Sermons from February 2020

Sermons from February 2020

After Death

Luke 16:19-31 Here is a story of two men; one was filthy rich and lived lavishly. He lived for the here and now, and he made the most of his life. The other man, Lazarus, had nothing going for him: he was poor, disabled, ill, and tormented by wild dogs. And then suddenly their situations are reversed; death takes the poor man to heaven and the rich to hell. All around us…

Christ Magnified

Acts 19:8-17 In Acts 19:17 we have the highpoint of the preceding chapters as Jesus’ name is magnified throughout all of Asia Minor. This is the focus behind the apostles’ ministry, the focus of the miraculous signs confirming their ministry, and the focus of the Spirit’s work in the Church.We should pray for the events in this chapter to be repeated…

Stick to the Basics

Colossians 1:1-8 Although Paul had much to praise the Colossians for, they seem to have wanted a higher level of knowledge or perfection outside of Jesus, whether from Greek philosophy or Jewish traditions. These opening verses remind the church to stick to the basics, to continue in faith, love and hope under the faithful ministry of Epaphras. Regardless of how long we…

Spiritual Monsters

Acts 19:1-7 Here is an exceptional situation: twelve men – ‘the Ephesian dozen’ – who know almost nothing.  They had received the baptism of John, which ought to have led them on to Christ, but they had not yet known Christ.  Repentance and faith are two sides of one coin: one implies the other.  Yet in repenting of our sin we must know of Christ,…

Do Not Show Partiality

James 2:1-13 James is writing to distinguish the marks of true faith, and in this section he exposes ‘partiality’. Partiality means ‘receiving the face’ – showing favouritism to someone based on a mere external showing. To treat the poor differently from the rich is to be guilty of partiality – and partiality is evil because it is contrary to God’s…

Strengthening Souls

Acts 18:18-28 Paul knew that the work of evangelism is only the beginning; the strengthening of God’s people through discipleship is equally a part of the Great Commission. Christ is not going to have an ugly or a weak bride; he is going to have us strong – and beautiful; it is the work of discipleship to make God’s people strong and beautiful. This is done by…

A Call to Faithful Holiness

Nehemiah 13:1-31 Holiness is a wholehearted desire for God: a lifestyle set apart for him, a life lived wholly for him. It is easy to begin well; the real test is to finish well. Bearing fruit until the end – continuing faithful in holiness – is the test of true faith. At this point in Nehemiah’s account, God’s people having settled in Jerusalem Nehemiah…