Healing: part 2. Looking at one of the most dramatic healing miracles that Jesus ever does, seeing how it shapes our theology and how we go about this at a practical level.
Joy: part 2. Joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian. We are called to a life of joy and happiness. The Bible talks about eternal pleasures and everlasting happiness. We will all experience sorrow; but being a glum, miserable person is not the way Christians are meant to be.
Judah behaves like a scoundrel toward is daughter in law and yet is shown incredible favour by his father and blessed by God. Why and on what basis?
God isn’t content to leave us in our sin, he’s committed to our rescue and provides for us time and again. God is determined to see us grow, determined to see us blessed and freed from the power of death.
Poor choices and bad circumstances can lead us into difficulty. Family breakdown and personal isolation often occur but God doesn’t leave us there. God is committed to us as a father to a son and won’t let us go.
We look at a passage of the Bible which is among the most abused regarding money, but also underpins the way our western society is structured.
Can we look at our own lives and see where we have privilege? How can we use these to bless others? God gifted Solomon with wisdom, but things went wrong when he misunderstood this gift as being for himself.
God has given us gifts as a blessing. Andrew talks about how we use these spiritual gifts as part of the body of Christ (the Church).
Samuel is a key figure in the Bible because he is a prophet — he represents the voice of God to people. He foreshadows David in the same way that John the Baptist foreshadows Christ: he prepares the way for the true King.