Sermons (Page 33)

Sermons (Page 33)

Gospel saturated leadership

Last week we saw that God’s plan for the church was for elders to be the leading group.  This was because they were the ones who pointed the sheep to their great shepherd Jesus.  This week we see what the life of one of these elders needs to look like and how a church should treat them.  As we seek to be a church that amplifies the gospel it is vital that our leadership is saturated with the gospel and…

Community led by the Gospel

Thoughts on church leadership are many and varied.  In our heart of hearts we feel that we should be looking at the New Testament to discover who should lead the church but when we do we can easily get confused.  There we see the unique group of men, the Apostles, leading the church and having Christ-given authority; but with no Apostles in the church today who should lead?  This morning we are going to look at who it was that…

Community that makes disciples

The Great Commission is one of the most famous commands of Jesus Christ and yet if we are to be honest we have to acknowledge that for some reason the church has struggled to keep it.  But we have to see that this command was given by Jesus off the back of the most amazing event in history – the resurrection!  It was with resurrection authority that Jesus gave the church this commission and we should be moved by this…

Community that preaches the gospel to one another

The call to love one another is as old as Christianity itself.  Jesus said that it is how the world will know that we are His disciples.  What what does it really mean for the church to love one another?  As we examine Romans 12 we will see that the kind of community Jesus is calling us to is one of radical love… one where we treat one another as brothers and call one another holy.

Community that worships through the gospel

Worship… one of those easily spoken but hard to explain terms that gets thrown about all the time in church.  And yet worship is probably the definitive call of God on our lives… He longs for our worship… our devotion… our love… heart, soul and strength!  When we think of “an awesome worship time” we normally think of an experience where we feel we connected with God… but the worship that God demands is not about a felt experience of…

Community that makes the gospel visible

Church… It is a concept that can evoke many varied ideas and emotions.  From those who loathe church maybe because of the way they were treated in the past… to those who find joy, life and purpose in the church… to those who just see it as a monument to a bygone era in the centre of town.  As we begin our series on the church I want us to envisage church in perhaps what is a new and refreshing…

Motivated by the Mission

So far in our journey through 2 Corinthians 5 we have found deep and lasting motivation from two sources.  Firstly the eternal hope of perfection that God has for our future and secondly the lavish love that He has for us right now.  But both of these are things that God has done for us… this week we investigate something that God has done for other people, for people who don’t know Him, something that should give us a radical…

Motivated by His Love

Love is something we talk about, hear about, read about and sing about often in our society.  From the love stories we read to the love songs we hear on the radio to the chick flicks we watch; love is everywhere.  However, with all these contexts for expressing love we still struggle to define exactly what our love for another is.  The reality is that love can be described both by how the object of our love makes us feel…

Motivated by Perfection

The call to follow Jesus is a beautiful call… we are welcomed freely into an intimate relationship with God.  But while it is free… it is still costly!  Following Jesus can cause us to walk through times of difficulty, persecution and struggle.  It is easy for us to see this cost and lose our motivation for following Christ!  Over the next three weeks we will look at 2 Corinthians 5 and discover what motivated Paul and how we can be…

God of the Outsiders

In each social circle in which we move we can very quickly determine who are the in-crowd and who are the not-so-in-crowd.  The reality is that some people find themselves on the outside fringes of society never really fitting in with the cultural elites of their day.  Maybe you feel like this?  Well if you do then there is some wonderful news for you in the message of Christmas.  At Christmas we can’t hide from the fact that God sent…