Understand the Bible

Understand the Bible

By Phill Sacre
Helping you to understand the Bible and see its relevance to everyday life in the 21st century.

You can expect weekly updates, either on a specific Bible passage or aspects of theology which help us make sense of it all.
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Grace vs Religion | Titus 3 | Sermon
What's the difference between Christianity and other religions? At the end of the day it comes down to grace. This is an absolutely fundamental thing to grasp about Christianity, and Titus 3 is all about grace. See more at https://understandthebible.uk Facebook - https://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter - https://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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July 30, 2020
The content of our teaching | Titus 2 | Sermon
Are sermons there for entertainment? Knowledge transfer? Moral instruction? Here we learn from Paul's testimony about what Biblical teaching should be. A sermon on Titus chapter 2.   Apologies from the little interruption in the middle from my 3-year-old daughter.   I finished the sermon with the Valley of Vision prayer "Living for Jesus" but was interrupted so I didn't include it in this video - but you can find it here and pray for yourself: https://banneroftruth.org/us/devotional/living-for-jesus/   Lots more is available at https://understandthebible.uk   Facebook - https://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter - https://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1 
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July 22, 2020
Defending the Faith | Titus 1:10-16 | Sermon
In last week's sermon we looked at the positive requirements on a pastor to be people of integrity and to teach sound doctrine. In this sermon we turn instead to how pastors are supposed to defend the faith from those who would oppose it.   See more at https://understandthebible.uk  Facebook - https://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter - https://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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July 15, 2020
Pastors with Integrity | Titus 1v5-9 | Sermon
Integrity is a quality which seems to be increasingly absent from many leaders in society today. But God calls every Christian, especially leaders, to a life of integrity.   See more videos and the teaching programme at https://understandthebible.uk
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July 9, 2020
Prayer for Spiritual Growth | 2 Thess 1:3-12 | Sermon
Part of a series called "Encouraging Prayer" - focussing on an area of prayer that we don't often think about: praying for spiritual growth, especially for others. See https://understandthebible.uk for more Facebook: https://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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July 6, 2020
The truth that leads to Godliness | Titus 1:1-4 | Sermon
What is the purpose of the clergy? Social workers in collars? Entertainment? Providing food for thought? Titus was written to a pastor, and it helps the whole church to understand their purpose and importance.   See more at https://understandthebible.uk
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June 25, 2020
True Humility | Luke 20:41-21:4 | Sermon
We are living in the era of the Selfie. Recently two American academics wrote a book called "The Narcissism Epidemic" - everyone is obsessed with themselves and their own 'brand'. But that is not Jesus' way - what he says in this passage is very counter-cultural and we need to hear it.   See https://understandthebible.uk for more like this. The quote from No Little People at the end which I unfortunately missed off is this. Just to explain, in this sermon he has been looking at Moses' staff (or stick / rod) - how God even managed to use a stick of wood:   "The people who receive praise from the Lord Jesus will not in every case be the people who hold leadership in this life. There will be many persons who were sticks of wood that stayed close to God and were quiet before him, and were used in power by Him in a place which looks small to men.   "Each Christian is to be a rod of God in the place of God for him. We must remember throughout our lives that in God's sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God's place for us, at each moment. Those who think of themselves as little people in little places, if committed to Christ and living under His Lordship in the whole of life, may, by God's grace, change the flow of our generation. And as we get on a bit in our lives, knowing how weak we are, if we look back and see we have been somewhat used of God, then we should be the rod "surprised by joy."
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June 17, 2020
Marriage at the Resurrection | Luke 20:27-40 | Sermon
Jesus disabuses us of our notions about what life in the future will be like - it's so much more than we think, not less! See more at https://understandthebible.uk
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June 10, 2020
How Christians should relate to government | Luke 20:20-26 | Sermon
Jesus' words in this passage are famous: "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's". But what does he mean, and what is the Bible's view of how Christians should relate to earthly authorities? See more at https://understandthebible.uk
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May 27, 2020
Who is your authority? | Luke 20:1-19 | Sermon
Who is your authority in life – who do you listen to? A sermon on Luke 20:1-19. See more at https://understandthebible.uk
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May 20, 2020
Sermon | Luke 19:28-48 | What is true spirituality?
This is a sermon which is traditionally preached on Palm Sunday before Easter (Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King) - but we're going to be thinking about the question: what is true spirituality?
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May 13, 2020
Encouraging Prayer: Jesus prays for unity | Sermon | John 17:20-26
This is the first of a series on "Encouraging Prayer" at our church. In this sermon we look at Jesus' prayer from John 17 and how it encourages us to pray - both that we should pray, and what we should be praying for.   See more: https://understandthebible.uk Great Clacton on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4IHJzq_Dc-txp8oE0DlUhg
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May 3, 2020
Sermon | Luke 19:11-27 | Parable of the Ten Minas
How does God want us to use the things he gives us? Lessons from a slightly puzzling parable.   Originally recorded as part of the Wednesday Worshippers livestream on the Great Clacton Parish channel.   See https://understandthebible.uk for more.
