Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

Scripture Readings Hebrews 2:10-18; Judges 16:1-7, 23-31 Introduction Han van Meegeren painted a work in the style of the great Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and titled it “The Supper at Emmaus”, fooling the critics who thought it was a lost masterpiece of Johannes Vermeer. The painting was sold for millions of dollars, and displayed in the Boijmans … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (4)

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Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Scripture Reading  Judges 13:24-14:20 Introduction All Sunday school children will encounter the story of Samson.  About all children’s Bibles will have a full-colour page of Samson tearing the lion to bits.   What do you remember of Samson?  How should we understand the story of Samson?  The official synopsis of the 1951 film reads: When … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (2)

Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (1)

Bible Readings Luke 1:26-38 Judges 13:1-24 Introduction In Stay of Execution, Stewart Alsop, an apathetic Christian, discussed what it was like to live with incurable leukaemia.  There was a period in which the disease was temporarily arrested. During this time, he discussed some variables with his physician. Finally, Alsop said, “There is one variable you … Continue reading Advent: The Long Road to Bethlehem (1)

Advent 2 – Keep watch; the day not known

Bible readings 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 24:36-51 Introduction Dear brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ, It would be very unusual if there were somebody in church today who does not have a watch.  We are creatures bound by time and space in more than one way.  Whether we like it or not, we … Continue reading Advent 2 – Keep watch; the day not known

Advent 2 – the King will return

Bible reading Luke 19:11-27 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, Dad sometimes brought home some lollies. The lollies were nothing like a box of Cadbury all sorts chocolates, leaving it to us to pick the flavour we liked.  No, all four of us got only one sort, exactly like the other.  We … Continue reading Advent 2 – the King will return

The new creation in Christ (Advent)

Scripture Reading Isaiah 11:1-9 Introduction The prophet Isaiah opens his prophecy with these words: Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me… Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” (Isaiah 1:2–3, NIV) In the vision Isaiah saw … Continue reading The new creation in Christ (Advent)

Immanuel – God’s sign to save

Bible Readings John 1:12 Isaiah 7:1-17 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Robert Robinson had been saved out of a tempestuous life of sin through George Whitfield’s ministry in England. Shortly after that, at the age of twenty-three, Robinson wrote the hymn “Come Thou fount of every blessing” Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry … Continue reading Immanuel – God’s sign to save