Sermons by Graham Criddle

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Role and status of the king

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A royal coronation where the king is spoken of as sitting at God’s right hand, of defeating his enemies, of living as a priest forever. Words full of hope, of promise, of security. And words that point us to Jesus as the ultimate king and the priest who offered himself and now represents us to […]

Promise of a son, a kingdom

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God promised King David that he would have a son and that he would rule, his kingdom would last, forever. David’s son, Solomon, did become king – but he and his successors turned away from God and the kingdom was lost. But in Jesus, God’s kingdom will never end, it will last forever, Jesus will […]

God is … love

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God is described as being “love” – and acting towards us out of love. Actions that included sending his Son to die for us, living in us, making us more like Jesus. And because love comes from God, we can’t really love – as we were intended to love – without knowing God, believing in […]

God is … light

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God is described as being “light” – not just in the sense that He is the source of light (although that is true) but in a moral sense as well. He is totally good and opposed to everything that is evil and sinful. And his people are called to live as “children of light” (John […]

Go and make disciples, baptising and teaching

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Jesus explains that two aspects of disciple-making are baptism and teaching people to be obedient to his commands. One speaks about drawing people into a living, transforming relationship with him, the other talks about an ongoing, life-long change to the way we live. What can you do in both of these areas – in introducing […]

Go and make disciples of all nations

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Our text for the year calls on us to “make disciples of all nations”. For some people that means travelling abroad to act as missionaries, for many of us it needs to change how we engage with people at home, in our communities, in our workplaces, online. In what way can you be obedient to […]

Why did jesus come? – to die

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Jesus makes the shocking statement that he came into the world to die. While dying is something we all expect, its not something many of us would claim is our reason for living. Why was this so important to Jesus, what did he achieve? As we prepare for Christmas – when we celebrate his birth […]

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 […]