related prophecy.
7:30pm | Wednesday 10 April 2013
The principle that God's Word gives authoritative, detailed instructions for all spiritual matters, including doctrine, worship and methods, is now being denied by evangelicals who want liberty to innovate. Here are the texts that prove the principle, especially Paul's passages about a precise pattern for the church.
6:30pm | Sunday 7 April 2013
A psalm vividly portraying the traps and snares life presents to the soul, and the vulnerability of unbelief. How these snares are baited, and minds are made entirely materialistic. Here also is how the mind may be woken to find and trust in God
11:00am | Sunday 7 April 2013
Spiritual certainty is here based on a forward-looking, heavenly view of life. It is when being with the Lord is kept in view, and becomes our chief motivation for holiness and service, and our chief consolation, that assurance is maintained strongly to the end.
7:30pm | Wednesday 3 April 2013
All the prayers of the book reviewed, long and short, to see how God's servant prayed; his petitions, anxieties, and arguments up to his final 'eschatological' pleas looking forward to the revealing of Christ. All the prayers may be ours, and have the last Great Day in view.
6:30pm | Sunday 31 March 2013
The message in Christ's feeding of 5000 men is to show that He is the sole source of spiritual life, and to highlight the very surprising nature of conversion as an experience. Also, the free nature of it and how God must be approached
11:00am | Sunday 31 March 2013
The purposes of Christ's resurrection. Here also are aspects of the tyranny and ugliness of death which the human mind does not like to think of, to show the scale and magnificence of Christ's victory over it on our behalf. The present and eternal benefits of knowing Him.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 March 2013
The forgiveness of God and reconciliation with Him can never be earned or deserved. They are free. Yet Christ tells us there are conditions. Here is how we must approach Him - what we must think, believe and say. When sincerely followed, these instructions open the door to Life.
11:00am | Sunday 24 March 2013
Some Christians devour doctrine, but stand still in personal sanctification, separation from the world, and service. Here is the call to fully-formed maturity. Do we long for our lives to make some return to Christ for the incomprehensible price He paid for us?
2 Corinthians 6.14
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 March 2013
The Lord's binding commands (in a series of texts)to stand apart from doctrinal unbelief and from sinfully conceived aspects of worldly culture. How in the case of worldly methods "the medium the message". The result of disobedience, and the place of secondary separation.
6:30pm | Sunday 17 March 2013
Paul expresses amazement at how many intelligent people are so easily duped into rejecting Christ, and mesmerised by vain hopes of fulfilment without God. Here are the traps, and their deceitful attractions. And here are the proven results of finding Christ and conversion.
11:00am | Sunday 17 March 2013
After showing the superior sympathy of Christ over His Old Testament type - the high priest - this chapter challenges dullness of hearing. The cause is failure to personally prove Christ. The learning, deepening life depends on a truly obedient, non-worldly walk.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 March 2013
The wall is complete, but within a few years the enemy is given quarters in the Temple. Confessions of faith are vital but the enemy may still enter by polluted practices. The entry of the world into the church, and what we should do.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 March 2013
Around 1350BC a community lived luxuriously at Laish near ancient Sidon, carefree, having no enemies, no magistrates, and no allies. The marauders destroyed them. Seen as a parable of life without God this narrative has stirred many to consider their soul, and seek the Lord.
11:00am | Sunday 10 March 2013
Senses in which the Word is 'living'. Its power in conversion and in sustaining a spiritual walk. Its unmatched power in ministry, never to be displaced by drama or film. Implications of a unique term 'throne of grace', and the rules of prayer, for mercy first, then help.
6:30pm | Sunday 3 March 2013
Before we know the Bible, we have a distorted view of it, thinking the Old and New Testaments contradict each other. Here are the two great themes that run through both, God's law and God's grace, both representing His kindness and leading us to find Him.
11:00am | Sunday 3 March 2013
Here is deep concern for souls, conversion being defined as a rest. Rich terms and appeals are here explored. Salvation is said to have been in place and ready for the Fall. The literal promised land was also a picture of spiritual rest which was preached alongside.
7:30pm | Wednesday 27 February 2013
The remnant re-establishing Jerusalem were to enter into formal covenant with God, a type of the sense of obligation and commitment of believers today. Here is the remarkable pattern for true worship and consecration and a list of personal obligations, derived from the chapter.
6:30pm | Sunday 24 February 2013
The Bible describes the inactivity or sleep of the soul in many lives, if we live oblivious to our detachment from God, and our eternal destiny. Here are Paul's sympathetic pleadings that call us to turn from a spiritually empty life and seek reconciliation with our Creator.
11:00am | Sunday 24 February 2013
Understanding how the heart (mind-affections-will) may lose spiritual sensitivity and strength, and how these may be restored and maintained. Keeping church and world distinct, and why Christian works of compassion are different from the heresy that Christ calls us to restore the world.
7:30pm | Wednesday 20 February 2013
The order of reform (temple-walls-populating) equals: (1) worship, (2) defining and defending the faith, (3) evangelism. The calamitous reinvention of the church by evangelicals who reject God's pattern. Also the revival of exposition and reverent worship, and the promotion of true joy in the Lord.
7:30pm | Wednesday 13 February 2013
Progress reveals enemies who show friendship but plot to kill, and other subtle attempts to stop the work - applications for today. Here also is a brief survey of the duty of biblical separation, its necessity, and the scope for discretion.
6:30pm | Sunday 10 February 2013
Here is the Bible's definition of moral wrong, together with surprising insights, forgotten and unknown by today's society. Here also is the extraordinary scope and power of sin to control us and cause eternal condemnation,and the only solution, provided by Christ our Saviour.
11:00am | Sunday 10 February 2013
Reflecting on the Lord, to maintain a strong manifestation of our conversion and hold on Christ. Keeping up assurance, witness, and anticipation of glory by ready response to every scriptural challenge. How to hear the voice of Christ in His Word, and to keep the heart.