Stephen Murray

The Magi

Sermon Series - Advent 2018

December 16, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 2:1-12 |

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The magi who visit Jesus just after his birth are some of the most mysterious characters in the Bible. They travel from far bearing gifts for the messiah but little else is known about them. In this sermon we explore how Matthew presents them in his gospel and contrasts them to the wicked king Herod. What you'll find is that the deeper you explore their role in the nativity story the more they have to offer us readers thousands of years later as we reflect upon the significance of the birth of Jesus.

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The Son Of David

Sermon Series - Advent 2018

December 2, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 1:1-17 |

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The ancestry of Jesus is hugely significant revealing to us who Jesus is, and what he's come to do. The gospel writer, Matthew, outlines a lengthy genealogy to establish the ancestry of Jesus. At first glance it's just a long list of hard to pronounce names, but on closer inspection a wonderful picture of the true identity of Jesus begins to emerge. Listen in as we explore the ancestry of Jesus in this sermon on the first Sunday of Advent.

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Singleness

Sermon Serires: Sex in the City

November 25, 2018

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 |

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In our series we've built a theology of sex, and looked particularly at how sex relates to marriage. In this sermon we consider singleness and biblical sexual ethics. For many singleness is a great challenge both inside and outside of the church. Listen in as we explore the extremely positive view of singleness the Bible has.

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Marriage

Sermon Serires: Sex in the City

November 18, 2018

Bible Text: Genesis 2:15-25 |

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It's almost impossible to talk about "a theology of sex" without talking about "a theology of marriage". In Scripture sex and marriage are intimately intertwined. In this sermon we explore what the Bible says about marriage and then draw out some key implications for sexual ethics and theology.

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A Theology Of Sex

Sermon Serires: Sex in the City

November 11, 2018

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 |

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Mary Eberstadt describes the sexual revolution as "the destigmatization and demystification of non-marital sex and the reduction of sexual relations in general to a kind of hygienic recreation in which anything goes so long as those involved are consenting adults.”

For the most part sex has come to be seen as not much more than a basic biological appetite. In the same way that you get hungry for food, you get hungry for sex and so we really shouldn’t assign much more metaphysical value to the act of sex than that. So long as sex is legal, consensual and safe we should engage in it as often as we want, with whomever we want, in whatever way we want. This is in stark contrast to older traditional societies that often viewed sex as a rather base necessary evil used for procreation. In these societies sex was spoken about in hushed tones, and extensively regulated. Many people think the Bible has a view of sex akin to those older traditional societies. But does it really? That's what we explore in this sermon as we lay out a theology of sex.

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I Am The Bread Of Life

Sermon Series - I Am

October 7, 2018

Bible Text: John 6:1-35 |

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Many people sense a deep hunger within themselves, a hunger for healing, wholeness and contentment. It's often hard to articulate what exactly this hunger is. In John 6 Jesus speaks to this issue by declaring himself to be the Bread of Life. In this sermon we explore his statement within the context of our own desires to feel completely satisfied and content with our lot in life. Listen in and here how faith in Christ might "feed" you in ways you never imagined.

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I Am The Way And The Truth And The Life

Sermon Series - I Am

September 30, 2018

Bible Text: John 13:33 - 14:7 |

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We begin a new series looking at the true identity of Jesus by considering his "I am" statements. We start by looking at the most famous "I am" statement: "I am the way, the truth, and the life." What does Jesus mean when he says that? For many people this saying pertains only to personal salvation, but it seems, from the context, that Jesus doesn't just want to save his hearers, he wants to completely transform the way they view the world and the way they live their lives. Listen in as we explore this famous saying together.

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Slaves and Masters

Sermon Series - The household of God

September 23, 2018

Bible Text: Epshesians 6:5-9 |

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The mention of slavery by Paul in the book of Ephesians has long raised concern by critics of the faith. Does the Bible condone slavery? If so is it a reliable guide on moral living? In this sermon we explore how the apostle Paul speaks about slavery and discover that his words here have deep implications for us in our professional and vocational lives.

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Husbands and Wives

Sermon Series - The household of God

September 9, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 5:21-33 |

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Our present culture is extremely wary of gender roles in any shape or form. The biggest reason for that is the abuse suffered by women at the hands of men throughout history. In many societies and in many religious contexts, for thousands of years, women have been seen as, and treated as, inferior to men. There is therefore, good motive behind the current critique of gender roles. And because women are still oppressed and treated unfairly in so many contexts there is a sense of urgency to this issue. It’s crucial then, that we try very carefully, and with much humility, to see what the Bible does and doesn’t say about gender roles in marriage. Listen in as we explore Paul's instructions to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:21-33.

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Why Sing In Church?

Sermon Series - Psalms

August 19, 2018

Bible Text: Psalm 8 |

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Why do Christians sing songs when they conduct church services? In Ephesians 5 the apostle Paul tells us that people who are "filled with the Spirit" are people who sing, with deep thanksgiving, to God. In this sermon we explore some of the reasons, given in the Bible, for why Christians sing together.

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