Sermons by David Grainger

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Spiritual weapons not of this world

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Our war and our weapons are not of this world. Paul experienced a struggle in Corinth. A group of preachers and teachers arrived from Judea with a letter of recommendation and practised ecstatic and visionary experiences. To them Paul was an enigma. In person he seemed to be timid. Yet in his writings he was […]

Changing the rules

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As the early church Christians move out with the news of the Gospel, they faced serious limitations in their engagement. Were they supposed to reach mainly Jews, or was the good new of Jesus Christ also meant for Gentiles? In Acts 10 faces this issue head on. And everything changed, in both the locus and […]

Why was the Incarnation necessary?

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To some folk Christmas is a mainly social celebration, a good time to see us through the dark and cold end of the year. To others it is a mainly commercial opportunity, which seems to be starting earlier each year. But at the heart of the Christian celebration of Christmas is the truth expressed in […]

Sheep and goats

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The Sunday before Advent celebrates the feast of Christ the King, which ‘begins at the end’. In the words of I Corinthians 15:24: ‘Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.’ It describes the second Advent of Christ the […]

Parables about growth and the Kingdom

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It is generally accepted that the Gospel of Matthew was written in the last quarter of the first century, and it reflects the life and work and beliefs of early Christian communities spreading out in the then known world. In many cases they faced opposition and persecution, and seemed to be very much in the […]

Honour your father and mother

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The first four of the 10 commandments focus on our relationship with God. But the next 6 deal with our relationships with each other, and begin with the fundamental family relationship between children and parents. If we get it right, there is a better chance that we can shape and maintain the web of wider […]

Keeping the Sabbath

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The 4th commandment reads: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” In creation God worked 6 days and rested on the 7th, and his people are commanded to do the same. The seventh day is to be set apart – as a holy day (the root of our words holiday). It was a vital […]

The Church’s Mission – People who praise and pray

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Throughout the bible there is a dual focus in the work and spiritual life of God’s people. First, the central focus of worship. – to live to worship and to glorify God our creator and saviour. We also engage in its companion focus, mission, to encourage other people to celebrate in the wonderful work of […]

People who bear witness to the living God

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We continue our reflections on the Church’s Mission, using Christopher Wright’s excellent book The Mission of God’s People: a Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission, and three key passages of scripture: Isaiah 43:8 – 11, Luke 24:45 – 49, and Acts 1:1 – 8. One of the opening verses of the Bible states God said: […]

Telling the good news about Jesus

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Jesus had said that after the Holy Spirit came upon his disciples they would be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth. In many senses that is a summary of the content of the book of Acts. As the word spread beyond Jerusalem to Judea and then […]