Saturday, 27 September 2014

(SERMON) Acts 17.16-32

Paul speaks to the court of the Areopagus which is full of Epicureans(think Atheists) and Stoics (think New Age spiritualists.  He speaks in their language but doesn't compromise on the Gospel message - and we must follow his lead.  Paul also makes clear that there is One God who is Lord over all and owns all which means we must reject idolatry and false religiosity.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

(SERMON) Romans 12.9-21

A sermon on Romans 12.9-21.  What does it look like to truly love each other?  This sermon considers the rightful place of 'hate' in Christianity and the importance of rejecting the 'Prosperity Gospel'.  It also takes a look at the very real wrath of God and how our love for others justly increases their condemnation if rejected,  At the heart of this whole passage is the issue of spiritual warfare.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

(SERMON) Romans 12.1-8 - spiritual/rational worship and the use of gifts

Romans 12.1-8  :  Paul's move from doctrine into pastoral challenge - Christians are to reject the 'world' and live to God by the Spirit metamorphosising their minds. This leads to worshiping in Spirit and Truth (including rational worship which rejects ritualism just as the apostolic church did - "superstition does not bring you closer to God"). Each of us are gifted by God to build up the Body of Christ and this is central to why we gather together. We must remember in all of this that everything we have and do is only by the unmerited grace of God so that none can have pride.

Monday, 8 September 2014

(SERMON) Mark 7.31-end

Mark 7.31-end - Jesus gets up close and very personal with a deaf and speech impaired Gentile in order to fulfil the prophesy of Isaiah 35 declared hundreds of years before. Has Jesus opened our ears to the Gospel? Has He set our tongues free to proclaim His Good News?

(SERMON) Acts 15.22-35

Sermon on Acts 15.22-35 looking at how we are to live in freedom yet not cause people to stumble in their faith. This sermon also considers the teaching of The 39 Articles concerning the authority of Church Councils and the authority of Scripture in relation to such councils.

(SERMON) Acts 13.13-52 Paul's sermon to the people of Antioch Pisidia!

A sermon on Paul's sermon in Acts 13.13-52 looking at some of the issues raised in that text including Christ as the heart of the Scriptures, the core message of the Gospel, and teaching on predestination.

(SERMON) Matthew 15.10 - 28

Two stories, one truth: we don't deserve and can never merit the love and grace of God because by nature we are dirty, sinful - but He gives it anyway!

(SERMON) Acts 11.19-30 - the 'Christians' of Antioch

A sermon on Acts 11.19-31 - the 'Christians' of Antioch. Persecuting the Church to stop it growing is like throwing water on an oil fire. In Antioch people following 'the way' are first called 'Christians' by others - would other people know you were 'Christian' and openly call you such? Do you live your life sharing His Name and proclaiming His glory in all you do and say?

(SERMON) The One God - Exodus 20.1-2 and John 3.16-21

A sermon to start our new series on The Ten Commandments. What does it mean to have no other God's but the one true God? It means to follow and relate only to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - three Persons, One God. All other religions are worthless delusions at best and outright demonic at worst. As Christian we "cannot partake of the Table of the Lord and also partake of the Table of Demons" - St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10.21
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(SERMON) Acts 10.1-23a - Cornelius, Peter, and why God is not a vegetarian

A sermon on Acts 10.1-23a which looks at the importance of this passage in the history of Christianity, that God does not have favourites, vegetarianism is not inherently holy or moral as all foods are clean as seen when God commands Peter to kill animals and eat them, and finally being an upstanding person with nominal Christian faith is not enough to save you.

(SERMON) Pentecost 2014 - John 6

Sermon for Pentecost 2014 - a baptism service at Emmanuel. This sermon looks at the work of the Holy Spirit in light of John 6 - convicting the world about sin, righteousness, and judgement.

(SERMON) Walking In The Light - 1 John 1.7

What does it mean to "walk in the light as He is in the light?" Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the light of life who fills us and sustains us. In Christ is no darkness, no lies, when we walk with Him we must take off our masks and stop shifting blame for our sins and be open about them with God and our fellow believers. Only when we are open about sin can we be forgiven, only when we are forgiven can we have fellowship with God and with each other.

(SERMON) Acts 9.1-19a Who are you Lord? What should I do?

A sermon on Acts 9.1-19a commonly known as the 'conversion of Saul.' God is sovereign over all, in this is great comfort, when God is revealed to us we should respond in prayer and in obedience - these are the characteristics of true discipleship.

