The Gates of Hell Destroyed

Bible Readings Revelation 1:9-18 Joshua 12:1-6 Introduction My dear family in the Lord, In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the day after Resurrection was devoted to telling jokes. They felt they were imitating the cosmic trick that God pulled on Satan in the Resurrection. Satan thought he had won, and was smug in his victory, smiling … Continue reading The Gates of Hell Destroyed

Victory over death and slavery

Bible Readings Luke 24:1-2 Acts 13:26-39 Numbers 33:3-4 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, It is not uncommon for us, when we hear that someone died, to ask, “How old was he/she?” The younger a child was when it died evokes in us unspeakable emotions.  If the person was very old, there … Continue reading Victory over death and slavery

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)

Towards the cross

Eye for eye - God’s demand for justice   Scripture Readings 2Corinthians 5:11-6:2 Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Introduction Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deuteronomy 19:21, NIV) It took me many years to work out what “brotherly love” meant.  Our household, like many others I suppose, represented your … Continue reading Towards the cross

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)

Living by faith (6)

Faith lives under the protection of the Blood of the Lamb Scripture Readings: Exodus 12:1-13 Hebrews 11:23-28 Hymns/songs We come together Amazing Love Before the Throne of God above There is a hope Introduction My dear brother and sister, The Word of God spoke to us the last five Sundays about faith.  The Bible provides … Continue reading Living by faith (6)

Living by faith (5)

Unshakeable faith expresses itself in the fear and serving of God only Scripture readings: Exodus 2:1-12 Hebrews 11:23-28 Hymns/Songs: “Consider Christ "The power of the cross “May the mind of Christ my Saviour" “Standing on the promises of Christ my King” Introduction My dear brother and sister, Christians live in the world as people with … Continue reading Living by faith (5)

It’s not a game, its the Church of Christ

(Sermon preached by Rev Rudi Schwartz on Sunday 10th June 2012) Bible readings: Exodus 35:30 - 36:7 Ephesians 4:1-16 Songs: "Praise Him, praise Him" "Majesty" "Lord speak to me" "We heard a joyful sound" "May God's blessing" Introduction My dear friends in Jesus Christ, our Lord, I remember my mother’s lounge room. There was nothing … Continue reading It’s not a game, its the Church of Christ