One problem with the Christian faith is that it’s largely about trusting in some promises that we can’t see. You can’t see God. You can’t see heaven. You can’t see sin or the forgiveness of sin. Which can make it all seem a bit “up in the clouds”. A bit unreal. Like the Christian faith isn’t in the real world. … Read more about Genesis 13-14
From time to time I put sermons I give up here. Not because I think they are particularly good, even less that they are model sermons. I can't even guarantee that I agree with everything I said then - I am (of course) learning all the time. But someone may be interested.
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I wonder how you think of God? Do you regard God as a blessing God, or a cursing God? Would you say that he is a God who enjoys spoiling our fun, or a God that is a delight to know? Does God dish us up with good things in life, or does God take from us the things that are most precious? What kind of God do you think God is? … Read more about Genesis 12:1-20
This morning, we’re going to talk about sickness. Being ill. Getting better.
It won’t have escaped your attention that the NHS is struggling at the moment.
Let’s be clear: I’m not making a political point.
There has been more tinkering done to the NHS in the past 15 years than in the whole of the 50 years that went before it. Different governments have done different things. … Read more about Matthew 4:23-25 - Sickness
Well, Samuel and Harrison: What have you just done? What have you just signed up for?
When someone becomes a follower of Jesus, what are they signing up for? Many of us here already follow Jesus: What have we signed up for? … Read more about Matthew 4:18-22 - What do we sign up for if we decide to follow Jesus?
We live in a world that is frequently dark, and that frequently lacks hope.
There is much that is good about living in Britain today. But our country, our lives, all at times need an injection of hope, of life, of light. Some words: Street crime. Unemployment. 1960s tower blocks. Economic downturn. Redundancy. Yobs. Drought. Petrol prices. Bereavement. Pain.
The Christian message is a message of hope. We have a real hope in the face of all the things that are gloomy about life. But God’s answer to our greatest needs is somewhat surprising. … Read more about Matthew 4:12-17 - Light in a dark world
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Failure crushes. “I’m not a very good Christian”. Despite our best intentions – we let God down. I’ve had periods of life (as I’m sure every Christian here has) when we’ve made the same mistakes over and over again. We just never seem to get on top of them.
Read this passage, can make us feel worse. Read Jesus being tempted. Here we see the sins we commit. Most of the ways we fail are captured here. … Read more about Matthew 4:1-11 - Hope for failures
Who is Jesus?
That’s our question for this morning.
And before we think, too quickly, that we know exactly who he is, we need to stop and consider two things. Firstly, it’s a brave person who stands up and says they’ve got Jesus pegged. With someone as rich, as big as Jesus, there’s always more to discover. … Read more about Matthew 3:13-17 - Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the one person you cannot ignore.
Many people think he can be ignored. Many people try to ignore him. But he is the one person you cannot ignore forever, and if you’re in your right mind you wouldn’t want to ignore him.
Matthew has told us enough of Jesus’ childhood to introduce him to us. We’re about to meet the adult Jesus. But before Jesus takes the stage, God sends one last Old Testament prophet to announce his arrival. John comes on: “Ladies and Gentlemen, would you please all welcome…” … Read more about Matthew 3:1-12 - Jesus, the one you can't ignore
It’s easy to start to believe that Jesus is insignificant. Maybe some of our friends think he’s not worth much bother. Maybe it’s the media. But it’s easy to start to get worried. Perhaps he is nothing special. Perhaps he is just a figure from 2000 years ago, who had a few good ideas, and lived well, but doesn’t have much to offer for today. It’s easy for that to start to niggle you. … Read more about Matthew 2:13-23
Do you ever feel that Christianity is a relatively small thing.
If you live in this country, in this decade, you could be forgiven for feeling that at times.
The Telegraph recently reported that numbers attending churches are increasing, but that was only news because it’s been decreasing for so long.
It can seem that lots of people used to fill our churches. Our laws used to be framed on Christian principles. But that was then and this is now. … Read more about Matthew 2:1-12 - Jesus, king of the world