Trevor Skead

Gathered Worship and the Promotion of the Gospel

Sermon Series: Promote

February 24, 2019

Bible Text: Psalm 96 |

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In Psalm 96, the Psalmist calls on God's people to sing his praises before the nations. The idea seems to be that in the simple act of gathering to worship God each week, unbelievers have an opportunity to overhear the truth of the one true God and become worshippers  themselves.

When we gather together to worship God we promote his glory to the world. We sing a new song. A song unlike anything else we hear in our culture - a song of true hope and grace.

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The King

Sermon Series - Advent 2018

December 23, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 2:13-23 |

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In the second half of Matthew chapter 2 we encounter the part of the Christmas story that isn't usually included in the imagery used for Christmas cards and festive season wrapping paper. It's the tragic story of a wicked king who conspires to kill the baby Jesus by issuing a decree that sees a whole town's baby boys mercilessly murdered. Although it's a difficult story to read, it provides an important backdrop for understanding the truth of who this promised baby truly is, and what that means for the world to which he has come.

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I Am The Resurrection And The Life

Sermon Series - I Am

October 21, 2018

Bible Text: John 11:17-44 |

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In John 11 we encounter Jesus's statement "I am the resurrection and life". In some of the other "I AM" statements we have considered in this short sermon series Jesus uses clever contextual metaphors like light and bread to powerfully convey the meaning of what he is saying. This time, however, it is the very stuff of human suffering and death itself that provides the backdrop for his radical claim. In this passage we catch a glimpse of people responding to suffering in their lives, but even more importantly, we see a clear picture of God's own response to suffering and death that offers us a real hope for life in a broken world.

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I Am The Light Of The World

Sermon Series - I Am

October 14, 2018

Bible Text: John 8:12-20 |

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In this passage Jesus makes the claim that he is the light of the world and that only by following him can we know the light of life, or conversely, that by not following him we are lost in darkness. Jesus's claim about himself has very real and unavoidable implications for those who hear it. "Who does Jesus think he is to put us in such a position?" we might instinctively ask in defence. Well, that's precisely the point of this sermons series - who does Jesus think he is? And if his claims are true, what are the implications for us who hear them. In this passage we consider Christ's claim and his call, and discover how this is in fact good news for all who will hear and believe.

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Parents and Children

Sermon Series - The household of God

September 16, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 6:1-4 |

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In Ephesians 6:1-4, Paul continues to explore how the Gospel impacts upon and transforms our family and household relationships. In these verses he speaks to children and parents, showing us how a Christian understanding of obedience includes a heart dimension that broadens its definition to something much bigger than mere compliance, and how parental authority is ultimately meant to serve our children's growth in their understanding and experience of the Gospel.

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Stand Firm

Ephesians - sermon series

August 26, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-24 |

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In Paul's closing thoughts in his letter to the Ephesian church he urges his hearers to stand firm in the face of the enemy's attack. In order to do so, he encourages them to understand how Satan works to undermine the power of the Gospel in their lives, and to put on the armour of God.

*Preacher's note: In my preparation, I benefited tremendously from many of Dr. Tim Keller's insights in his treatment of this passage and am grateful to have been able to use some of them as the backbone for parts of this sermon.

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Becoming Your Best Self

Ephesians - sermon series

August 5, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 4:17-5:2 |

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In the second half of Ephesians 4 we see Paul picking up on the theme he introduced in verse 1 - "to live a life worthy of the calling you have received". In the first half of the chapter he speaks about Christian unity. As he continues in this passage he shifts his focus to Christian purity. In this talk we think about why and how Christians change as we consider Paul's two main emphases of knowing who you are in Christ, and then being who you are in Christ.

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Alive with Christ

Ephesians - sermon series

May 27, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1-10 |

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This is the third talk in our Ephesians sermon series.

In this passage we consider the concept of slavery to our inner desires in the light of Paul's description of people as "dead in their sins' and the hope of the new life that Christ's resurrection makes possible.

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The Forsaken Sufferer

Ancient Grace - sermon series

March 11, 2018

Bible Text: Psalm 22:1-31 |

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This sermon is the fourth 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.

Psalm 22 begins with the anguished cry "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" As we listen to the voice of David, and Jesus - who utters these very same words on the cross so many years later - we discover the basis for a strong confidence in God's faithfulness to his children, even when our perceptions tell us otherwise.

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Grace Abounds

August 6, 2017

Bible Text: Romans 5:12-21 |

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In Romans 5, Paul speaks of the Christian's hope of glory. Many times we feel that our failings and sin are just too much too bear, often leaving us feeling very insecure in our relationship with God and our chances of every seeing His promised glory. In this passage, Paul shows us that even though our problem of sin is actually greater than we often realise, the redemptive grace he offers us in Jesus Christ is greater still - and the only real basis for our confidence as Christians.

In this series, we are hoping to help instill confidence in the God of the Bible by walking through Romans chapters 5-8, seeing how Paul teaches us the great reason Jesus gives us for having great confidence in God. Your confidence in God is going to swell, because your expectations of God are going to be rightly set and your experience of God is going to match up to those expectations.

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