Sermons from October 2017

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The challenge of forgiveness

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Jesus responds to a question about “how many times should we forgive?” by saying that there should be no limit – we should be prepared to carry on forgiving. And he goes on to remind us that we forgive because we have been forgiven. Words of Jesus that really challenge us: How much are we […]

Discipline in the church

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Jesus outlines how the church should respond to someone who is sinning – lovingly, sensitively and with a desire to restore them.   Reading: Matthew 18:15-20

Status and caring in the kingdom

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Jesus responds to a question about greatness by pointing to a child and saying that we need to be like him. He speaks about the terrible consequences of causing another follower of Jesus to stumble or to lead them astray. He reminds us of the importance and value of each believer. Words that call us […]

Parables about growth and the Kingdom

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It is generally accepted that the Gospel of Matthew was written in the last quarter of the first century, and it reflects the life and work and beliefs of early Christian communities spreading out in the then known world. In many cases they faced opposition and persecution, and seemed to be very much in the […]

The parable of the sower

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Reading: Matthew 13: 1-23 This story told by Jesus – maybe one of his most well-known – is about a farmer sowing seed and what happens as it falls on different types of land. And it raises – at least – a couple of challenges for us: What sort of “seed” are we? Are we […]

Impact of Jesus’ mission

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In some deeply challenging words, Jesus makes it clear that he expects to have first place in the lives and affections of his followers – even ahead of family. He also calls on his followers to be prepared to follow him wherever he leads even if that involves suffering. He shows what this means in […]

Harvest and God’s Provision

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What does celebrating harvest mean to you? Is it a fairly meaningless thing that we do each year, is it a reminder of God’s goodness and provision for another year, or something else? The Bible first mentions harvest in Genesis 8:22 where God promises that it – as well as seasons and days / nights […]

Expectation of persecution and engaging with it

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As Jesus sends out his followers to take his message into the world he makes it clear that not everyone will welcome them – but that they will be persecuted, betrayed, hated and maybe even killed for being obedient to him. For most of us in the Western church this is not our experience so […]