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Gospel and Kingdom (Part 2)


Disciples of Jesus follow him but not everyone makes it as a disciple. Following Jesus in the days of Jesus was witnessed in a literal following of Jesus, that where Jesus went the disciples followed. We don’t do this today, so what does it mean to follow Jesus today. It means to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, it involves work, it means that we will be committed to the words...

Gospel and Kingdom (Part 1)


When Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God he often used the image of a mustard seed, that starts of small but in time grows, it becomes larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree and the birds of the air come and make their nests in the branches. The point of Jesus using this image to describe the kingdom of God was to correct the misunderstanding that was present in his day. That when the...

Value protected by grace


We have been thinking much about what a saved relationship with God looks like. If it is the case that the life of God is to be reflected in and through the believer then there is no argument over what the saved life should look like. What a Christian is to be. The salvation which we receive in Jesus is much greater than I believe any of us know, God’s grace likewise is takes hold of us giving us...

Sunday, AD33: He is Risen


He is Risen We see the death of death in the death of Christ and His resurrection proclaims his victory and those who believe in Him though they die, yet shall they live. Reflecting on Thomas and the Guards Thomas was one of the disciples as we know – who wanted to see Jesus for himself in order to believe. What Jesus says after He appears to Thomas is very important for us to hear – He says...

Saturday, AD33: Guard the Tomb


Guard The Tomb An empty tomb is not the same as a bodily resurrection, nevertheless, the Chief Priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate with their concerns, one of which was that the disciples would steal Christ’s body. Pilate tells them “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can”, and they did. They sealed the stone and set a guard in place (Matt 27:66). We...

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