The parables of Jesus are not just stories we read. They are stories that read us. They unmask us to see ourselves in the mirror of the characters portrayed.
Jesus the master story-teller is able to disarm us with parables. We let our guard down, we enter in, we feel the emotions, we make value judgements on the story and then bam! … the truth reads us! That’s you and me in the parable! Pharisees, tax collectors, leaders, disciples, sinners, the lost, the found, the wise, the foolish, the ready, the unprepared!
But the parables don’t just read us, they read us in the light of Kingdom realities. They make the unfamiliar realities of God’s Kingdom plain to us, using everyday realities like: coins, seeds, soil, trees, barns, rocks, fields, pearls, animals, lamps, food, feasting, sons, workers, judges, etc.
But the parables don’t just illuminate truth, they also conceal truth. Jesus said in Matthew 13:13: “This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’” There is mystery to the parables. There is truth to be mined beneath the surface like treasure hidden in a field. The parables read our inability to respond to truth. Everyone has ears, but not everyone hears their meaning. Those who hear and respond are revealed to be his disciples, but those who don’t remain in darkness.
Won’t you pray that Jesus would open your eyes to the truth of who you are in the light of these stories? Won’t you pray that you will be astounded by the divinity & humanity of the God-man who is able to package eternal truth in word-pictures that even a child can understand?
May we be like those first hearers of parables of whom it was said: “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority.” (Matthew 7:28-29)
Sleep, Food & Drink, Cleaning, Leisure & Laughter
The Apostle Paul challenges us:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Just think… how much of your life is spent sleeping, eating, drinking, cleaning, relaxing, etc. and yet how many sermons have you heard on these subjects? Very few books have been written about these things and yet the Scriptures speak profoundly about these matters. Our obedience and spiritual growth may be far more affected by how we approach these ordinary things! We need a theology of ordinary life. We are called to glorify God in the “whatever you do” of daily life. Do you sleep to the glory of God? Do you eat for the glory of God? This sermon series will help you to see these ordinary things as amazing gifts to be rightly enjoyed from an abundant God. There is always the potential that we abuse God’s gifts either through excess or deprivation. Instead allow your heart to be overwhelmed with gratitude at these little gifts God sends each day and then allow God’s Word to teach you how to glorify God more effectively though these ordinary area of life.
Over the past 5 weeks we have explored a theology of: sleep, food & drink, cleaning, leisure and laughter – a theology of ordinary life!
Justin Tamlin - 22nd April 2018
A Theology of Sleep
From Series: "A Theology of Ordinary Life"
The Apostle Paul challenges us: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 10:31
More From "A Theology of Ordinary Life"
|A Theology of Sleep||Justin Tamlin||22nd Apr 2018||Watch||Listen|
|A Theology of Food & Drink||Justin Tamlin||29th Apr 2018||Watch||Listen|
|A Theology of Cleaning||Justin Tamlin||6th May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|A Theology of Leisure||Justin Tamlin||13th May 2018||Watch||Listen|
|A Theology of Laughter||Justin Tamlin||20th May 2018||Watch||Listen|
A Heart Shaped by God
David – humble shepherd boy, courageous warrior, beloved king, gifted poet and musician, betrayed father, sinful adulterer, and faithful friend. Next to the story of Jesus, the story of David is the greatest and most influential story in the Bible. Sixty-two chapters in the Old Testament are devoted to his biography, and he is mentioned no less than fifty-nine times in the New Testament.
Christians all over the world love the story of David. Young children gleefully sing, “Only a boy named David…” (with the actions, of course!), and believers of all ages learn from his life and derive daily comfort and encouragement from his psalms.
Why do we love David’s story so much? Why do we identify with this man who lived in a world so vastly different from our own? I believe that we do so for two reasons. The first being David’s godliness. Twice in Scripture he is referred to as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). His passion for God stands out in many of his actions and in the words of his psalms. We want to love God as he did. We want to be women and men after God’s own heart.
The second reason why we love the story of David is because it does not seek to conceal David’s humanness – his earthiness. David had a heart for God, but he also had feet of clay. He was one of God’s greatest men, but, like us, he was anything but perfect. He frequently blew it. At times, he blew it royally! As saved sinners who often mess up, we identify with David and are given hope by the fact that despite his failings God did not cast David aside but continued to work in him and use him.
In this brief series on the life of David, we will look at some of the ways God worked to shape David’s heart to make it like his own. This will help us identify how God is at work in our own lives, shaping our hearts to be more like his.
Preaching series from 10 June – 22 July, during both morning and evening services.
1. SHAPED BY CALLING
David and Samuel (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
2. SHAPED BY JEALOUSY
David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
3. SHAPED BY FRIENDSHIP
David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20)
4. SHAPED BY CHOICES
David and Saul (1 Samuel 21-24, 26)
5. SHAPED BY BEAUTY
David and Abigail (1 Samuel 25)
6. SHAPED BY DESPAIR
David at Ziklag (1 Samuel 27-30)
7. SHAPED BY MERCY
David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12)
Leigh Robinson - 10th June 2018
Shaped by Calling
Shaped by Calling - David and Samuel (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
From Series: "David"
David - A Heart Shaped by God
Scripture References: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
More From "David"
|Shaped by Calling||Leigh Robinson||10th Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by Jealousy||Leigh Robinson||17th Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by God through Friendships||Ryan Wiesner||24th Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Protected by God through Friendships||Ryan Wiesner||24th Jun 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by Choices||Leigh Robinson||1st Jul 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by Beauty||Leigh Robinson||8th Jul 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by Despair||Leigh Robinson||15th Jul 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Shaped by Mercy||Leigh Robinson||22nd Jul 2018||Watch||Listen|
Finding your place in God’s Mission: Strengthen your grip, sharpen your skills, widen your world, give you life.
Leigh Robinson - 4th March 2018
Strengthen Your Grip
To find and fulfil your place in God’s mission, ask God to strengthen your grip on these key truths...
From Series: "Made for This"
Finding your place in God's Mission
More From "Made for This"
|Strengthen Your Grip||Leigh Robinson||4th Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Sharpen Your Skills||Leigh Robinson||11th Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Widen Your World||Leigh Robinson||18th Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Give Your Life||Leigh Robinson||25th Mar 2018||Watch||Listen|