To what extent can we expect God to heal our bodies today? Addressing some of the excessive and erroneous ideas circulating about healing in contemporary circles, this sermon provides a robust and balanced theology of healing based on what the Bible teaches about the kingdom of God being simultaneously present and future. Our hope is … Continue reading The Now and the Not Yet
In our culture of instant gratification we often expect the glorious and the grand straight away, failing to recognise that God often has the habit of starting the great and big things through the seemingly ordinary and insignificant things. This inspirational New Year's Eve sermon - which contains a rhema word for One Church in 2018 … Continue reading The Significance of the Small Beginning
In 'the parable of the two lost sons' in Luke 15, one son thought he messed up so bad that he was not worthy of the Father's forgiveness; the other son thought he was so good that he had no need of it. Both positions were problematic! And both sons - because of a wrong … Continue reading Far From the Father
All too often people skip over the genealogy of Matthew 1 in an effort to get to the action of the Christmas story. But when properly understood, this genealogy beautifully captures the true spirit of Christmas and the heart of God in sending Jesus that very first Christmas. Looking at some unlikely characters such as … Continue reading God’s Family Tree
The word Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 13 for love is “agape”. Agape means “unconditional love”; it describes the love God has for us and the love that we can have for Him and each other. Agape love gives value by the very act of loving; it’s not a reward for the value of something … Continue reading Radical Love
Faith is the way we access God’s promises, hope is the means by which we hold onto them. Hope isn't wishful thinking or trying to see the bright side of things. Hope isn’t just being an optimist about things, thinking positively or longing for things to be a certain way. Hope is biblical and is … Continue reading Unswerving Hope
We often hear the phrase “blind faith” because for a lot of people seeing is believing, so if you haven’t seen something or if it hasn’t already happened then your only option is guesswork, as there’s no physical evidence for it. Biblical faith is completely different. Biblical faith isn’t blind or guesswork; it is based … Continue reading Daring Faith
It’s quite popular today to claim that all religious paths lead to the same destination – that when Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and others pray to their god(s), they’re actually praying to the same god(s). I once heard it put like this: imagine a scenario where there are three blind men touching an … Continue reading We’re Not Touching the Same Elephant!
Relativism maintains that each person decides for themselves what is true; truth is subjective and relative to the individual. According to this view one person can say, “There is a God”, and his best friend could say, “There is no God”, and both statements will be true, so long as they accurately express the sincere … Continue reading When Relativism is Simply Inadequate
Very broadly speaking, there are two types of truth in the world: 1/ subjective (or relative) truth 2/ objective (or absolute) truth. Let me illustrate the difference. Consider the statement: “Liverpool is the best football team in the world”. Now, as much as I may personally hold to this statement (and would like everyone to … Continue reading Is Religious Truth Universal or Personal?