Sermons


Nov 2016
20

Matthew 13.1-23 ‘The parable of the soils’

I don’t really know why Jesus called this ‘the parable of the sower’, because it isn’t really about the sower, it’s about the soil, and why the gospel does not impact everyone in the same way: the sower is the same, the seed is the same; it’s the soil that produces different results.

Nov 2016
13

Ecclesiastes 3.1-8 ‘Something more’

‘Everything happens for a reason’? Nonsense. Everything has its time, true, but that doesn’t mean everything is good. Wisdom tells us how it is: but it is not all there is.

Sep 2016
25

Philippians 4.10-23 ‘The secret: revealed’

It is my prayer that in all we do here our focus would be on Jesus. Yes we need to fill more chairs. Yes we need more money. Yes we need to reach out more effectively – but in all that, let our focus first and foremost be fully on Jesus.

Sep 2016
18

Philippians 3.17 - 4.9 ‘Practising what we preach’

Do you want to know the peace of God? Are you willing to put your faith into practice, to be constant in prayer – in every situation – so that the peace of God will guard your heart and mind in Jesus?

Sep 2016
11

Philippians 3.1-16 ‘Striving towards heaven’

Let us strive, not only for heaven, but towards heaven. We don’t have to earn the prize; we don’t have to be paralysed by the past – let’s journey together, sharing our pain, struggles – and joy.

Sep 2016
4

Philippians 2.19-30 ‘Caring for one another’

Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus showed in their own lives that it is possible to follow Jesus’ example – however imperfectly, we still need to try.

Aug 2016
28

Philippians 2.5-18 ‘Shining like stars’

As we live like Jesus in humble, obedient service, as we work out what God is working in us, so together we will shine like stars shine in the night sky. And other people will see and want the one who makes us shine: Jesus Christ.

Aug 2016
21

Philippians 1.27 - 2.4 ‘Standing as one’

We aren’t perfect, so our deep unity in Christ doesn’t always make it to the surface. So Paul teaches: be what you are, let the truth of who you are in Christ be visible in your behaviour: that is what it means to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Aug 2016
14

Philippians 1.12-26 ‘Preaching with courage’

It takes courage to share our faith, to let Jesus shine through the cracks. But think about this: without being put in prison, with all that time on his hands, Paul doesn’t write half as many letters, which are part of the bedrock of the church. His broken jar; Christ’s treasure within.

Aug 2016
7

Philippians 1.1-11 ‘Abounding in love’

Finding joy in the journey begins with abounding in love – but not just any love: the love of Jesus Christ.