Mr Will Lind explains how it pleases God to hide the things of God from the wise, the proud, the sophisticates and the know-it-alls, yet to reveal them to ordinary people. If you know God today, it's because God the Son has revealed him to you. You can't deal with your own sin, only Christ can, and He invites us to come to Him.
"Being a connoisseur of good preaching is not a substitute for obendience." Andrew Shrimpton encourages us to recognise the voice of God in the true preaching of His Word and to respond appropriately to the Word preached.
The Book of Haggai is God speaking to a group of his believing people who have been defeated and are struggling to rebuild their nation, facing indifference and hostility. It's for people living with discouragement, surrounded by collapse. It's a book for our times.
Andrew Shrimpton asks, what are your priorities? What shapes the decisions you make?
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-24
Discipleship is a fundamental aspect of membership in the kingdom of God, and fruitfulness is it's end goal. Mr Neil White preaching on Mark 4:1-20.
Jesus explained the importance of making sure that, when we perform righteous acts or spiritual disciplines, we are doing them for the right reasons; for God, His kingdom and His glory, and not merely as an outward show, as a pretence before others.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”