Sermons from October 2019

Sermons from October 2019

A Difficult Prayer

Nehemiah 4:1-5 How can we understand Nehemiah’s prayer for judgement on his enemies? Is he abusing prayer for his own personal revenge? This difficult prayer reminds that the world is divided between God’s children and God’s enemies. Nehemiah’s prayer for judgement points us forward to Christ, the King of the Church, who will one day carry out…

Christianity Isn’t for Cowards

Acts 15:22-29 Why was the early church so happy to recommend Paul and Barnabas? Because “they risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Christianity is not a religion for cowards. It wasn’t just the apostles who daily risked their lives, Jesus’ own identity as the Son of God meant that he had to live with the constant threat of…

A Community Project with a Lasting Legacy

Nehemiah 3:1-32 The conclusion of our building project at All Saints is only the beginning of our real work: to build up the church in Newcastle. Nehemiah’s own building project – the building of the walls of Jerusalem – was a community project like our own, and the whole community threw itself into the work, each person doing their part for the glory of God’s…

James’ Theology

Acts 15:18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.” In this single verse James sets out a profound theology: -God is eternal: he has no beginning, and he will have no end; time itself is his creation.-God’s knowledge is inherently comprehensive and perfect.-God knows everything that happens in his universe because he is sovereign; even Christ’s crucifixion was by…

A Tabernacle for Gentiles

Acts 15:12-21 What right do Gentiles have to come to God? At the council in Jerusalem James answers this question by pointing to God’s promise in Amos to rebuild the tabernacle. The ceremonial law was given to draw the Jews to the Lord, but we now have something better. We have the Lord, and we can call upon him by name. Emmanuel, God with us, was the fulfilment of…

Keeping God’s Sabbath

Leviticus 19:30 Too often people think of the Sabbath as a list of do’s and don’ts – as though the Sabbath were designed to be a day of drudgery. The Sabbath is a gift from our Heavenly Father; a day to know that he is God and we are not. It is a day that we need as pilgrims heading for the promised land, a day of refreshing – to abide in the Lord…

Come and Let us Build!

Nehemiah 2: 11-20 In England’s darkest hour Churchill delivered a speech that stirred our nation to action: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, …” In a similar way God’s people, threatened by their enemies and infiltrated by those who…