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Giving Money

Sun, 28/02/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Welcome to week 5 in our series on the theme of money. If you missed the first 4, they are all on our website. We have looked at what money is, earning money, spending money, and not having enough money. And today, we come to the theme of giving.

If you’re visiting us today, please do bear with us. We don’t talk about money often. We are far more interested in celebrating what God has given us. The money we give really is not what we’re about.

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Not Having Money

Sun, 21/02/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

This morning we return again to the theme of money. In January, we asked what money is, and then thought about how we get money and how we spend it. Today’s sermon is entitled “no money”. We’re going to be thinking about the theme of wealth and poverty.

The Bible recognises that poverty is a reality. Many cultures look down on the poor, and see them as somehow less important. The Bible never does that. It is refreshingly counter-cultural. No matter how much money someone has, or doesn’t have, they are a human being made in God’s image. We all have equal value.

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Spending Money

Sun, 24/01/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

“Surely we don’t need a sermon on how to spend money! That’s easy!”. So someone said to me last week.

But step back a bit, and ask how we are to use our money, and the Bible has a great deal to say.

If you missed either of the past two sermons on money, they’re both on our website. We’ve asked what money is, and we looked at earning money.

And now reach the third instalment. Spending money. Using money. And as you look at the Bible on this topic, it warns us of the three dangers. They come up again and again.

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Earning Money

Sun, 17/01/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

This week, a couple called David and Carol Martin from Scotland attended a news conference to be given a cheque for just over 33 million pounds. The National Lottery had rolled over 14 times in a row, bringing the jackpot to a record 66 million pounds. The Martins only won half of it, but I doubt they were complaining.

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What is Money?

Sun, 10/01/2016 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay. Ain't it sad. And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me. That's too bad. In my dreams I have a plan: If I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball

Money, money, money; Must be funny in the rich man's world. Money, money, money; always sunny in the rich man's world. Aha-ahaaa. All the things I could do if I had a little money: It's a rich man's world

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End Times 3: The New Creation

Sun, 22/12/2013 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

What will happen at the end of time?

It’s a big question. The short answer is that there will be no end of time. But the Bible does tell us that the far future for Christians is very, very good.

The past two Sundays, we’ve said that Jesus is in heaven; when Christians die they go to join him; one day, Jesus will come back. But what happens to us when he does so? Do we come back too? If so, how? And what future will we have?

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End Times 2: Heaven

Sun, 15/12/2013 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Death is one of the subjects we don’t speak about today. I suspect this is because many of us have a deep fear of death.

And so we joke about it. Woody Allen famously said: I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. And Mark Twain said: I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

But the fact is that we joke to dodge it. The jokes are an anaesthetic for our fears.

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End Times 1: The Return of Jesus

Sun, 08/12/2013 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Many people today are not confident as to what they believe about the return of Jesus.

We can’t know everything about the future.

But if God tells us certain things about the future, then those are areas where we can be sure.

And Jesus was not silent about his own return.

This morning, we start a short series of 3 sermons looking at the future. Today, we think about the return of Jesus.

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We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins

Sun, 29/06/2008 - 10:45 -- James Oakley

Over the past few months, we’ve been having a little series of sermons looking at what it is that Christians believe. What’s at the heart of the Christian faith? And we’ve been doing that by looking at, and unpacking, the Nicene Creed, which we read together before that last song. We’ve thought together what it is that we believe about God, the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ his Son, and the Holy Spirit. Last week we thought about our belief in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Which brings us this morning to the subject of baptism.

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