Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Ephesians 3:20–21). Do you believe that God can do immeasurably more in your challenges and problems?
Our second instalment in Abraham’s story. Disaster strikes, and Abraham panics. Passing his wife off as his sister isn’t his finest hour; he will do so again later. It goes pear shaped, yet God works through it all, and intervenes to safeguard his promise.
Confident Christian Living , a new sermon series preaching through sections of 1 John, exploring the reasons and means by which we can know ourselves confident before God. We start with Confident in Confession (1 John 1:5–2:2). We all mess up, yet we have access to God’s grace and forgiveness because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
The first instalment of a preaching series through the life of Abraham. God’s promise to
Abraham starts a narrative and salvation-historic arc that will terminate in Jesus. God so loved the world that he called Abraham —an unlikely call in several ways. Yet God tends to call the unlikely, such as you and me, to serve his purposes in the world: playing our part in a whole which is greater and more glorious than any of us can imagine.
It’s one of those rarely-read narratives in the bible: the story of Micah from the book of
Judges—not to be confused with the prophet of the same name. We catch a glimpse of the way small deceptions can lead to massive consequences, but also of the way God can sovereignly redeem the whole mess for good.
The prayer of a righteous man (or woman!) is powerful and effective (James 5:16) . That’s sorted then… but what to think if neither power nor effect of the prayer seems to be in evidence? We’re going to try and unpack this: there's a link link between our prayer life and the picture we have of God.