Monday, 29 February 2016

(SERMON) Colossians 1.9-14 "Reformation of character begins with Revival of the soul"

Paul's prayer for the Colossians shows how we must constantly pray for our lives to be radically changed by the Holy Spirit.  We need not only to know God will in our lives and through this be empowered to live lives not only worthy of Jesus but utterly and totally pleasing to Him too.  We are called to live a life of good works and good fruit, growing knowledge and deepening faith, perseverance and endurance, alongside joy and thankfulness.  None of this is possible unless we grasp the most foundational of things - the Gospel of Jesus, the Good News that HE is the one who saves.  Reformation of character begins with Revival of the soul.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

(SERMON) Exodus 34.29-35 The Shining Face of Moses

When Moses came down the mountain once again with the Ten Commandments his face was shining brightly and he had to cover it with a veil. This leads us to ask three questions: 1) Why did God make Moses's face shine? 2) How did it come it shine? 3) Is this something for us today?

Part of this sermon was done away from the lectern using a mirror, a torch, and red pieces of paper with things like 'self-indulgence' written on which were stuck to the mirror to show how it prevents the light being reflected. This is why the volume fluctuates at times (I currently use my mobile to record as our media system doesn't support recording).

Thursday, 4 February 2016

(SERMON) Ephesians 1.3-14 Predestined to Hopefulness

Paul writes to a persecuted and downtrodden church to remind them of their true identity in Jesus - a called, loved, forgiven, and holy people.  The truths held in this very long sentence of Scripture should fill all saints with comfort, confidence, and courage.

Monday, 1 February 2016

(SERMON) Isaiah 62.1-5 Beautiful Bride

Marriage was given by God to reflect the wonderful mystery of Christ's love for His Bride the Church - in this truth is amazing hope, peace, and joy.  In this sermon we explore the image of the Bride in Isaiah 62 and consider what it means for us today.

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