John’s Letter to Gaius – Part 4

Pastor BJ finishes his series on 3 John today. For many at Stonebridge this was the first time they have heard a series on 3 John; it was so meaningful and helpful. St John is really emphasizing the value of “the personal touch”. And Pastor BJ confirmed the value of picking up the phone or meeting in person rather than defaulting to an email, or SMS message, or Messaging. Some things are simply to valuable or important to communicated in any other way other than face-to-face.

Authority Over The Environment

In Sunday’ sermon St Matthew wants his readers to grasp that Jesus is the promised King; the king who would rule over God’s promised kingdom; and that as such he has authority over all of creation, including the environment. When mankind rebelled against God, not only was mankind affected by the consequences of that rebellion (sin) but all of physical creation was also subjected to negative effects. And the king is coming to make all that right. The account in Matthew 8 is a demonstration of the authority of the king.

Letter to Gaius Pt. 3

It’s not uncommon for Christians today to look back romantically to the early church in New Testament times as being this wonderful, loving organization. John 3, as Pastor BJ explains, is written explicitly addressing what seems to be a bit of a power struggle in a church. Sounds familiar. The Apostle John is gently, yet firmly, addressing the situation, and Pastor BJ wants us to learn from it.