The Acts Church | Persecution

The Acts Church | Power

The Holy Spirit & Me

Christians and Politics

Rob Norman: Christians and Politics

Whenever there is an intersection between faith and politics, people tend to get a bit anxious, and arguments abound around the historical problems of Christendom and the principles of Separation of Church and State.  It might shock you, but the Christian call to politics is fundamental to the great Commission. 

The Acts Church | Unity

The Emperor Has No Clothes

The Acts Church | Prayer

The Acts Church | Testimony

The Acts Church | Preaching

Rob Norman: The Acts Church | Preaching

Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Clearly from this verse the preaching was done by the disciples; disciples are not special people; they are simply followers and apprentices of Jesus.

The Acts Church | Seven Marks of an Apostolic Church

Rob Norman: The Acts Church | Seven Marks of an Apostolic Church

The church of the book of Acts was dynamic and experimental; it was powerful and daring; it had problems, but it was also effective at reaching the lost.  New Testament churches minister with the same authority the Apostles used, in this sense they are apostolic.

Gospel Of Mark | The Great Commission

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Great Commission

The Great Commission is the mission statement of Christ’s Church.  This commission is is dripping with a mandate to preach and demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom of God.  Mark’s Gospel reveals the threefold nature of the Great Commission, namely:

1. Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation

2. Baptize all who believe

3. Signs following

Resurrection Sunday | This Changes Everything

Good Friday

Palm Sunday

Staying Faithful To Your Calling

Gospel Of Mark | The Human Condition

Gospel Of Mark | Understanding Worship

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Understanding Worship

Mark 14 is a weighty chapter. The beginning of the chapter builds the foundations of Christian worship when a woman lavishly anoints Jesus with a years’ wages worth of expensive perfume. Jesus was the centre of her worship experience and He is also the centre of our worship.

Southland Compassion | Launch & Vision

Gospel Of Mark | The Last Days

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Last Days

The destruction of the temple in AD70 was, to those in Jerusalem, an apocalyptic event that effectively marked the end of the Old Testament sacrificial system.  All this took place within 40 years of the death and resurrection of Christ. As with most apocalyptic prophecies, there is often a relatively short term fulfilment as well as a long term recurring fulfilment until ‘The End’. 

Gospel Of Mark | Apocalyptic Patterns

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Apocalyptic Patterns

Biblical apocalyptic literature has been the subject of intense interest for centuries. We all want to know ‘what will be’ and ‘what the signs are’, of the end of the world.

Mark 13 and its parallel gospel texts Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are apocalyptic texts and are best understood when we take the time to understand how this unique kind of prophetic writing works.

Gospel Of Mark | Confrontations & Conflict

Prophetic Pitfalls

Rob Norman: Prophetic Pitfalls

Rob looks at some of the pitfalls of the prophetic ministry and offers some helpful insight.

Many well known, contemporary ‘prophets’ have made predictions that sound like Old Testament Prophecy.  This kind of prophetic model is either specifically premised with “thus says The Lord” or it is spoken with such authority and certainty that it has the same implied meaning as “Thus says the Lord” and because it comes from leaders who are respected and, in some cases, revered it carries disproportionate weight or authority.

Unfortunately, when ‘prophets’ speak with such certainty and authority, the damage done when they inevitably get it wrong is almost unmitigated.  

Gospel Of Mark | A Fruitful Tree

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | A Fruitful Tree

The first century rabbinical paradigm is one of experience, illustration and story-telling. In this paradigm, truths were learned by watching and listening to a Rabbi, who through life experiences, stories, and explanations, would unpack greater truths of life and ministry.  The illustration of the fig tree and subsequent cleansing of the temple is typical of how a Rabbi would convey truth to a first century Hebrew mind.

Gospel Of Mark | The Performance Trap

Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | The Performance Trap

We live in a culture that rewards according to performance. This is not wrong in-and-of itself.  The performance trap is set when our identity is found in our ability to perform to a high level of excellence. This is what Jesus encountered when he met a rich young man in Mark 10:17.

Gospel Of Mark | This Way Up!