Monthly Archives: July 2016

Messy church: Complacency

I Corinthians 10:1-13 What is the relevance of the Old Testament to believers in the 21st century? Can the experiences of the Israelites teach us anything? Paul seems to think so… Despite the many differences between the old and new … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Finding hope

Hosea 13:9-16 Israel was doomed – not because God wanted to destroy her, but because she refused to let Him save her. The monarchy – in which such high hopes had been invested – could not take the place of … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Compromise

I Corinthians 8 The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from ‘idol-food’ (Acts 15:28,29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction – for the very practical reason that ‘untainted’ meat was unobtainable. The … Continue reading

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What have you got?

II Kings 4:1-7 The prophet Elisha, as God’s representative, was approached by a destitute widow. With no husband to provide for her, she faced the loss of her two sons as well in order to pay off her debts. She … Continue reading

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Messy church: Sin (sexual immorality in particular)

I Corinthians 5 & 6 In the realm of human sexuality, moral standards have a universal tendency to drift downwards; what shocked us a generation ago is now considered normal. And the church is not immune to this kind of … Continue reading

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Love hurts: False religion

Hosea 13:1-8 Although to all outward appearance, Israel was still a great nation, inwardly she was already dead. Her ‘terminal illness’ had begun right at the very beginning of her independence, when Jeroboam I set up his two golden calves … Continue reading

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Messy church: Sin (in general)

I Corinthians 5 & 6 The Church is called to be distinct from the world. Some people take this to mean that we should withdraw into a ‘holy huddle’, avoiding contact with unbelievers. But the distinctive identity of Christ’s Body … Continue reading

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