The third instalment in our preaching series through Colossians. Paul is contending for the
mystery that… is now disclosed to the Lord’s people… namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. This has to be true for us, too, but what does that mean? And what practical difference does it make to our lives?
The relationship between David, the man who would be king, and Jonathan, the man who was supposed to be king as eldest son, should have been disastrous — but it wasn’t. There was deep love between them, and we reflect on their relationship in the context of the increasing tension with king Saul.
It takes courage to hope. It looked by all accounts as if God’s promise to Abram and Sarai (Genesis 12.1–3) would never come to fruition. Sarah — Sarai — was now far past the age of childbearing, so when Abraham’s mysterious visitors at Mamre insisted that she would have a son, she dared not hope. Sarah laughed (Genesis 18:12). Do we dare put our hope and trust in the promises of God?
As we start in Paul's letter to the church in Colossae, we find him emphasising two elements: the absolute truth of the gospel, and the necessity of entrusting ourselves to it. Only this way can we host the presence of God.
\'On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh.\' We explore the many gifts of Christmas.
In our Life after Failure series, we look at John Mark, who had let Paul down in Pamphylia and so sowed the seed of conflict between Barnabas and Paul. With that kind of toxic legacy, it's over for Mark. Or is it?
The series of biblical characters who faced life after failure continues with Elijah, who lost all
confidence in the face of Jezebel’s threats, fled, and fell into deep — even suicidal —
depression until he met God on Mount Horeb. We explore God's gentleness with the broken prophet before him, and his fury with injustice.