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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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.
Baptising into all of God’s revealed fulness, along with going into the world and teaching obedience, is a support act in the Church’s mission. The main game is making disciples.
The striking and unusual events of the first Christian Pentecost signify God’s grand plan to put a fractured cosmos back together, through and under Christ.
Connect to Church Sunday
One day a man asked Jesus for the religious formula for eternal life. He wanted to know what good deeds or religious acts he could perform to secure a seat in paradise. Jesus put his finger on the man’s chief object of trust – his wealth. From there he teaches his disciples (us included) that eternal life (= salvation) comes only as a gift from God, through Jesus. Following Jesus now brings both life beyond death, and the richest blessing now through Christ-centred community.
The first church was marked by a holy awe which seized every member, resulting in a rich devotion to the teaching and testimony of the Apostles, to the Christ they proclaimed, and to the table fellowship and Christ-honouring prayers – all of which shaped their meetings together.
We can all lay claim to being ‘good’, or at least better than some others. But the Bible makes it clear to us that the best of our ‘goodness’ isn’t good enough. We’re the crew of a ‘pirate planet’ in God’s universe, and without forgiveness and a fresh start we’re doomed in the end. In Romans 7, Paul thanks God that Jesus is able to rescue us from the judgement we’d otherwise face. Today’s baptism, like any baptism, reminds us all that each one of us needs a fresh start, and also that no one is beyond reach of the new life Jesus makes possible.