Theme = ‘judgement’
The decision to follow Jesus and be faithful and true like him, is both a huge, life-changing decision, and dozens of tiny decisions, every day.
The church is the army of the weak, made strong by the blood of the Lamb.
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.
Psalm 2 moves from the individual believer’s choice between the way of Yahweh and the way of the wicked in Psalm 1, to the big picture of a world that opposes God, and will one day be called to account by him. It lifts our eyes from our individual problems, to see God who sits on the throne.
There are not many paths: there are two. Psalm 1 simplifies things right down, to help us understand this message: nothing is so crucial as belonging to the congregation of the righteous.
Advent is a time, like Lent, for us to prepare ourselves for Jesusâ€™ return, to make sure he finds us waiting patiently, living holy and godly lives â€“ not to earn his love, but because he already loves us.