Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

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

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…

Are you wise?

As we reach the end of the famous sermon on the mount, Jesus turns up the heat. Rather than an uplifting feel-good finale, Jesus finishes his speech with some of his starkest warnings.  What is the fundamental mistake he wants his hearers to avoid?  Is he deliberately setting an overly-high bar just to show us how we fail?

Make your choice

You cannot serve both God and money. Jesus instructs His disciples in Matthew 6 to not love money. But, most of us are inclined to love money. And we have lots of it! Australians generally, and residents of North Epping in particular, are among the wealthy elite. So, how do we who are Christians deal with Jesus’ words that seem so counter-cultural? Surely, given…

Jesus’ Meritocracy?

Jesus’ Meritocracy In Matthew 6 Jesus seems to indicate that different rewards will result depending on the way disciples live now; specifically how they give, pray and fast. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1) How do we reconcile Jesus’ words…

Jesus’ Code of Conduct

The world continues to modify it’s Code of Conduct and typically it moves further away from Jesus’ Code of Conduct. What are disciples of Jesus to understand by Jesus’ assessment and instructions in Matthew 5:17-48? Jesus provides us with instructions which call for radical righteousness and what appears to be calls for self-mutilation for breaches of…

Are you blessed?

Nine times in as many verses Jesus says that various people are “blessed“. If being blessed is a good thing how can Jesus suggest that, “Blessed are those who mourn” and “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”? Matthew 5  demonstrates that the world only makes…

Jesus or Satan?

There have been some extraordinary one to one battles over the years. Great 1 to 1’s all have some things in common; both competitors are highly capable, both combatants are motivated to win, and either competitor could win. Matthew 4 shows us: The epic contest between Jesus and Satan The results of the contest The implications Matthew 4 provides an account of the…