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April 29, 2020
Sermon | Luke 19:1-10 | Zaccheus: A Picture of Salvation
They say "A picture is worth a thousand words" - well in this case, we are given a picture of salvation. See https://understandthebible.uk for more.
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April 22, 2020
Repentance (5) Turning from Sin | Ephesians 5:1-20 | Sermon
The last of our lent series on repentance - turning from sin. How do we walk as children of light? The answer is actually quite surprising...   The passage is online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians+5&version=NIVUK   The Doctrine of Repentance is available in lots of places online e.g. as a PDF here: http://www.onthewing.org/user/Watson%20-%20Repentance%20-%20Modern.pdf   The Understand the Bible website is here: https://understandthebible.uk Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1   Sermon recorded as part of a livestream on the Great Clacton Parish YouTube channel.
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April 8, 2020
Repentance: (4) Hatred of sin | Psalm 97 | Sermon
I think many of us feel uncomfortable about saying that we hate anything - but yet the Bible does tell us to hate certain things.   The passage is online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+97&version=NIVUK   The Doctrine of Repentance is available in lots of places online e.g. as a PDF here: http://www.onthewing.org/user/Watson%20-%20Repentance%20-%20Modern.pdf   The Understand the Bible website is here: https://understandthebible.uk Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1   Sermon recorded as part of a livestream on the Great Clacton Parish YouTube channel.
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March 25, 2020
Repentance: (3) Shame for Sin | James 4:1-10 | Sermon
Shame is a dirty word in our society, yet the Bible has a lot to say about it. Should we feel shame? And how? What does the Bible say about it?   This is what was to be the sermon at Wednesday Worshippers today (18th March 2020) but due to the coronavirus situation had to be online instead!   The passage is online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james+4%3A1-10&version=NIVUK   The Doctrine of Repentance is available in lots of places online e.g. as a PDF here: http://www.onthewing.org/user/Watson%20-%20Repentance%20-%20Modern.pdf   The Understand the Bible website is here: https://understandthebible.uk Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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March 18, 2020
Repentance: (2) Confession - 1 John 1:5-10
The second part of the series in repentance (unfortunately I didn't record the first part!) The passage is 1 John 1:5-10.  The book I mention is called "The Doctrine of Repentance" by Thomas Watson, a puritan, and - because it is well out of copyright - is available for free online e.g. here. These sermons are based on his section "Ingredients of Repentance" - the first one we looked at was sorrow for sin. Sermon preached at St Mark's Church on Wednesday 11th March.
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March 11, 2020
Can we please God without faith? | Hebrews 11:1-6 | Justification #5
Many people have the view that, on the day of judgement, God will tot up our good deeds and - if we've done enough - will let us into heaven. Many people think it doesn't matter whether you have faith, just that you've done enough good deeds. But what does the Bible say? The passage is Hebrews 11:1-6 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+11%3A1-6&version=NIVUK If you like this podcast, don't forget to subscribe! For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk. To support Understand the Bible, please see the support page: https://understandthebible.uk/about/support  Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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February 25, 2020
If God forgives us, why should we do good deeds? | Matthew 7:15-23 | Justification #4
One of the biggest questions people ask: if God forgives us anyway, why should we bother trying to good in the first place? In the fourth part of our series on Justification, Jesus gives us the answer.   The passage is available online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+7%3A15-23&version=NIVUK   For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk.   To support Understand the Bible, please see the support page: https://understandthebible.uk/about/support   Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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February 17, 2020
Why was Jesus baptised by John the Baptist? | Matthew 3:13-17
One thing which always used to puzzle me: if Jesus never sinned, why did he want to be baptised by John the Baptist? In this next part of the series on Matthew, we think about this passage.   Read the passage online: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+3%3A13-17&version=NIVUK   For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see https://understandthebible.uk Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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February 11, 2020
Righteous through Christ alone | Justification #3 | Galatians 2:11-21
Some people have the view that being a Christian is only about keeping the rules and looking down on everyone else. But, as we see in this video, we need a far greater obedience to be considered righteous by God. The main passage in the video is Galatians 2:11-21 - read online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=galatians+2%3A11-21&version=NIVUK If you like this video, don't forget to subscribe to this channel to get more videos like this! For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk. To support Understand the Bible, please see the support page: https://understandthebible.uk/about/support Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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February 4, 2020
Do we have free will? | Justification #2 | John 8:31-47
"We wanna be free to do what we wanna do" - everybody wants freedom. But what is true freedom, and where does it come from?   The main passage in the video is Romans John 8:31-47 - read online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+8%3A31-47&version=NIVUK You can read the 39 Articles (with updated English version) online here: http://archive.churchsociety.org/issues_new/documents/Text_39Articles.pdf If you like this video, don't forget to subscribe to this channel to get more videos like this!   For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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January 28, 2020
What is Original Sin? | Justification #1 | Romans 5:12-21
