Salvation Worked Out.
Text: Philippians 2:12-18
Jesus said, ‘if you love me, keep my commandments…’. So when Paul writes to the Philippians about Christian obedience, maybe it’s worth spending some time examining what he Has said… Read more…
Victory and Vindication
Text: 1 Samuel 17:48-58. Matthew 21:9 Matthew 23:39
When the actual physical battle comes, it’s all over in a few verses, and in a time span of a couple of minutes! Let see just how that happens. What happens next is most unexpected…
1. The Story!
Let’s see how the story continues … Read more…
God’s Plumb Line!
Amos 7:7-9 This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them; 9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
DIY; home decorating isn’t my strong point at this time! I tried to decorate a bedroom last year, and while the painting went well, the wallpapering was a disaster. It was just one wall – what’s known nowadays as a ‘feature wall’ – but when it was finished, there was paste over a good section of one of the adjoining painted walls, the edges of the wall looked more than a little ‘ragged’ the strips of paper seemed to have drifted apart in one than more place, and worst of all, the paper was anything but straight! Lamenting to a friend about the wall, he said, “You should have bought a plumb-line! At least then the paper would have been straight!”
That’s exactly what a plumb-line is for, – to make the work straight, or to test existing work, to see if it is standing true. It’s mostly used by builders, bricklayers, who want a finished wall to be properly constructed, to be standing totally straight, and despite the simplicity of its appearance, after all it’s just a weight on a piece of string, the plumb-line is an important safety device. A wall that is off the true vertical plane will be a danger to those who use the building, for it would be seriously weakened and in danger of collapse.
In the book of Amos, God shows the prophet that he is setting a plumb-line to test the faithfulness of his people. He speaks to the prophet and asks him what he sees, and what he sees is a familiar sight. A wall, with the Lord standing beside the wall, holding a plumb-line against that wall, and declaring that the wall is ‘off-plumb.’ God declares that the wall is His people, and that because the wall has failed the test, because it falls well short of what it should be, it must be removed, and a new wall rebuilt. Read more…
The Good News is Bad News for Goliath!
Text: 1 Samuel 17:41-47
We noticed that David had some really good news for Saul. He was not to be afraid! The Lord would deliver His people! It was, to some extent – a declaration of Gospel Principles. But have you also noticed that the Gospel is not UNIVERSAL Good News? For those who oppose and reject the Gospel – it is CONDEMNATION! 1st Corinthians 1:18. 2nd Corinthians 2:14. See how this is demonstrated in this part of the story… Read more…
Whose Armour are You Wearing?
Where David distinguishes between God’s Gospel and Mans!
Text: 1 Samuel 17:31-39. John 20:24-29
In this passage we see two versions of the gospel, David’s version and Saul’s version. One is right and one is wrong. One is man centred and one is God centred. Let’s return to our story, and see if you can pick out which is which…