Expecting Christ’s return (2)

Bible Readings Jude 1:3-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 Introduction My dear fellow-believers, We planned a visit to our folk in South Africa.  We thought we should give them a big surprise and not tell them beforehand; we would just knock on their door and announce ourselves.  A dear Australian friend gave us better advice.  Although we … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s return (2)

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Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Scripture Readings Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 17-22 Revelation 13:1-10 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, They tell of the event when an umpire made a questionable judgment during a footy match. It sent the crowd into an uproar. The line judge was asked for his opinion.  Then just for a brief moment, there was total silence.  In … Continue reading Undivided loyalty to Christ, the King (1)

Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

Scripture Readings 1 John 4:7-16 John 14:15-31 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, One of the pleasures in our advanced digital society is to talk to robots when you ring enquiries of some more significant enterprises. It sometimes takes many minutes, and many entries into the keypad to get to the right department— if you … Continue reading Why does Christ need to reveal Himself, and how does it happen?

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)

God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation

Important themes There are main themes running through the Scriptures. To understand how God’s grace and our salvation come together, we need to keep the following truths in mind: God God, the Creator, is holy, loving, just, righteous, merciful and faithful (Isaiah 6:3; 1John 4:8, 16; Exodus 34:6-7; Nehemiah 9:32-33.)  Man Adam and Eve were … Continue reading God’s Act of Salvation: Biblical framework for salvation

God’s holy aliens in a dark world

Scripture Readings: John 17:6-19 1Peter 2:11-14 Main thoughts Who/what is “the world”? Christians are sojourners/pilgrims Why abstain from this world? Why engage with this world Introduction Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp, is indeed a light on the dark pages of war history. She wrote in her diary, “God called me in the morning … Continue reading God’s holy aliens in a dark world

Live as adopted child in the holy family of God (3)

Bible readings 1 Corinthians 13 1Peter 1:17-2:3 Introduction Brothers and sister in the Lord, Our society is made up of different general collections:  there is the Baby Boomers, Gen X, Y and Z.  These divisions of course are artificial and ostensibly used to excuses certain age groups for acting decent and civilised.  The mindset of … Continue reading Live as adopted child in the holy family of God (3)

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bible readings Numbers 14:1-12 1 Peter 1:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, in many gardens grows a shrub with the botanical name brunfelsia latifolia, which is commonly known as Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow.  This name comes from the way its flowers are changing in colour form one day to the next. Each bloom opens … Continue reading Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Ignoring the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Scripture readings Deuteronomy 4:1-14 Hebrews 2:1-4 Introduction A group of children are on the playgrounds during recess.  Out of the blue one starts screaming at another. “What you are saying about me is not true!” The other said. “Someone else is telling lies about me.” “No, I believe them.  You are a little gossip, and … Continue reading Ignoring the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Who is the saviour, Jesus Christ?

Bible Readings Psalm 110 Hebrews 1 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord Jesus Christ, The topic of this sermon is “Who is the saviour, called Jesus Christ?”  Who is Jesus Christ? Is it possible that we live in a time of unparalleled Biblical illiteracy?  We have unprecedented access to Bible translations, Bible programs, studies … Continue reading Who is the saviour, Jesus Christ?