In line for the Great Commission 1

2014-18.1 Luke 24:47 Bank Holiday Monday May 5, 2014 Just tell the gospel like it is! Giovanni Pisano set the design for the facade sculptures of the cathedral, or Duomo, of Pisa but his masterwork is said to be the white marble pulpit with its nine dramatic scenes from the New Testament. He dashed off this…

How Jesus cancelled our sin that put Him on the Cross

2014-15.5 Ephesians 2:3-5, John 19:30 Good Friday, April 18, 2014 The price is paid Tetelestai – a merchant’s term for an account that had been settled. If the account has been paid, we can tell the ‘bailiff’ that he has no right to seize anything of ours. Ephesians 2:3-5…We were by nature objects of wrath.…

How our sin put Jesus on the Cross 4

2014-15.4 Romans 14:23 Thursday, April 17, 2014 When independence becomes a stand-off against God   Thomas Edison: His capacity to ‘think outside the box’ led to a number of significant inventions. There’s a difference between being able to take an independent direction, and being locked into having to be different and assert independence. IN THE…

How our sin put Jesus on the Cross 3

2014-15.3 Isaiah 53:6 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Why do we fail? KING David’s well known fall over Bathsheba, where he combined covetousness, adultery and intention to murder, just isn’t consistent with someone who was known for his dependence on God — and known as one who modelled worship. Was it rebellion, independence or negligence? When…

How our sin put Jesus on the Cross 2

2014-15.2 Exodus 34:6-7 Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Appealing to the Blood of Jesus for our rebellion – and others’ Market Cross, Chichester YESTERDAY’S thought – the thought for this whole week really – was that our sin put Jesus on the Cross. On Good Friday – perhaps God Friday would be a better name –…

How our sin put Jesus on the Cross 1

2014-15.1 Isaiah 53:6 and 12 Monday, April 14, 2014 The basis of our faith Song that says it all: Stuart Townend is one of the leading songwriters of our generation and his song “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” is an enduring favourite – not least because it encapsulates such a clear picture of…

Sin, Darkness and the Victory of the Cross 3

2014-14.3 Romans 3:9-10 Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Aware: a little slippage becomes a slide into sin The Clay Country: Holy Trinity Church, in the centre of St Austell, where my great-grandfather, Rev. Joseph Hammond, was a forthright evangelical vicar in the Victorian era Romans 3:9-10 (The Message) All of us, whether insiders or outsiders, start…