Thoughts on preaching the book of Ephesians

Last Sunday, our church just finished a series on the book of Ephesians. It’s been a joy the past few months to share the pulpit with fellow pastors and friends as we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet in this powerful, practical letter. To prepare for the series, I translated the passage from the Greek text and […]

Do you need to turn away from sin in order to come to Christ?

Question: “Do you need to turn away from sin in order to come to Christ?” Have a think about it. After all, if: God saves his people by grace in Christ…God’s people are those who turn away from sin…Can we then say “to become a Christian, you need to turn away from your sins?” In […]

The gospel is for Christians too

Everyone likes Charlie* at church. He’s a bubbly guy, all kinds of fun, and always has something helpful to share from the Bible. But those close to him know he has serious anger issues. If you disagree with him, he’ll tear you apart. And Charlie knows it’s a problem. He’s tried counselling, he’s tried anger […]

What’s your top tip for a spiritually beneficial lockdown?

(Picture credit: @vide.design) Yesterday we had the privilege of Sam Cutforth (friend, fellow college graduate and Associate Pastor at Howick Baptist) “visit” our church family to preach Ephesians 2:1-10. Amidst the madness of a sudden Level 3 lockdown and half our members trapped outside Auckland due to roadblocks, God was kind and we still managed […]

That old predestination question

Does God choose or elect some people to salvation? When it comes to the question of predestination, a locus classicus (well-known text) is Ephesians 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us […]

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