Discipleship

Discipleship

Lord of the storm

“And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4: 41 They say that two things are certain in life – death and taxes. I believe a third can be confidently added to the list – storms! Now, I’m not meaning those violent thunderous weather events, although they are a certainty too. No, I’m referring to the stormy events of life that batter…

Treasure in jars of clay

The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4 that we are jars of clay who hold a valuable treasure….the Gospel message. In Paul’s day, clay pots were for the ordinary people, of not much value and quite fragile. To consider ourselves in this way is the antithesis of contemporary humanity where we are encouraged to be someone and to make our claim for independence and self-worth.  But when we are talking about our witness as believers, Paul reminds us…

Send the fire!

Pentecost Sunday! Pentecost is a Jewish festival which has taken on a different meaning for Christians as we recall the Acts 2 story of the empowering of the Apostles with the promised Holy Spirit. Pentecost Sunday is widely regarded as a celebration of the birth of the Christian Church. Certainly as the story is recorded, this is the catalyst for the movement. That opening period of the church’s life certainly had it all…signs and wonders, bold preaching, generous sharing of…

The prayer of Jesus

Reality check! Believing in the Lord Jesus does not inoculate one from the trials and tribulations of life. There are those who suggest that if you just have enough faith, if you pray more confidently, if you will just ‘claim the promises’ you can have complete victory over every evil intent and your life will be trouble free. It’s often known as the ‘name it and claim it’ theology. While it is true that some Scriptures can be read that…

Love one another

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Jesus said ‘Love one another.’ He put a bunch of people from various backgrounds into a team and he told them to love one another. Have you ever heard anything so ridiculous? Welcome to the church! In John’s Gospel (Jn 15: 9-17) Jesus says that if we obey his command to love one another it will make him very happy. Well, actually he says so that…