Putting Down Roots (Genesis 23)

When Sarah and I came to Bearwood, I had been offered a 3 year contract (in fact when I signed they were able to extend this to 5 years)  Sarah was still waiting to see if she would find a job.  We were grateful to the church for its willingness to sacrificially support us for 3 years. The wise thing to do at that stage would have been to rent a house or flat as we might have had to move again in 3 years’ time.

However, we felt it right to buy a house. We wanted to show that we were ready to put down roots here and to live among the people God had called us to work with.

Genesis 23 may in some ways feel a bit like a strange anti-climax to the life of Abraham, an odd way to finish the story but actually it is a vital lesson in putting down roots.

So, let’s take a look.  First of all some minor side applications and then our main application. Continue reading

Lot’s Daughters and an X rated ending (Genesis 19:30-38)

If this Bible passage was a film then it would be rated 18. The content is so shocking.  Here is a  reminder that the Bible isn’t afraid to look honestly at the mess and brokenness of our world

This is a story about being trapped and shamed so if you feel trapped by the mess of life, your own failure, sin and shame -the Bible speaks to you.

But it also gives a serious warning to those of us who risk complacency in our attitude towards God and others. So see here two warnings but hang on in to the end where we will discover great hope. Continue reading

The Beginning of the Story (Genesis 1:1-2:3)

The story of Creation starts right at the beginning of the Bible. The stage is set, the main characters introduced and we begin to read about who God is and what he is doing in time and space.  In Genesis 1, we are told that God creates the world over a 7 day time frame. Continue reading

How should we interpret Genesis 1-3?

One of the big questions we will have to consider is “How should we interpret Genesis 1-3. . Of course, whenever we think about interpreting and applying Genesis 1-3, the question of Creation and Evolution is never far from my minds. Or to put it another way, how do we interpret the Bible’s account of origins in the light of modern scientific understanding? Continue reading

Coming up “Where did we come from”

Our next big faithroots series is all about Creation. We’ll be looking at origins- how did God make this World. We will also find out more about God’s providence, how he sustains and looks after his creation. The series will look at the problem of evil and the affect of the Fall on creation. Continue reading

God’s Rescue Plan (Genesis 14)

Do you feel trapped?  What is it that traps you? Circumstances, the pressure of life, addiction? Maybe you are ashamed to acknowledge that you are trapped. You got yourself into the mess. You want to try and sort things out yourself. Maybe you hope you can do that without anyone noticing. Even as you try, you realise you are just getting into a bigger mess.

This talk is all about being rescued. Continue reading