In view of his many mercies
I’m preparing a talk based on Romans 12:1, which urges us to be wholly devoted to God, in view of the fact that he has shown us mercy.
"Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy…"
The word translated “mercy” is actually plural, so Paul is encouraging us to focus on all of the many different ways in which God has been merciful to us. I decided to read through the previous 11 chapters to see how many ways that was - I counted 101:
- 1:6 - We’ve been called to belong to Jesus Christ
- 1:7 - We are loved by God
- 1:7 - He has given us grace and peace
- 1:7 - God has become our Father
- 1:11 - He’s given us spiritual gifts
- 1:16 - There is power for salvation
- 1:17 - He’s given us righteousness
- 1:20 - God has revealed himself
- 1:25 - God has created us - there’s something rather than nothing
- 1:26 - God allows us freedom - doesn’t force us
- 1:32 - God is just and doesn’t leave sin unpunished
- 2:2 - God is truth
- 2:4 - He’s shown kindness, tolerance and patience towards us
- 2:6 - God is fair
Cranmer’s prayer for the Scriptures
God therefore, for his mercies’ sake, vouchsafe to purify our minds through faith in his Son Jesus Christ, and to instil the heavenly drops of his grace into our hard stony hearts, to supple the same, that we be not contemners and deriders of his infallible word; but that with all humbleness of mind and Christian reverence, we may endeavour ourselves, to hear and to read his sacred Scriptures, and inwardly so to digest them, as shall be to the comfort of our souls, and sanctification of his holy Name: to whom, with the Son and the Holy Ghost, three persons and one living God, be all laud, honour, and praise, for ever and ever. Amen.
Saved by Grace
St Mark’s Battersea Rise
8th June 2014
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The reliability of the Gospels?
"Did some unknown creative genius take an ordinary man, Jesus, and and invent his deeds of power and his words of love and authority and authenticity, then present this invented Jesus to a church with such deceptive power that many people were willing from the outset to die for this fictional Christ?
Further, must we believe all the gospel writers swallowed the invention - and in the space of several decades while many who knew the real Jesus were still living? Is that a more reasonable or well-founded guess than the plain assertion that a real man, Jesus Christ, did in fact say and do the sort of things the Biblical witnesses say he did?”
- John Piper
Walking around in London