Stephen Murray

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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Standing in the Fire

January 29, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-30 |

Series:

This is the third 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 we answer the question How do you stand in the face of opposition to God as we take a look at Daniel chapter 3's account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace.

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Revealer & Ruler

January 22, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 2:1-49 |

Series:

In this talk we tackle Daniel chapter 2. This is the second installment of our six-week study in the book of Daniel.

Part of Daniel's value for us is the insight it gives for life in a world that doesn't seem to follow God's agenda. Chapter 1 began to address the question of how you follow God in adverse circumstances. Chapter 2 goes further back and addresses the question behind that - is it even worth following God at all?

This week we consider Daniel's presentation of God as revealer and ruler as we engage with that question in the light of the text.

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Drawing Lines

January 15, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 1:1-21 |

Series:

This sermon takes a look at Daniel chapter 1 and is the first of a six-part series in the book of Daniel.

We've entitled this series Inside The Lion's Den with reference to what is probably the most well-known story in the book as we hear the story of Daniel again and hear what it teaches us about living in an environment where Christian values and norms are not the values and norms of the surrounding culture.

Daniel chapter 1 sets the scene and shows us that there are three things we need to know if we want to live well for God in our own context. We need to know where we live, how to live where we live, and why we live how we live where we live.

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What Child Is This?

December 18, 2016

Bible Text: Matthew 1:18-25 |

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The great question of Christmas is "Who exactly is the child in the manger?" In this sermon we try to answer this question against the backdrop of the prevailing question in our present culture "Who am I?" and see how the identity of the child in the manger impacts us today.

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The Heart of the Kingdom

October 9, 2016

Bible Text: Mark 2:1-12 |

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In Mark chapter 2 we see Jesus healing the paralytic. We see how in bringing the Kingdom, Jesus shows us ultimate reality and fixes ultimate reality.

In this sermon series we're answering the question "Who is Jesus?" as we study Mark's Gospel together taking an honest look at various moments in Jesus's life and ministry.

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Jesus the Big Deal

October 2, 2016

Bible Text: Mark 1:1-13 |

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In Mark chapter 1 we take a look at Mark's opening pronouncements and the account of Jesus's baptism. We see how, in Jesus, we connect with the divine, see ourselves, and experience relief.

In this sermon series we're answering the question "Who is Jesus?" as we study Mark's Gospel together taking an honest look at various moments in Jesus's life and ministry.

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