Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

Scripture Readings Psalm 119:89-104; 2Thessalonians 2:1-17 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Lord enriches the life of a minister in most unexpected ways. I took services in a nursing home.  I made a point of it to shake hands with all at the end.  As regular as a heartbeat, one lady would slip in … Continue reading Expecting Christ’s Return (4)

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Choose today whom you will serve

Scripture Readings Luke 14:15-30; Joshua 24:14-27 Introduction Dear friends in Christ, Not far from us there is an ice cream shop which sells 76 flavours of ice cream.  When the grandchildren come up for a visit, going for ice cream is a no brainer.   Imagine yourself this scenario:  I take my grandies to that … Continue reading Choose today whom you will serve

Look out for false apostles (2)

Bible Readings Luke 21:5-11 2Timothy 3:1-9 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, A friend of mine, then a new Christian, returned from morning worship where the sermon was about false prophets.  He settled for a cup of coffee with his wife when the doorbell rang.  His visitors asked if he would … Continue reading Look out for false apostles (2)

Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Bible Readings Psalm 9:7-20 John 15:9-16:4 Introduction My dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, My mother was one of the fairest people I knew.  Like a hen, she would protect her chicks.  Don’t get into Mom’s bad books by spreading stories about her children. As kids, we knew she would always defend us, and … Continue reading Christ makes us his friends, and the world hates us for it

Participating in the sufferings of Christ

Scripture Reading 1Peter 4:12-19 Introduction The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, honour those who died for their country. Built following World War I, it was expanded to remember those who served in subsequent conflicts. It is a beautiful place, with monuments to courage and devotion, but the highlight of the shrine is a hall containing … Continue reading Participating in the sufferings of Christ

Living ‘in-Christ (3) –

Bible Reading Colossians 3:1-11 Introduction In 1976 Dr Francis Schaeffer wrote a book with the title “How should we then live”.  The question is by what standard should we live.  Dr Schaeffer said when we base society on the Bible, on the infinite-personal God who is there and has spoken, it provides an absolute by … Continue reading Living ‘in-Christ (3) –

Living ‘in Christ’ (2)

Scripture Readings Psalm 25:1-15 Colossians 3:1-11 Introduction  Dr Joseph Haroutunian, a professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, came to America from Armenia. One day a well-meaning friend said to him, "Your name is difficult to pronounce and difficult to spell--it could hurt your professional career. Why don’t you change your name to  Harwood or Harwell or … Continue reading Living ‘in Christ’ (2)

The Gospel we defend is our only defence

Bible Readings Ephesians 1:15-23 Colossians 1:24-2:5 Introduction When I grew up in South Africa we had a sort of war-game.  We called it kleilat. I’ll explain.   We would go down to the creek and dig up some black clay.  We would also cut some green flexible sticks from a willow tree. The hard ones … Continue reading The Gospel we defend is our only defence

The Christ of the Gospel

Bible Readings Psalm 2 Colossians 1:12-23 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,  When we began our series from the letter to the Colossians, we first looked at the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We moved on to the next, Growing in the knowledge of the Gospel.  I preach the Word of God to … Continue reading The Christ of the Gospel

Growing in the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Bible Readings Psalm 119:129-136 Colossians 1:9-14 Introduction Dear friends in the Lord, Jesus Christ, Last week we commenced a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  This series goes under the title, United with Jesus Christ.  Last week the message was about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We looked at what the Gospel … Continue reading Growing in the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