My passion is to preach Christ from all of Scripture. Should you wish to listen, I invite your reflection (and comments if you wish) as to whether the words you hear bear His character. Are they, like him, “full of grace and truth”? (John 1:14)
Note: If my sermons look to have been few and far between lately, it’s because they are. Since July 2012 I’ve been in a kind of unofficial sabbatical, with only a little formal ministry engagement. During that time I’ve joined my family in worshipping in our local Anglican parish. I’ve been pleased to occupy the pulpit there, as a guest from time to time.
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God’s plan for the church is nothing less than that the world would look at the church, in doing so see Christ, and thereby be drawn to worship him.
Beginning a series on God’s big picture for history, the universe and the church, from the letter to the Ephesians. God’s purposes are literally universal and eternal, and the church is at the heart of those purposes. A church which understands this will think and pray ‘big’, whatever its current size and influence.
After the pattern of Paul (1 Cor 9) and Jesus the Good Shepherd (John 10), we will do whatever we must, change however we must together, to be effective in reaching the people who are not here. This will be true of us to the extent that:
- we are concerned for the interests of the Gospel
- the interests of those who need Christ take precedence over our own.
Jesus paints a pastoral scene with words, to illustrate how people who choose to follow him have open access both to eternal security and a meaning-filled life now.
Whilst cultural change is faster and more intense in our day than ever, an openness to change in direction or strategy has always been a part of the Christian walk – beginning with the very first people Jesus called to follow him.
Christians are well placed to embrace loss and change thanks to the availability of the power of a loving Father, who gives only good things to his children.
When Jesus satisfied the physical hunger of a multitude with bread, he wanted the people to see that he came to satisfy completely the spiritual hunger of all people. He is to our souls what bread is to our bodies.
Start of a series on change in the church.
It is the way of God to keep on doing new things to express his unchanging love in every place and time. He calls his people to follow him in the new things he is always doing, recognising that the best is yet to come.
God sovereignly, and at times supernaturally, directs all the work of the church’s mission. Yet he is determined to do so through the agency of people.
The first Christians were emboldened in the face of opposition by realising their place in the working out of God’s purposes in their time, and by their confidence in the practical supremacy of God. May the church today learn from this as even in the west we now face at least political persecution, even if not yet physical danger.