The Good Shepherd
Psalm 23 has been a comfort to many people through the ages. As we listen to the Psalm again, there are three things we need to listen for through the familiarity of the words if we are to experience the true power and comfort of its words.
As we read the Psalm we need to see:
- the true nature and identity of the Shepherd,
- the true nature of his provision, and
- the true nature of our need.
Inside, Outside, Wide, High & Deep
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.
Where you set your expectations in life makes a massive difference to how you experience the world in general, and this is especially true when it comes to God. If you have wrong expectations of God you will have a very bewildering and potentially discouraging experience of what it means to be a Christian.
When your false expectations of God aren't met it's easy to come to the conclusion that Christianity doesn't work. The truth, however, is that most times, our loss of confidence is in a God who actually really wasn't the God who reveals himself in the Bible in the first place.
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.
In this sermon's text, we are introduced to a lot of the themes that will follow in the weeks to come. Our question in this talk is "How do we have realistic expectations of God?"
The Character of Community
Becoming a Christian not only immediately thrusts you into a new spiritual community, it also calls you to live out this identity in a tangible, life on life community with other Christians. In this community you’ll find essential ingredients that help you know and love God more deeply, change and transform yourself more effectively, and help others to find this life giving community.
In this 4-week series we explore biblical community and how it helps us grow together, and grow towards God and his glorious gospel.
This is the second sermon in the series.
This is the first sermon in the series "When Good Become God". In this series we make the case that you cannot truly know yourself without understanding how idolatry works. In order to defend that claim, we spend some time defining what idolatry is and then demonstrating how idolatry explains our lives.
In this talk we tackle the issue of idolatry by defining it and asking three questions:
What constitutes an idol?
How do I know what my idol is?
Why is it so bad to have an idol?
In the rest of the sermon series we tackle some common concrete examples of idolatry in our personal lives.
Seeing With New Eyes
This is the second of a two-part sermon series in the book of Philemon. In this short letter we see how an understanding of the Gospel of God's reconciling work in Jesus has real-life implications for Christian relationships, and reflect on some of the implications for us as the Church in South Africa today as we consider the priority, the pattern, and the power of Gospel Reconciliation.
The Good Samaritan
In this sermon we take a look at Jesus's interaction with an expert in the Old Testmant Law and his recounting of the parable of the good Samaritan. We realise anew what it means to love God and love our neighbour, and where we find the motivation and power to be able to do so.
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.
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 12:9-21 for a second time as as we think about what our posture or response towards those who are outside our faith community should be.