Justification is probably one of the most important issues which Christians don't think much about. And yet, at the time of the reformation it was described as the doctrine on which the reformation would stand or fall. Why is it so important? In this new series, we delve into the topic of justification, following the 39 Articles - a document produced at the time of the reformation, part of the foundation of the Church of England.  The main passage in the video is Romans 5:12-21 - read online via BibleGateway.  You can read the 39 Articles (with updated English version) online via Church Society. Don't forget to subscribe so that you don't miss an episode of Understand the Bible. For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk   Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FHWCupn6tq39btG6z4Oqg
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January 21, 2020
When the boss comes to visit | Matthew 3:1-12 | John the Baptist prepares the way
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to get ready for the boss coming to visit? What did it feel like? John the Baptist here is warning people what they need to do to get ready for the Lord's coming.   Read the passage online: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+3%3A1-12&version=NIVUK   See all videos on Matthew through the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTPcHVNwBViQlaw0O_icr6PA1zwAGvs0n If you like this video, don't forget to subscribe to this channel to get more videos like this! For more information about Understand the Bible and to continue the discussion see http://understandthebible.uk YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FHWCupn6tq39btG6z4Oqg Facebook: http://facebook.com/bible.understand  Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnderstandTheB1
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January 15, 2020
The Lord himself will give you a sign | Isaiah 7:10-17 | Sermon
At Christmas time, when you see the baby in the manger, do you see a baby? Or do you see a sign from God? What we see reveals who we are really trusting in. Read the passage online via BibleGateway - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+7%3A10-17&version=NIVUK. Sermon preached at All Saints, Fordham, on 22nd Dec 2019.
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December 23, 2019
Why did Jesus have to come as a baby? | Hebrews 2:10-18
At Christmas, why did Jesus need to be born as a baby? Couldn't God have done it in another way?   Read the passage online via BibleGateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+2%3A10-18&version=NIVUK
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December 17, 2019
The Christmas you've always wanted | Christmas Message 2019
What do you want most from Christmas? Presents? Turkey? Tinsel? Family time? Rest? I think we are all searching for something deeper at Christmas...   The page I refer to in the video can be found here: http://understandthebible.uk/start-here/
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December 10, 2019
What is human nature really like? | Judges 19-21
It's sometimes easy to get a view that everyone is "nice", except for a few bad apples. The Bible won't let us get away with such a rosy view of human nature.   Read / listen to the passage online: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+19-21&version=NIVUK
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December 3, 2019
The marks of false religion | Judges 17-18
What does this passage in Judges teach us about how God does and does not want us to worship him? Read / listen to the passage online on BibleGateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+17-18&version=NIVUK
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November 26, 2019
Can we put ourselves beyond forgiveness? | Judges 16 | Samson and Delilah
Have you ever done something so bad that you think God couldn't possible forgive you? Read the passage online here.
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November 19, 2019
Five reasons you should go to church EVERY SUNDAY (even when it's hard)
It's so hard to get to church these days: sports clubs, shopping, work commitments, family time - not to mention you can get almost everything online including sermons, worship music, etc. It's hard to prioritise church. And yet, the Bible teaches that church is as important as it ever was. Why? The article I refer to about the Sabbath is here.
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November 12, 2019
Who makes the first move - us or God? | Judges 15 | Samson's Revenge
Holman Hunt's famous picture "The Light of the World" portrays Jesus knocking at a door with no handle on the outside. Only you can open the door of your heart. But is that how grace works? Read / listen to the passage online here.
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November 5, 2019
When we don't understand what's happening | Samson pt 2 | Judges 14
Sometimes we just don't know why things are happening. This passage helps to encourage us that God always has a plan. Read / listen to the passage online here. If you'd prefer to see this as a video, you can subscribe to the YouTube Channel.
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October 29, 2019
If you don't ask, you DO get? Samson pt 1 | Judges 13:1-25
"If you don't ask, you don't get" - is that how it works with God? You can read / listen to the whole passage online here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+13&version=NIVUK The YouTube channel is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FHWCupn6tq39btG6z4Oqg The Podcast is available here: https://anchor.fm/understand-the-bible (including Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher and more) You can sign up for the mailing list via my website: http://phillsacre.me.uk/mailing-list/
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October 22, 2019
Jephthah: When victory is worse than defeat | Judges 10:17-12:7
Politicians like to market themselves as the ones who will sort everything out. But there is an enemy which no politician will be able to sort out. Read the passage on Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+10%3A17-12%3A7&version=NIVUK
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October 16, 2019
How is God just and merciful? | Judges 10:1-16
People often have difficulty reconciling two aspects of God's character - his justice and his mercy. How can God be both? Can we simply live any way that we like? Read the passage online: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+10%3A1-16&version=NIVUK
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October 8, 2019
When Leaders Disappoint | Judges 8:22-35
Why is it that leaders so often disappoint? And what should we do about it?
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October 1, 2019