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What do you think of the street preacher?

Posted by RML Wednesday Mark on April 27, 2012

A few years ago, Liverpudlian Phil Howard was prevalent in the news for his street preaching on the corner of Oxford Circus, which had got him into trouble with the local council and found him the unwilling recipient of an ASBO. But he’s not the only street preacher in London; I’m sure we’re all familiar with them. Interrupting our leisurely shopping with announcements of damnation and the imminent return of Christ.

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How should the gospel change my reaction when someone hurts me?

Posted by Sunday Evening Team on April 26, 2012

It’s never natural to want to forgive someone who’s just deliberately hurt you, offended you, persecuted you or mocked you is it? Our gut reaction is always to get our own back, to make sure they live to regret what they’ve done or at least to keep our distance in future.

As studied Romans 12:17-13:7 this week, it probably didn’t come as a surprise to many of us that the Bible teaches that Christians should forgive those who do evil to Continue reading…

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Why was Jesus right to judge Old Israel? - Part 2

Posted by The 4pm Team on April 25, 2012

In part 1 of Mark 12 we saw last week the beginnings of the answer to why Jesus was quite justified in the judgment of Old Israel that he pronounced in chapter 11; just like the tenants in the parable of 12:1-11, the religious leaders were rejecting the son, Jesus and plotting to kill him for their own gain (see 11:18 and all their attempts to discredit him with testing questions in 11:27-12:27).

But there's still more to be said in 12: Continue reading…

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Jesus: Saviour, King ... Judge?

Posted by RML Wednesday Mark on April 23, 2012

Of all the roles assigned to Jesus, judge is rarely the first one that people choose to talk about. Judgement is an unpopular topic – unsettling even. But that’s exactly why Mark needs to engage with it at this point in the gospel. Earlier in Mark we saw Jesus appointing 12 disciples as heads of a new Israel (see Mark 3:13-19), and throughout his account we’ve seen descriptions of the religious leaders locked in opposition to Jesus, eve Continue reading…

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How should the gospel change our relationships in RML?

Posted by Sunday Evening Team on April 20, 2012

As we studied Romans 12:3-16 on Tuesday, did you feel the challenge of how the gospel should transform relationships between Christians? One way of thinking it through which feels particularly close to home is to ask “what would my RML group look like if we all really did love each other genuinely, as described in Romans 12:9-16?”

Before we get there it’s vital to remember our big motivation in all of this (Romans 12:1-2) – we are to w Continue reading…

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