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Bible Overview 2

Preached on 3 December 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Bible overview #2 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Continuing an Advent series on an overview of the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Today – we look a little more closely at the Old Testament (most of it).

The Bible is the story of God’s Kingdom, and the Old Testament lays the foundation. It introduces the God of the kingdom, and prepares the way for the coming of Jesus. It teaches us about God’s character, God’s purposes and God’s works.

The Old Testament is not God’s ‘Plan A’ that failed. Rather, it sets the foundation for the ultimate expression of God’s kingdom that comes about through Jesus. The history of God’s relationship with his people in the Old Testament helps us understand who Jesus Christ is and what he did.

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

 

Bible Overview 1

Preached on 26 November 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Bible overview #1 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning an Advent series (1 week early) on an overview of the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Advent is a great time to view the big picture of the Bible because it’s a time when we observe how the coming of Christ fulfils so much of the Old Testament. The Bible’s story in one sentence is:

God appoints Jesus Christ as the saving ruler of God’s kingdom.

The Bible’s narrative runs from Creation to New Creation, pivoting on Christ.

The Bible tells us that God appointed Jesus Christ as the saving ruler of his kingdom. In the Old Testament we see the foundations of this message, and learn who God is, what he does, and how he works. We learn that God commits himself to fallen humans, based on his promises. In the New Testament we see those promises of God fulfilled in Jesus Christ. By his life, death and resurrection, Jesus began God’s kingdom. And he will return to establish it forever.

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

 

Wanting more

Preached on 19 November 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #3 of 3
  • Scripture: Dan 10
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma
  • The power, the love, the goodness and the favour of God made known to his servant at a time when deep assurance was so needed.
  • God most reveals his glory, power, love, grace, and mercy to those who are empty and desperate .. and know it.

I’m finished!

Preached on 12 November 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #2 of 3
  • Scripture: Isa 6:1-8
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

At a time of despair, Isaiah encounters God’s glory, his own great guilt, and God’s extraordinary mercy.

A big catch

Preached on 5 November 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 5:1-11
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

A carpenter’s kid from the arid hills tells a seasoned sea fisherman how to do his job. Instead of telling him off, the fisherman obeys and takes the haul of his life. Jesus has been described as “the man you can’t ignore”. His earthly life demonstrated that he was indeed God’s king in God’s world. If you recognise that, he will expose your impurity. But he’ll also invite you to join him in fishing for people.

Don’t forget to tremble

Preached on 22 October 2017 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #1 of 3
  • Scripture: Exod 19:1-19;20:18-21
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

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

  • Series: Habakkuk #3 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 3
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

“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

  • Series: Habakkuk #2 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 2
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

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

  • Series: Habakkuk #1 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 1
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

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

  • Series: Loving, God's way [1 Peter] #3 of 3
  • Scripture: 1 Pet 4:7-11
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

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.

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