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The Spirit of Holiness

… how the Spirit’s role is connected with us being Holy. (1) The Spirit pleads the Father’s cause (v16) John 14:16, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever”. … send another just like him. … he will be an advocate = acts on your behalf for your cause. The…

Are The Gospel Writers Reliable?

1. Were the gospels we have written down close the events? Firstly, the bible does not describe or mention the actual destruction of the temple – predicted in the book of Matthew (24:1-3) Secondly, the gospels or any of the NT books do not include any comment on or mention the three-year siege of Jerusalem Thirdly …the book of Acts does not…

Did He Really Rise? – The Facts Only

What do you believe about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead? 2009 NCLS fact sheet on the resurrection (show graph) 31 % believe the resurrection was an actual historical event 34% neither agree nor disagree 35% disbelieve Does it matter? 1 Cor 15:13-19 – if Jesus has not been raised then Christianity is nothing The resurrection is the only plausible explanation…

Matthew 26:31-27:61 – The First Good Friday

Introduction Song – Only a Holy God (Michael Farren, Jonny Robinson, Dustin Smith, Rich Thompson. Matthew 26:31-46 – Gethsemane Song- Jerusalem (Jonny Robinson, Rich Thompson, Tiarne Kleyn) Matthew 26:47-68 – Arrest and Trial Song – In the Name of Love (Mark Peterson) Matthew 26:69-27:26 – Rejection and Sentence Song – Lead me to the Cross (Brooke Fraser) Matthew 27:27-61 – The Cross…

Matthew 26:1-30 – Why Did Jesus Die?

“When he had finished” – continuity from the story so far… The time has come – Jesus is heading to the cross. Two responses (in advance) to the crucified Jesus: The anointing at Bethany The unlikely followers, and the cost of following Jesus The betrayal of Judas Shallow faith: leaving when Jesus isn’t what we want him to be. The Last Supper…

Matthew 25:14-46 – What We Do While We Wait

… the power and authority of Jesus Pharisees etc … abandoned by God because they have rejected Jesus. But what about those who follow Jesus? How should they live until Jesus returns? Be ready because no one knows the day or the hour … but Jesus does not want us to be passive waiting, idly sitting by waiting till Jesus returns. Invest…

Matthew 24:1-25:13 – Be Ready

A world in chaos When will Jesus return? A Warning – Don’t be deceived by false messiahs “What false messiahs?” How do we deal with a “world in chaos”? Option A – the “ostrich” approach Option B – the “give-up” approach Option C – look for a “messiah” … a “saviour” A world that creates “false messiahs” A Hope – We have…

Matthew 23:1-39 – Choose Who You Follow

Misled but given another opportunity Warnings and instructions – v 1-12 Obey God’s law Obedience with grace “tie up heavy loads for you to lift and do not even lift a finger themselves” …legalistic righteousness outside a context of grace Not obedience for show Not about elevated titles Verse 11 … greatness is about service and servant hood. 7 woes – v…