Raised for our Justification Romans 4:25: the forgotten verse?

"...delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification" (Romans 4:25).I first got arrested by Romans 4:25 when writing my book Raised With Christ (also available in Logos Bible Format).To me, this verse is the pivot on which the whole of the epistle to the Romans turns. Everything so far in the letter has been building to this point, and these words summarise what has gone before. What is more everything Paul writes after this flows from the word THEREFORE which immediately … [Read more...]

Pastor, this Sunday preach the resurrection boldly!

Easter Sunday is coming soon. And for many churches it is the biggest Sunday of the year. It is our day more than Christmas.It is the one day of the year when Christians loudly celebrate the risen Saviour. It is the resurrection of Jesus that saves us.And yet, some pastors reading this will be hiding a guilty secret. They are dreading to preach this Sunday.I remember several years ago now when I was asked to preach on Easter Sunday thinking 'Oh, no I will have to preach on the … [Read more...]

10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection

The following is an except from my guest post over at Crossway today, the following points are all explained more fully in the post itself, 10 Things You Should Know about the Resurrection1. The resurrection is the core of the Christian message and should never be neglected or assumed.2. Belief in Jesus's physical resurrection is the defining doctrine of Christianity (Romans 10:9).3. The resurrection demonstrated to the whole universe the deity of Jesus and God’s love for h … [Read more...]

Every knee WILL bow! 

And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:62‬)‬‬He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death —even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow...and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil 2:8-11, HCSB) It's verses like this that put pay to any not … [Read more...]

Risen: A Movie that Addresses the Core of Christianity, and My Own Story

At the end of this post I will share the trailer of an up and coming religious themed release by Columbia Pictures. Called Risen, this film centers on the efforts of a skeptic to disprove the resurrection of Jesus during the first forty days after the event. The film will release both in the USA this month, and in the UK shortly.I'm sure you agree that the trailer looks professional, and the premise is fascinating. It addresses the most important question anyone will ever ask: "Did Jesus … [Read more...]

Rejected by us. Raised up by God

 “Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?””‭‭(Mark‬ ‭12:10-11‬) Have you ever stopped to think about how remarkable certain Scriptures really are? Overfamiliarity numbs us to the stark surprising reality.Last night my son George who is just eight commented on the story of Judges. He said something like How could they say, you know how God rescued us and di … [Read more...]

Adrian interviewed on BBC London Easter 2014

This morning I popped out of Church near the beginning of our second service to be interviewed for BBC London. I thank God for a great morning at Jubilee, and I was glad that I was also able to speak about the real meaning of Easter to many who were not in church today: … [Read more...]

Let’s Make Every Sunday Resurrection Sunday

This article was posted on the Crossway Blog, the publishers of my book Raised With Christ.Sunday’s Coming! This week, the attention of every Christian begins to turn towards the vibrant celebration that Easter Sunday will be. Even as we approach Good Friday, we do so with the sure and certain knowledge that, to quote the old preacher, “Sunday’s coming!” Echoing 1 Corinthians 15, John Stott writes, “Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrecti … [Read more...]

I believe in Jesus: A Sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection

The following sermon was preached on Sunday 30 March in Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Encouragingly there was a number of gospel responses afterwards. You can watch the video here, or download the audio and a powerpoint file from the church's website. Some brief notes follow the video here.UPDATE: I have also since preached a version of this sermon that went into more detail on the TrinitySermon Notes I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.And in … [Read more...]

Video of Adrian appearing on Ed Stetzer’s The Exchange

Ed Stetzer was out of the country, so my old friend Micah Fries was the interviewer when I appeared on The Exchange. We spoke about blogging, the prime importance of the church, the priesthood of all believers, and the centrality of the resurrection.I really enjoyed the interview. My friend Rice Broocks also appeared on the show, and we discussed God's Not Dead. If you want to just watch the segment about God's Not Dead see the video embedded on my review post. You can watch the video below o … [Read more...]