Stargazer [1]: The Blessing - David Harvey

Why is Abraham called “the father of faith”?  It’s simple really — Abraham was the first to take the radical plunge into God’s promise of a future, and simply because God asked him to.  What he couldn’t see, he heard and believed.  Abraham considered God trustworthy.

When God called Abraham to move, to begin a journey into unknown territory, to a land yet unseen, something new was being initiated, something we now call faith.  Think of it: when God called Abraham to get up and go to the land he would later be shown, Abraham “went, not knowing where he was going”.  He acted in trust.

Maybe we can learn from this.

Series text: Romans 4:1-25; the full story of Abraham is found in Genesis 11:27-25:11.

So Help Me God [3]: Grace and the Church (Semper Reformanda) - David Harvey

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

So Help Me God [2]: Law and Gospel (Sola Scriptura) - David Harvey

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

So Help Me God [1]: Here I Stand - Bob Osborne

On October 31, 1517 – 500 years ago this month – the priest and scholar, Martin Luther nailed a 95-point thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Its aim? To call the church to be more biblical and gospel-centered. This act began a Christ-centred reformation of the Church that was so widespread its impact is still felt today in churches, theology, philosophy, and even politics.

This story evidences, as David Zahl puts it, "... how the Bible doesn't just sit there; it reaches out and grasps us, shakes us, transforms us, frees us – it kills us and makes us alive." In this eries, we want to reclaim an essential part of our Christian identity: that if we trust scripture it not only changes our lives, but also the world.

series text: Romans 3:21-31. You might also like to seach online to find out the link between the series title and Marin Luther.

How to Talk about Elephants [2]: Should We even Talk about Sin? - A Panel of Pastors

Last year we signaled our intent to begin talking about some of the vital and defining issues for our time.  But in order to do this well, we keep insisting that we first learn how to talk to each other.  Our dialogue must not break with our first and primary task: to be the one people of God.

So here we go with “Elephants round 2”.  Our rules remain the same: to speak with clarity as the Scriptures enable us, to go slow where we need to go slow, to listen to each other carefully, and to be clear about what we are saying and what we are not saying.  Our hope is to be friends even when we disagree.

series text: Romans 1:18 — 2:21.

TeachPlus Reflection Notes: How to Talk about Elephants

Each week we produce some TeachPlus Notes that follow on from our Sunday teaching.  These might help you in your private study, or perhaps guide a family discussion, or you could even use them in your small group. We also post any Teaching Slides used on Sunday mornings for quotes, ideas, and Bible References, just in case you didn't catch them on the day. 

To watch or listen to any of the teaching from this series, visit our main teaching pages. Don't forget to visit our TeachPlus pages for more resources

How to Talk about Elephants [1]: How Do We Talk about Sin? - David Harvey & Bob Osborne

Last year we signaled our intent to begin talking about some of the vital and defining issues for our time.  But in order to do this well, we keep insisting that we first learn how to talk to each other.  Our dialogue must not break with our first and primary task: to be the one people of God.

So here we go with “Elephants round 2”.  Our rules remain the same: to speak with clarity as the Scriptures enable us, to go slow where we need to go slow, to listen to each other carefully, and to be clear about what we are saying and what we are not saying.  Our hope is to be friends even when we disagree.

 

TeachPlus Reflection Notes and Teaching Slides: How to Talk about Elephants

Each week we produce some TeachPlus Notes that follow on from our Sunday teaching.  These might help you in your private study, or perhaps guide a family discussion, or you could even use them in your small group. We also post the Teaching Slides used on Sunday mornings for quotes, ideas, and Bible References, just in case you didn't catch them on the day.Schedule for this series:

To watch or listen to any of the teaching from this series, visit our main teaching pages. Don't forget to visit our TeachPlus pages for more resources

Eat These Words [4]: Salvation, Restoration, and Shalom - David Harvey

We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul's words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.

Eat These Words [3]: Faith, Obedience, and Fidelity - David Harvey

We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul's words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.

Eat These Words [2]: Righteous, Rectified, Justified, and Set-Right - David Harvey

We begin to lay out the foundations for our year in Paul's words about the gospel at the opening of Romans. Words we want to take seriously. Words like salvation, righteousness, and faith, are all important to our vocabulary so are worth our time and effort. As we explore we hope to find out how these words unpack and explain what Christ has done for us and move us towards a deeper understanding of what it is that he is trying to do with us.