Category Archives: Grace and Works

When Jesus saw their faith. The healing of the paralytic, a physical expression of true faith.

In Mark’s gospel, physical healings and miracles, done by Jesus, parallel a spiritual reality in his followers.  For example, Jesus healed the blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8) who could only partially see to begin with, and this parallels Peter’s … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The differences between legalism, antinomianism, neonomianism and the true gospel in four lines.

There are four ways which people confuse the law of God (nomos) and the gospel of God’s grace in Christ.  Here’s a way I find helpful of knowing the truth, which sets us free. Legalism – the separation of the … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The Good Samaritan, gospel or salvation by works?

What follows is an email I wrote following a stimulating discussion on the parable of the Good Samaritan.  What is Jesus teaching here? Dear N and N Further to yesterday’s stimulating discussion about the interpretation of the Good Samaritan and … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Stuart Townend for Pogues fans

So here’s Shane McGowan and the Pogues singing “If I should from grace with God…where no angel will receive me” which I guess is a song about drinking yourself into oblivion (I saw The Pogues live in the Glasgow Barrowlands … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

More Chandler Sermon Jams

We used one of Matt Chandler’s sermon jams to teach on prayer at the last of our post-SOUL course sessions tonight. Whilst on Youtube I was pleased to see a couple more gospel focused sermon jams. I find kinetic typology … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Gospel in a medley of bible verses

This piece of kinetic typology takes us right to the heart of what it means to be chosen by God in Christ. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ486h8k9zk%5D

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The marks of a converted soul

What does it mean to be converted to faith in Christ? In this quote from January 16th in Daily Readings: The Puritans, Richard Baxter briefly and clearly sets out what conversion is like. …the converted soul, having felt himself undone … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How Gone has helped me grasp the gospel better

Regular readers of this blog will know the story of Gone, our local rough sleeper, who has been on the streets of the Black Country for 30 years.  Last year, he spent 4 months up to Christmas sleeping under our … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

3 reasons why God makes a man poor in spirit

Here’s Thomas Watson again with three reasons why God makes a man poor in spirit: It is God’s usual method to make a man poor in spirit, and then fill him with the graces of the Spirit. As we deal … Continue reading

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I not longer live…Galatians 2:20 Matt Chandler

“I am here to celebrate my own death.”  I no longer live but Christ lives in me.  Matt Chandler on Galatians 2:20:

Posted in Grace and Works | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment