When we imagine heaven, we can dream of everything from clouds to five-star resorts to our favourite code of football. But when the Bible paints a picture of heaven, the central hope is that we will finally, truly live with God. In this holiday talk, John Phillpotts walks us through the imagery of hope in these chapters, and helps us to see the true hope of heaven that the Bible gives us.
Praise is a gift that God has given us to lift our eyes from the everyday, fix our eyes on our amazing God, and respond to him with fear and hope. In this holiday talk, David Cook helps us hear and sing this Psalm.
With the word “Monday” used as a mild curse word and phrases like “TGIF” a celebration – it can be hard to know how we as Christians should approach our work. In this talk, Matt Heaton takes us through the Bible’s approach to work: how God called us to work before sin even entered the picture; how God created work to be paired with rest; and how work can bring us great joy as we use our skills for the betterment of society. A helpful talk for thinking through our modern pitfalls to how we approach work, and an encouragement that there’s one area in our life where we only ever need to rest, and that’s in Christ’s finished work on the cross on our behalf to bring us back into relationship with God.
As a postscript prequel to Daniel, John Phillpotts takes us to the final chapter of Jeremiah. The prophet had warned God’s special people about the coming judgment all of his life, and now the entire landscape looks hopeless. But in the closing credits of the book, we see a glimmer of hope emerge.
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of which I am the worst says Paul the Apostle. Feeling like we don’t deserve what God invites us into is a prerequisite for a relationship with God.
Christmas is the time of year we celebrate a saviour who came into this world to seek and save the lost. But according to the angels’ first announcement of Jesus’ coming, in order to be found by God we need to get God’s favour so that we can have peace with God. And this is what Christmas is all about: God’s gift of peace to us in the form of a baby, Jesus.