Stephen Murray

Inside, Outside, Wide, High & Deep

Ephesians - sermon series

June 17, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 |

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At the centre of Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3 is the indescribable love of Christ. In this sermon we explore the width, length, height and depth of that love and see why the apostle so earnestly prays for believers to comprehend it.

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Breaking Barriers

Ephesians - sermon series

June 3, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 |

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How do you deal with deep-seated hostility between different groups of people? Our country is one with a history of such hostility. A long history of racial segregation and apartheid created many barriers between different groups that persist up to the present day. Does Scripture speak to such issues? In Ephesians 2:11-22 we get to see how Paul applies the gospel work of Christ to deep historic hostilities that existed between Jews and Gentiles. By studying his words we can learn much about how the gospel tears down the wall of hostility in our churches today, creating a new humanity made up of a racially and ethnically diverse group of people.

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Knowing God

Ephesians - sermon series

May 20, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:15-23 |

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What do you pray for when you pray? What are you chief priorities in prayer?

The things we pray about say a lot about the depth of our spiritual maturity. RoRobert Murray McCheyne once said: "What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more."

In this passage we see one of Paul's most famous prayer, and we get to see his main priority - that we would know God better.

In this sermon we ask two questions: why pray to know God better, and what particularly about God should we be knowing better?

This is the second sermon in our Ephesians sermon. Unfortunately there is no recording of the sermon for Ephesians 1:1-14.

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The New Heaven and Earth – Part 2

Heaven - sermon series

May 6, 2018

Bible Text: Revelation 21:1-10 |

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This is the fourth sermon in our series, "Heaven", as we answer the question "What happens when we die?" In this talk we consider the idea of the future new heaven and earth as described in Revelation 21.

We all have questions about heaven and what happens when we die?
Heaven is incredibly misunderstood by people both outside and within the church. We hope that this series will help to add clarity to our thinking in terms of what the Bible actually says about heaven and answer some of the nagging questions we all have.

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The New Heaven and Earth – Part 1

Heaven - sermon series

April 29, 2018

Bible Text: Revelation 21:1-10 |

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This is the third sermon in our series, "Heaven", as we answer the question "What happens when we die?" In this talk we consider the idea of the future new heaven and earth as described in Revelation 21.

We all have questions about heaven and what happens when we die?
Heaven is incredibly misunderstood by people both outside and within the church. We hope that this series will help to add clarity to our thinking in terms of what the Bible actually says about heaven and answer some of the nagging questions we all have.

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Hell

Heaven - sermon series

April 22, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 16:19-31 |

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This is the second sermon in our series, "Heaven", as we answer the question "What happens when we die?" In this talk we consider the topic of hell. We apologise for the slight break in recording in the first quarter of the message.

We all have questions about heaven and what happens when we die?
Heaven is incredibly misunderstood by people both outside and within the church. We hope that this series will help to add clarity to our thinking in terms of what the Bible actually says about heaven and answer some of the nagging questions we all have.

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The Present Heaven

Heaven - sermon series

April 15, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 16:19-31 |

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We all have questions about heaven and what happens when we die?
Heaven is incredibly misunderstood by people both outside and within the church. We hope that this series will help to add clarity to our thinking in terms of what the Bible actually says about heaven and answer some of the nagging questions we all have.

This is the first sermon in the series as we answer the question "What happens when we die?" In this talk we consider the topic of the present heaven under two main points:

1. The nature of the present heaven - what it's like
2. The blessing of the present heaven - why it's good

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Resurrection & Second Coming

April 1, 2018

Bible Text: Acts 1:1-3 |

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Easter Sunday 2018.

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The Cup and the Sword

March 30, 2018

Bible Text: Mark 14:32-52 |

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Good Friday 2018.

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The True and Greater Israel

Ancient Grace - sermon series

March 18, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 4:1-13 |

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This sermon is the fifth in our series Ancient Grace.

Where does the story of Jesus start in the Bible? How you answer that question is going to shape the way you read and understand most of your Bible, particularly the Old Testament. The contention of this sermon series, Ancient Grace, is that the whole Bible, even the Old Testament is actually all about Jesus - about God's grace to us in sending us a Saviour to save us from our sin.

In this sermon we consider Jesus' temptation in the wilderness in Luke chapter 4. Cast against the backdrop of Israel's wilderness wanderings in Deuteronomy, and knowing how they fared in their testings there, the obvious question is how will Jesus respond? As we reflect on the tests he faced and the resistance that he offers, we find our answer to the question "Is he really the true and greater Israel?"

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