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The Bible is the Word of God. Its uniqueness and authority come from the fact that it has been ‘given by inspiration of God’ (2 Timothy 3:16). As God’s revelation it explains His purpose regarding this world and humankind, whom He created to occupy it. The Bible is therefore the trustworthy guide that informs us about our Creator and points us to His Son, the Lord Jesus, through whom we can be saved and enjoy the assurance of eternal life.
The Epistle of Paul to the Romans
March 1, 2018
AN INTRODUCTION TO ROMANS
As Paul neared the end of his long stay at Ephesus and anticipated the completion of his third missionary journey he ‘purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome”’ Acts 19:21. Jerusalem was home to Paul for in that capital of the Jewish world he had been ‘educated at the feet’ of a famous Rabbi called ‘Gamaliel’ (Acts 22:3; 5:34). As for Rome, Paul had never yet visited the imperial city even though himself a Roman citizen. So, after leaving Ephesus he came to Macedonia and eventually to Greece in A.D. 57 where he spent three months according to Acts 20:1-2.
January 7, 2017
The Lord Jesus has many titles which not only identify Him in a specific way, but they also speak of His greatness and glory. The New Testament, for example, begins by referring to Him as the ‘Son of David, the Son of Abraham’ (Matthew 1:1).
John's gospel begins by calling Him ‘the Word’ (John 1:1) and John the Baptist identified Him as ‘the Lamb of God’ (John 1:29). One of His simple and special titles of is that of Saviour, which expresses the very meaning of His name – Jehovah the Saviour. I say simple in that its meaning is easy to grasp. In this article we will consider Him as such under the following four headings:
The Intercessory Prayer
of the Lord Jesus (John 17)
February 3, 2014
The Time of His Prayer
The Lord's prayer to the Father is a fitting conclusion to the teaching He gave to His disciples in the upper room on the eve of His crucifixion. It was after speaking words of comfort and instruction to them that He then turned and addressed the Father on their behalf. If the Lord and His disciples left the upper room halfway through the discourse, as may be indicated by His statement: "Arise, let us go from here" (14:31 NKJV), then His prayer was spoken under the light of the moon in the open air before He and the disciples crossed the Kidron valley and made their way into the garden of Gethsemane (18:1).
The apostles of the Lord Jesus were particularly careful to stress and unequivocally state the historical and experimental foundations of the Christian faith. The gospel they preached and the person they presented did not belong to the category of myths so prevalent in the cultures of the ancient world. Writing his second epistle, Peter reaffirms the factuality of what he had previously shared about the kingdom glory of the Lord Jesus: ‘We did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty’ (2 Peter 1:16). In other words - we didn’t invent the story. Also, John writing about the apostles’ personal knowledge and experience of Jesus states: ‘That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life —the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us’ (1 John 1:1-2). John confirms the reality of His person - He was physically and tangibly real, not imaginary.
The circumstances and events foundational to Christianity happened in real time involving real people being demonstrated by real evidence and verified by real witnesses. Yes, these events, such as the miracles of Jesus and His resurrection, were the work of God not men, but that doesn’t make them imaginary, rather it proves the reality of God present in history. Sadly, though, history and evidence regarding these things doesn’t seem to matter to a modern mindset. You just dismiss it all as nonsense and lies for there is simply no place for God in a secular and material view of the world.
‘Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding’ (Proverbs 23:23) is sage advice in any and every generation.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (KJV).
Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things...”
‘For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all’ (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
The Historical Basis
of the Gospel
"A Sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle and end is a mistake in conception and a crime in execution."
"I looked for the church and I found it in the world; I looked for the world and I found it in the church."
March 22, 2018
The Lord Jesus had come to the region of Caesarea Philippi in the northern part of the land of Israel. He was reaching the conclusion of His Galilean ministry. Soon He would leave Galilee to labour in Perea and Judea as He moved toward His final and greatest work – His death and resurrection at Jerusalem. Near Caesarea Philippi, a city named in honour of the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar and Philip the son of Herod the Great, Jesus asked His disciples two vital questions concerning His identity and foretold the building of His Church. The truth confessed by Peter that day - ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God’ (v 16 KJV) - is not only the foundation of Christ’s church,
The Christ, the Son of the Living God
Jan 2, 2019
1. RESPONDING TO GOD’S MERCY – Rom 2 vs 4-5 &
2. PREPARING FOR GOD’S JUDGMENT – Rom 2 vs 6-11
A few introductory remarks. This message was first preached by me in Magherafelt Gospel
Hall, Northern Ireland on December 30th 2018 and I began preparing it in written form and as a podcast on December 31st 2018, New Year’s Eve. As we reach the end of another year we surely are caused to
1. Look back – and reflect upon the past months of 2018. Of the many things we could think about there is one matter in particular we ought to reflect upon and that is God’s mercy and we ought to do so with this question in mind – How have I responded to God’s mercy toward me? Perhaps you have not given such an idea much thought if any at all? I want to help you to do so. But, not only do we look back, we also
2. Look forward – and anticipate the future months of 2019. Of course, the future for anyone of us always carries an uncertainty. The epistle of James in the NT tells us that in all our plans we ‘ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”’ Why? Because as James informs us ‘you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away’ – James 4 vs 14-15. King George VI in his 1939 Christmas broadcast during those early days of World War II quoted the first verse from Minnie Louise Haskin’s (1875-1957) poignant poem – ‘God Knows’: