If you follow news about the broader Christian and evangelical world, you’ll know that in the last few weeks there have been some high-profile cases of Christian leaders renouncing their faith. Providentially our next text in Hebrews covers that exact topic. In this sermon we zoom in on Hebrews 2:1-4, a passage that directly warns against drifting away from the faith. In it we find a warning, but also the resources to stay anchored in the great salvation Christ attains for us.
Sermon Topics: Faith
I Am The Resurrection And The Life
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.
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.
In this passage Paul encourages his readers to live with a heavenly mindset, to live with an eternal perspective in the present reality which includes suffering. His encouragement is that although suffering is unavoidable, eternal glory is certain for the believing Christian.
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.
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.
Weighed and found wanting
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.