Sermons by David Grainger

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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

Being called to serve

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It is often said that “you never know what a day will bring.” That is certainly the case of this memorable and life-changing encounter between Jesus and two pairs of brothers, Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and James and John. Simon and Andrew were hard at work as fishermen, casting their nets into the sea. Jesus […]

Right relationships

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In the early years of the Church, there was a continuous effort to relate Christian faith to the daily lives experienced in the midst of the variety of cultures and customs where they were located. At the heart of this was their desire to fulfil the teaching of Christ and his lordship over their lives. […]

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 […]