Sermons from March 2019

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The good shepherd

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God wasn’t going to permit wicked rulers to continue. He would punish them and send good and kind rulers in their place. And we see this in the person of Jesus who came as the “good shepherd” to care, to bring life, to bring salvation? Where are we putting our confidence? In the people around […]

Honouring parents

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God’s people were commanded to honour their parents. How much has this idea been lost in today’s society? Is it still important? But above that, Jesus calls people to get rid of anything that would prevent them following Him, and for Him to be first in our lives. Are there things that are stopping you […]

The servant of God

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The servant was sent to do amazing things that would bless many people – but before he could go he needed to be anointed by God; so he could go in God’s strength. It was true for the servant in Isaiah, it was true for Jesus, it was true for the first disciples, it is […]

Engaging with the other

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God’s people were commanded to act justly and generously towards those who couldn’t defend themselves, who could have easily been exploited. Jesus spent time with people that “good society” wanted to ignore. How do you respond to people on the edge of society, people who are “different”? Are you happy with your answer or do […]

Civic responsibility

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Paul calls on followers to Jesus to be subject to those in power, to contribute to their work, to honour and respect them. Sometimes – when we see how they behave and what they do – that can be difficult to accept and live up to. So how will you respond to Paul’s challenge to […]

The suffering servant

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A servant who would suffer, who would sacrifice himself, who would die – not for himself but for God’s people so that they could be restored. And a servant who having come through that would be restored to life by God and given a place of authority and power. That is the story told by […]

Promise of a hope

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A different type of servant and king – one who had a totally positive relationship with God; one who engaged kindly with the world; one who was a force for justice and goodness. Are you – in the power of the Holy Spirit – seeking to live in this way today so that you can […]

Nationalism

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As we near Brexit nationalistic and patriotic passions abound in the world, sometimes whipped up by populist political leaders. How should we respond as Christians? Einstein called nationalism “an infantile disease. The measles of mankind.” C. S. Lewis wrote: that “love of country becomes a demon when it becomes a god.” What would Jesus do? […]