Sermons from 2018

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Why did jesus come? – to die

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Jesus makes the shocking statement that he came into the world to die. While dying is something we all expect, its not something many of us would claim is our reason for living. Why was this so important to Jesus, what did he achieve? As we prepare for Christmas – when we celebrate his birth […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring abundant life

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Readings: Psalm 23 & John 10:1-18 Questions to think about: The illustration of a Shepherd is used in the Bible to describe the way God looks after, protects and cares for people.  Can you think of a modern equivalent of a Shepherd that would describe God’s care that people today could identify with? The thief […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring judgement

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It might seem unusual to discuss judgement in the midst of our Advent celebrations. But it lies at the heart of the meaning of the incarnation. The so-called ‘paradox of revelation’ observes that in order to bring grace, it must also give offence. In order to be grace, it must uncover sin. The gospel brings […]

Why did Jesus come? – to fulfil the law

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God gave laws to his people hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and there are lots of questions about what impact they should have on us today. Jesus speaks about the importance of keeping the law and how he came to fulfil it. How should we understand it, how do we apply it? […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring division

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To hear Jesus saying quite clearly that he had come to cause division between people – even close family members – would have been shocking to those who heard him, and can be shocking to us today. But behind it all, Jesus is saying that he wants to be at the centre of the lives […]

Why did Jesus come? – to do God’s will

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Jesus makes it clear that he came to earth to do what his Father had sent him to do. And this includes welcoming people, keeping people safe, giving people life that will last forever. It’s wonderful to know that Jesus continues to do this today – and will forever. Do you need to meet him […]

Remain, love, engage

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Just before he dies Jesus paints a picture of what is involved in being his effective followers: Staying tightly connected to him Loving each other Engaging with the people and world around us How are we doing on each of these, are these things we need to work on? Reading: John 15:1-25 Questions to think […]

Being renewed and restored

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Peter had denied knowing Jesus and had left him at his moment of deepest need – and now Jesus takes him aside for a private conversation! How will that conversation go, how will Peter respond? And gently, lovingly, Jesus restores Peter into a full relationship with himself and renews Peter for a life of service. […]

Things that stop us being disciples

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A young man comes to Jesus and asks him how he can be sure of eternal life. Jesus engages with him in conversation but – not liking the answer, finding the cost too high, the man walks away disappointed. What may Jesus be calling on us to give up, what may we be holding on […]

Remembrance Sunday (PM)

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As we remember on this Remembrance Sunday, its good to see how God “remembers” in the Bible. And to see what this tells us about his faithfulness, his goodness towards his people, his willingness to forgive. Let’s take his example, remember those who are in need or struggling and seek to bring comfort and help. […]