Sermons from November 2018

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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. […]

Remembrance Sunday (AM)

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As we reflect on the reality and horror of war, as we remember those who gave everything and those who still give of themselves, as we remember those who suffer – we also look to Jesus who came to bring peace and pray for that peace to come. Reading: John 14:23-27

The world and our place in it

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What do we think about God, how do we pray, what do we think about ourselves? Key questions as we try and work out who we are and how we fit into the world we live in. Using the story of Isaiah having a life-changing vision of God, as well as some of the challenges […]

The cost of being a disciple

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Jesus talks to individuals, and a crowd, and makes it clear that following him carries a cost. It involves commitment, it means being prepared to suffer for him, it means putting him first. Not something that comes naturally to us – but it is the way of fully entering into what Jesus wants for us. […]