As we start a new year we have the opportunity to decide whether or not we want to live our lives puffed up with our own selves this year, or whether we want to live a life that’s dependant upon God – the object of our faith. In this talk, Sam unpacks Habakkuk 1:12-2:20 where we see another picture of Habakkuk crying out to God because of the shocking events he experiences in this world, and God’s patient and loving response that pushes us to consider what it means to be a righteous person living by faith.
In this talk, we take a tour around Ecclesiastes to consider how God has hard-wired joy and pleasure into his creation. And, perhaps more importantly, how we can enjoy “the good life” in a way that leaves us satisfied instead of always craving more.
For those who missed the afternoon tea and meet and greet with Sam, here’s a little recording of the Q&A. Please note that the whole afternoon was quite informal, as such the recording was done on a phone with plenty of room noise to go along with it 😉 Enjoy!
Three times in Luke 23 Jesus is tempted to save himself … And why not? He’s the Son of God, he could have jumped down off the cross anytime and wiped out the ‘bad guys’. But even though we might tend toward saving ourselves from difficult situations, Jesus didn’t. Why? Because Jesus came to give himself in order to save us.
Why is it so hard to speak about Jesus? How can we share the gospel even in the face of losing things we value? Because in Jesus we have everything we need.
As Paul walks around Athens his belief in Jesus doesn’t cause him to look down or patronise those who are different from him. Instead, he sees it as a point of learning. He realises he’s surrounded by real people with real needs and through love he engages with them in a language they’ll understand. Why? Because the gospel addresses everyone’s deepest human need.