Rob Norman: Commitment | A Culture Of Commitment
In order to usher in a new culture, the old culture must be mercilessly destroyed. Can this also apply to church cultures?
Rob Norman: Commitment | A Fulfilled Life
Real fulfillment can only be found in Christ. Yet, discipleship caries a cost that we measure by questions like “what will it cost me if I do this?”. We may not say that ‘out-loud’, but subconsciously we ‘do the maths’ in terms of time, money and energy. What we don’t often consider is that non-discipleship also carries a cost that can be measured by answering the question “what will it cost if I don’t do this?”
Rob Norman: Commitment | The Cost Of Commitment
The parables of the ‘hidden treasure’ and ‘the pearl of great price’ in Matthew 13:44-46 are about God’s absolute commitment to His people. When we understand the magnitude of God’s love for us it becomes natural that when Jesus said “follow me” to his disciples the invitation meant following him all the way into ministry!
Rob Norman: Commitment | Three Myths About Commitment
The word “commitment” dials up all sorts of anxieties in us. As soon as we hear someone asking us to commit our minds automatically begin looking for an ‘out’, an excuse that precludes us from committing “too heavily”. Commitment, however, is at the very heart of following Jesus.
Rob Norman: What Is The Gospel | Justice Fulfilled
The Old Testament provides us with a view of Justice that stands apart from all other writings of antiquity. Its pages reveal account after account of consequential justice being executed against a back-sliding Israel because of her breaches against God’s just Law.
Rob Norman: What Is The Gospel | Introduction
Critics of Christianity and some theologians think that Jesus and Paul preached different gospels. This is where a seemingly simple question “What is the Gospel?” becomes a little more complex, thus requiring us to dig deeper. On the surface it appears that Jesus and Paul had slightly different emphases. Again, this is where we all have a responsibility to study Scripture and understand the big picture, not just our favourite doctrines, themes and verses.
Rob Norman: Intro To Modern & Contemporary Gnosticism
Modern day Gnostics tend to over spiritualize everything. Often they ignore the historical teachings of Scripture and wise counsel from mature Christians, instead claiming that God has “told” them to leave their church, divorce their spouse, break a family relationship, etc.
Rob Norman: The Resurrection
There are at least 12 different appearances of Christ in the resurrection accounts, beginning with Mary and ending with Paul. They were physical, tangible experiences with Christ eating, speaking and allowing himself to be touched by them. On one occasion he appeared to over 500 people.