Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Spurgeon on Psalm 45

"Some see here Solomon and Pharaoh’s daughter only – they are short-sighted. Others see Solomon and Christ – they are cross-eyed. Well-focused spiritual eyes see here Jesus only." Got this off Richard Brooks, who preached a sermon series on Psalm 45. The title of the first one on verse 1 - A Heart Full of Christ - is enough to make you want to listen to the whole series!

He also has a commentary on the Song of Songs published by Christian Focus.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Bible

A sermon on trying to get to grips with the discipline of reading and studying the Bible:

Monday, 8 October 2012

Being like Jesus when suffering for doing good

Preached on 1 Peter 2:18-25 yesterday at church and ruffled a few feathers.

Partly because I implied that God was not about giving people what they deserve at all, and that on the contrary, He's actually determined to give us what we don't deserve - by punishing Jesus for our sins and giving us His righteousness.

More so because I said Peter was very specific in how we are called to follow Jesus' example in suffering for doing good. i.e in case we didn't know how to apply this, Peter says, when insulted, don't retaliate; when suffering unjustly, don't threaten back. Just keep quiet all the way just as Jesus did - no tribunals, or threatening to speak to the manager etc. Did I go too far?

What about Paul who demanded to be escorted out publicly after being persecuted? But then it's interesting that he doesn't seem to protest whenever he's persecuted or beaten up. It's only after he's been cleared of wrongdoing, which he did not ask or fight for, that he wants a public vindication.

Or when he appealed to Caesar? Maybe this was part of his plan to get to Rome - i.e. he wasn't seeking vindication since he could've been freed, but only looking to go and preach Jesus there?