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)
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Anyone who would follow Jesus as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven must learn to love the Jesus way. That means moving from a focus on one’s “rights” to a full focus on grace – gospel grace received and given.
This sermon is the first to be recorded as part of a livestream video of a full(-ish) Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to Facebook Live.
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Christianity is fundamentally not about stuff a person does but who they are on the inside. It’s a matter of the heart, and it’s on the heart that God will judge.
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You know, and I know, what a difference it makes to the human spirit to relate to someone who listens, really listens .. and who somehow conveys the message that you’re a person, and that you matter. Jesus presents himself as the Good Shepherd. Good in the sense that he is everything a shepherd should be, the ideal shepherd. If you met a leader who put themselves on the line for you and your interests, all the way, what would you do? Well surely you’d follow them. Wouldn’t you?
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We continue reading the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7). The radical distinctiveness of life as a disciple of Jesus, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus says to us who would follow him, “Go and live in such a way that God’s glory shines brightly through your deeds.” The purpose of good deeds is to direct attention to God and his glory. Salt and light are two things that make an impact by being distinctive. We as God’s people are to do that in the world where he has placed us, so that more people will be drawn to Him.
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Commencing a Lent-Easter series from the Sermon on the Mount, a block of Jesus’ teaching on discipleship. “The Beatitudes” (blessings) serve as the prologue to the ‘sermon’. We may consider the blessings of true discipleship under three headings, representing three heart qualities or attitudes which characterise authentic followers of Jesus: emptiness, mercy and patience for the long game.
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Last Sunday after Epiphany, Yr A
The Kingdom of Judah has a new king. And Psalm 2 was penned to mark the occasion when that earthly king ascended to he throne of his ancestor. Yet the psalm points us beyond the mere accession of one of the many kings to reign in the southern kingdom between the death of Solomon and the exile, centuries before Christ. It points us to the ultimate David, David’s greater Son, who will rule supreme not just over a few surrounding nations but over all nations forever. That is, to God’s ultimate anointed Christ.
Let this royal psalm encourage us to be confident in God’s sovereign supremacy, and so to pray and plan accordingly. The God who laughs at all human presumption, and has already installed his ultimate King.
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How much are Christ and his gospel truly worth to you? Is there anything you wouldn’t sacrifice to have and keep them? Is there something or someone in this life that you can’t imagine being at peace without? Or is there something you do with the instinctive motivation that not doing it could put you beyond the reach of God’s mercy? Never confuse performance with relationship.
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Ordinary Sunday 3, Yr A
Psalm 27 was written by a man (most likely King David himself) possessed by two driving urges: to live all of his life in the presence of the living God knowing that there lies his most real security; and to seek God’s ‘face’, which means God himself, his person, his close presence, his lovely character. But where could such a longing truly be met? Finally only in Jesus, who by his coming us, made God known.
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It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve been. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. It does matter where you end up. So in 2020, will you worship Jesus as your King, and offer him whatever it is that signifies what a priceless treasure it is to you to worship Him with all you are and all you have.
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The UN can’t bring about peace. The President of the US can’t command peace. The military muscle of several nations can’t make peace happen. But Jesus, the one whom today we declare was born a child for us — he is the Prince of Peace. That’s the peace that can be yours today. It can transform your life, heal your broken relationships, bring you a clean conscience, forgiveness for your sins and failures – every one of them, turn a nation around .. it can do all of that and much much more — provided it can first reign in your heart. And that can happen today, right now; if you will allow it, if you will invite Jesus to form a new government over your life, to be your source of wisdom, to be your God of power, to nurture you as no earthly father can, to bring you Peace with God for ever by the blood he shed for you on the Cross.
Jesus can do all of that. That’s why there needed to be a child born for us. That’s why God’s Son has been given to us. That’s why there’s Christmas. May yours be filled with light, joy and peace as you welcome him as your ruler today.
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