Stephen Murray

01. One Compelling Man

Sermon Series: Why I Am A Christian

July 30, 2017

Series:

This is the first talk from our Why I Am A Christian event which was held over a series of 4 consecutive Sunday evenings.

You can find our more about the series here.

You can download all the talks from the series here.

 

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The Character of Community

July 9, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 12:9-16 |

Series:

Becoming a Christian not only immediately thrusts you into a new spiritual community, it also calls you to live out this identity in a tangible, life on life community with other Christians. In this community you’ll find essential ingredients that help you know and love God more deeply, change and transform yourself more effectively, and help others to find this life giving community.

In this 4-week series we explore biblical community and how it helps us grow together, and grow towards God and his glorious gospel.

This is the second sermon in the series.

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Knowing Christ through Community

July 2, 2017

Bible Text: Ephesians 4:1-13 |

Series:

Becoming a Christian not only immediately thrusts you into a new spiritual community, it also calls you to live out this identity in a tangible, life on life community with other Christians. In this community you’ll find essential ingredients that help you know and love God more deeply, change and transform yourself more effectively, and help others to find this life giving community.

In this 4-week series we explore biblical community and how it helps us grow together, and grow towards God and his glorious gospel.

This is the first sermon in the series. We apologise for the poor quality of the recording this week.

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The God of Greed

June 4, 2017

Bible Text: Luke 19:1-10 |

Series:

This is the third sermon in the series "When Good Become God" in which we take a look at the concept of idolatry and how it plays out in our lives.

In this talk we consider the idol of money and greed.

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Love Is Not All You Need

May 28, 2017

Bible Text: Genesis 29:15-35 |

Series:

This is the second sermon in the series "When Good Become God" in which we take a look at the concept of idolatry and how it plays out in our lives.

In this talk we consider the idol of love and romance.

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Idolatry

May 21, 2017

Bible Text: Exodus 20:1-17 |

Series:

This is the first sermon in the series "When Good Become God". In this series we make the case that you cannot truly know yourself without understanding how idolatry works. In order to defend that claim, we spend some time defining what idolatry is and then demonstrating how idolatry explains our lives.

In this talk we tackle the issue of idolatry by defining it and asking three questions:
What constitutes an idol?
How do I know what my idol is?
Why is it so bad to have an idol?

In the rest of the sermon series we tackle some common concrete examples of idolatry in our personal lives.

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The Narrow Door

March 19, 2017

Bible Text: Luke 13:22-30 |

Series:

In this sermon we take a look at Jesus's response to the question of how many people are going to be saved and end up with God in the Kingdom at the end of human history?"

About the sermon series:

In Luke 9:51, after spending 9 chapters telling us who Jesus is, Luke, the author, tells us this one very important detail: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Just earlier in that same chapter the lights went on for the disciples and they began, imperfectly, to realise that Jesus was the Messiah, God’s king sent to redeem his people. Following that revelation Jesus takes them even further in their understanding of himself and his mission, and he tells them that he’s going to be handed over to the authorities and die at their hand. In fulfillment of that prediction he resolutely heads to Jerusalem to face his death.

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Absolute Allegiance

March 5, 2017

Bible Text: Luke 9:51-62 |

Series:

This sermon is the first one in our series The Road to the Cross. In this passage we listen in on three of Jesus's interactions with his followers and see that in order to journey with Jesus we need to give him nothing less than our full allegiance.

About the sermon series:

In Luke 9:51, after spending 9 chapters telling us who Jesus is, Luke, the author, tells us this one very important detail: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Just earlier in that same chapter the lights went on for the disciples and they began, imperfectly, to realise that Jesus was the Messiah, God’s king sent to redeem his people. Following that revelation Jesus takes them even further in their understanding of himself and his mission, and he tells them that he’s going to be handed over to the authorities and die at their hand. In fulfillment of that prediction he resolutely heads to Jerusalem to face his death.

As a congregation, we’re on a journey to Easter. Over the next few weeks we are journeying with Jesus through Luke’s gospel, as he journeys to the very first Easter, listening to what he says along the way, and observing what he does along the way. We’ll see the Son of God resolutely committed to obeying his Father, by redeeming the broken, the sinful, the despairing, and the lost.

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The Gospel according to Daniel

February 19, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 6:1-28 |

Series:

This is the sixth and final sermon in our series entitled Inside the Lion's Den. We've been looking at what it means to live faithfully as a Christian in a world that doesn't seem to follow God's agenda.

Daniel 6 brings up many of the same themes we have encountered in the preceding chapters. Daniel has taught us how, on occasion, to draw lines and oppose the culture on the basis of our faith convictions. It has taught us when to embrace the culture and all that is good in the culture around us. It has taught us how to cope when big powerful forces above us push us down and threaten to squash us. It has taught us, most of all, that if you are God's child, he will be with you through this entire ordeal.

In this talk we see how Daniel 6 teaches us the simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, because at the heart of all we have covered so far in this series is the truth that God rescues.

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Weighed and found wanting

February 12, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 5:1-31 |

Series:

This is the fifth sermon in our six-part sermon series entitled Inside the Lion's Den. We've been looking at what it means to live faithfully as a Christian in a world that doesn't seem to follow God's agenda.

In this talk we see that God is in control over all the kings of the world and the forces that seemingly shape our lives, and listen to what that teaches us about our response to God and our circumstances as we follow him in this world.

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