Sermons from 2017

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How should we respond to the Incarnation?

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As we draw our Advent series on the Incarnation to a close we will be asking “how should we respond”? We’ve thought about the amazing thing that God did in sending His Son, what it meant for His Son to come and why it was necessary. And with all of that in mind, how are […]

Why was the Incarnation necessary?

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To some folk Christmas is a mainly social celebration, a good time to see us through the dark and cold end of the year. To others it is a mainly commercial opportunity, which seems to be starting earlier each year. But at the heart of the Christian celebration of Christmas is the truth expressed in […]

God the Son taking human form

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As we continue our Advent series we’re thinking about what was involved in the Son of God being human – becoming one of us. What does it mean, why was it necessary, what are the implications? What difference is it going to make to us as we prepare for Christmas? Reading: John 1:1-14 Questions to […]

The Father sending His Son

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As we start our Advent series looking at the “Incarnation” (God becoming human) we will be thinking about God choosing to send His Son into the world – an event we remember in the birth of Jesus at Christmas. And getting behind the traditional (and really important) Christmas story we will see that this really […]

Sheep and goats

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The Sunday before Advent celebrates the feast of Christ the King, which ‘begins at the end’. In the words of I Corinthians 15:24: ‘Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.’ It describes the second Advent of Christ the […]

The parable of the talents

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Readings: Matthew 25:14–30 Questions to think about: “A talent” was a large sum of money. Each of the servants in the parable was given talents according to his ability to prosper the master’s business. We do not have large sums of money so how does God equip us to work for and prosper His kingdom […]

Parable of ten virgins

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Jesus tells a story of a wedding feast and ten young women who were waiting to greet the bridegroom. But only five were able to join the celebration with the other five being left outside. And they were left outside because they weren’t prepared to meet the groom when he arrived. How does this challenge […]

The return of Jesus

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Jesus acknowledges that no-one knows when he is going to return – but makes it clear that he will return one day. The fact that people won’t be expecting him, won’t be ready for him, will not change anything. He will return when he returns, and people will meet him – ready or not. And […]

Being a peacemaker

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This Remembrance Sunday evening, we will be thinking about peace – and how Jesus calls on his followers to be peace makers. God is in the business of making peace, Jesus died to bring peace, and he calls us to be part of that work. How can we bring peace into the situation we are […]

The challenge of remembrance

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This Remembrance Sunday morning we will be remembering those who have lost their lives in war and conflict; those who have lost loved ones; those who have been injured and continue to suffer. And we as we remember, as we think about God remembering, we will be challenged as to how our memories change how […]