Remembering – Anchoring your life in the glory of the Gospel (Jude 16 – 19)

My friend was walking home with his son after church. The little boy said “Daddy, adults are very silly.”  His dad said “Yes we are son but why exactly…” His son said “Well when you eat the bread and drink the wine, the pastor says you have to do it so you will remember that Jesus died for you … but how can you forget something so important?”

That little boy’s comments got us thinking about what we mean by “remembering.” It’s very important to what we are talking about tonight. You see, we are going to be told to remember something.

Remembering isn’t just about what we keep in our minds intellectually. It’s about living our lives each day as though the truth we remember is as real and as fresh and as new as it was the first day we knew it.

These past few weeks we have been learning about the problem of apostacy -how people fall away from the Gospel, how people can be led astray by false teachers. How are we to guard against that? The answer is that we are to remember God’s Word. It means relying on God’s Word completely in the sense I talked about just a moment ago. We live by God’s Word as though it is as fresh and as new today as the first day we heard it. Continue reading


What Kind of Church? – A united church (1 Corinthians 1:10-17)

Jesus calls us to be one. Our love for each other is meant to be a witness to others but so often we fail in this. Churches end up being characterised by division, factions & tribalism. Christians create their own heroes. These might be national/international celebrity Christians or the go to people in the local church (my favourite elder or the church member who truly speaks for a significant group of us) Continue reading