Sermons by Graham Criddle

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Running away from God

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The story of Jonah is well known to many: he runs away, he is thrown into the sea, he is swallowed by a big fish; three days later he is thrown out onto the shore; he goes and does what he should have done in the first place. But what does this first chapter – […]

Living as new people

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Paul compares the attitudes and actions of those who don’t yet know Jesus with those who have chosen to follow Him. He speaks about the deceitfulness of our “old natures” and the goal of becoming more like God, living righteous and holy lives. And he lists a set of things to avoid doing because of […]

Focus on communion

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In verse 26 Paul reminds us that when we share bread and wine together we are telling each other that Jesus died. But he also reminds us that one day Jesus will return and we won’t need to remember him in this way any longer. How do these two realities – one in the past […]

Living to become more like Christ

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Recognising who we are in Jesus, Paul encourages believers to be patient, to care for each other, to be united, to be built up, to become mature. It sounds like hard work, it needs commitment, if flows from a deep and living relationship with Jesus. How much are you, how much are we, prepared to […]

Struggle is against dark and evil forces

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For Paul the message seems simple: Those who believe in Jesus are in a battle against spiritual forces which we can’t win on our own, but we can be assured of victory if we make use of what God has provided for us. How do you respond to these claims and challenges? How familiar are […]

Living in the fullness of God

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Paul rejoices in the privilege of sharing the good news about Jesus with others, he reminds his readers of the wonderful things God has done through Jesus, he prays for other believers that they will come to experience God in a richer way, he points to the supreme power of God. How much do we […]

Focus on communion

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In verse 25 Jesus speaks about a “new covenant” he is bringing into existence – a new relationship between God and humanity made possible through his death on the cross. What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to live in such a relationship with God today? What difference is it making in […]

Living as united in Christ

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Jesus is presented as the one who – through his death on the cross – has broken down barriers and is uniting people together as God’s family. Are you prepared for your barriers to be broken down, are you willing to be involved in breaking down barriers that get in the way of unity? Reading: […]

Disciples engaging with spiritual forces

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A story of people prepared to do what Jesus told them, to go where he sent them, and to act in his power. And as they did so, they saw amazing things happen and experienced wonderful things. Are we prepared to go and act in a similar way? Reading: Luke 10:1, 17-24 Questions to think […]

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 […]