A new beginning (3) – God’s business first

Bible readings Matthew 6:25-34 Haggai 1:1-15 Introduction  My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Two weeks ago we began with a series of sermons under the title “A new beginning”.  It revolves around the return from Babylonian captivity of the people of God in the Old Testament.  God kept his promise had made through … Continue reading A new beginning (3) – God’s business first

A new beginning (2) – Restored worship

Bible readings 1 Peter 2:4-10; Ezra 2:68-3:13 Introduction Dear fellow-Christians, The word of the Lord this morning comes from Ezra 2-3 under the heading “A New Beginning – rebuilding from the ruins of destruction.”  This is the second in the series about the return of God’s people after their 70 years of deportation to Babylonia … Continue reading A new beginning (2) – Restored worship

A New Beginning (1) – God keeps his promise

Bible Readings 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Ezra 1:1-11 Introduction My dear Brother and Sister in the Lord, Today we commence a series of sermons titled “A New Beginning”.  The title of this sermon is “A New Beginning”.  We will hear the Gospel of how God faithfully dealt with his people by calling them out of captivity … Continue reading A New Beginning (1) – God keeps his promise

The Christmas defensive deployed

Bible readings John 3:27-36 Luke 3:1-6 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, One can easily make the mistake by reading through Luke 2 into Luke 3 and not pick up the time frame between the two chapters.  In a quick succession of a few verses, we meet Christ as a newborn baby, … Continue reading The Christmas defensive deployed

Christmas: Christ is God, the Almighty Saviour

Bible readings Hebrews 1:1-4 Hebrews 2:5-18 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Christmas is a time of joy.  It was the message delivered by the angel:   “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you … Continue reading Christmas: Christ is God, the Almighty Saviour

Christmas – Salvation through the line of David

Bible Readings John 1:11-14 Ezekiel 37:11-28 Introduction When our Lord met with his disciples after his resurrection He took them through the Old Testament with these words:   These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the … Continue reading Christmas – Salvation through the line of David

Facing the end with disbelief

Bible readings Acts 26:19-29; Jeremiah 38:14-28 Introduction “Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.” (F.B. Meyer).   Disobedience is the root of unbelief. Unbelief is the moral resistance of the human will.  Disbelief and the pride of independence lead to rebellion. We just want to … Continue reading Facing the end with disbelief

Pray for the World!

Bible Readings Romans 13:1-7, Jeremiah 29:1-19 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, There is a story about what happened in the Native American culture to train a young men bravery: On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, he was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then … Continue reading Pray for the World!

Spiritual anorexia

Bible Readings Jeremiah 36:1-26 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 Introduction Dear friends, During the so-called political struggle for a one-man-one-vote political system in South Africa, one of the major spokes-persons returned from an internal trip, drumming up support for the process.  He was a church leader.  His theology had all the hallmarks of Liberation Theology which treated … Continue reading Spiritual anorexia

The truth versus Innocent Blood

Bible Readings Jeremiah 26:1-15; Matthew 24:1-14 Introduction Dear family of God, The house opposite to the manse is for sale.  A group of interested buyers to have a look.  On their way back to the car, one remarked, “Look, you would live close to the Presbyterian Church; you could start attending church!”  With disgust, the … Continue reading The truth versus Innocent Blood