Fri, Dec 8: Holy and godly – but not as we have known it

The emerging message Our call to a holy and godly life – but not as we have known it What does a holy and godly life look like? Awe, reverence, a pattern of life by which believers are distinctive – many different expressions of this have had their … [Continue reading]

Thur, Dec 7: The Lord’s desire – none to perish, all to come to repentance

2 Peter 3:8-14 Our time frame and God's eternal time frame work in different ways, as God holds out opportunity for people to get right with Him – but when that encounter comes, what will He find us doing? 8-9 But do not forget this one thing, … [Continue reading]

Wed, Dec 6: Prepare the way! The Lord is coming right after me

Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist, last of the Old Testament prophets, takes up Isaiah's and Malachi's announcement of the Good News in the style of Elijah. 1-3 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in … [Continue reading]

Tue, Dec 5: Is revival a conditional promise?

Psalm 85:1-13 Listening to God's promise of peace for those that fear Him – and hearing a promise of revival? 1 You, Lord, showed favour to your land; You restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2-3 You forgave the iniquity of Your people and covered … [Continue reading]

Mon, Dec 4: Good News of enduring salvation

Isaiah 40:1-11 God announces through the prophet Isaiah Good News of enduring salvation 1 Comfort, comfort [i.e. comfort greatly, emphasised] My people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to [lit. speak to the heart of, encourage] Jerusalem [the … [Continue reading]

Teaching of the week: for Sunday, Dec 3

Friday, December 1 Be ready! Working with God's gifts for His mission, and cleaning up the house ready for His return. Advent remembers when God visited earth, incarnate, as Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem; together with the promise that He … [Continue reading]

Grow in the gifts while expecting Jesus

Thursday, Nov 30: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Live in expectation of Jesus, making full use of the gifts of Jesus in pursuing His mission 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I always thank my God for you because of … [Continue reading]

Keep watch and recognise the signs

Wednesday, Nov 29: Mark 13:24-37 Keep watch, as those who expect Christ's return at any time. 24 “But in those days, following that distress, "In those days" was a common expression by the prophets of the end times, or a time of judgment. … [Continue reading]

A prayer for restoration and favour

Tuesday, Nov 28: Psalm 80:1–8, 18–20 A prayer for restoration and favour 1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth… Three titles of God: ‘Shepherd of Israel’, … [Continue reading]

Expectation! Advent Sunday

Bible study on the lectionary readings for Sunday, December 3 – Advent Sunday MONDAY, Nov 27: Isaiah 64:1–9 Expectation of a new encounter with the Love of the Father, the Way of Jesus and the Life of the Spirit. An appeal to God “to come to the … [Continue reading]