Bible Talks by Grant Borg
Bible Text: Psalm 13
Despite what we might think, coming to Jesus doesn’t guarantee an easy life. In fact, the Bible teaches that hardship and suffering are part of life, for both those who love God and those who don’t. In this Psalm we see David – a man after God’s own heart – calling out to God at a low point in his life, and as we see David express his emotions we also see what difference a relationship with God makes in the lives of those who know him.
Bible Text: Matthew 16:13–23
Jesus came into the world to make us citizens of heaven, and as he accomplished this task he also established his church. In this sermon, we look at the relationship between his Kingdom, his people, and his church. We see what the church is, and what her purpose is here on earth.
Bible Text: Luke 15:11-32
Bible Text: Genesis 12
Since the promise God made back in Genesis 3 that a Saviour would crush Satan’s head by overcoming sin and death, no mention of this Saviour has been heard… till here in this passage. God speaks to a man named Abram to tell him the promise of blessing to the world will come through him. This lands the promise firmly in the world we know, as we locate this promise in a man from Iraq, father of Israel, and ancestor of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bible Text: Genesis 6-9
Since mankind fell from the presence of God because of their sin, the world was in a moral free-fall until God stepped in and brought very severe justice. Of all the people in the world, only 8 were saved, and as Noah and his family escape the flood we see a form of mercy that will characterise God’s grace until he acts to save the world in the person of Jesus.
Bible Text: Genesis 4
You’d think sin would take some time to settle into people’s hearts and minds before we saw murder, bigotry, racism, arrogance and pride, but that’s not the case. The first family is hit with the first murder as the older brother Cain kills his brother Abel out of jealousy and anger. God’s judgment is felt in this passage but not as much as his grace, which we’ll see is extended to Abel, Cain and now to us.
Bible Text: Genesis 3
Have you ever wondered what went wrong in the world? Why there is so much pain, sickness, suffering, and death? Genesis 3 shows us how mankind fell from the presence of God into chaos and disorder, as an enemy is introduced to us in the form of a serpent.
Bible Text: Genesis 2:18–25
Our 21st Century society is so confused about gender and sexuality we no longer have a clear understanding of what it is to be male and female. Thanks to God he’s given us a timeless word for us to know our purpose and how to complement one another in marriage.
Bible Text: Genesis 1:26-31
In a society where people are taught that we evolved from chimpanzees, this passage of scripture speaks a powerful word – you did not come from a chimp, you were made in the image of God.
Bible Text: Genesis 1
The first chapter of scripture is a powerful and fundamental platform for every person on the face of the planet. If ‘In the beginning God …’ then all things are from him, for him and to him. In this sermon we look at how knowing God through Jesus is the key to us finding our place in history, and as a result, find peace and hope from this point on and forever.