Bible Talks by Grant Borg
Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
As we look at this difficult question about prayer we ask why so many people get the feeling that God isn’t listening, or that he might hear but doesn’t seem to care. By looking at a number of passages in the Bible we first come to see why God says he won’t answer our prayers (under certain conditions), before looking more closely at why we have this feeling of disappointment and why God allows it for our good.
Bible Text: Lamentation 3
We began our January ‘Ask Anything’ Series on Sunday asking the question, ‘If God is good, why do bad things happen?’ We don’t answer the question of the origin of evil here, we’ll deal with that in term 2 when we look at the early chapters of Genesis, but in this sermon we look at why a good God would bring hardship, tragedy, suffering etc. into decent people’s lives. There is no simple answer to this, but as we look at 8 important points we get a good idea what God is doing through the mess of our lives to bring about his good purposes for his people.
Bible Text: Matthew 1:18–23
When the story of Christmas is all dolled up it seems to lose its power because the the true beauty of the moment is lost behind the clean-cut re-enactment we’re all used to. However, when we see the moment for what it was and take the time to see what God was doing behind the scenes, hope and glory emerges out of chaos and we find a joy and peace for all the people, for on that day a Saviour was born, who is Jesus Christ, our Lord
Bible Text: Malachi 3:6–12
As God speaks again to his people to correct their crooked ways he deals with areas of their life that need to be straightened out. God’s desire is still to bless his people and the world through them, the question will be whether they’re willing to line their walk with their talk – or here in this passage, their wallets with their wants.
Bible Text: Malachi 2:10–16
In the first 2 weeks of this series in Malachi we saw the love of God expressed in his faithfulness toward his people, and that if we understood this properly we would give God our very best. This week we see how God’s faithfulness to us expresses itself as we relate to one another. A faithful God expects his people to to be faithful to one another.