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Sun, Feb 18, 2018
Series: Matthew
Duration: 36 mins 11 secs
Should we respond to physical force and violence with more of the same? Should Christians respond to injustice with physical force? Should we be vigilantes and respond to people doing wrong by taking the law into our own hands? While there are some clear answers to these questions, the context of Jesus' arrest is not about whether Christians ought to be pacifists, or not. Instead, the issue is whether God can deliver us, and whether we accept his sovereign will when he chooses not to, and how we cope if that is the case. (Sermon)
Mon, Feb 12, 2018
Series: Matthew
Duration: 32 mins 53 secs
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. At one level this means that we want to do more than we are capable of doing. At another level it means that there is the struggle between the Spirit and the sinful nature in believers. Yet, it also reflects the difference between the willingness of Jesus to do the Father's will, and the weakness and disobedience of the disciples in failing to do what Jesus asks. We can only do what God wants, if we rely on the Holy Spirit, and follow Jesus as he submits to the Father's will. (Sermon)
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Series: Matthew
Duration: 33 mins 37 secs
Two people failed Jesus, Peter and Judas. Both were sorry, but one sought forgiveness while the other was just remorseful. The only successful long term way to deal with guilt, to have a clear conscience and be restored to God, is through turning back to God through faith in Jesus. (Sermon)
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Series: Matthew
Duration: 37 mins 28 secs
The idea of a blood sacrifice for sin seems unpalatable, even distasteful, to many in the western world today. However, without the shedding of blood there can be no sacrifice for sin. Jesus' shed his blood (suffered and died in our place) on the cross, as the one and only effective blood sacrifice for sin for everyone in the world to avail of, by faith in him. The cross is unpalatable, but the only way for justice to be paid to redeem people to God, and allow us to have eternal life, by God's loving grace and mercy. (Sermon)
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Series: Matthew
Duration: 36 mins 29 secs
Christians are sometimes misunderstood, even opposed, in how they live out their walk with Jesus. Don't worry about criticism which stems from worldly thinking. The Lord will commend your godly actions in the long run. (Sermon)
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Duration: 30 mins 23 secs
The Christian life is not easy, as we struggle against temptation. But we can walk with Christ through faith, continually turning back to God, in love in trust and in risk.
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Series: New year
Duration: 34 mins 29 secs
Today, while we have time, is when we should not only hear with our ears, but listen with our minds, and believe in our hearts. [Apologies about the poor noise on the recording towards the end] (Sermon)
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Series: New year
Duration: 35 mins 29 secs
As we look forward to the year ahead, hear God's call, believe in Jesus, and persevere as we work now while we look forward to our eternal rest to come later on. (Sermon)
Mon, Dec 25, 2017
Duration: 22 mins 15 secs
We rejoice at Jesus' coming as the baby born at Bethlehem. But we also rejoice as we look forward to his second coming when he will usher in a new era where there is no more suffering, sorrow or pain, or sin or separation from God. (Sermon)
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Passage: Luke 2:8-32
Duration: 28 mins 40 secs
We look at nativity scenes, but do we really see God? We cannot see him directly, because of our moral flaws/sin, although we can see something of his nature and ways in creation and our minds/conscience. Yet, if we trust in Jesus Christ alone, we can know him now in a deep spiritual way by the indwelling Holy Spirit, as well as know his presence in the age to come more directly when God's presence will be with us. (Sermon)