Faithfulness

Inside, Outside, Wide, High & Deep

Ephesians - sermon series

June 17, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 |

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At the centre of Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3 is the indescribable love of Christ. In this sermon we explore the width, length, height and depth of that love and see why the apostle so earnestly prays for believers to comprehend it.

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Master of my destiny

February 5, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 4:1-37 |

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This is the fourth 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 are called to remember that God alone is God in the moments of life when the world threatens to overwhelm us, and in our moments of weakness when the world threatens to seduce us.

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Standing in the Fire

January 29, 2017

Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-30 |

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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 |

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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 |

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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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The Servant

August 7, 2016

Bible Text: Romans 12:3-8 |

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In this series we're trying to answer one question: What is a complete Christian? We ask this question because we want to ensure we're heading in the right direction in our spirituality as we pursue a balanced and mature understanding and expression of our faith as Christians.

In this sermon we study Romans 12:3-8 as we look at what it means to be a servant.

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The Struggling Church

May 15, 2016

Bible Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13 |

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When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.

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Jesus Goes To Church 6: Philadelphia

Jesus goes to church

June 15, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 3:7-13 |

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The simple reality of the Christian faith is that it isn't easy. It isn't easy and as a result difficulty is often accompanied by doubt. How do I know I'm really a Christian? How do I even know all this God stuff is real? One of the things we need to keep talking about in the church is assurance. People need to be assured about their faith in the humdrum of life. The Philadelphian church was a struggling, but faithful church in desperate need of tender words of assurance. By listening to what Jesus says to them, we too can find the assurance we need to persevere in the Christian faith.

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Jesus Goes To Church 3: Pergamum

Jesus goes to church

May 25, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:12-17 |

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Sex and drunken revelry - that was part of what regular idol worship looked like in the ancient city of Pergamum. This idolatrous culture proved to be a tricky place for Christians to inhabit and remain faithful. In the letter to the church in that city, Jesus tackles the culture head on, and shows how it's deepest longings, for sustenance and intimacy, can only be fulfilled in him.

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Jesus Goes to Church 2: Smyrna

Jesus goes to church

May 18, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:8-11 |

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Even a surface reading of the New Testament will leave you in no doubt that persecution was big part of the spirituality of early Christianity. For those of us who live in affluent, Western countries, with significant religious freedom, this can sometimes be hard to understand and appropriate for ourselves. In this sermon we look at Jesus' words to the church in Smyrna, a church that faced severe persecution for their relentless faith in Christ. Although sometimes it feels like we live in a different world from those in first century Smyrna, there's a lot in this letter that helps us to think about how persecution is a part of our contemporary spirituality.

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