Bible Talk: Following The Servant King: to prepare for my burial.

Mark 14:1-16 

Mark 14:17-31

15 September 2019

David Simmons

The Value of Jesus

 

12-16 The Control of Jesus

 

“the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45

 

 

The death of Jesus for sinners

 

Remember the Gospel

 

“Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” 

1 Peter 3:18.

 

Remember the Gospel

 

Bible talk: the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone

Mark 11:1-26

 

Mark 11:27 – 12:12

 

Who is in charge?

 

Jesus is in charge

- He is the highest authority

- Despite the opposition

- He is our judge

 

Know your sin

 

Be discerning when it comes to leaders

- Be discerning as leaders

 

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that wewho teach will be judged more strictly.

James 3:1

 

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

1 Timothy 3:1

 

- Be discerning who you follow

Bible Talk: Following The Servant King: This is my son whom I love

Mark 9:1-29 

2 Peter 1:12-21 

28 July 2019

Roger Cunningham

Unexpected expectations

 

The glorious king

 

Expect suffering

 

We need to depend on him

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: John the Baptist: The Coming Back.

Deuteronomy 30:1-6

Luke 3: 1-20

Malachi 3:1-5 

21 July 2019

Neil Atwood

Preparations

 

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him.

Deuteronomy 30:1-3

 

v4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back...

 

v6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Lord almighty

 

“You snakes!

“The axe is poised…

 

v11 The one who has two shirts should donate one…

 

v13 Don’t collect any more than you are required to…

v14 Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely - be content with your pay

 

 

What will Israel do?

What will you do?

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe: Ministry and Spiritual Gifts.

Romans 11:33 – 12:8 

Ephesians 4:1-166 

14 July 2019

David Simmons

 God gives spiritual gifts

for ministry

to build the church

 

God gives spiritual gifts

 

 

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides 

1 Pet 4:11 

 

 

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: 

“When he ascended on high,

he took many captives

and gave gifts to his people.” 

Eph. 4:7-8

 

 

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. 

Rom 12:4-

 

God gives spiritual gifts

for ministry

 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

1 Peter 4:10

 

God gives spiritual gifts

for ministry (serving)

 

don’t give up meeting together, 

as some are in the habit of doing, 

but encouraging one another—

and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

Hebrews 10:25

 

whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. 

Mark 10:43-45

 

whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. 

Mark 10:43-45

 

God gives spiritual gifts

for ministry (serving)

to build the church

 

 …to equip his people for works of service, so thatthe body of Christ may be built up 

Eph 4:12

 

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

Eph 4:13

 

What Now?

Time To Serve

I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. - Rom. 12:1 

 

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. - Eph 4:1

 

What Now?

Make Time To Serve

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: Malachi : The Penultimate Prophet.

Malachi 1:1-13 

Malachi 3:1-5 

7 July 2019

Neil Atwood

How we got here

 

Who is this God?

 

Israel's God is the 
Lord almighty

 

“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? 
When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? 
Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? 
Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty.
Malachi 1:8

 

“Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors…
Jonah 1:10

 

The charge sheet

 

“You have wearied the Lord with your words. And you don't even know how. 
You ask how have we wearied him. 
Here's how. By saying "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them, or by asking "Where is the God of justice?
Malachi 2:17

 

“So I'll come to put you on trial. 
I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, 
and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me," says the Lord Almighty”
Malachi 3:5

 

 

“…You are under a curse-your whole nation-because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Malachi 3:8

 

Where does that leave us?

 

God is still a mighty king

 

A labour of love

 

Serve from your heart

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe: Our Beliefs about the Church

Ephesians 2:11-22;
3:14-21

Hebrews 9:11-14; 
10:19-25

30 June 2019

David Simmons

What is church?

 

The context of church

 

you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you used to live 

Ephesians 2:1-2

 

remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 

Ephesians 2:12

 

What is church?

 

The creation of church

 

What is church?

 

The end of church

 

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. 

Revelation 7:9-10

 

don’t give up meeting together, 

as some are in the habit of doing, 

but encouraging one another—

and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 

Hebrews 10:25

 

Why go to church?

 

because we ought to

because we need to

because we want to

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe About Jesus Return and Final Judgement.

