This message looks at the Greek word ekklesia translated church in most English translations of the Bible. The message explains how the term was understood at the time the New Testament was written & encourages us to rethink church in light of such understanding. Church is a gathering of people called out for the good of the community they find themselves in!
In this introductory message we ask the question: What is Jesus building in the Rep of Ireland today? In 1 Chronicles 12:32 it says of the men of the tribe of Issachar, that they were "men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do." We could become experts in understanding the time & context of the NT (which is important). However unless we also understand the time & context of Ireland today we may miss what Jesus is building in our generation that is desperately longing for a fresh expression of Church.
The final part of the series on Paul's portrait of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 focuses on the words "Love... it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth". It also turns us to the story of Jesus in the house of Simon the Pharisee when Jesus has his feet washed by the tears of a sinful woman. We learn how love never rejoices at the sin or downfall of others. Instead love rejoices in the Gospel which can change us & others to love the way that Jesus loves.
Paul writes in his portrait of love that "it does not insist on its own way" (ESV) or "is not self-seeking" (NIV). This heart-searching message challenges us to do, not what is best for ourselves but what is best for the church. The love Christian's are called to love with is a selfless & impartial love that actively seeks what is best for as many as possible.
In 1 Corinthians 13 we're told that love "is not arrogant or rude". So in this message we turn to John 13 & reflect on Jesus' humble love which stooped down & washed the feet of his disciples, including Judas who would soon betray him. The message tell's us why we all need the humble love of Jesus & challenges us to show humble love to one another.
This message was not recorded but you can read it HERE.
Part three of this series on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 zooms in on three phrases - "Love is patient... is not easily angered... always trusts." Drawing on the stories of Jesus feeding the 5000 & Jesus raising Lazarus from death this message challenges & encourages us to show patient love towards people, as well as patient trust towards God when we don't understand his ways.
Shaking Kingdoms (Haggai 2:20-23)
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