The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:18, NIV) A building: “My Church” The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of “my Church.” The Church of our text is made up of all true believers in the … Continue reading The Church which Christ builds – J.C. Ryle

Completing the work in the face of persecution

My dear friends in the Lord, Over the last two months we heard the Word of God concerning the work of the Holy Spirit.  Over the last few Sundays we specifically looked at how the Holy Spirit builds the church.  We made the following observations: It is the Holy Spirit who does gives birth to … Continue reading Completing the work in the face of persecution

Marriage

Introduction The Church of Jesus Christ exists because of the grace of God and for the glory of God The Church is the work of the Triune God:  the Father calls sinners to salvation; Jesus Christ gave his life for sinners to reconcile them to God; the Holy Spirit gives rebirth through the Word and … Continue reading Marriage

Vision restored

Series title:  "From wrack and ruin to blessings and beauty" Scripture Readings Revelation 3:1-6 Haggai 2:1-9 Introduction In the 1700’s a little man in England, a cobbler by trade, who kept a map of the world on a wall of his workshop so that he could pray for the nations of the world, became burdened … Continue reading Vision restored

Priorities mixed up

Series Title: "From wrack and ruin to blessing and beauty" Scripture Readings Revelation 2:1-7 Haggai 1 Introduction Can God really save? You grew up with the idea that you are different; your family is different, and your people are different.  For as long as you can remember your mother has been telling you that you … Continue reading Priorities mixed up

Marriage as an effective tool for evangelism (2)

Series Title:  Better things are coming Scripture Readings 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 1 Peter 3:1-7 Introduction A wool growing farmer on an outback station once made this remark about Christians and effective evangelism (and he probably just applied some principles of breeding and selecting stock to build up his sheep):  “Pastor, there’s one sure way for … Continue reading Marriage as an effective tool for evangelism (2)

Holiness in the workplace

Series:  Better things are coming Scripture Readings Philemon 1 1 Peter 2:18-25 Catching Up Christians are people who were once were lost in sin, but: who received a new life from God by grace who come to Christ and honour Him who spiritually sacrifice praise to God who draw from eternal hope to overcome present … Continue reading Holiness in the workplace

Be Wise (2)

Mind your wife (or your mother) Scripture Readings Ephesians 5:22-32 Proverbs 31:10-31 Introduction They say it's Mother’s day, and we need a day like this.  But for the church Christ every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ.  Every sermon should be about Him and his work of salvation.  Every worship service should … Continue reading Be Wise (2)

Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Communion Service - association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration.  Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about … Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Abraham Father of all Believers (10)

Sodom: A matter of perspective? Scripture Readings Genesis 19 Introduction Dear brother and sister in the Lord, Perspective on something is important.  One’s perspective is formed by many experiences and inputs. Ask me about horse riding, and I remember the I tried it.  I nearly fell off and the next day was torture.  My perspective on … Continue reading Abraham Father of all Believers (10)