December 24, 2018
The end of the prophecy of Malachi is downright brutal. The end of the final sentence: "..or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Wowsers.
Fortunately for us; we can turn the page into the New Testament, and see the next part of God's plan, the coming of Jesus to bring us mercy and forgiveness.
December 17, 2018
You don't have to look far in our world to see injustice. The plight of refugees being held in indefinite detention, or the impact of climate change on developing nations and the failure of wealthier nations to respond in a timely manner, or something else.
We need Christmas because God, through Jesus, brought and is bringing justice to His world.
December 10, 2018
The book of Malachi, the last book of the Bible before Jesus was born, is pretty harsh towards Church leaders of ancient Israel. Julie brings us this second talk in our Why We Need Christmas series, showing how following Jesus is about focusing on him, and making small decisions which bring you closer to him, and not about a single big moment. Likewise, falling away from Jesus is often about small decisions to do the 'easy' thing, slowly moving further and further from Jesus, until you look back and realise it'd be too hard to get back.
What decisions are you making this week to move slowly towards Jesus?
December 3, 2018
With his final talk at St John's, Sam launches our Advent series leading into Christmas: Why We Need Christmas. This series looks at the prophet Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, as evidence of why Israel (and ourselves), need Jesus to come and live as one of us.
Sam looks at the questions posed in the first chapter of Malachi, 'Does God love us?', and 'Do we love God?'.