Kingdom: Authority

{Matthew 8:23-27} “And the men marvelled, saying “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”” Matthew 8:27. The disciples and Jesus were on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee when in the middle of the night a “great storm” hits. The disciples are petrified. They think this is it.…

The cake was never gay

Earlier this week we eventually had a verdict in the long drawn out “gay cake” court case that has dominated the media in Northern Ireland (and indeed around the world) ever since that fateful day almost a year ago when Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland declined to make a cake for the gay rights organisation…

Kingdom: Sacrifice

[Matthew 8:18-27, 10:38-39] “And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” Matthew 10:38-39 After unpacking His Kingdom vision through the Sermon on the Mount and bringing Kingdom healing to many…

Kingdom: Healing

{Matthew 8:1-17, 9:1-8,18-34} “And he said to him, “I will come and heal him”” Matthew 8:7 We have made it past the Sermon on the Mount, and as Matthew continues his Gospel account of the life of Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom he now takes time to share with us some of the…

Kingdom: Building

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall” Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus reaches the end of His Kingdom…

Kingdom: People

[Matthew 7:15-23] “Thus you will recognise them by their fruits” Matthew 7:20 Jesus is drawing to a close in the Sermon on the Mount. But before He wraps up He has several more truths to deliver about the Kingdom life. And the first of His closing thoughts focuses on who qualifies as Kingdom people. Because…

Victory!

It looked like the end. It seemed like defeat. The story paused on Friday with Jesus dead, buried in a tomb. The light of the world slain for us Hanging on the cross He died for us But the story doesn’t end there For death could not hold him down The grave could not contain…

It should have been me

The story of man began in a garden A garden where God and man dwelt together A garden where all was good But all did not remain good For we were made with free will, the freedom to chose And we chose to rebel We chose to ignore God’s commands and go our own way…

#WeAreGomer

There is a story in the Old Testament of a prophet called Hosea. (Handily it is found in the book of Hosea). He received a somewhat strange message from God. God told him to go and get a wife. But not just any wife. Hosea was commanded to take “a wife of whoredom” Hosea 1:2.…

Kingdom: Gate

[Matthew 7:13-14] “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are hard.” Matthew 7:13-14 The Kingdom of…