Jan 26 2019
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
We are to love what God loves. God loves his Church, his Bride. This means speaking well of, and defending churches that are different to ours.
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Jun 20 2015
Some years ago I was walking through the Johannesburg city centre. Most of the buildings I walked past were very high. Suddenly I came across a space where there was no building. There was just a corrugated iron fence and I could hear pneumatic drills, big engines and lots of shouting on the other side. I looked inquisitively through a hole in the fence and was surprised to find myself gazing down into a massive hole. It took up the area of a whole building and was a few stories deep. My first thought was “Wow, why are they going so deep?” But it’s obvious; they were preparing the foundation for a building that was going to go very high. The higher you want to go, the deeper you must go. And as I looked into this enormous hole in the ground, it hit me: foundations are really important!
Did you know God is building a building? And did you know this building has a very special foundation? More
Feb 8 2014
James and John asked for the best positions. Jesus said they were reserved for those with the right heart and right call – Mark 10:35-45
James and John asked Jesus if they could sit on his right and left in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus responded by asking them if they could drink the cup he had to drink. This was the cup of a suffering servant. John and James said they could. But Jesus went on to explain that being willing to drink this cup was not the only criteria required. These positions were reserved for those the Father had called. So Jesus outlines two requirements for disciple promotion: character and calling.
Now the other ten disciples were upset when they heard about James and John’s request. They evidentially wanted the top positions for themselves. So with anger and disunity in the air, Jesus called the group together and told them that whoever wanted to be the greatest needed to be the servant of all. More