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, the father of all believers (5)

The battle belongs to the Lord Scripture Readings Hebrews 7:1-10 Genesis 14:1-24 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It was told of Charles William Eliot, once president of Harvard University, who had a conversation with a campus labourer who said: “There is not much difference between men, but the little difference there … Continue reading Abraham, the father of all believers (5)

Abraham the Father of all believers (4)

Alone, but with God Scripture Readings Hebrews 6:13-20 Genesis 13:5-18 Introduction A Sunday school teacher asked if any of his students could remember an instance in Scripture of anyone making a bad decision. “I do,” replied a boy, “Esau made a bad decision when he sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.” A second … Continue reading Abraham the Father of all believers (4)

Abraham the father of all believers (3)

A straight blow with a crooked stick Scripture Readings Matthew 14:22-36 Genesis 12:9-13:4 Introduction It happens slowly, gradually:  we enjoyed the glow and presence of the God who called us out of darkness to his wonderful light.  There was a time that we found ourselves on cloud nine:  we cherished the goodness of God’s grace … Continue reading Abraham the father of all believers (3)

Abraham, the father of all believers (2)

Pilgrim through a barren land (audio file will be posted here) Scripture Readings Acts 7:1-8 Genesis 12:1-9 Introduction My dear brother and sister in the Lord, Someone said in a writer’s conference. “If you want to write, put glue on the seat of your pants and sit in a chair!” He said no amount of … Continue reading Abraham, the father of all believers (2)

Abraham, the father of all believers – Grace and promise

Scripture Readings Hebrews 11:8-10 Genesis 11:27-12:8 Introduction Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, today marks the first in a series of sermons on Abraham, the father of all believers.  Our series will take us through episodes in the life of Abraham and his responses to the covenant grace of God. The challenge of every … Continue reading Abraham, the father of all believers – Grace and promise

Doing Good (4)

Watching over oneself and fellow believers  Scripture Readings Psalm 45 (Psalm of Praise) Galatians 6:1-16 Introduction Dear friends in Jesus Christ, The story was told of the young girl who fell pregnant outside of marriage.  There were indeed days when is was a sin to have sexual relations outside of marriage; these days children born … Continue reading Doing Good (4)

Living by Faith (11)

A Kingdom that cannot be shaken Scripture Readings Exodus 19:14-25 Hebrews 12:14-29 It must have been a dreadful experience, filling one with terror and tremble on one hand, but wonderment and respect on the other: There were words of unfathomable grace: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore … Continue reading Living by Faith (11)

Living by faith (10)

Discipline: training in faith Scripture Readings Psalm 94:12-19 Hebrews 12:1-13 Introduction There is no doubt about it: because discipline in the house has gone out the backdoor, our society now stands on loose legs.  Those involved in law enforcement will tell you that their workload would probably cut in half (or even more) if discipline … Continue reading Living by faith (10)

Living by faith (9)

Run the race with endurance Scripture Readings 2 Chronicles 20:1-12 Hebrews 12:1-12 Introduction Dear friend in the Lord, The Bible teaches us about the reality of the demon possession. I believe it is a state of the soul which we will see increasing as our society become less Christian and more anti-Christian.  Demon possessed people … Continue reading Living by faith (9)