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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 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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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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Husbands and Wives

Sermon Series - The household of God

September 9, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 5:21-33 |

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Our present culture is extremely wary of gender roles in any shape or form. The biggest reason for that is the abuse suffered by women at the hands of men throughout history. In many societies and in many religious contexts, for thousands of years, women have been seen as, and treated as, inferior to men. There is therefore, good motive behind the current critique of gender roles. And because women are still oppressed and treated unfairly in so many contexts there is a sense of urgency to this issue. It’s crucial then, that we try very carefully, and with much humility, to see what the Bible does and doesn’t say about gender roles in marriage. Listen in as we explore Paul's instructions to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:21-33.

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God’s Manifold Wisdom

Ephesians - sermon series

June 10, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 3:1-13 |

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God is building His Church with men and women from every ethnicity on the earth through the message of the Gospel. This Church is the means through which God is displaying his multi-faceted wisdom to the heavenly rulers.

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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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Knowing God

Ephesians - sermon series

May 20, 2018

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:15-23 |

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What do you pray for when you pray? What are you chief priorities in prayer?

The things we pray about say a lot about the depth of our spiritual maturity. RoRobert Murray McCheyne once said: "What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more."

In this passage we see one of Paul's most famous prayer, and we get to see his main priority - that we would know God better.

In this sermon we ask two questions: why pray to know God better, and what particularly about God should we be knowing better?

This is the second sermon in our Ephesians sermon. Unfortunately there is no recording of the sermon for Ephesians 1:1-14.

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Hell

Heaven - sermon series

April 22, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 16:19-31 |

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This is the second sermon in our series, "Heaven", as we answer the question "What happens when we die?" In this talk we consider the topic of hell. We apologise for the slight break in recording in the first quarter of the message.

We all have questions about heaven and what happens when we die?
Heaven is incredibly misunderstood by people both outside and within the church. We hope that this series will help to add clarity to our thinking in terms of what the Bible actually says about heaven and answer some of the nagging questions we all have.

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