It was my childhood hero, Popeye, who echoed humanities inner feelings of frustration and disappointment as he uttered one of his famous sayings, "I yam what I yam...and that's all I am!" We live in a world of turmoil and confusion over the issue of identity, purpose, the meaning of life and significance. 'Who am I?' is the big question underlying many of the modern day psychological and social conundrums.
In a culture that was defined by religiosity and works, the Apostle Paul brings a new message, a radical message, a message of God's grace. Now he had found a new identity....not in his cultural importance as a high-ranking Jewish Pharisee, not in his guilt and shame as a persecutor of the church, but rather in a life wrapped up with Jesus....a life 'In Christ'! Are you searching for such security and joy even in the midst of life's trials? Listen up!
'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to'. These were parting words of Jesus that shocked His disciples and paved the way for the exploding early church. Today we too experience the fullness of Christianity through the indwelling God who comes to us. How does God the Holy Spirit make real the Gospel? What does He actually do? Why is this sealing so important? How does God want to make me more fruitful, more joyful, more alive? Be filled with the Holy Spirit!
In this talk celebrating Baptism Sunday, Gavin unpacks what it means to be a new creation in Christ. As we give our lives to God we literally become born again, what does this mean for us as individuals?
Have you ever considered just how radical the phrase 'God who justifies the ungodly' is? Yet that is exactly what has happened to a Christian and righteousness has been credited to them. Knowing that God sees us as righteous in Christ helps to sustain us in both joys and hardships and live for Jesus in everyday life.
Have you ever asked yourself: How does God view me? For some, this question is of no significance whilst for others, it’s a longstanding question they long to know the answer to. From the beginning of the Bible to the end, God is closely and thoughtfully involved with His creation. He has restored His creation into ‘One New Man In Christ’, which means that as “stained” as you may have become due to the darkness of our sins, through Christ and God’s Spirit we are being restored as masterpiece.