Sermons by Bev Smith

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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 […]

Promise of offspring

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Many of the prophecies – promises for the future – we find in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the person, the life, the work of Jesus and we’re going to be looking at some of these over the next few weeks. This evening – how a promise to a man called Abraham that he […]

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 […]

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 […]

The need for rescue

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Jesus launched his public ministry with a manifesto in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30) making a claim to be the Messiah people were waiting for. And he says that one of the things he has come to do is to rescue those who are struggling. What did the people expect of a Messiah? What did they need […]

Miracle of judgment

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God acted in judgment on the people of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed their cities. The New Testament reminds us of this and challenges us about how we are going to live in light of that judgment Readings: Genesis 19:24-25; Matthew 11:23-24; 2 Peter 2:6  

Praying to God

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From the depths of the sea, from the depths of despair, Jonah prays and calls out to God. What did he say, what would you have said, what could you say to God from the situation you are in?

Resist, stand firm, commit ourselves to God

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The final installment in our series on spiritual warfare – with a reminder to be aware that the devil is real and “on the prowl”, a call to stand firm and resist, the need to commit ourselves humbly and completely to God. How will we respond – how will we engage in the spiritual battle […]

Living the life we have in Christ

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  Sinners, saved by grace, saved for a reason. This is who we are – do we live this way? Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 Questions to think about: “We are all sinners” – what is the difference between the believer and the non-believer, are we counted as sinners? Discuss what it means to be saved by grace – […]

The glorified Jesus and his people

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In the last of our series looking at visions in the Bible we turn to the last book of the Bible where we see a vision of the risen and glorified Jesus being given to one of his followers. And this leads on to key messages, challenges and encouragement to the church as to how […]