CategoryBible and Theology

Articles on Reformation theology, Apologetics, and Bible studies.

You can’t be Free and still be Afraid

fear

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.—1 John 4:18b (ESV) Fear is a present reality in the life of a Christian. We fear of punishment, death, sickness, old age, bereavement, and above all, the fear of the unknown. I have met people who have told me that when they were about to finish a particular level of education, say, primary school, something bad happened and the trend...

Why the Gospel Makes so Many People Angry

gospel so offensive

“And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’”—Matthew 20:11-12 (ESV) One mark, and probably the most visible one, of a false congregation (church/Ministry) is when it’s overflowing in numbers. When people are coming from the big and small...

Palm Sunday: How shall we be Triumphant?

Palm Sunday

Today Christians all over the world, even those who have not been to church in a long time, will grace the pews for Palm Sunday. Palms will be all over the place and we will be waving hosanna with the joy of a little kid who has just unpacked his new toy. When Jesus sets his face towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:53), we know that a lot of theological and Prophetic bombs are about to go off. He is...

Introducing: The Great Pursuit—a Study series through Jonah

Bible study series in Jonah

Last month, the amazingly gracious guys at THE FELLOWSHIP, a weekly bible study gathering just outside Kampala, Uganda gave me the opportunity to teach through the book of Jonah. In a study I called “The Great Pursuit”, I set out to explore How God meets our sin and rebellion with His Amazing Grace by crashing our idols and winning us to Himself. Listen or download the audio to listen online...

Naked and Ashamed—a Sermon Audio

On 1 December 2016 I preached the inaugural sermon at THE FELLOWSHIP, a new gathering meeting at Praise Academy, Nansana Uganda on Thursday evenings. I took the opportunity to teach from Genesis 3:1-10. There is no better place to start than Genesis chapter three because it’s important to get to the problem first before we can point to the solution. Light can only be so when cast amidst darkness...

Abiding in Myself

Let me confess at the outset that this is written for me. I wrote it down because I need it, it’s a sermon that I preached to myself and if it helps you, good! I want to communicate something really sensitive, something that would be classified as being ‘border-line’ in nature because some things are really hard to communicate than others. I want to talk about what Jesus in John 15:1-11 calls...

We All Stand Naked and Inadequate (Gen. 3:7-9)

Just after Adam and his wife shared of the forbidden fruit, they realised that they were naked. The eyes of both were opened, so they sewed together fig leaves to cover their nakedness (Gen. 3:7). The question now is one of ‘right standing’, or—call it—righteousness. Before the fall, man and woman had stood unashamed before God (Coram Deo) and before each other (Coram Mundo). Before the fall, God...

Fruits of Faith as Gift.*

fruit-of-faitjh

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ…”—Philippians 3:20 (ESV). With the believers in Christ, them who have their righteousness in Him, there should follow in this life on earth the fruits of upright living, in obedience to God. These fruits constitute the good works acceptable to God, which, being works of faith and wrought in Christ, will be...

The Faithless Jesus

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”—Luke 22:42, (ESV) I don’t know about you, but I was lied to as I was growing up. I was told countless times by people who came before me, and I also later told others who came after me that there were three steps to having your prayer answered. And that everyone would do it, if they had ‘enough...

One Story: Types and Shadows from the Beginning

types and shadows

If the Old Testament tells One Story, then it follows that all the people, events, and themes we read about in the OT are but “types and shadows” of the good things that would come (Romans 5:14; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5; 10;1). Jesus himself says that these good things concern Him alone (Luke 24:27; John 5:39). What we are going to do this week is talk about these “shadows and types” as a set...

One Story: Concerning Himself

Concering_himself

One of the most rewarding marks of a Christian is to be able to read the Old Testament for all its worth. This series titled “One Story” is prepared for just that. As we go through a number of Old Testament passages, we will see one thing: That the bible does not tell so many stories, but it tells one story in so many different ways. The best place to start is Luke 24:13-35. The Emmaus Road...

Francis Schaeffer on Preaching Law and Gospel

One unique mark of Reformation theology is the important emphasis on preaching Law and Gospel. Called God’s two words, the Reformers believed that Law and Gospel was the thread that ran through the entire bible. Law—God’s word of demand that declares us all guilty before God is to be preached until the hearer is brought to despair and then the Gospel—God’s word of deliverance that declares us all...