Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

It is easy to condemn Pilate and overlook our own equally devious behaviour.  Anxious to avoid the pain of a whole-hearted commitment to Christ, we too search for convenient subterfuges.  We either leave the decision to somebody else, or opt out for a half-hearted compromise, or seek to honour Jesus for the wrong reason (e.g. … Continue reading Can we condemn Pilate (… in all honesty)?

God’s Christmas strategy

Luke 1:67-79 Luke 3:1-6 Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Most people find history boring, and if I told you that the sermon is coming from Luke 3:1-2 you might think of shutting down.  I urge you, however, not to.  What God has to say in these verses is very relevant to us - … Continue reading God’s Christmas strategy

The way into the Father’s home

So that you may believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah the Son of God Scripture Readings Deuteronomy 18:14-22 John 14:5-14 Most of us have had the experience where a loved one was about to be pushed into an operation theater in hospital.  For the best part of it, those circumstances are not something we … Continue reading The way into the Father’s home

It is better that one man die than that the whole nation perish

That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God Scripture Readings Isaiah 49:1-7 John 11:45-57 Introduction We continue our series of sermons following the Gospel of John. In the next few weeks we will look at the theme of life and death, as we follow our Saviour, from closely before He … Continue reading It is better that one man die than that the whole nation perish