The early church was a remarkable witness and a living testimony to Jesus. In this message on Acts 2:42-47, PCV Moderator, Rev Ian Hutton explores Acts 2:42-47 in a search for the ‘basics’ of church life that we should do well and so also be effective in our witness.
We are pleased to be the hosts of the first ‘On the Road’ Women’s Ministries Victoria conference in 2024. It’s all happening at St John’s on March 23rd from 9:30am-3pm (lunch included)! The topic is ‘Discipleship’ and it will be led by Mrs Anna Harris (see video below), with worskshops as well! Registrations are now open here!
When the Pharisees sought to- trap Jesus by their question about divorce in Matthew 19:1-12, Jesus was not backward in coming forward with his response. While the Pharisees tended to be quite lax with regard to laws about divorce, Jesus insisted that God’s good design for marriage in Genesis 2:18-25 was enough! Interestingly, he said all this in the context of helping and healing others. He was no narrow-minded bigot who cared nothing for people around him. Instead, while holding strong to the Word of God, he also backed up his words with caring deeds.
‘The King’s response to a hot topic’ • Unlimited forgiveness. Always? • The Pharisees seeking to trap Jesus… • Jesus unafraid to answer their questions • See how these verses tell us of …
What Jesus was doing (v.1-2)
How Jesus responded (v.3-9)
How the disciples responded (v.10-12)
Marriage matters! No additional burdens to those who feel a failure!
After Jesus had challenged his disciples to follow certain steps in order to ensure that conflict between them be quickly resolved, Peter was quick to ask a question and Jesus was quick to give him an answer! All this can be found in Matthew 18:21-35. Peter’s question had to do with ‘how many times he ought to forgive his brother for an offence’ and Jesus’ answer was both plain and then couched in terms of a parable. The parable adds weight to Jesus’ answer, that the forgiveness that Peter should offer to his brother when offended has no limits. None at all.
• The all-important context • The question Peter thought of and asked… • Conflict among the 12? • See how from these verses we can note…
What was implied in Peter’s question (v.21)
What was implied by Jesus’ answer (v.22-34)
What was implied by Jesus’ conclusion (v.35)
What is your debt to God? Where do all these implications touch you the most?
Matthew 18:15-20 is not necessarily a hard text to understand. It has no hard words, for example. However, the application of what Jesus said is quite difficult. While still speaking to His disciples about the issue of true greatness and how humility is a necessary aspect of it, in these verses, Jesus spoke further about the inevitable conflict that will arise between disciples when the path of humility is not taken. There is a way to solve conflict. It’s not an easy path to take, but for true greatness, it will be so necessary.
An observation and an apology
The context of this chapter
Humility that path to greatness
See how Jesus taught his disciples about …
Mutual discipline (v.15-17)
Church discipline (v.18-20) A world of conflict… The source of forgiveness!
In speaking to His disciples in the way that He did in Matthew 18:7-14, Jesus was not going on to some new topic. In fact what he taught in these verses are very closely linked to verses 1-6. He is still talking about greatness and the ‘childlike humility’ that will lead His disciples towards it. While some of what He says in verses 7-14 is a little unclear, the implications of it are not. Those who will be great in the Kingdom will need to be like the Shepherd whose care for that one lost sheep was not just a matter of words.
The context of this chapter
Humility the path to greatness
See how Jesus urged his disciples to …
Avoid being the source of temptation (v.7)
Avoid committing sin at whatever cost (v.8-9)
Avoid rejecting those whom the Father loves (v.10-14)
A reminder for believers… An invitation to unbelievers…
Yes, not long to go now before the first month of the year gives way to the second month… and with that, the resumption of our weekly activities and ministries. Like to find out more about something that you note from the pic below? Check out what you can on this website, or, contact us, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions!
When the disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom?” in Matthew 18:1-6, there was a lot going through their minds. Jesus had just begun to set out for Jerusalem, having told the disciples that there He would be mistreated and killed. What was it then that got the disciples talking together about greatness? Mark’s gospel tells us that at least James and John had designs on the right and left hand side of Jesus’ throne. In answering the question, Jesus gave to them an object lesson… a child. And as he did so, He shattered the notions of greatness in our world.
Picking up from where we left off
Matthew’s gospel – about Jesus and the twelve…
Various reactions from the twelve
See how the text tells us of …
The question the disciples asked Jesus (v.1)
The object lesson Jesus gave the disciples (v.2-3)
The implications Jesus taught the disciples (v.4-6) So who is the greatest in the Kingdom? ‘He came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life…’
In this message for the new year, Daniel Jansen explores how God’s righteous rule as King over ‘the whole earth’ from Psalm 97:1-12 should comfort the hearts of anxious believers and cause us to rejoice in this uncertain and fragile world.
The King’s righteousness and Justice (1-6) Theophany = Appearance of God Mt Sinai- Jesus-
Varied Responses to the King (7-9)
Those who Love the King (10-12) What they desire What the King does
Not everyone enjoys Christmas nor finds it a time of celebration or joy. Herod was certainly in that number. When the wise men rocked up with news about the birth of the Messiah in Matthew 2:1-23, they really rocked Herod’s world in more ways than one! In fact, Herod’s response to the news was quite an exterme one. Harsh too. And yet, even more tragic than the deaths of the innocents was the fact that Herod himself missed out on the salvation this baby came to bring. When people repeat Herod’s mistakes, that tragedy is simply repeated over and over.
• The last in this series! • Christmas: not always accompanied by happiness! • Not a happy time for King Herod… • See how we are shown Herod’s mistakes and errors…
The dangers of self-centredness (v.1-15)
The fruits of hard-heartedness (v.16-18)
The limits to earthly greatness (v.19-23)
‘We don’t want to live under the rule of this king’ The tragedy of the ‘neglected’ Jesus