Sermons By Date: 2020
As we look at the life of Stephen, and his martyrdom, we see an example of somebody who was faithful in proclaiming the gospel, whatever the cost, and whose death led to a scattering of the church, but with it a rapid spread of the gospel.
Peter identifies 3 things that will help us to suffer unjustly as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus
Choose your friends wisely
Choose your judges wisely
Which do you prefer:
Me or us?
Agreement or disagreement?
God’s wisdom or the world’s wisdom?
Foolishness or the Power of God?
Do we like to obey authority?
Are we living and loving - in the light?
Do you struggle with feelings of condemnation?
How do you feel about obligations?
In what ways do you feel week?
The Apostle Paul starts and ends his letter to the Philippians by talking about grace.
Grace was so important to Paul and it must be important to us too.
How can we live by grace?
If God has created everything and if everything belongs to God:
What can we give to him?
Our thoughts are churning away, all the time, at the back of our minds.
But what are we thinking about?
The Apostle Paul gives us some advice regarding the sorts of things we should be thinking about.
How often should we rejoice?
When do we struggle to rejoice?
How is it possible to be at peace, when things are going wrong?
Within the Church - we are brothers and sisters.
We work, witness and worship together.
Why do we need to agree with each other too?
What do you invest in - so as to have an identity?
Do you see yourself in terms of your nationality?
Do you see your identity in terms of your job?
Do you see yourself in terms of your education, hobby or sport?
Where should we find our true identity?
What does the Apostle Paul say in our passage today?
Knowing Jesus is a marathon not a sprint, we must:
1. Press on in Christ…against opposition
2. Press on in Christ…alone
3. Press on in Christ….until the end
What are the advantages of grumbling?
How do you feel when you hear other people grumbling?
What does the Bible say about grumbling?
What did Paul advise the Philippians regarding grumbling?
When Paul wrote this letter, he really did not know what was going to happen next, so he told his readers: "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel."
This short message contains four sections:
1. Whatever happens
2. Be united
3. Be like Jesus
4. Jesus is Lord
Today we are starting to look at Paul's letter to the Philippians.
The letter was written during lock-down and yet Paul made numerous references to joy.
What was his secret?
What did it mean, to him, to live?
We come to the end of the Gospel of John in this message.
The book comes to an end - but the call of Jesus continues.
Jesus asks a key question: Do you love me?
Peter asks a question too: What about him?
And there is a clear message for all of us: You must follow me.
Some of Jesus' disciples had been fishing all night long and had caught nothing.
Jesus spoke to them early in the morning.
What did he tell them to do?
How would you have responded if you had been in their situation?
Why did God the Father send his Son Jesus into the world?
Why did Jesus come into the world?
Why did John write the Gospel of John?
How did Thomas react, when he had been proved wrong?
How do we react?
What can we learn from Thomas?
What can we learn about devotion?
Jesus' disciples were in lock-down.
What were they thinking?
How were they feeling?
Why were they afraid?
How did Jesus minister to them during lock-down?
What does Jesus offer to us during lock-down?
Are we teaching the next generation?
Are we training them?
What is the difference?
Why does it matter?
Everything changes, when God calls our name.
Throughout history, God has been calling people by name and sending them out on a mission.
Is God calling us by name?
How will we respond?
We all know that rubbish and junk clog up our homes.
What about the rubbish and junk that clog up our hearts and minds?
And during this period of lock-down: what about something new to wear:
What about a new identity?
What is the easiest thing, that we are called to do, as believers in Jesus?
What is the hardest thing, that we are called to do, as believers in Jesus?
Sounds play an important part in the way we interact with the world around us.
Sounds are an integral part of the Easter narrative too.
Let's look at these sounds together.
In a spelling test, a cross means that something is wrong.
On a birthday card, a little cross denotes a kiss – a way of saying that someone loves someone else.
When you go to vote – a cross means that someone has chosen someone else.
When we are doing sums – a cross means that something is about to be added or multiplied.
But what does the cross of Jesus mean?
This is a special message for all the family as we celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem.
We are all called to worship God - as his children.
What do we do, when all the places of worship are closed?
Many people in our world, worship sport, music, food & drink and luxury.
How are they coping at the moment - whilst their places of worship are closed?
And what about us?
How can we worship the Living God - whilst being unable to meet, face to face?
Every generation of believers has faced unprecedented times.
We learn from some famous names in the Bible - including Nicodemus.
Let's invite God to be Lord of our lives:
Lord of our thinking, Lord of our speaking and Lord of everything we do - at such a time as this.
What was Jesus doing as a child and as a teenager?
What can we learn from him?
This All Age presentation is for children of every age:
Whether you are under 10 or over 80
How are we to interpret the changes that are taking place around us?
How should we respond?
Isolation is a very relevant word at the moment.
We are all keeping our distance in view of Coronavirus.
Many people are in isolation today.
And Jesus was isolated too: because he loves us.
Pilate declared that Jesus is King.
He declared it in 3 languages - so that everyone could understand.
We are called to declare that Jesus is King.
What language are we going to use?
Looking at the invitations in Hebrews 10:19-25 (Let us...) to draw near to God, to hold fast to the hope we profess, and to encourage one another.
Who is your King?
Who is our King?
Do we want to be ruled by a King?
Do we want to have someone ruling over us?
We look at 2 occasions when people rejected God as their King, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
Do we want the Living God to be our King?
We don't get told much about Enoch in the Bible, but what we do get told is very profound: Enoch walked faithfully with God.
What can we learn from Enoch?
What does it mean, to walk faithfully with God?
What does it mean to walk by faith?
In this message, we look at the account of Jesus before Pilate, when the Jewish leaders demand that Jesus be put to death - and we ask 5 questions:
What had Jesus actually done?
What is truth?
Who do we want to be released?
Are there things that God has been telling you for years - and you still have have not really got it?
We look at three things that Peter was asked, or told, three times over.
We touch on failure, humbleness, repentance, love, and restoration.
And, in that context, we end by asking: can we really continue thinking in terms of "them and us"?
Jesus is sending us into the world with the message of salvation.
Today we see:
4 reasons for being sent
4 requirements of being sent
4 signs of Jesus' blessing
4 signs of good health
Which are all valid for disciples, groups and churches
What will this new decade hold for us?
When was the easy decade?
Jesus makes it very clear that we will have trouble in this world, but he also assures us: Take heart! I have overcome the world.