Sermon Archives

03/01/2018

Formed in our frailties

It’s the beginning of a new year, it’s “shiny and new – so going well” someone told me yesterday as I sold them a sausage at Bunnings! It was January the 2nd. New things start with promise and with anticipation that something good will come. Yet I’ve noticed many social commentators get to the end […]

27/11/2017

Subversive Baby Jesus

Christmas is coming again! How do you feel about that announcement? There are mixed feelings: some people look forward to Christmas, others are glad for it to be done. Often overlooked is the subversive nature of the original announcement of Jesus’ birth. See, news of Jesus birth brought change to how the world was understood, […]

16/10/2017

Constantly Reforming

October 31st 2017 marks the 500th anniversary since the German monk Martin Luther published his famous 95 Theses against the practice of selling indulgences.  While no movement flows from a singular event or person, Luther’s 95 Theses were a significant catalyst for great change and reformation of the church of the time. In the 16th […]

08/08/2017

The Desired King

There seems a growing consensus about a vacuum of leadership within our society. Where things different for Israel in Old Testament times? There is much in common to today. As Israel searches for a leader in the middle chapters of 1 Samuel, we see what they desired in a king, and how their leadership vacuum […]

13/06/2017

The Gospel

“The gospel” is often said around churches, but what is it? What is “the gospel”? It’s a critical question because “the gospel” is referred to as the power of God in Romans 1:16. That would mean “the gospel” is powerful. Secondly in Colossians 1:5-6 we learn that it is “the gospel” which bears fruit in […]

22/05/2017

So What?

There are some parts of Christian teaching that to the average western person are just a little weird… Three of these would be: 1) Jesus’ Ascension; 2) the Holy Spirit; and 3) the Trinity. These three parts of orthodox Christian teaching are acknowledged each year in the church calendar–so somebody at least thinks they are […]

02/05/2017

TRUE

Truth, knowing, belonging, and being loved are desires that all humans have.  What makes these desires particularly fascinating is that each is like a thirst that is never quenched, there is always more to be enjoyed!  In this little series we look at the short letter of 1 John and discover how each desire can […]

24/03/2017

The Path to Salvation

In Matthew 19 Jesus leaves Galilee and goes into the region of Judea. Jesus is heading to Jerusalem and ultimately his crucifixion. Along the way Jesus gives his disciples a crash course on what the Kingdom of heaven/God is like and what it requires to be part of the kingdom. In these chapters the disciples […]

13/02/2017

A Fellowship Rejoicing in Grace

God’s people, the church, are not simple a group of individuals that come together on occasions and then depart, instead they are a fellowship, a body, a family. But what marks this fellowship, what defines it? Yes, we eat together and spend time with each other, we support one another in our griefs and sorrows. […]

02/01/2017

Lord of my burdens

The Psalms are the place to regularly go to so that we can find expressions for the deep cries of our hearts. We find a deep and robust relationship between many authors of the Psalms and God, plus we discover ways that they found God a source of strength in the burdens of life. In […]

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