Sermons by Paul Sampson

Sermons by Paul Sampson

Cut to the heart

Acts 2 describes God’s Holy Spirit coming in power on the disciples – and that changes everything – radically and permanently. The impact on the early church on the Day of Pentecost and over the following days was mind-blowing; … about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41 But what is the significance for our church today?…

Faith Not Fear

Movies typically present people in black and white terms – the “good guys” and the “bad guys”. Abraham is the presented as the paradigm of righteousness in Genesis 15 – the “good guy” – but that is not the picture we get in Genesis 20. In Genesis 20 we observe the actions and character of two very different men,…

Justice and Righteousness

Justice and Righteousness (Genesis 18-19) Many will argue that we are basically good. Genesis 18-19 challenge that basic premise. Sodom is by any objective measure a wicked city. So, how should a just and righteous God respond to the wickedness of Sodom? And how should He respond to us, for whilst we may not be as wicked as the residents of Sodom in Abraham’s time,…

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…

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…