Sermons from October 2016

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Identity in Christ – I am unfinished


The idea that we are “unfinished”, that we are still “works in progress” can be encouraging, particularly when we fall short of what we expect of ourselves or, more importantly, when we fall short of what God expects of us. But it is also challenging as it calls us to ongoing transformation to be more […]

Ruth – the royal line


The book of Ruth ends with a list of ten names – a family tree. And Boaz, the husband of Ruth, is included there as is their son. And this encourages us to draw back from the details of the story and to look at the wider picture, as to where it fits in the […]

Identity in Christ – I am free

Freedom is something that we cherish and something that wars have been fought to preserve. But as we think about this concept of freedom we see that we all live under a variety of constraints – some that we willingly accept, others that we resist and resent. When Jesus speaks to some Jews, when Paul […]

Ruth – rescue through the Kinsman Redeemer


As this beautiful story reaches its climax, we cannot fail to see how God takes the tangled web of our lives and the situations we encounter to weave them into the awesome pattern of his great plan for saving the world. At first sight this is the story of a Gentile widow and her mother-in-law, […]

Ruth – the complication for the royal line


A cunning plan, detailed preparation, careful execution. Lying in wait, making proposals, waiting to see what happens next. These are just some of the things we see as the story develops and nears its finale. And we also see Naomi working to ensure that Ruth can come to a place of rest, a place of […]

Identity in Christ – I am secure


With all the challenges and uncertainties of life it is wonderful to hear Jesus making powerful promises to his people that he will never let them go – and to hear Paul getting excited about the fact that nothing can separate us from the love of God. But there still remains a challenge as to […]

Ruth – The ray of hope for the royal line


Naomi and Ruth are now living in Bethlehem but they have no-one to provide for her – so Ruth goes out into the harvest fields to pick up stalks of grain missed by the harvesters. As she does so – and as the story develops – we get an insight into the society in which […]