Sermons from January 2020

Sermons from January 2020

True Seekers Find Restoration

Nehemiah 11-12 God promises in Jeremiah 29 that we will seek him and find him if we search for him with all our heart. Although these lists of names and historical records in Nehemiah 11-12 may seem distant and irrelevant to us today, they are a reminder that God is faithful to this promise, that he restores those who seek him. The joyful worship we see here as the…

Christ Encourages Paul

Acts 18:7-17 Paul is very experienced in persecution; again and again he has been forced out of a city because of violent opposition. Here in Corinth he has had a mixed reception: opposition and blasphemy have led him to shake the dust of his feet off against the Jews – and yet there have also been encouragements, with some notable conversions. Should he stay or…

Strengthen Your Union With Christ

John 15:9-17 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” As Jesus approaches his death he begins to teach his disciples like he has never taught them before. We are shown here the depth of God’s love for us. The eternal, perfect, unchangeable love that the Father has for the Son is now shared with us. As we consider God’s…

Paul’s Blood-Earnestness

Acts 18:1-8 If Athens was known for its idolatry, Corinth was consumed with immorality. Paul’s preaching and reasoning in the synagogues led to his being opposed and reviled by the Jews. He responded by shaking our his garments and saying to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” Paul knew that lives were…

What God’s People Need

Judges 6:1-32 What did God’s people need at the time of Gideon? What do God’s people need today? We often focus on short-term needs, whether physical or spiritual prosperity. Judges 6 shows us that our needs are far greater than we think: we need a prophet, a king and a priest. The chapter reminds us that all of these needs have been met perfectly in…

From Comfort to Salvation

Luke 19:1-10 Jesus’ salvation of Zacchaeus speaks directly into our society today. We are surrounded by those who are lost, but who are comfortable in their lostness. They are, at best, happy to observe Jesus from a distance, unaware of their true spiritual need. But Jesus came to save just such people. There is an urgency and power to Jesus’ words “I…

Reformation Consecration

Nehemiah 10:1-39 Living for God is not popular – and even in the church it is not stressed as it should be. We are created by and for God; our purpose is to live for him. True joy and happiness will never be found anywhere else. There has been a great compromise within the church; it seeks to keep hold of the world and to have Jesus Christ at the same time. The…

Know the Unknown God

Acts 17:22-31 Paul was briefly alone in Athens, and he found this great city of pagan antiquity utterly given over to idolatrous worship. Consideration of the lost souls that were perishing in this city, and – worse – of the denial by these people of the rightful worship due to the true God, provoked Paul to speak out. God ought to be worshipped, and Paul…

Reformation Confession

Nehemiah 9:1-38 This chapter is one of scriptures’ preeminent prayers of confession. Reformation involves repentance and confession. This is because we have gone away from our Creator and are living by our own standard. Reformation is a turning back to God, recognising God for whom he is, and ordering our lives accordingly. The service described here moves from a reading…

Become Bereans

Acts 17:10-12 The New Year is a good time to ask not just what we want to accomplish but whom we want to become. The life we live depends on the right reception of God’s word: any improvement in our character – any work of lasting value as opposed to wood, hay and stubble – will be founded on this word. Therefore the one great skill for us to master is how to…