February 2, 2017 Mategyero

Last month, the amazingly gracious guys at THE FELLOWSHIP, a weekly bible study gathering just outside Kampala, Uganda gave me the opportunity to teach through the book of Jonah. In a study I called “The Great Pursuit”, I set out to explore How God meets our sin and rebellion with His Amazing Grace by crashing our idols and winning us to Himself. Listen or download the audio to listen online. There are two parts; Episode 000 is the intro of the book while Episode 001 is the teaching from Jonah 1:1-4. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/305680718″…

November 30, 2016 Mategyero 1Comment

Just after Adam and his wife shared of the forbidden fruit, they realised that they were naked. The eyes of both were opened, so they sewed together fig leaves to cover their nakedness (Gen. 3:7). The question now is one of ‘right standing’, or—call it—righteousness. Before the fall, man and woman had stood unashamed before God (Coram Deo) and before each other (Coram Mundo). Before the fall, God looked at the man and was fully satisfied with what He saw in him, the same with the woman. They were all clean and righteous. They had done nothing to make themselves…

October 19, 2016 Mategyero

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”— 2 Corinthians 11:30 (ESV) The gospel has a unique way of turning our culture on its head. It elevates what our culture degrades and degrades what our culture elevates.   One of the things our culture elevates is strength.   We love to be strong. It’s hardwired in our system to always swirl the ball from weakness to strength.   What we naturally do is find areas where we are better than others, what economists call the ‘comparative advantage’, and use that to manipulate others, buy…

October 10, 2016 Mategyero

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses…”—Colossians 2:13 (ESV). There is a big difference between being sick and being dead. That sounds awfully obvious but not to a Christian. To this effect, the difference needs to be drilled into the bone marrow of every Christian with the drill bit of the highest caliber, with the intensity that spells calamity to all our sensibilities. Whereas a sick person may heed the doctor’s instruction to climb up on the bed to take an…

October 5, 2016 Mategyero

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”—Romans 5:6 (ESV) Are you ugly?   Have you heard of the word flawesome?   I bet you are reading the word for the first time, but a flawesome individual is one ‘who embraces their flaws and knows they are awesome regardless’.   To be flawesome is to dig deep to generate love for something that is unloveable. Such people will love their ugly finger nails because they have convinced themselves that the nails are not actually ugly.   In other words, this is trying to…

September 27, 2016 Mategyero

if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.” —2 Timothy 2:13 (ESV)After the anxious heart has accepted the doctrine of atonement, and learned the great truth that salvation is by faith in the Lord Jesus, it is often sore troubled with a sense of inability toward that which is good.Many are groaning, “I can do nothing.” They are not making this into an excuse, but they feel it as a daily burden. They would if they could. They can each one honestly say, “To will is present with me, but how to perform that which I would…

August 30, 2016 Mategyero

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.””— Exodus 32:1 (ESV)Have you heard about the ‘Devil’s Trinity’? I first heard the phrase from Dr. Steve Brown when he was teaching through Romans 5, as part of his series “The Roman Road to Grace” about two years ago. The Devil’s Trinity…

July 21, 2016 Mategyero

If the Old Testament tells One Story, then it follows that all the people, events, and themes we read about in the OT are but “types and shadows” of the good things that would come (Romans 5:14; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5; 10;1). Jesus himself says that these good things concern Him alone (Luke 24:27; John 5:39). What we are going to do this week is talk about these “shadows and types” as a set up for Genesis 3 and onwards. Eden, the Temple Garden—God’s Footstool Genesis 3:8 introduces us to the notion of God walking through the garden. This time He does…

July 14, 2016 Mategyero

One of the most rewarding marks of a Christian is to be able to read the Old Testament for all its worth. This series titled “One Story” is prepared for just that. As we go through a number of Old Testament passages, we will see one thing: That the bible does not tell so many stories, but it tells one story in so many different ways. The best place to start is Luke 24:13-35. The Emmaus Road experience. The reason we are starting here is two-fold: it is in this passage of scripture that we see how we wrongly read the Old Testament,…

December 4, 2015 Mategyero

As concerns the first two chapters of Genesis, one of the revealing things is that the ‘state of affairs’ is nice and dandy. It is the perfect Triune God speaking His creation into being, perfectly. Then the door opens on chapter three. The title its self is telling: ‘The Fall.’Genesis 3 is the apex of the human problem. Man and his wife rebel against the one who made them and whom they owe not just their breath but also their being. On the surface, it’s just a simple act of disobedience. “God will understand”, some will say. But most times…