God calls His people to worship Him in Spirit and truth, so over this series we’ll be looking at some of the things we learn about praise from the book of Psalms and the life of Jesus.
April 23, 2023 | Luke Davydaitis
Fear is frequently used positively in the Bible to describe how people respond to God; Luke looks at what that means and why it isn’t as scary an idea as we might think.
Laura Powell summarises John Flavel’s book, “Triumphing Over Sinful Fears”, here.
Quotes used from Michael Reeve’s book Rejoice and Tremble: “The nature of the living God means that the fear which pleases him is not a grovelling, shrinking fear. He is no tyrant. It is an ecstasy of love and joy that senses how overwhelmingly kind and magnificent, good and true God is, and that therefore leans on him in staggered praise and faith.” (p.67) “[Fear] is not the dread of sinners before a holy Judge. It is not the awe of creatures before their tremendous Creator. It is the overwhelmed devotion of children marvelling at the kindness and righteousness and glory and complete magnificence of the Father.” (p.101)
Bible passages that Luke read:
April 30, 2023 | Dan Hudson
God has called us to be a people who joyfully praise him. God is a joyful God, and the gospel is joyful good news! God’s word directs us to deliberately find joy in God, and the Holy Spirit gives us joy when we lack it. Therefore scripture encourages us to express outwardly the joy he gives with our hearts and hands and voices.