Jul 282018
 

After finishing Paul’s letters this coming Thursday, we’re going to go back to the Old Testament and look at a couple of books that are traditionally identified as having been written by Solomon.

Ecclesiastes is written from the perspective of an old, wise man – looking back on a full and varied life and reflecting on his search for satisfaction and meaning.

It starts out by claiming that everything is pointless and finishes by encouraging people to remembering God:

 

 

 

 

 

Song of Solomon is, on the face of it, a collection of love poetry between a man and a woman but some assign theological meaning to it as well.

 

Back in the New Testament, we’re going to be working through the rest of the books in the order in which appear in the Bible which takes us to Hebrews. A letter written to encourage believers to stay faithful to Jesus Christ – and full of many expressions of the supremacy and greatness of Jesus. A really wonderful book.

 

Jul 182018
 

We’re going to finish looking at Ezekiel on Friday 20th July with the message of hope of restoration of the city, of the, with God’s presence and glory coming back to the temple, and God living, again, amongst His people.

And we’re going to move on to finish our look at the letters of Paul, three letters known as the Pastoral Epistles where he writes to two men about how they should conduct themselves and carry out their ministry.

Writing to Titus, Paul speaks about how he expects different groups of people in the church to live and to work, and stresses the importance of living as people who have received God’s grace, and – as those people – to carry out the good works God has for them.

 

 

 

 

 

In the first of his letters to Timothy, Paul reminds him of the greatness of God, encourages him to fulfil his calling, to carry out his ministry and to follow Paul’s example. Clearly someone for whom Paul cares deeply, and holds in the highest regard, Paul encourages him as he nears the end of his own life.

 

 

 

 

 

And in the second of these letters, Paul gives thanks for Timothy, encourages him to stand up under opposition, to show what it means to be a good worker for God, to resist those who are unfaithful and to rejoice in God’s faithfulness.

 

 

 

 

 

As we listen in to Paul’s encouragement and challenge to these two servants of Christ, how does he speak to us in our different situations as we seek to live and work for God?