Right at the beginning of his ministry Jesus announces the coming of the Kingdom by applying this Scripture to himself: “To comfort all who mourn” (Isaiah 61:2)
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.
Healing: part 1. We live in the huge tension between the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet’. But we want to see more of the ‘not yet’ now.
Peace: part 2. As Christians we have access to God’s perfect peace. That does not mean life is easy, but it means we can experience an indescribable peace despite our circumstances.
Peace: part 1. How did Jesus bring and demonstrate the peace of God? Without Him we can be torn up by anxiety, fear and stress.
Deliverance: part 2. With Jesus there is deliverance, there is rescue, there is salvation. We are delivered from one identity into another. When we are part of God’s kingdom we can expect to be changed into the likeness of Christ.
Deliverance: part 1. One of the Kingdom signs is that when Jesus comes, and sets up reign in our hearts, he brings freedom and deliverance. Both freedom of sin and freedom from the fear of death.
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 … Continue reading “Pursuing Joy”
Joy: part 1. A sign of God’s kingdom coming on earth is joy. Jesus was full of joy and brought joy to people wherever he went. This week we walk with Jesus in Luke’s gospel and watch as he engages with the good, the bad … Continue reading “Jesus the merrymaker”