Sermons from March 2020

Sermons from March 2020

False Teaching

Acts 20:28-32 False teaching is an epidemic of a very different kind that the church has always had to face – and there’s a lot at stake. Paul compares false teachers to savage wolves who will come to attack the church, a people that God has purchased with his own blood. So how do we respond? With watchfulness, confidence in Christ and devotion to the Bible,…

Let Brotherly Love Continue

Hebrews 13:1 Self-isolation and social distancing place great pressure on us because we are created in God’s image, inherently relational – and because the church is the household of God. Isolation makes us vulnerable in many ways, and this has always been the case; mutual love and fellowship were the great need of the hour for the Hebrew church, which was suffering…

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:1-21 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” The world is crying out for peace. All of us are moved by the present crisis and will have anxieties to some extent. But in these chapters we see that God’s people may know perfect peace. The word Shalom denotes a completeness: a wholeness, a harmonious state of…

Pursue New Creation Living

2 Peter 3:10-18 We learn in these verses that a seismic change is coming. The entire physical world as we know it will be consumed by fire and a new heavens and new earth will appear. This physical change will come with a moral change as the values of this world are swept away, replaced by a kingdom of righteousness. This change has profound consequences for how we should…

The Whole Counsel

Acts 20:17-28 As Paul looks back on his long and fruitful ministry in Ephesus, what stands out most in his mind is that he has not failed to declare the whole counsel of God. Preaching the whole counsel of God takes humility and courage: humility to submit to God’s message that can often seem so foolish and courage to say what can be so unpopular. This is, however,…

Encouragement

Acts 20:1-12 Encouragement is a major theme of Acts, because the Holy Spirit is an encourager. And Paul’s mission at this point was to encourage God’s people. There are many love languages, and there are also many ways to express encouragement; here we see three specific ways: hugs, words and works.

Skepticism Forgets

2 Peter 3:1-9 Skeptics insist that the natural world is self-sufficient, sustaining itself according to physical laws that are predictable. They are certain that the world will not end as a result of God’s final judgment. There is nothing new about skepticism. Peter knew that scoffers would come, saying: “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell…

Idols Are Not Great

Acts 19:21-41 In this passage we see the violent protest of a people who are propping up a futile belief system; the riot they incite is designed to inflate confidence in what they know deep inside to be untrue. The more hollow the idol we follow the more we will find the need to prop it up. Diana could not possibly stand before the magnificence of the true God. Idolatry…