John 5:21-30 

Revelation 20:11 – 21:8  

16 June 2019

Roger Cunningham

 

Desire for justice

 

The judge, judgement & justice

 

For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Acts 17:31

 

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 

John 5:21-22

 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16

 

 

… people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

 

Hebrews 9:27

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

 

2 Corinthians 5:10

 

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. 

Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

 

Revelation 21:11-12

 

The judge, judgement & justice

 

 

For God does not show favoritism.

 

Romans 2:11

 

Judged on our response to him

 

 

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

 

Romans 6:29

 

 

 

 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

 

Romans 5:28-30

 

 

Judged on our response to him

 

 

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation,

 

2 Peter 3:15

 

 

Receiving eternal heaven or hell

 

 

They will go away to eternal punishment, 

but the righteous to eternal life

 

Matthew 25:46

 

Receiving eternal heaven or hell

 

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 

2 Corinthians 5:6-9

 

 

Be wise, be comforted and be watchful

 

“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Mark 13:35-37

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe : Salvation.

Bible Talk: What We Believe : Salvation.

Ephesians 1:3-14 

Ephesians 2:1-10 

9 June 2019

Roger Cunningham

Salvation from death & wrath

 

Salvation by grace

 

Salvation received

 

They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

 

Salvation received- Repentance

 

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death

2 Corinthians 7:10

 

Salvation received

-      Repentance

-      Faith

 

Faith is – 

Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.

Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Oxford English Dictionary

 

The world

Faith + Works => Salvation

 

Salvation unites us with Christ

 

Salvation for good works

 

God’s Word

Salvation + Faith => Works

 

Salvation for good works

 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe : The Holy Spirit.

Bible Talk: What We Believe : The Holy Spirit.

John 15:26 - 16:15 

Ephesians 1:3-14 

2 June 2019

David Simmons 

Holy Spirit: the other guy?

the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 

Genesis 1:2

Jesus and the Spirit

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 

John 16:7

The Spirit today

 

Regeneration

&

Sanctification

 

Regeneration

conviction of sin

 

When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment

John 16:8

 

Regeneration

 

•      conviction of sin

•      believe in Jesus

•      sealed by the Spirit

 

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  

Ephesians 1:13

 

who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:14

 

 

Sanctification

•      preparation

•      growing in holiness

•      progressively

 

Regeneration

&

Sanctification

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 8:11

 

                                     Wow!

                                     What Now?

 

 

What has God been teaching you lately? and stories to share.

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe : Jesus – The Person and Work of Christ.

John 1:1-18 

Hebrews 2:5-18 

26 May 2019

Roger Cunningham

 

God become man

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 

John 1:1-3

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Fully God

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

Colossians 2:9

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—

Hebrews 2:14

God become man

Prophet              Revealer

Priest                 Redeemer & Intercessor

King                    Ruler

 

 

Prophet              Revealer

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God andis in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 1:18

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.                                                       Hebrews 1:1-2

 

 

 

Prophet              Revealer

Priest                 Redeemer & Intercessor

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17

 

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45

 

King           Ruler

 

regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 1:3

 

God become man

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe : Humanity.

Bible Talk: What We Believe : Humanity.

Genesis 3:1-24

Romans 5:12-19

19 May 2019

David Simmons

Humanity

Creation

God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27-28

 

God blessed them and said to them,

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:27-28

Creation

Fall

“you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Genesis 2:17

 

autonomy

= self law

“ I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”

Luke 12:4-5

 

Creation

Fall

total depravity

total inability

“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 8:7–8

 

Heidelberg Catechism

A.D. 1563

2. Q: What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of relationship with God?

2. Q: What do you need to know in order to live and die in the joy of relationship with God?

 

‘proto euangelion’

the first gospel

 

 

 

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Bible Talk: What We Believe : The Bible.

Bible Talk: What We Believe : The Bible.

Psalm 119:1-16,
then 105-112 

2 Timothy 3:10-17
then James 1:19-25 

12 May 2019

Roger Cunningham

 

The Bible

How we view the Bible

Jesus’ view: 

The supreme authority

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Matthew 22:29

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 24:44-47

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John 14:26

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.

John 15:26

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:16

God-breathed

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Hebrews 1:1-2

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Transformational

... from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:15

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16

Without error

Sufficient

As a result the church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honoured with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence”

Roman Catholic Church Catechism   1992

 

Self-authenticating

How should we respond?

Read it

Be transformed by it

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

Sit under the supreme authority of it