Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. TWO GATES
2. TWO TREES
3. TWO HOUSES
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
2 Timothy 3:1–5
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
The broad and easy way is the way of the Pharisees, whose righteousness is easily definable and can be gritted out solely at the external level—not committing adultery, not murdering, and so on. The narrow and difficult way is Jesus’s vision, a righteousness that requires deep roots and the exposure of one’s whole person to God, true virtue.
At the heart of [the theology of the cross] was the notion that God reveals himself under his opposite; or, to express this another way, God achieves his intended purposes by doing the exact opposite of that which humans might expect. The supreme example of this is the cross itself: God triumphs over sin and evil by allowing sin and evil to triumph (apparently) over him. His real strength is demonstrated through apparent weakness. This was the way a theologian of the cross thought about God.
The opposite to this was the theologian of glory. In simple terms, the theologian of glory assumed that there was basic continuity between the way the world is and the way God is:if strength is demonstrated through raw power on earth, then God’s strength must be the same, only extended to infinity. To such a theologian, the cross is simply foolishness, a piece of nonsense.
Sad to say, it is often hard to discern where these theologians of the cross are to be found. Yes, many talk about the cross, but the cultural norms of many churches seem no different to the cultural norms of—well, the culture. They often indicate an attitude to power and influence that sees these things as directly related to size, market share, consumerist packaging, aesthetics, youth culture, media appearances, swagger and the all-round noise and pyrotechnics we associate with modern cinema rather than New Testament Christianity.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Oh! Great Is Our God
God Is For Us
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
His Mercy Is More
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Community Group Questions