Sermons from December 2019

Sermons from December 2019

People of the Word

Nehemiah 8:1-18 At the heart of the Christian religion is a book; in the Bible our God has revealed himself. Reformation is a recentering of God’s people upon God – his ways and commands. It must therefore involve hearing God’s word, in which he reveals these things, followed by confession and consecration. This chapter shows us what a people are like when they have…

King Jesus

Acts 17:1-9 Paul and his friends were accused in Thessalonica of turning the world upside down. There was an element of truth to the charge. The Gentile world of gross idolatry would soon be overturned by the preaching of Christ; the Jewish church would have to learn that faith in Christ, and not obedience to the moral law, would bring salvation. The apostles were in fact…

Remembrance Fuels Reformation

Nehemiah 7:4-73 Anniversaries are opportunities to remember. We take stock of the past so that we may move forward encouraged. Nehemiah 7 recalls the names of the people of God returning from exile decades before under Ezra. Here is a call to remember who we are as the people of God so that we may be strengthened in the work we’re called to. Our primary purpose is to…

The Glory of the Church

Psalm 87:1-7 A building is not the church; the church of Jesus Christ is a people: all those who are in relationship with God. This psalm was written to show the church who she is, and therefore how she is to worship. The church is glorious because she is the foundation of God’s kingdom, the mother of God’s elect, and the nurturer of God’s children. This is the glory and…

Fear God Alone

 Nehemiah 6:1-19 Who do we fear? In his work rebuilding Jerusalem, Nehemiah faced intimidation, manipulation and trickery from those both inside and outside the city. It was his fear of and confidence in God that enabled him to act boldly and wisely throughout these challenges. Nehemiah is an example for us of godly fear in action, motivating us to live in godly fear and…

Be Persuaded

Acts 17:1-5 Violent persecution doesn’t work; God gives his servants boldness to continue to proclaim the truth – and here we have Paul reasoning in the synagogues of Thessalonica despite the brutality he had just experienced at Philippi. Many violently opposed the message here in Thessalonica too, but some were persuaded, recognising and believing that the promised…