Sermons

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)

Podcast
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Escaping the law

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 13:6-17
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Jesus came to set people free from empty, lifeless forms of religion, such as the kind that predominated in first century Judaism, and also the kind that predominates in our world today. That is to say, any religious system in which human performance is the critical factor. In this passage, the Jewish religious system was on trial, and found wanting. With it fall all systems of human performance. Jesus will free you from all of that.

The day God laughed

  • Series: Summer Psalms #4
  • Scripture: Psa 2
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Epiphany
Psalm 2 is an enthronement psalm, probably written in honour of the accession of a Davidic (descended from David) king to the throne of Judah. Like other royal psalms it speaks of the human king of the time, whilst also pointing past that king to the ‘ultimate David’, Jesus Christ. Let this royal psalm stoke our confidence in God’s sovereign supremacy, so we would pray and plan accordingly. The God who laughs at all human presumption, and has already installed his ultimate King.

Abba, Father

  • Scripture: Gal 4:4-7
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Christmas 1, Yr B
What happened that night in Bethlehem? God became as you are. What changed? You received the extraordinary gift of being called his child.

This is love

At the first Christmas, the world experienced love at it’s most real. Christmas tells us that love isn’t what we do for God or for people, but rather what God has already done for us. Christmas means we never need to ask God how much he loves us.

One that lasts

Advent 4, Yr B
However mighty and all-conquering they may have been at their best, no kingdom, empire, civilisation, ruler, dictator, president, political or economic system or human philosophy has lasted. Is there anything that lasts, when so much is fragile. Yes there is: the kingdom of Christ.

Bible Overview 4

  • Series: Bible overview #4 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Final in an Advent series overviewing the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Today – we discover that we in 2017 are in the cast of the Bible’s big story too. We live in what the Bible calls “the Last Days”, the age of the Church, the season between the Resurrection of Jesus and his promised Return. In other we words we live in the time of “now, and not yet”. We live in the tension of living a New Creation life in a still fallen world..

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

Bible Overview 3

  • Series: Bible overview #3 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Continuing an Advent series overviewing the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Today – we explore the teaching of the New Testament.

It’s all about Jesus, the man from God, appointed by God, as the saving ruler of God’s kingdom. Prepared for in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the New.

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

Bible Overview 2

  • Series: Bible overview #2 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Continuing an Advent series on an overview of the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Today – we look a little more closely at the Old Testament (most of it).

The Bible is the story of God’s Kingdom, and the Old Testament lays the foundation. It introduces the God of the kingdom, and prepares the way for the coming of Jesus. It teaches us about God’s character, God’s purposes and God’s works.

The Old Testament is not God’s ‘Plan A’ that failed. Rather, it sets the foundation for the ultimate expression of God’s kingdom that comes about through Jesus. The history of God’s relationship with his people in the Old Testament helps us understand who Jesus Christ is and what he did.

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

 

Bible Overview 1

  • Series: Bible overview #1 of 4
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning an Advent series (1 week early) on an overview of the Bible’s big story. Using The Bible Overview. Advent is a great time to view the big picture of the Bible because it’s a time when we observe how the coming of Christ fulfils so much of the Old Testament. The Bible’s story in one sentence is:

God appoints Jesus Christ as the saving ruler of God’s kingdom.

The Bible’s narrative runs from Creation to New Creation, pivoting on Christ.

The Bible tells us that God appointed Jesus Christ as the saving ruler of his kingdom. In the Old Testament we see the foundations of this message, and learn who God is, what he does, and how he works. We learn that God commits himself to fallen humans, based on his promises. In the New Testament we see those promises of God fulfilled in Jesus Christ. By his life, death and resurrection, Jesus began God’s kingdom. And he will return to establish it forever.

NB: This is an audio podcast only. The sermon was delivered along with a slideshow as well as a study booklet.

 

Wanting more

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #3 of 3
  • Scripture: Dan 10
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma
  • The power, the love, the goodness and the favour of God made known to his servant at a time when deep assurance was so needed.
  • God most reveals his glory, power, love, grace, and mercy to those who are empty and desperate .. and know it.