Theme = ‘repentance’
They were ALL filled with the Holy Spirit...
Do you know how to breathe?
God wants us daily to come to him in repentance, to receive his forgiveness. This is the gospel, this is his plan for your life.
How do we get from Peter the denier, full of shame and regret - to Peter the apostle, leader of the early church?
‘Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart.’ But sometimes the desire for human praise is stronger than the desire to be faithful to God.
Let us strive, not only for heaven, but towards heaven. We don’t have to earn the prize; we don’t have to be paralysed by the past - let’s journey together, sharing our pain, struggles - and joy.
Baptism is all about God saying, ‘Welcome, welcome home.’ It’s a symbol for the turning back to God that we all have to do, every day.
Jesus bound the devil by resisting his best efforts – and we can do the same; the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus God has given to us.
‘Revering God’s name’ means doing everything so that if people see it they praise God. It means doing your best, not offering God second best.
Jesus says, ‘If you are well, you do not need me to heal you; so are you sure you are well? If you are righteous, you do not need my grace to make perfect your weakness; so are you sure you are righteous?’