Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Calling & Discipleship
As disciples of Jesus, we must always remember that ministry might have some unusual parameters for measuring success. Calling is disruptive and divisive, this is the way of the cross.
Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Prepare The Way
Isaiah says ‘prepare ye the way of Yahweh’… This is not just any God, not even an angel. Isaiah foretold the coming of Yahweh. Yahweh is the same God who created the heavens and earth, who rescued the Israelites from Egypt and led them through the waters of The Red Sea. This is the same Yahweh who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and humiliated the prophets of Baal and Asherah on mount Carmel, – ‘prepare ye the way of Yahweh’
Rob Norman: The Gospel Of Mark | Introduction
In many respects Mark was a failed follower of Jesus. He was the subject of a major disagreement, and separation, between Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15 because he deserted the Apostles and abandoned the ministry. All followers of Christ are failures who have been given access to the kingdom of God by grace.
Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Time Has Come!
We are living in the fulfillment of Old Testament hope and expectation! When Jesus said “The time has come” this was a declaration of the fulfillment of the triumph of The Kingdom of God’s over all the kingdoms of this world. We are now living in the time of the fulfillment and manifestation of the kingdom of God.
Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Prophetic Toolkit
Truly prophetic churches say and do the things they hear from the Holy Spirit. Not only do we value spoken prophetic ministry, but we also value enacted prophetic ministry, which is invariably accompanied by powerful manifestations of God’s kingdom.
Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | The Formation of Prophecy
Rob and Deb examine some of the processes that take place in processing prophetic revelation and delivering it to the right person or people using the right medium (spoken word, written word, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy or the special case of tongues + interpretation)
Rob & Deb Norman: Discovering The Prophetic | Prophetic Revelation
Throughout Scripture God has spoken to individuals, both believers and unbelievers using transcendent means. In Acts 2 the game changed when The Holy Spirit was poured out and those ‘in Christ’ received special abilities to hear from God and convey His heart, mind and will in words to others.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Church – Family Business
Some believe The Tithe was instituted in the OT, Mosaic Law and therefore because The Law has been abolished or fulfilled at the cross, so too has The Tithe been abolished or fulfilled.
Although this view sounds enticing, it is also problematic because the practice of tithing actually predated The Law of Moses by some 400 years.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Spiritual gifts In Church
Tongues is one of the most misunderstood and maligned of the spiritual gifts. Some conservative evangelical churches even teach that tongues were only required before the inspired NT writings became part of the Canon of Scripture. Of course, this idea is not Scriptural itself and even if this were true, this logic would also need to be applied to all the gifts, presumably including administration!
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Greater Gift
When we come together, the greater gift is the gift that edifies (builds) the church. When we are alone the greater gift is the gift that edifies us individually. Most builders are very practical people. Spiritual gifts, although mysterious and ‘other-worldly’, always have a practical end in sight.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Most Excellent Way
1 Corinthians 13 is an eloquent description of agápē. This chapter is possibly Paul’s single, greatest literally work and is certainly one of the most important passages in all of His letters. The Apostle Paul upholds a brand of love that should motivate God’s people to eagerly desire the Greater Gifts, which in turn allows us to serve each other sacrificially. This is ‘The Most Excellent Way’ for the use of spiritual gifts.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| The Lord’s Supper & Culture
Like Baptism, The Lord’s Supper is powerful. These sacraments are powerful because The Lord is present in both. Where Jesus is present, the power of His kingdom is also present. This is great news, but it should also be approached soberly and thoughtfully.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Temple of The Holy Spirit
The Hebrew understanding of The Temple, is that this was the place where God’s glory and presence dwelt. In fact, the innermost part of the Temple, was called the ‘Holy of Holies’, this is the place where the Ark of The Covenant, the most Holy object in the Temple, belonged. The ark was synonymous with God’s power and His presence. It went ahead of the Hebrews it into battle and it was revered because it was synonymous with God himself.
This is what our lives should like as well. The same presence and power of God that was with the Ark of the Covenant should accompany all believers.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Kingdom Life
This worldly congregation at Corinth found it difficult to leave the world behind. Bear in mind, as we saw from the very beginning of this series, Corinthian life was heavily influenced by demonic strongholds. In many ways, the contemporary church faces similar challenges. A church that is not prepared to leave its worldly roots and lay down its worldly rights will find it difficult to experience kingdom life.
Rob Norman: 1 Corinthians| Should We Judge Others?
Tolerance: “A disposition to allow freedom of choice and behaviour”
Unfortunately, this “disposition” has been ‘weaponized’ in some circles whenever a protest is voiced on ‘moral’ grounds. Christians are frequently labelled as ‘intolerant’ and ‘judgemental’ in these kinds of conversations, sometimes even by other Christians. But, is it ever OK to judge the morality of others?