Don’t forget to tremble
Preached on 22 October 2017 by Lance Lawton
Beginning a short series featuring instances in the Old Testament where people encounter God at close range. (Acknowledgements to Dr Don Carson for the idea and some of the content). The ‘Sinai theophany’, described here in Exodus, invites us both to marvel at God’s graciousness and tremble at his holiness.
The place of faith in an insecure world
Preached on 15 October 2017 by Lance Lawton
“Faith”, according to the Bible, is living today (and facing the future) in light of who God is and what he has done. That’s what Habakkuk demonstrates in the personal prayer and affirmation that concludes his prophecy on the fate befalling the people of Judah. Even in the absence of any visible or tangible sign of God’s favour, this man will rejoice. That is faith.
How can God use evil to achieve his purposes?
Preached on 1 October 2017 by Lance Lawton
Having lodged his complaint at God’s injustice (in allowing Babylon to lay waste the kingdom of Judah), Habakkuk waits for the Lord’s response. The response is not a rebuke, but a gentle disclosure of his purposes for history. God can use evil for his purposes because he is eternal and all-powerful, whereas evil is passing and limited. Evil won’t exhaust, or outlast, God – or his plans or his purposes. He will have the last word. Evil will have only a season. His glory will fill everything. Evil will have an end. And those who last will be those who live by faith.
Does God care when life’s not fair?
Preached on 24 September 2017 by Lance Lawton
Beginning a mini-series from the prophetic book of Habakkuk, on the general theme of God’s sovereignty when bad things happen. Here in chapter 1 the prophet plays all the parts: observer of evil and injustice, questioner of God (why? and how long?), and yet also spokesman for the Lord’s response. Despite appearances, God is the Power behind the power (of the Babylonian forces) and the Purpose behind the purpose.
Loving God’s people, God’s way
Preached on 17 September 2017 by Lance Lawton
Final in a mini-series on Loving, God’s way from 1 Peter. “Above all” commands is this command that God’s people should love eachother earnestly. But that love of itself is not the final goal. The final goal is that more people will give God more glory through praise. That’s the goal of all Christian living. Love eachother through hospitality and humble service, so that God will receive all the glory.
A Robber in Paradise
Preached on 10 September 2017 by Lance Lawton
No one likes it when the bad guy wins. But suppose you knew yourself to be the bad guy? What if you know the honest truth the Apostle Paul confessed (Romans 7:15-20), that
I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. …
If you know that to be true, then you need the mercy of forgiveness. And if, like the second of the two guilty men who hung on crosses beside Jesus, you turn to the crucified Jesus today, or any day, confess your guilt, admit that he has the power to release you from the sentence of death you deserve, and ask him for that mercy — then he will give you the right to live forever in Paradise, in the presence of God.
Loving the world, God’s way
Preached on 3 September 2017 by Lance Lawton
As we engage a challenging public national conversation through the plebiscite and what lies beyond, now is a good time to reflect from the Scriptures on how we as believers should engage with the world. We love the world God’s way by living respectfully, even in the face of opposition; by respecting civil authorities as instruments of God’s order; and by continuing to learn humility in the fear of God.
Loving God, God’s way
Preached on 27 August 2017 by Lance Lawton
Starting a mini-series on the theme of loving God, the world and the church in the way God has loved and loves us. God’s love for us is strong enough and lasting enough to outshine and outlast even the darkest of times in our lives. If you’ve grasped that your salvation from sin’s curse is forever, then the love you return to this God will also be strong and lasting enough to outshine and outlast even the darkest of times in your lives.
Preached on 23 July 2017 by Lance Lawton
Trust is a choice. And not to choose is to choose unwisely. David chooses the Lord as God, as sufficient and as the source of joy. If God seems hard to trust, have you chosen to trust him?
Before it’s too late
Preached on 16 July 2017 by Lance Lawton
The final two chapters of the Teacher’s exhaustive inquiry into life. First a look at technology. Then the conclusion. Know who’s in charge (hint: it’s not you). Then do what most matters – to centre your life on God, and do it now.
All Bible Talk Series
- 1 peter
- 7 signs
- ephesians 4
- eternal life
- genesis 1-11
- genesis 2
- i am sayings
- invitations to faith
- john 6
- luke 18
- the cross