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Grow: Making Disciples

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“Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded? You’ll notice that he didn’t add, “but hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them just to become Christians – you know, the people who get to heaven without having to commit to anything.” Francis Chan.

In Matthew, Jesus tells us the purpose of our Christian lives is to ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’, yet here in the UK that seems so complicated for us. “Discipleship” has become a particular religious term associated with regular programmes and meetings but it doesn’t seem to be what Jesus had in mind. Continue Reading…

James: Martyr, Leader, Jesus’ Brother

Imagine growing up with a brother who never got anything wrong. In any argument he always had the answer, and by age 12 he was smarter than most of the adults around him. He helped with the family business, carpentry, until one day he becomes a preacher and a healer who starts drawing crowds, and these crowds start claiming a lot of things about him. You’d be a bit freaked out right? Well, that’s exactly how James would have felt about his older brother, Jesus. We read in Mark 2:21 that Jesus’ family thought he was “out of his mind”. Yet we know that Jesus appeared to James after the resurrection (1 Cor 15:7) and so it’s clear that at some point, James did believe Jesus was who he said he was. Continue Reading…

Living Out the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God isn’t like the United Kingdom, it isn’t a future hope. Instead it is living under, demonstrating and bringing the practical ruling of Jesus Christ in everything we do. When Jesus taught on this subject, he generally spoke in parables, stories which had a deeper meaning to them. By going through these stories, we can see how we can bring about the Kingdom of God. Continue Reading…

Esther, Mordecai and the Purposes of God

The Bible is the story of the mission of God to put everything right in this world, and the whole universe, through Jesus Christ his death and resurrection. All the way God has graciously used various individuals and is people corporately to play their unique role in this great plan. But that’s not the focus of the story today, the focus is on two people (Esther and Mordecai) who are used uniquely and miraculously to fulfil God’s purposes. Continue Reading…

Grace in History, Grace Now

Throughout the entire history of the Bible, God has had one plan: To put everything right through Jesus Christ, Israel’s Messiah. Matthew, at the start of this gospel, wanted to highlight this by starting his gospel with a genealogy. Continue Reading…

Welcome to the new home of David Devenish

Welcome have a look around, we have uploaded a few of David’s past sermons, but we are going to be adding so much more in the months to come, so keep coming back for new inspirational teachings from David Devenish!

 

Biblical Worldview, Relationship Breakdown

Read Genesis 4:1-16

The Story

Eve had heard God say that her pain in childbirth would be increased so it was with even more trepidation that she awaited her first birth.  We do not know when her child had been conceived but the birth was approaching. Eve however trusted God to bring her through and as she gave birth and saw her new son she exclaimed a word, Continue Reading…