Future Glory – Final Part of a Sermon on John 2

3. Future gloryI am deliberately going to break every rule of exegesis and take a verse wholly out of context hear because I believe the balance of scripture tells us that God always keeps the best wine till lastIts a Glory that improves with age…its like wine we can taste.Jesus first miracle water to wine. That wine speaks of joy. One way tap into joy=== holys spirit peace and joy in the SpiritGeorge Whitefield as he preached on this miracle. "Whilst I am thinking, and only s … [Read more...]

Are You an Expert in Filling Pots with Water? Part Three of a Sermon on John 2

In this part of the sermon, I was focused on the third aspect of what happened when Jesus' glory was revealed. There was…. A POWERWith the command of Jesus going forth there comes a power.As they obeyed the wine came.  Power from GodTo some of us as we hear  "stop sinning" the power of the gospel is here and you will find within yourself the power to stop. Paul says it "Let him who steals, steal no more" STOP IT. Do what he says. Some of you say but I cant stop. I would ask you, a … [Read more...]

The Glory Revealed – Part Two of a Sermon on John 2

This is the second part of my notes from which I preached the above sermon.2. Glory revealed / Active Glory: When the glory is present and powerful. A moment comes. A crisis in their lives. They know Jesus. And yet does something amazing. Provides wine. Takes away their shame before it really happens. Powerful thing when glory is active. Doing signs and wonders Still does them today.How does it happen? How do we connect to glory? Lets see how it happened this time, and we will see a … [Read more...]

The Hidden Glory of Jesus – Part One of a Sermon on John 2

Here is the first part of the notes I preached from, lightly edited:This story ends with the idea "Jesus showing his glory" It's the goal of the story and the goal of this message!I want us today to catch just a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. If we can lift our eyes from the mundane lives we live and see his glory, just for a moment, this morning, our lives will never be the same again. This could be a life-transforming moment for each of us.When Bible talks of it comes in different … [Read more...]

Beware the dangers of Christian Pharisaism

Michael Green in the following quote urges us not to fall into the same trap the Pharisees of Jesus' day did. It makes sobering reading, and the rest of the section is worth buying this book for alone!A graphic description of Pharisaism (23:1–12)The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have, says Jesus, a God-given teaching authority: they sit in Moses’ seat (1), and are to be respected for their teaching role in the synagogue. The same applies to Christian ministers, in Matthew’s day or … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – Scott Marques on the forceful advance of the Kingdom of God

As we gathered to worship, here at the Newfrontiers Together On A Mission conference, once again God blessed us with a sweet sense of His presence. Drawing away from the challenges of daily life and to a crowd of thousands of people, it is amazing how God intimately connects with us as individuals. A prophetic word came about our expectations of what God would say and do here. We were asked to lay down those expectations and look for him in unexpected ways. We were urged not to miss what God … [Read more...]

GUEST POST- Phil Moore on Holy Joe

This post is an extract from Straight to the Heart of Matthew:HOLY JOE (1:18-25)“Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19)In June 2009, the American financier Bernard Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison. For almost two decades, his Madoff Securities had offered a mouth-watering 10% return on investments, but he had been uncovered as a fraudster. Even though his company loo … [Read more...]

GUEST POST – Straight to the heart of Matthew

It is a real joy for me to lend my blog over the next few days to extracts from my friend Phil Moore's new series of books that aim to get "Straight to the Heart" of the Bible's message. I commended these books as follows:Want to understand the Bible better? Don't have the time or energy to read complicated commentaries? The book you have in your hand could be the answer. Allow Phil Moore to explain and then apply God's message to your life. Think of this book as the Bible's message … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

Raised With Christ Study Group Session Two

I know not everyone who wanted to join the study group  has had a chance to answer last week's questions, but I was eager to get part two up today. I only just made it!  Please feel free to pop back to last week to catch up, or just jump in right here.  I am also very interested in any suggestions for additional study questions that might be helpful in a small group setting. On advantage of this online setting is that we do not all have to be online at the same time to join a study group.  I wil … [Read more...]