Christians often say that ‘Jesus is Lord’. What does this mean? Do we understand what we are saying? Continue reading “What does it mean to say that Jesus is Lord?”
If Jesus were not brought back from the dead after His sacrifice, there would be no salvation. We would have nothing to believe, nothing to put our faith in. Continue reading “Is the resurrection of Jesus really that important?”
Moses, the great prophet anticipated a greater prophet (Deuteronomy 18 v15). Jesus did do what prophets do: Deliver God’s message to God’s people. Not only did He deliver the message, He is the message; He is the Word of God (John 1 v1).
Jesus is also our High Priest, like Aaron and his sons initially were. Jesus did what priests do: represent God’s people in God’s presence by bringing their sacrifices and offerings. Not only did He bring the sacrifice, He is the sacrifice (Hebrews 7 v27).
As a descendant of David, Jesus was qualified to be King on David’s throne. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be a King (Isaiah 9 v7). Jesus acknowledged to Pilate that He was indeed King of the Jews, as the crowds at His triumphant entry to Jerusalem recognised. When Jesus returns, He will reign on Earth (Revelation 17 v14; 19 v16) in fulfillment of David’s covenant, which promised David an eternal throne (2 Samuel 7 v16).
Condensed from Understanding Theology by Daryl Aaron.
There will be times when being a disciple means speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful, and speaking up for things that are true and just and good.
It takes courage, wisdom and prayer.
Culture is ‘the way we do things round here’.
Although you may not be able to change the way your company or your gym or your Parents’ Association does things by next Monday, you may well be able to begin with a few people and a few small actions. What things bother you – and what are the values that underpin them? What could be done differently that would make it a better place for people to flourish? What would make it more like God’s will being done on earth as in heaven?
There are many ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for those who need it, but through the way we respond in difficult and indeed ordinary situations.
How do we engage with the check-out person, or the lonely shopper in the charity shop, or the new parent at the school gate, or do an appraisal with the other person’s long-term interests at heart, not just the company’s?
This includes both what we do and how we do it.
It means doing good work that serves other people, contributes to human flourishing and stewards creation. It means doing your tasks consciously for the Lord, in the Spirit, to His glory, seeking His wisdom, His strength and His touch.
Your best with His transforming help.
In tough times and easy ones, with difficult people and delightful people, how might you manifest the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?
Which one is a struggle for you?
Are you praying that you grow in the Christ-likeness of your responses?
Lynn introduces our new series, Fruitfulness on the Frontline, asking the questions:
Where are my Frontlines?
Who is on my Frontline?
What would I like to achieve in this series?
For what and for whom can I start to pray?
What could be my first step?
Lynn also mentioned cards to remind us of the main points that we will be considering in this series. These will be available next Sunday:
Both the full humanity and deity of Jesus are inseparable from Christianity and our hope of Salvation through Him.
All but one reference to the name Son of Man (more than eighty) are said by Jesus. This was His favourite way of referring to Himself; He demonstrated that He gladly and frequently identified Himself with lowly humans, the ones He created and came to save. Continue reading “Why should we believe that Jesus Christ is human?”