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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Why was Jesus baptised by John the Baptist? | Matthew 3:13-17

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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