Rob Norman: John The Beloved | God’s Friend
The Gospel of John is different to the synoptic (similar) gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. John’s gospel communicates who Jesus is more so than being a documentary of what Jesus did.
Rob Norman: Elijah | God’s Overcomer
Elijah was God’s overcomer. Overcomers ultimately defeat their opponents against the odds and often ‘steal victory from the jaws of defeat’. Circumstances don’t inform the overcomer’s decision to persevere, sometimes they even rise-up as circumstances take a negative turn.
Rob Norman: David | God’s Heart
God’s own testimony is that David was a man after his own heart. What an amazing commendation! David, who lost the battle with infidelity when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed in an attempt to cover his sin, was deeply flawed and sinful, yet God said he was ‘a man after my own heart’. This statement says as much about a Holy and merciful God as it does about David himself.
Rob Norman: Joseph | God’s Favour
Joseph’s life began with great promise. He was the favourite son of his Father, and he had a very positive outlook and healthy self-esteem. Favour invariably brings challenges with it, like Jacob, if we want to see God’s favour materialize we must learn to ‘stay the course’ with Him.
Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Hearing God
We live in a world where “words” are prolific and so we unconsciously filter out the noise and process our auditory senses accordingly. This ability to filter and decode words can either enhance or dull the way we hear God. Unfortunately, the supernatural has been filtered out of western secular intellectualism.
Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Leading With Integrity
Leaders in the world manipulate the facts to fit with their particular agenda. When integrity isn’t maintained, a number of symptoms begin to appear –
Rob Norman: What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Ethics
Ethics and morals relate to “right” and “wrong” conduct. While they are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different: ethics refer to rules provided by an external source, e.g., codes of conduct in workplaces or principles in religions. Morals refer to an individual’s own principles regarding right and wrong.
A Biblical code of ethics and morals will always bring true Christians into conflict with the world. We should not be surprised when we come under fire from the World on any number of areas including marriage, relationships, family, sexuality, abortion, money, justice, just about everything…
Rob Norman: The Acts Church | Equipping
It is evident in the Gospels that a large part of Jesus’ earthly ministry was devoted to equipping disciples for the ongoing ministry of The Church. Paul, the Apostle saw this and articulated its importance in Ephesians 4. From the ascension of Jesus and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1 and 2 through to the end of this book, the church can be seen emerging as God’s vehicle for bringing the ministry of the kingdom of God to the world.
Rob Norman: The Acts Church | Persecution
People that spend time with Jesus are bound to be persecuted. Do people around you recognise that you have been with Jesus? I want to suggest this morning that there is nothing more injurious to the Gospel message than “Christians” who have not been with Jesus.
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.