Sermons by Graham Criddle

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Give us today our daily bread

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Jesus encourages his followers to pray that God will provide what they need each day. This suggests a close relationship and one where God is involved in the daily reality of our lives. Is that your understanding and experience of God? Are there things that hold you back from praying for God’s help? Or, on […]

Living the hope to which we are called

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In a powerful prayer Paul prays that the believers in Ephesus will get to know God better and will experience in a deep way the great things that God has done for them / has in store for them. He points to what God has done for Jesus and encourages us to really allow that […]

Looking beyond

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In this strange story Daniel has a vision and meets a heavenly being – an angel? – who has been sent by God to speak to him and explain what is going to happen in the world. But this being was held up by another supernatural being – one who is in opposition to God. […]

The vital importance of the resurrection

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The amazing story of Easter is that around 2000 years ago a man died in agony on a cross – but that he was there willingly, it was part of God’s plans and purposes, it was in that death that he was going to defeat sin and suffering and evil and death itself. And as […]

Two agendas

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In the few days between his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his death on the cross; Jesus engages in debate, challenge, criticism and praise. Those opposed to him try and come up with the best way of getting rid of him. And over a meal in Bethany we are challenged to think about how much […]

Two disciples on Palm Sunday

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Jesus sends two of his followers to get a donkey, he rides into Jerusalem to a rapturous welcome, and then he slips out again unnoticed. They had done what Jesus commanded them to do but they may have been left wondering what it was all for, what did it mean? Are we simply prepared to […]

Relating to the Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is someone whom we can struggle to understand – but he was sent to help us understand Jesus better, set us free from sin, empower us for life, be God living in us, help us know that we are daughters and sons of God. He also comes to challenge us in the […]

Focus on communion

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Jesus speaks of giving his body for his followers, of pouring out his blood for them (Luke 22:19-20) and they respond by arguing who should be seen as the greatest. Jesus is speaking about the greatest act of self-sacrifice and his disciples miss the point completely. How do you respond to the willing, self-giving, love […]

Focusing on Jesus

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For a brief moment, three followers of Jesus see something of his real glory, hear God speaking about how much He loves His Son, are challenged to listen to Jesus and to focus on Him alone. What is our understanding of Jesus, are we prepared to focus on Him and not be distracted / influenced […]

Focus on communion

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Jesus, looking ahead to his death, says that it had been predicted that he would need to die. What does it mean to you that God’s love for you, God’s plan for the world, meant that he was willing to send His own Son to suffer and die for us all? Reading: Mark 14:17-26 Questions […]