Tag Archives: Jesus

The Bible is not about you, it’s about Him

21 May

I’ve posted Tim Keller’s words on finding Christ in the Old Testament before but you can now think about them as you watch this beautiful kinetic typography video.

(HT: NWBingham)

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Jesus Faced Greater Temptation Than You

18 May

“Jesus was tempted. The New Testament goes further: he was tempted in every way, just as we are (Heb. 4:15). Do we believe that? When we are tempted we tend to think (although we would be hesitant to admit it): ‘Yes, I know he was tempted; but he did not experience what I am experiencing’. But the truth is the other way round. You will never experience what he did, because you are a sinner. In our temptations we give way long before we experience the level of temptation’s pressure which Jesus experienced. Because we have given in in the past the powers of darkness never need to apply the same pressure to us that they applied to Jesus. We provide them with an easy target. Jesus, on the other hand, exhausted all the devil’s powers and energies. They could find no ‘grip’, no ‘foothold’ in the life of Jesus (Jn. 14:30). According to the Gospel records the powers of darkness mounted an all-out attack on Jesus (a legion of demons was stationed in one man at Gadara in order to oppose him).  But even in the hour of darkness they could not overcome him (Lk. 22:53).”

S.B. Ferguson, Grow in Grace

Lose Hell, Lose the Cross

22 Nov

“Let us be quite clear. If we lose hell, we will eventually lose the cross, for if there is no hell, there is no real point in the cross. Jesus did not need to come and be made a curse for sin. He did not need to enther the horror of forskenness. The cross and hell stand or fall together. Hell is extreme, but that is because sin is extreme and because extreme measures were taken for our salvations. We cannot survey the wondrous cross, meditate on what the Saviour suffered and assert that hell is an inappropriate punishment for sin.”

Prof. Edward Donnelly, Biblical Teaching on the Doctrine of Heaven and Hell

The Psalm of Dying Jesus

24 May

This is a 2 minute clip from Rev. David McCullough’s sermon entitled “The Trial, Trust and Triumph” on Psalm 22.

Watch the full sermon or download the mp3.

Sunbeam of the Father’s Love

8 May

“It is true that we do not come directly to the Father by faith. We can only come to him by the Son. Jesus said, ‘I am the way,  the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6)… Through Christ, then, we have access to the Father, we behold the Father’s glory also and enjoy fellowship with the Father in his own special love. All this we receive by faith. As we come to the Father’s love through Christ, so the Father’s love comes to us through Christ. The light of the sun comes to us by its beams. By its beams we see the sun, and by its beams the sun touches us. Jesus Christ is the beam of his Father’s love and through hum the Father’s love reaches down and touches us. By Jesus Christ also we see and experience and are led up to the Father’s love. If we, as believers, would meditate on this truth more and live in the light of it, there would be great spiritual growth in our walk with God.” John Owen, Communion with God

Would You Want Heaven Without Jesus?

31 Mar

A provocative question posed by John Piper that reveals where our joy really is and whether we are truly born again.

(HT: Take Your Vitamin Z)

Evening Worship Because of Our Witness

22 Mar

Part 5 in Rev.David McCullough’s series nicked from a church leaflet entitled “Why Evening Worship?”

5. Because of our Witness to the World

The message of the Scripture is that our lives are to display to men and women the glorious light of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). When we are present at worship we are making an important statement to visitors – the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. When we are absent visitors note and conclude – there mustn’t be much of importance that is happening here. Our presence at worship says to the world that the proclamation of the Word of God is vital.

There is a secondary dimension to this, in that, as we come under the Word Christ deals with us and uses His Word to make us more like Him and the more like Him we are the more useful we will be in reaching the lost.

Part 1- Because of the Glory of God

Part 2- Because Jesus is There

Part 3- Because It’s the Lord’s Day

Part 4- Because of Each Other