We can gain perspective on what a ‘true church’ is by looking at how St Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica. This church was really, really young, yet St Paul suggests that they are a true church.
Jeff Lavalette John 3:22-30
St John abruptly ends the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in Chapter 3 of his gospel, but he tends to do that (abrupt transitions) for a reason. But the next event might seem equally “random”, and when attention turns to Jesus voice? Well, what are we to make of that?
The sermon title is a good question, don’t you think? People make all kinds of claims about what they have done, how wonderful they are, and to what group they belong. So how do we know who real Christian is? How do we know we are true Christians if we claim we are? Is it possible do be self-deluded? Jim Scullion suggests the answer can be found in St Paul’s letter to the Philippines chapter 3.
Why does St Paul have some confidence about “God working all things for good…” in Romans 8:28? James Stafford gives us some reasons in today’s sermon.
Chapter 3 of St John’s Gospel does not end with verse 16, although it is often quoted as if it is the last verse. Pastor Jeff explains the verses which follow in today’s sermon.
Scripture talks of “repentance” quite frequently. But exactly, what does it mean to really “repent”? Jim Scullion takes a look at this question from the story in 1 Samuel 3. It is instructive. Listen…
Today’s sermon text is the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with perfume that cost about one year’s wages. Imaging a bottle of perfume that costs $65,000 – and using it all on one person on one occasion?!! Shocking as that is, and as interesting as Jesus response is to the invariable critics; Jim Scullion takes this passage in a different direction by focusing on Jesus use of the word “gospel”. Listen…
St Paul’s letter to the Romans is likely his “systematic theology”. It is loaded with truth, but is also a guide for daily practical living.