Sermons from November 2017

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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 […]

The destruction of the temple

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Jesus speaks about the Jerusalem temple being destroyed and his disciples want to know when it will happen and when he will return. We are so often fascinated by dates and times that we don’t see the significance behind the events. Jesus explains that even though the temple – the centre of political and religious […]

The challenge of repentance and baptism

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This Sunday morning, we have the privilege of baptising two young men who have experienced God’s love in their lives and committed themselves to following Jesus. As we rejoice with them and our families we are challenged about our own commitment to follow Jesus. Have we made that commitment, have we let it slip, are […]