Sermon Archive (Page 2)

Sermon Archive (Page 2)

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No More Questions

The Jewish leaders have been challenging Jesus’ authority in various ways.  Now they ask a series of trick questions about the law, in the hope of catching Jesus out.  Jesus stuns the crowds with his answers, but eventually he asks them the one question that matters: “Who is Jesus really?”  If Jesus is really God, then whether we’re a disinterested unbeliever or a Christian who’s compromising, the one thing we must not do is take Jesus lightly.  He is the…

Salvation stories

Jewish Paul had a salvation story. The Gentile Ephesians had a different salvation story. But though they were different, they shared plenty in common! In the end, every Christian’s salvation story has the same author, the same hero, the same key details and the same ending.  Ephesians 1:11-14

Authority issues

The religious leaders come questioning Jesus’ authority before Jesus rebukes them with three parables which outline the nature of authority in God’s kingdom. We’re left to consider what it means for us to live under the authority of God in His kingdom. Matthew 21:23-22:14

How rich we are!

In this message we begin a new series on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  He launches immediately into what one writer calls a “golden chain” of spiritual blessings that ought to thrill the heart of every Christian. How humbling it is to know that we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven and given a glimpse of God’s eternal purposes!  And there are more in the next few verses!  May these wonderful truths drive us to our knees in gratitude and…

The King Commands Attention

For centuries the Jews had longed for a Messiah-King to save them as a nation.  Finally the day came when Jesus presented Himself to them as that King.  But what sort of king?  A humble King riding on a donkey, yet a fearless King who would overthrow the whole broken religious system.  King Jesus reigned from the cross five days later, and He still reigns in the lives of everyone who will receive Him by faith today. Matthew 21:1-22

Fear, Forgiveness and favour

Listen as we consider the experience of Joseph’s brothers who went from a place of fear to a place of favour in the presence of the brother they had sinned against. As those who have sinned against a powerful and holy God, let us remember that forgiveness is the path from fear to favour. Genesis 42-45

Gospel Shaped Greatness

Our culture celebrates greatness and high achievement in every sphere of life.  As Jesus address the issue of greatness, he turns things completely upside down.  Gospel-shaped greatness is the polar opposite of worldly greatness.  It follows the pattern set by Jesus who gave his life up for others.  Matthew 20:17-34

Almost a Wasted Life (Samson)

What should we make of a man like Samson?  Incredibly talented, empowered by the Spirit of God, yet deeply flawed in so many ways.  In this message Pastor Murray gives us a glimpse of his “playboy ” lifestyle and eventual downfall.  But we also see how God chose to use him despite his many failings to deliver his Israelite people from the torment of the Philistines.  Samson’s story gives hope to all those who have wasted the best part of…

Too big to get in

Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler reminds us that eternal life belongs to those come to Jesus like children, trusting not in themselves, but in the God who does the impossible.   Matthew 19:13-3

Too Much Forgiveness

We all want God to be loving and merciful and compassionate toward us, but sometimes it can be hard to swallow when it is directed toward those who we think don’t deserve it.  This was what Jonah struggled to come to terms with.  In one sense, forgiveness is never “fair”, but God is can forgive whomever he chooses, no matter what they’ve done. Jonah 4

Worth the Wait

The writer of Psalm 130 puts their hope for mercy, in the word of God; His character, His promises, and His commands. Knowing God will keep His word, enables God’s people to wait with joy for God’s salvation to be revealed. We are urged to do the same. Having seen God’s salvation through Jesus, we too must put our hope in His word, waiting for His return. God is worth the wait. Psalm 130

Learning To Trust God … Patiently

Among the many godly women in the Bible, Sarah is specifically mentioned for her faith in the book of Hebrews.  But her journey with God was a bumpy one, as we see in today’s message.  Over 25 long years she waited …. and waited …. and waited, until finally God fulfilled His scientifically impossible promise and enabled her to have a baby!  Her laugh of unbelief became a laugh of joy.  Perhaps you have been waiting for God to answer…