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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Fourth Sunday of Lent
Why did Jesus need to die? The simple answer is in this text. God loves us and we needed saving.
The best way to avoid being or becoming lost is to follow someone you can trust. Jesus presents himself as that someone, now and for eternity. He is not a prophet or guru who shows where the way might be; he is the way. If you follow him, you can be in the very presence of God now, for all of your earthly life, and forever.
Giving which is generous, sacrificial and regular, is a fruit of Christian joy. The joy of salvation, and the joy of imitating Jesus’ extravagant grace.
Other than the great theme of the Kingdom of God, Jesus spoke about money or wealth more than any other subject. And the Bible as a whole addresses it a great deal too. What’s the problem with money? It has the capacity to stop us from following Jesus. It is a rival ‘god’. A good question for Lent is “Who or what is your (G)god?”
As a community of reconciliation, the church should be marked by a character of conversation that’s unlike anything found elsewhere. Christian conversation should be truthful, personal and gracious.
Christ has given to his church grace gifts for service by every member, and also human gifts – word ministers, to enable all servants (ministers) to remain fit for service (ministry). He has done this so that the church as a body can grow to maturity, that is bearing the character and personality of Christ.
God desires to restore our fractured world to oneness under Christ, and to display and effect that oneness through the church. How are we to do that? By dedication to building an unearthly yet very real unity.
A wisdom psalm. Psalm 15 tells us how unholy people like you and me can live at all times in the presence of our holy God. The key is a “blameless” life, which means not “perfect” but more a life marked by integrity. For such a life, the promise is that, whatever God allows He will never fail us.
Light shining in darkness is one of the basic metaphors in the Bible. ‘Light’ evokes a sense of what’s true, right, good or pure. ‘Darkness’, by contrast, suggests what’s evil, false or even scandalous. Jesus declares himself the world’s true light. If you follow him, you’ll find the way through the encroaching darkness of this world to his glorious kingdom.
It doesn’t matter who you are, who or what you’ve been, or how long it takes. But it matters inestimably where you end up. The story of the Magi, the first Gentiles to see and worship God’s promised Messiah-King, teaches us that Jesus is the end of every search for truth or wisdom, and worship is the only response for those who come to him.