Bible Talks by Grant Borg
Bible Text: Mark 7:1–23
People have always asked the question, how can man relate to God? And although a number of ways are suggested, we see in the Bible only one that works. In this passage in Mark 7, Jesus takes us to the heart of the human problem and leads us to see the solution in him.
Bible Text: Luke 1:26-37
As the angel Gabriel announces the birth of Jesus, we’re reminded why we continue to celebrate Christmas 2020 years on! And it reminds us that we may have plans, but God’s plans are the only ones that will last into eternity.
Bible Text: Acts 5:12–42
Bible Text: Acts 5:1–11
The honeymoon period of the church in Acts comes to a sudden end as God breaks out in judgment against a couple who try to deceive his church.
Bible Text: Acts 3
As the Apostles continue to enjoy the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus continues to work powerfully among them to show the people who he is as Lord and Saviour. Jesus does this as his Word is preached, and also in signs and wonders performed by the Apostles. In Acts 3 it’s Peter and John who heals a man born as a cripple, and this miracle testifies to the power of Jesus’ name.
Bible Text: Acts 2:36–47
As the Apostle Peter preaches the first Spirit-filled sermon since Jesus, God immediately gathers his people into his Church. We see heaven on earth in this part of Acts 2, as God’s people come together to praise and worship Jesus by fully investing in one another.
Bible Text: Acts 2:1-39
Jesus said that he came to unite us to God forever, and that he’d send his Spirit to confirm our place in his plans to bring us into his eternal Kingdom. Acts 2 is where we see this promise fulfilled, as his Apostles are filled with his Spirit and the age of salvation begins.
Bible Text: Acts 1
The book of Acts completes the eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ work as Saviour. This powerful book begins in chapter 1 with Jesus’ ascension into heaven and the command to wait until he sends his Spirit to work through his church to save the world. The Apostles will go out to preach the gospel to the nations, but not before they wait for the Spirit to come. We’ll also learn the value of this model as Jesus continues to witness to the world through us here in 2020.
Bible Text: Psalm 110
Psalm 110 is the most quoted Old Testament chapter in the New Testament of the Bible, and for good reason! It speaks most clearly about who the Messiah is and what he’s coming to do. It’s a terrifying Psalm in one sense because the Messiah rules as a warrior with all the authority of God, but it also brings comfort as we see him ruling for his the sake of his people. He’s not safe, but he’s good, and for that, we’ll praise him forever.
Bible Text: Psalm 95
In Psalm 95 we see the most natural response to knowing God is heartfelt praise and worship. Pride may get in our way from being joyful in Jesus from time to time, but it should never stop a child of God from raising their hands in gratitude for who he is and what he’s done.
Intro: As we take a look into our hearts this morning, we see that what we celebrate is one of the clearest signs to show us what we value. Psalm 95 shows us what we should be celebrating, and why, while it also serves a serious warning to those who aren’t where they should be.