David | God’s Heart

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.

Joshua| God’s Visionary

Moses| God’s Leader

Joseph | God’s Favour

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.

What In The World Is Happening | Live For The King

What In The World Is Happening | Hearing God

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. 

What In The World Is Happening | Leading With Integrity

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 –

  • ambition becomes the driver
  • evasion or avoidance of consequences – blame shifting
  • a disconnect between what they say and do
  • redefinition or qualification of previous “truths”

What In The World Is Happening | Raising Families

What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Ethics

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…

What In The World Is Happening | Knowing Our Message

The Acts Church | Equipping

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.

The Acts Church | Persecution

The Acts Church | Power

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 | 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

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.

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.