Theme = ‘forgiveness’
Friends, I long for us to live faithfully. I long for us to stand on the foundation of forgiveness and grace. I long for our lives to be formed in humility and love.
Through the cross of Christ, God offers the world a new way to live.
Do you know how to breathe?
In Jesus God comes to us, so he can be with us, and we with him - this is peace.
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?
When Jesus commands us to love, he does not give us licence to ignore great swathes of Scripture, but gives us the best way of understanding what it means.
Jesus died willingly. He was not forced to die by an angry or cruel God. He knew the cost, he knew the pain, and yet he still gave himself freely, for you and for me.
The church isn’t a palace for the perfect, it’s a hospital for sinners. And God forgives all those who truly repent - which is not the same as saying ‘anything goes’.
Christians need a biblical attitude: neither judgemental, nor ‘anything goes’, but encouraging and warning one another with humility and love.