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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A rash promise

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #11
  • Scripture: Mk 6:14-29
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The tragic and terrible death of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod Antipas and his wife Herodias tells us starkly that Christian discipleship is not for the half-hearted. The call to follow Jesus is for dark times as well as light times. Christians who last the distance are those who know that their reward is not success or even safety, but the certain knowledge that they are serving God’s great purposes.

A sent force

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #10
  • Scripture: Mk 6:1-13
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Scepticism is normal, and God will not force anyone into a positive response to his Son or his message. But there comes a point where a person needs to be willing to ‘park’ their scepticism and try faith (or belief). Only then will the hand of God become evident, and only then can a person be God’s instrument in his mission to establish his kingdom.

When the seed grows

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #9
  • Scripture: Mk 4:26-34
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Christ will return to gather a church far grander and extensive than any past or present appearances may suggest.

The last man standing

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 9:28-36
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Moses and Elijah – their work is done. Moses, Elijah, the Law and the Prophets – Jesus surpasses them all and fulfils them all.  He is the last man standing on the mountain of God’s revelation. Therefore he is all you need.

What kind of listener are you?

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #8
  • Scripture: Mk 4:1-20
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

In what we commonly know as the Parable of the Sower (or perhaps better, the Parable of the Soils) Jesus explains his ministry, what it’s end will be, and why it is that his message met with such widely diverging responses. It’s all about listening – the kind of listening that leads to change and growth. The personal question is:

What kind of soil are you?

Overcoming evil

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #7
  • Scripture: Mk 3:20-35
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

The crowds mobbed him, the religious leaders challenged his legitimacy, and his family declared him mad. Jesus has always drawn a wide range of reactions from people. But as God’s King in God’s world, he has come to defeat Satan once and for all, making complete forgiveness available to all who come to him seeking it. Equipped with that assurance, his true family are those who continually seek to do God’s will more and more.

Called to be with him

  • Series: Gospel of Mark #6
  • Scripture: Mk 3:7-19
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Small group Christian community begins when Jesus calls and appoints a band of twelve leaders to be first “with him”, and then to be sent out in service. Service comes from call and community. Jesus the true Israel calls twelve to be the foundation of the new Israel, gathered around himself. We can be encouraged in his service, because God always calls and uses imperfect people.

Only sleeping

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 8:41-56
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Jesus confronts and overcomes evil in many forms, including even physical death.  You don’t overcome evil, but Jesus does. Therefore he is the One to be with when trouble strikes. Christians do not escape suffering. But neither are they helpless before it. Rather they are victorious in and over it, through Christ who is present to their faith. You can experience that reality by coming to Jesus.

Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

Easter, Yr B
The Resurrection of Christ is believed by millions not because some well-meaning people made it up to keep Jesus alive in their imaginations, but because of eyewitness testimony. If only one person declared that Jesus is alive, the world would have every right to be sceptical. But what might be possible if all God’s people testified that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive today?

It is finished

  • Scripture: Jn 19:30
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Good Friday
What did Jesus mean when, just before breathing his last and giving up his spirit, he declared “It is finished”? He meant that he’d done all of the saving mission the Father had sent him for. That means you go free. Hallelujah!

I acknowledge the generosity of my brother Mark Calder of the Anglican Church of Noosa for making this sermon available to other pastors for their use. I’ve never preached someone else’s sermon before. But for a flat out country pastor on an Easter weekend .. well, who’d say no?! Bless you Mark!