Worship and Bible Study
Sermon: Fear and Wonder
Series: Clinging to Jesus: Advance and Adventure
Text: Psalm 139
Mr. Nick Wallwork
Suggested Devotional Reading for Monday, May 30:
Romans 3:1-8 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Paul is emphasizing the work of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit sets us free from the negative power of the “flesh,” in other words, our sinful nature. This sinful nature can present itself in the guise of strict religious rules and practices as well as physical indulgence. The Spirit came to free us from all that. The Spirit enables us to discern the will of God (Romans 12:2). Through the Spirit we are adopted into God’s family as his children. This is our guarantee of love and freedom. We delight in him because he delights in us as Christ’s sisters and brothers.
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May 18, 2016
This chapter has been the subject of intense debate and analysis, not all of it, frankly, worthwhile. We have here an example of what is called “apocalyptic” literature. This means that the text unfolds or reveals some special truth invariably in symbolic form. These passages are not crossword puzzles or riddles to be solved, predicting some hidden truth about specific events in the future. Rather they are symbols intended to give us insight, direction and hope in a world that is often dark and uncertain.
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