How reasonable are you? (Philippians 4:5 & Titus 3:1-3)

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” ‭‭(Philippians‬ ‭4:5‬)Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. (Titus 3:1-3) Reasonableness. The same Greek word elsewhere translated gentleness. Surely also related to meekness. Not righteous indication. Not aggressive forcefulness. Not irritation. Not self a … [Read more...]

The hope that makes even death into a gain (Philippians 1:21)

  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. - Philippians 1:21 READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway.Paul's words here are some of the most challenging in the Bible. But they also offer an incredibly comforting perspective. The old puritans used to encourage us to think often of the day of our death. I don't know about you, but the thought of death still makes me uncomfortable. It's not something I look forward to. It's not something anyone enjoys the process of.The … [Read more...]

The God who never quits: Philippians 1:6

Was reading Philippians 1:6 this morning, and was very encouraged. "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."READ more on this verse at Bible Gateway.  On this second day of they year, perhaps you've already failed to keep your New Years resolutions! But God never fails to keep his. And he has resolved to work in and for is! We are unreliable. He is reliable.We falter and fall all the time. We stumble ou … [Read more...]

A bit of happiness on a Monday morning

So it's Monday morning. Another week begins. Do you choose weariness and despair, or hope and joy? Last week's news both in the Church, and in the World was pretty miserable, I think we can all agree on that.You can imagine then how welcome it was on Sunday to hear at Jubilee a sermon on happiness. Christians have the source of true happiness that is not dependent on happenings.Sometimes it takes an anthem from the secular world to express things that really should be our domain. But, … [Read more...]

Galatians to Revelation on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I conclude my list of verses on the charismatic issue by sharing some verses from the rest of the New Testament. On Monday I will be blogging about something very different, God willing. If I have missed any important verses please do let me know. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are … [Read more...]

To live is Christ, to die is gain

I am very grateful to God that, despite Mat Chandler's brain cancer diagnosis, God has spared him for the sake of his family, and for more service.I will never forget him preaching at Jubilee Church still with a closely cropped head of hair because of chemotherapy.He explained to us then that he will never be free of what is effectively a sword hanging over his head. He lives each day as a man who may die tomorrow. Yet with a steely gaze, staring down the congregation as though we were … [Read more...]

God wants you to be really happy – a sermon on joy

DownloadsOver the next few days I will be posting an edited version of the transcript of this sermon as a series of posts. See this link for all of them or use the "next post" and "previous post" links below. 1. What Is The Full Life? It is a new term, and at the beginning of a new term it is a good idea to ask ourselves what kind of a life we want, and perhaps even more so, what kind of a life does Jesus want for us?. I entitled the sermon this series of posts are based on ‘Pursuing F … [Read more...]

Check your motives (Philippians 2:3)

I am back. But to begin with, I thought I would repost an old article and encourage you to join me for a moment of self-examination. I am convinced that done badly this can of course turn into naval-gazing and be unhealthy. But now at the beginning of a new season, is a good time to pause for a moment:“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3Stop. Whatever you are doing right now, just stop. I know you are probably bus … [Read more...]

SERMON: Rejoice In The Lord By Adrian Warnock

My final sermon of the year was preached at Jubilee Church, London. You can download audio and video or watch it here:download audioPhilippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”Speaking about joy—Season of goodwill is upon us—“Happy Christmas” we say, but it can be a stressful and sorrowful time for many.An epidemic of depression. Some biological, but much caused by wrong thinking and difficult relationships.Everybody wants to be happy—even the person who kill … [Read more...]

Personal Review of the Year

It's that time of year again. As I have done in previous years, I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was. This post will consider personal matters, family matters, and my church.The year began with my regular tradition of putting the blog onto autopilot to give me time to reflect, pray, and recuperate. I have a tendency to end the year feeling exhausted and drained, and find the discipline of switching off my blog after the holiday period gives me a real lift. This … [Read more...]