Sermons by Graham Criddle

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Why did Jesus come? – to fulfil the law

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God gave laws to his people hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and there are lots of questions about what impact they should have on us today. Jesus speaks about the importance of keeping the law and how he came to fulfil it. How should we understand it, how do we apply it? […]

Why did Jesus come? – to bring division

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To hear Jesus saying quite clearly that he had come to cause division between people – even close family members – would have been shocking to those who heard him, and can be shocking to us today. But behind it all, Jesus is saying that he wants to be at the centre of the lives […]

Why did Jesus come? – to do God’s will

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Jesus makes it clear that he came to earth to do what his Father had sent him to do. And this includes welcoming people, keeping people safe, giving people life that will last forever. It’s wonderful to know that Jesus continues to do this today – and will forever. Do you need to meet him […]

Remain, love, engage

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Just before he dies Jesus paints a picture of what is involved in being his effective followers: Staying tightly connected to him Loving each other Engaging with the people and world around us How are we doing on each of these, are these things we need to work on? Reading: John 15:1-25 Questions to think […]

Being renewed and restored

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Peter had denied knowing Jesus and had left him at his moment of deepest need – and now Jesus takes him aside for a private conversation! How will that conversation go, how will Peter respond? And gently, lovingly, Jesus restores Peter into a full relationship with himself and renews Peter for a life of service. […]

Remembrance Sunday (PM)

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As we remember on this Remembrance Sunday, its good to see how God “remembers” in the Bible. And to see what this tells us about his faithfulness, his goodness towards his people, his willingness to forgive. Let’s take his example, remember those who are in need or struggling and seek to bring comfort and help. […]

The world and our place in it

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What do we think about God, how do we pray, what do we think about ourselves? Key questions as we try and work out who we are and how we fit into the world we live in. Using the story of Isaiah having a life-changing vision of God, as well as some of the challenges […]

The cost of being a disciple

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Jesus talks to individuals, and a crowd, and makes it clear that following him carries a cost. It involves commitment, it means being prepared to suffer for him, it means putting him first. Not something that comes naturally to us – but it is the way of fully entering into what Jesus wants for us. […]

Value before price

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Jesus speaks about the value of being in a meaningful relationship with God but recognises there is a price. And at least one of the people He spoke to found the price was too high and turned away. Do we really recognise the value of knowing God and can we communicate that to others? Or […]

Carrying the yoke of Jesus

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Jesus encourages those who are weary and weighed down – with all sorts of pressures – to come to Him and find rest. But then he calls on us to pick up another burden, one He wants to give us, that will be easier to carry and allow us to be part of what He […]