THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD
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FIRST THINGS FIRST
FIRST THINGS FIRST
ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS
If we go back in the course of history, we’ll see that history is often defined and changed by encounters. In 1874, Alexander Graham Bell met Thomas Watson and soon together they developed the telephone. In 1898, Henry Ford met Thomas Edison, and Edison poured into Henry Ford’s life in a way where Ford would stand before us (if he were here today) and say, “I would have never started the Ford Motor Company if I had not met Thomas Edison.” Steve Jobs encounters Steve Wozniak in 1970 and together the founded Apple Computers. We could go back and see the definitive movements in history and we could trace them back to encounters. In Galilee, 2000 years ago 12 men encountered Jesus of Nazareth, and the direction their lives took from that point on changed the course of history.
In this series we will explore some of the key encounters those first disciples had with Jesus, and learn principles from them that could enable us to move from just meeting with Jesus to encountering Jesus.
How can I live with confidence and hope in uncertain times?
This is the title of our series exploring the meaning and relevance of 2 Timothy for today. The writer, Paul the apostle, is in prison awaiting execution. He has been deserted by many of his friends and faces the possibility that the work which he has given the last 30 years of his life to is at risk. He writes to Timothy, a young Christian leader. Timothy faces all sorts of difficulties and uncertainties but in all of this Paul points him to something that will prove true and secure in times of insecurity, suffering and challenge. This is nothing less than God’s good news of what he has done in and through Jesus. This is revealed in the Gospel and Timothy’s task was to guard it, for in a world which is always changing this alone is the sure foundation for a life and eternity lived in relationship with God.
Why Easter? Why did Jesus die on a cross?
Instead of a message for religious people we see that the message of the cross is for the whole world regardless of who they are and what they believe. We will be looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans and in particular the first three chapters. In these we discover that news of what Christ did on the cross has a universal application because it has a universal implication. Through these chapters we see God’s diagnosis of the human condition and his solution to the way we are. In this we discover that the gospel is both the worst news possible and the best news imaginable. We also discover that this amazing news is not necessarily easy to hear. It was scandalous 2000 years ago and it hasn’t changed in the way it still gives offense. Yet through this we can experience a God who offers us a way we can be made right with Him enabling us to enter into the closest of relationships with Him.
‘How does the Resurrection help me to Experience the best news Imaginable?’
‘Experiencing the best news imaginable is based on 2 events we remember at Easter, the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. In our Romans series we explored the significance of the cross, now in this short series we will explore the significance of the resurrection. At the heart of the Christian faith is the conviction that ‘something happened’. On the cross something happened that dealt with our past. In the empty tomb, something happened that transforms our present and our future. In Acts 9, Saul, an enemy of Jesus, who didn’t want anything to happen was confronted with the uncomfortable truth that something had indeed happened in Jerusalem, so that what he thought was the worst news became to him the best news imaginable. Can something happen to us that would enable us to experience the best new imaginable?’