1 Timothy 6:6-16; Luke 16:1-15 Key verse: Luke 16:9 Big idea: In this tricky parable, a dishonest manager works to secure his own future with the money entrusted to him. We should do the same with what God has given us.
Luke 8:4-18; Luke 19:11-26 Key verse: Luke 19:26 Big idea: It’s been a long time since Jesus’ ascension and who knows when he might come back? For some that means more time to ignore him, for us it should mean faithful growth in godliness and evangelism.
Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 7:36-50 Key verse: Luke 7:47 Big idea: There are two people in this story who respond to Jesus’ offer of forgiveness in different ways. Many of us in this church are “good people” – and always have been. This means we’re more like Simon the Pharisee who doesn’t recognise that Jesus has […]
Genesis 26:1-16; Genesis 26:17-35 Key verse: Genesis 26:24 Big idea: Over the last few weeks we’ve seen that Isaac is the inheritor of Abraham’s blessing. This week’s story confirms that Isaac receives the same promise, follows in the footsteps of his father, and receives the same blessing. Jesus as the true Israel will also experience […]
Gen. 25:19-26; Gen. 25:27-34 Key verse: Gen. 25:34 Big idea: God sovereignly chose Jacob over Esau, yet Esau takes no interest in the blessing that could be his and sells a place in God’s kingdom for a bowl of soup. If you’re a young person who’s grown up in the church, don’t disregard the […]
Genesis 25:1-11; Genesis 25:12-18 Key verse: Genesis 25:5-6 Big idea: Abraham has other children. Children who are blessed with gifts, longevity and prosperous nations, and yet the spiritual blessing will come only through Isaac. Within a few generations these nations reject God’s true blessing. As Christians, we have a role to play in blessing our society […]
Genesis 24:1-38; Genesis 24:49-67 Key verse: Gen. 24:48 Big idea: In this story, God doesn’t speak directly, but providentially aligns circumstances to achieve his purposes. For Abraham this meant he could send his servant out in confidence. For the servant it meant he had direction for his mission, for Rebekah’s family it meant they had […]
Genesis 23; Hebrews 11:13-16, 39-40 Key verse: Hebrews 11:13 Big idea: In faith Abraham buys a tomb so they can be buried in the land that God promised will one day be theirs. As we wait for Jesus’ return, it can seem like a long time coming, but remember we experience now (in a spiritual […]
1 Samuel 13; 1 Samuel 14:28-48 Key verse: 1 Sam 15:11a Big idea: God’s king makes two big mistakes. He doesn’t listen to God’s commands, and he adds to God’s law commands of his own. Saul may be a great warrior, but he isn’t the king Israel needs. Ultimately, Jesus is. Where sort of leader […]
Romans 10:16-11:6; 1 Samuel 12 Key verse: 1 Sam 12:24-25 Big idea: Saul starts his kingship well, but Samuel warns the people that he isn’t a replacement for God. The people have sinned in asking for him, but God can bless them through kingship if they turn to him. Will the people be able to trust […]