Sermons by Graham Criddle

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God the Son taking human form

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As we continue our Advent series we’re thinking about what was involved in the Son of God being human – becoming one of us. What does it mean, why was it necessary, what are the implications? What difference is it going to make to us as we prepare for Christmas? Reading: John 1:1-14 Questions to […]

The Father sending His Son

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As we start our Advent series looking at the “Incarnation” (God becoming human) we will be thinking about God choosing to send His Son into the world – an event we remember in the birth of Jesus at Christmas. And getting behind the traditional (and really important) Christmas story we will see that this really […]

Parable of ten virgins

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Jesus tells a story of a wedding feast and ten young women who were waiting to greet the bridegroom. But only five were able to join the celebration with the other five being left outside. And they were left outside because they weren’t prepared to meet the groom when he arrived. How does this challenge […]

Being a peacemaker

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This Remembrance Sunday evening, we will be thinking about peace – and how Jesus calls on his followers to be peace makers. God is in the business of making peace, Jesus died to bring peace, and he calls us to be part of that work. How can we bring peace into the situation we are […]

The challenge of remembrance

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This Remembrance Sunday morning we will be remembering those who have lost their lives in war and conflict; those who have lost loved ones; those who have been injured and continue to suffer. And we as we remember, as we think about God remembering, we will be challenged as to how our memories change how […]

The destruction of the temple

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Jesus speaks about the Jerusalem temple being destroyed and his disciples want to know when it will happen and when he will return. We are so often fascinated by dates and times that we don’t see the significance behind the events. Jesus explains that even though the temple – the centre of political and religious […]

The challenge of repentance and baptism

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This Sunday morning, we have the privilege of baptising two young men who have experienced God’s love in their lives and committed themselves to following Jesus. As we rejoice with them and our families we are challenged about our own commitment to follow Jesus. Have we made that commitment, have we let it slip, are […]

The challenge of forgiveness

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Jesus responds to a question about “how many times should we forgive?” by saying that there should be no limit – we should be prepared to carry on forgiving. And he goes on to remind us that we forgive because we have been forgiven. Words of Jesus that really challenge us: How much are we […]

Status and caring in the kingdom

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Jesus responds to a question about greatness by pointing to a child and saying that we need to be like him. He speaks about the terrible consequences of causing another follower of Jesus to stumble or to lead them astray. He reminds us of the importance and value of each believer. Words that call us […]

Impact of Jesus’ mission

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In some deeply challenging words, Jesus makes it clear that he expects to have first place in the lives and affections of his followers – even ahead of family. He also calls on his followers to be prepared to follow him wherever he leads even if that involves suffering. He shows what this means in […]