Christ Became a Curse for Us

Read Galatians 3:1-14 with Genesis 3:16-21

The curses placed upon the man and woman, for their disobedience against God, were just and necessary. To be cursed is more than just having God’s blessing removed; it is to be placed under condemnation and judgment for violating God’s glory. God brought the woman and man to justice, just as he did the serpent. But mercy still prevailed in judgment; these curses followed the promise of the seed of the woman, so that woman, man and creation was not subjected in futility, but hope of Christ Jesus, who became a curse for us [Gal.3:13].

Does Your Faith Rest in Christ Or Feelings?

Read Psalm 77 with Romans 8:28-39

We continue our journey through the Psalms of Asaph [73-83], looking at Psalm 77 and the struggles many Christians face with depression. This psalm examines the difficult descent into depression where the soul loses comfort in the Lord God, where God’s love and goodness is questioned. But Asaph does not leave us in that pit; he leads us in the journey to the God of all consolation - the Lord Jesus, where we see the love of God demonstrated, and we trust in the Shepherd of our souls.

The Worthiness of Jesus' Death

Read Matthew 26:1-16

J.I. Paker wrote: “those who suppose that the doctrine of God's grace tends to encourage moral laxity are simply showing that, in the most literal sense, they do not know what they are talking about. For love awakens love in return; and love, once awakened, desires to give pleasure.” The “very costly” act of devotion Mary exhibited in anointing Christ for his burial, demonstrated a heart that grasped the gospel love of Jesus dying on the cross.

Original Sin - You Have It

Read Matthew 4:1-11 with Genesis 3:1-7

We do not always consider the sinfulness of sin, nor its defiant character or subtle pleasures. In the fall of Adam and Eve, that first sin brought upon all mankind the corruption of the soul wherein each of are born as sinners, and death. The character of all sin can be seen in the character of Adam & Eve’s sin. Only the Lord Jesus, through his death and resurrection, is sufficient to break the bondage of sin and death.

A Good and Faithful Servant

Read Proverbs 26:13-16 with Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents must been kept in context of the teaching on the return of Jesus Christ. In this parable Jesus is addressing the visible church, contrasting true and living faith with, what James calls, dead faith. The wicked and lazy servant did not love his Lord’s appearing [2Tim.4:8] and was not hastening that day [2Peter 3:12] with good and faithful service. How are you using the talents Christ, in accordance with your abilities, has given you?

Marriage - Two Become One Flesh

Read 1Corinthians 7:10-17 with Genesis 2:18-25

Genesis 2 reveals more detail on the last two days of Creation - Day 6 & 7. We see three creational ordinances instituted for all mankind - The Sabbath, Labour, and Marriage; as well as the Prohibition to Adam. This message focuses on Marriage: why God instituted it, and three qualities relevant to this divine institution.

The Majesty of God's Wrath

Read Revelation 19:11-16 with Psalm 76

These Psalms of Asaph [Psalm 73 - 83] deal with hard questions that often perplex Christians. In Psalm 76 the implied question is, “Why does God permit his church and people to be so persecuted by the enemy?” In response, God reveals to us the majesty of his wrath that will bring about deliverance for the meek.