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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The account of Noah and the flood has been preserved in Scripture to tell us how very serious sin is, how extraordinary God’s grace is, and how desperately we depend on that grace – today, every day, and forever.
The further people drift from fellowship with their God, the further they drift from one another. We see this played out as the first sin in the garden leads in to the first murder, as enmity and distrust give way to jealousy. We note the beginnings of a cyclical pattern of SIN, JUDGEMENT and GRACE. God’s once perfect world of trust degrades further and yet further. But from the start, grace shines through.
The news couldn’t be worse from planet Earth! The people God created in love have stepped out of alignment with his plans and purposes, damaging the once perfect relationship between God and humanity. The effect of this is that the once perfect relationships between humans and one another and between humans and the created world, are also damaged. But even so, God has already mounted a rescue mission …
The particular and unique relationship of marriage serves the grander purpose of imaging the sense of companionship and belonging in relationship for which God uniquely created human beings.
There’s no middle ground in assessing someone who makes the kinds of claims Jesus makes. He can only be either God incarnate or a total lunatic. Every person must decide which he is for themselves, with eternal consequences. For he makes eternal claims about himself. He claims that people who obey his words escape death. Then he claims that Abraham, the father of the faithful who lived thousands of years earlier, longed for and welcomed Jesus’ coming. Then to top it off, he claims to be far more significant than Abraham – being eternal. Christians are people who weigh his claims and declare him the Son of God and key to life. What will you make of Jesus?
What does it mean to be human? The Bible is the best place to go to find, since it begins with the creation of humanity by the one who started it all. From the end of Genesis 1, two core truths present themselves in answer to that question:
- bearers of God’s image and likeness – uniquely sacred in God’s universe, and managers of his world as his representatives;
- workers after the pattern of the great worker. For those who submit to Christ as Lord, work should never be mere drudgery again. Work is central to being human under God.
The opening chapter of the Bible has been written to tell us that the world and life were planned by a loving and all-powerful God, who still rules his creation. The world and your life have ultimate purpose and meaning.
If you join yourself to Jesus and keep clinging to him, the vine and source of life, you can know with confidence that you “fit” in the universe of time and space, that you belong. And you will then also have a fruitful life, that produces the character of Jesus and attracts others to him.
Why did Jesus have to die? The simple answer is in this text. God loves us and we needed saving. Reworked from sermon of 15th March 2015 at St Peter’s Nimmitabel.
The early church outshines most modern day western churches in fervent and expectant corporate prayer. Even so, these first Christians at times expected less from God than he was ready to do. Two observations, then:
- God is ready to do more than we’re ready to expect;
- in the end nothing frustrates God’s purposes.