- Colossians 4:2-6
Jesus says, ‘make the tree good and the fruit good’. But how can you do that? Of course, he’s not really talking about agriculture, but the deepest part of human living, the heart. So the question becomes, how can we have a new heart? Learn from Jesus about the your heart.
The work that God gave Jesus to do was to bring the kingdom fo God to be close at hand. But what is the kingdom? How does it does it differ from other kingdoms in the way that they are full of oppression and violence? And how do we fit in? Listen to Jesus teach us about this fundamental character of his mission.
What is it about human hearts that mean when we disobey the moral rules, we are bad; and at the same time, when we obey the moral rules, we can end up being just as bad? Learn from Jesus as he deals with the hearts of the Pharisees.
Humanity Sings for the God of Glory
Who are God’s people to demand that the nations should praise their God; that other cultures leave their own religions? It’s a common objection to Christianity, and especially in a nation whose history with First Nations peoples is so tragic. Psalm 117 — the shortest of all the psalms — expresses the very heart of biblical theology: it’s God’s love that makes praising him make sense, because it’s big enough for all people.