Sermons from November 2019

Sermons from November 2019

Hidden with Christ

Colossians 3:3 Our union with Christ – the reality that we have died with him and been raised with him – radically changes how we live. As Paul says in this passage, our life is now “hidden with Christ”. This will shape how we cope with opposition from the world, fight sin and love God. It is a very practical truth. There has been a transformation of our…

An Open Heart

Acts 16:11-15 Having come to Macedonia at the Spirit’s leading, Paul and Silas make straight for one of the principal cities, Philippi. Yet we don’t meet the man of Paul’s vision or even hear of any great opportunities for preaching; the one encouragement they get is with a woman outside the city, Lydia, who becomes the first convert on European soil. And, wonderfully, we…

Faith and Action Go Together

Nehemiah 4:6-23 Nehemiah presents a model of faith in action; in this chapter is both a model of skilled and courageous leadership and a glorious display of God’s provision and protection. These two things – man’s action and God’s sovereignty – work together, however much they may appear at odds. We must not put asunder what God has joined; faith and action go…

The Spirit Leads On

Acts 16:1-10 The previous chapter recorded the sad rift between Paul and Barnabas. But God is good; in this chapter Paul meets Timothy – who would later be the greatest blessing and encouragement to him. Paul and Timothy together display the very opposite of a Pharisaic spirit, setting aside their right to freedom from Jewish ceremonial laws and becoming a servant…

Love is…

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 There is no substitute for love. Having great spiritual gifts, amassing knowledge, or leading a life of self-denial all count for nothing if we don’t have love. These verses give us God’s definition of love. As we are reminded of our own failure to meet this high standard, we can pray for the help of His Spirit to produce this love in us.

What Happened Next?

Acts 15:22-41 In Acts 15 the Church has been strengthened and encouraged by the clear affirmation of the gospel at the Jerusalem council. What happens next is a sobering reminder of Satan’s ceaseless attacks on the church. On the question of John Mark’s trustworthiness, Barnabas’ ‘determination’ (v37) and Paul’s…