(SERMON) Giving to the Glory of God: Matthew 25.31-46 and 2 Corinthians 8.1-15

Is giving to the poor and needy important? Why should we do? Why are we always so slow to do so and so fearful to believe God will provide for us. In this sermon the importance of giving liberally according to ability is considered by investigating Scripture and using the teaching of the Historic Formularies of the Church of England

(SERMON) Acts 8.4-25 The Gospel moves out to Samaria

A sermon on Acts 8.4-25. The Gospel of Jesus spreads out from Jerusalem to nearby Samaria in a mission spearheaded by Philip a 'second generation' leader like Stephen was. In Samaria we find the important case of Simon the Sorcerer and a unique event concerning baptism and the Holy Spirit

(SERMON) 1 Peter 1.3-9 Praise God and Rejoice in our inheritance.

A sermon on 1 Peter 1.3-9. Christians should worship the one true God, we worship Him because of His mercy in giving us a new birth into a living hope and a glorious inheritance. Our receiving this inheritance is through God powerfully preserving our faith - something of more value than Gold. Because of this we can rejoice through suffering and let the world know that we love the Lord Jesus.

(SERMON) Acts 7.1-53 Stephen preaches before his death

Stephen's final sermon remind us of important things - that the whole Earth is God's footstool and that salvation is only through faith not genetics, rituals, or works. It challenges us to hold fast as he did to the truth revealed in Scripture.

(SERMON) Easter Even - Romans 6 and Ezekiel 36

Why is the resurrection important? What does it mean to be dead to sin and alive to Christ Jesus? What is the 'new self' and being 'born again'? The answers are found in Romans 6 and Ezekiel 36

(SERMON) Palm Sunday sermon looking at Psalm 118 and the Matthew narrative

Are we like the crowd? Like the start of Psalm 118? Do we only call on God and praise Him when we need Him? And do we recognise that His holy blood is on our hands, our sin is why He died, and that the only place of forgiveness is in Jesus Christ.

(SERMON) Acts 6.1-7 what is ministry and how should we care for others

Acts 6.1-7 what does it mean to do 'mercy ministry' and how should it be done. The division of ministry from the early church to today and the role of the 'priest' as a teacher - including an explanation of traditional Anglican vestments.

(SERMON) Revelation 21.1 -8 + Luke 14.15-24

There by the grace of God go we - a sermon on the New Earth, the New Jerusalem, where the eternal banquet is held and the narrow road of faith we must walk to get there.

(SERMON) Deuteronomy 33 - Who is our awesome God and what are His blessings?

A sermon on Deuteronomy 33 - the awesome power of God, His unfailing love for us, and His blessings upon His people.

(SERMON) 2 Corinthians 5.1-15

A sermon on 2 Corinthians 5.1-15 : confidence in our resurrection bodies, ours through faith in Christ, whose death for us compels us to spread to Gospel to a world facing the Tribunal of Christ at the end of time.

(SERMON) A.C.T.S. - A Method Of Prayer

How should we pray if we want our prayers to be both wholesome and Biblical? We should Adore God, Confess our sins, Thank Him, and offer up our Supplications with humble hearts and open hands.

(SERMON) Acts 5.12-21a - preaching the whole truth and nothing but the truth

A sermon on Acts 5.12-21a. Following the fear of God's deadly judgement on Ananias and Sapphira comes mercy and miracles - the bold and unceasing proclaiming of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

(SERMON) 2 Corinthians 3.7-4.6

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 3.7-4.6 dealing with the 'ministry of death' the covering of Moses' face by the veil, the blindness and godless nature of Jews who don't turn to Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit to change us and the importance of boldness in proclaiming the faith,

(SERMON) 2 Thessalonians 1-2 Hell, Heaven, and Apocalypse

What are we to make of 'eschatology' - the study of the end times? Is it important? What do the Scriptures tell us and how should we understand them? Is Hell real and who goes there? What will happen when King Jesus Returns - all this a more!

(SERMON) Acts 3.11-16 Jesus, repentance, and turning to Christ

Sermon on Acts 3.11-16 dealing with who is Jesus, the ends times, and our responsibility to not only have faith in Him but to repent and turn to Him daily.

(SERMON) Isaiah 58 and 59 Sacrifice - Christ - Repentance - Fellowship

What can we learn about real 'fasting' - what role does sin play in our relationship with God - how can sin be over come - why Christian fellowship is vital.

(SERMON) 2 Corinthians 3.1-6

A sermon preached on the 2/2/14 at our evening Praise and Prayer service.

(SERMON) Genesis 34

Sermon on Genesis 34 - the Rape of Dinah, a 'text of terror'

Sunday, 7 September 2014

(SERMON) 2 Corinthians 1.1-2

2 Corinthians 1.1-2  First sermon of a series on 2 Corinthians. The sermon contains in depth background on the situation of 2 Corinthians and deals with the important theology in the first two verses - theology which sets up the scene for the rest of the letter. Includes answers to a brief questions from a discussion session following the sermon.

(SERMON) 1 Corinthians 12-14 - Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12-14 - Spiritual Gifts: What are the Spiritual Gifts? Who has them? How should they be used? How are they abused?

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