Stephen Murray

Prayer and the Promotion of the Gospel

Sermon Series: Promote

January 27, 2019

Bible Text: Matthew 9:35-38 |

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In the New Testament, which activity is mentioned in connection with the promotion of the gospel more than any other activity? Speaking? Preaching? Sending missionaries? The answer is, none of the above. The activity most frequently associated with the promotion of the gospel is prayer. The writers of the New Testament are clear that if we want to be gospel promoting people then we need to be praying people. God, in his great providence, delights to work through our prayers to spread his gospel and bring people into a loving relationship with him. Listen in to this sermon as we explore the role of prayer in the promotion of the gospel.

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Why Promote?

Sermon Series: Promote

January 20, 2019

Bible Text: Psalm 96 |

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Historically, Christians have always promoted their faith. In today's culture the promotion of one's faith in order to see conversions take place is greatly frowned upon. So should Christians continue to promote their faith? In this sermon we tackle the biblical reasons and motivations that move Christians to promote the gospel message even in the face of a culture that feels very uneasy about "making converts".

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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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