Sermons

Sermons

“…faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10

Count The Stars

Genesis 15 “Count the Stars – So Shall Your Offspring Be”. Seriously? The Lord had made promises to Abram of blessing and land and nation and a great name. Central to these promises were that Abram would have many offspring. And yet as Genesis 15 begins both Abram and his wife Sarai are very old and childless. How can Abram trust God’s promises? And why…

King or Compromise

We are all challenged with the temptation to compromise on what we believe. How should we live in response to what we believe about God? Abram too faced such temptations when he was met in quick succession by two different kings (Genesis 14) following a war in Canaan which resulted in his nephew Lot and his family being taken captive (Genesis 14:12). The background to the…

The Man of Promise

Origins matter, don’t they.  Even today, in the era of the “self made man”, it’s still your origins that you get measured against. The book of Genesis is well known for talking about the origins of the universe and the human race in its opening chapters.  But after human rebellion makes the created world go pear shaped, a whole new origin story…

True Greatness, Real Rest

True Greatness, Real Rest Throughout history there have been some truly great people; impressive in their intelligence, courage, leadership, ingenuity, wealth, success, power, charisma… But who is truly great? Indeed, the greatest? In Matthew 11 Jesus makes the rather puzzling declaration that; Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone…

The challenge of being a disciple

What really gets to you?  What kicks you in the guts and fills you with compassion, so that you might even open your wallet on the spot? In Matthew 9:36 we see Jesus filled with compassion for the crowds around him.  Without any decent leadership, they were like sheep without a shepherd. But the first thing he tells his disciples to do about it might surprise you.  And…

Do you believe I am able to do this?

Jesus’ question in Matthew 9 is a fundamentally important one. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Mt9:28) Jesus explicitly asks this question of the two blind men. The same question is implicitly asked of the dead girl’s father, and the woman with the chronic bleeding, and the demon possessed man. Jesus’ question and actions make clear that people need to…

See, Understand, Respond

See, Understand, Respond. If you don’t see correctly, or understand correctly what you see, it is very difficult to make a correct response. Indeed, someone could easily make a catastrophic response if they fail to see or understand accurately. In Matthew 8:23-9:13 Jesus wants us to see accurately who He is, so that we can understand fully the implications of who He…

Easter Sunday- Believing the Unbelievable

Aussies tend to be sceptics. We don’t believe things simply because someone in authority says them. We are particularly reluctant to believe that impossible things happen! Matthew 27:57-28:20 focuses our attention on one central event- the physical, literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The first and fifth sections, and the second and third…

God the creator

Jonah is one of the Bible’s best-known stories. Its real hero is not the reluctant prophet, but the God he couldn’t hide from. The opening chapters of Jonah present us with “the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” And as we remember that we worship the Creator of the universe, Jonah puts four challenging questions to us: What do you believe?  What do you…