Sermons from 2018

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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. […]

Value before price

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Jesus speaks about the value of being in a meaningful relationship with God but recognises there is a price. And at least one of the people He spoke to found the price was too high and turned away. Do we really recognise the value of knowing God and can we communicate that to others? Or […]

Carrying the yoke of Jesus

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Jesus encourages those who are weary and weighed down – with all sorts of pressures – to come to Him and find rest. But then he calls on us to pick up another burden, one He wants to give us, that will be easier to carry and allow us to be part of what He […]

Putting Jesus first

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Have you ever found that someone you introduced to something – a hobby, a sport, a job – ended up being so much better than you at it? And, if so, how did you feel about it? This was the position John found himself in as Jesus – whom he had baptised and who had […]

Grace and truth

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Jesus is described as being “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Which of these do we emphasise, which of these do we lead with, when dealing with others? Do we find it to be easy to be gracious but steer away from telling someone truth they might need to hear? Or do we tell […]

Doing and teaching

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Jesus is spoken of as “doing and teaching” (Acts 1:1) in that order. We can focus on speaking, on teaching, on saying what should be done – but how well do we demonstrate this in our lives, how much do we show people what living as a follower of Jesus is really like, how much […]

CAP Sunday

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Speaking up for those who are ignored, defending those in need, giving what we have to help others. Not a political manifesto but the call of a God who is on the side of the oppressed. How are we going to respond, how are we going to act, how are we going to demonstrate love? […]

Choosing disciples

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Jesus chose 12 followers to be close to him – why did he choose them, would he have chosen us? What do these twelve tell us about the sort of followers Jesus is looking for and how we should live & work together? Reading: John 15:8-17 Questions to think about: These early followers of Jesus […]