Sermons by Karl Scott

Sermons by Karl Scott

Christ above all

Philippians 1:12-26 Are Christians called to live a safe life? If so, it appears the apostle Paul didn’t get the memo. As he reflects on his imprisonment for Christ in Philippians 1, it is clear that in order to live a faithful, fulfilled, gospel-shaped life, then our own self-preservation mustn’t be our priority.

Authority over Spiritual Powers

Luke 4:31-37 Throughout Luke’s gospel, we see Jesus doing many incredible things. From calming storms, to raising people from the dead, to forgiving sins; many of these bold claims keep us wondering “just who is this Jesus?”. As we explore the account of Jesus casting out a demon in Capernaum, we are going to see just what implications Jesus’ authority over all spiritual powers has for Christians.

God’s overflow of grace

Romans 11:11-32 It is here in the book of Romans that we encounter another issue. What are Paul’s readers to make of the fact that Israel has rejected Christ? God’s chosen nation appear to be lost. What is next for them? Will they remain blind to God’s grace forever? Does God still love them? In verses 11-32 of Romans 11, the apostle Paul addresses these burning questions.

Walking in Truth

3 John As we explore this short book at the end of the New Testament, we are given insight into the comparison between a life that walks in truth and another that walks in falsehood, and the importance of a Christian community that encourages one another to pursue truth constantly.

Pride and Humility

Proverbs 21:4; 22:4; 28:19 The tussle between pride and humility is one that every person walks daily. However, more often than not, the temptation and allure of pride wins the appeal of our hearts. Proverbs helps us understand the nature of our prideful ways, and offers a solution to our struggles: the fear of the Lord.

Speech and the power of the tongue

Proverbs 12:19-20, 22; 26:20-25 How often do you underestimate the power of your speech? While words might seem like they carry little power when compared to action, the book of Proverbs seems to disagree. As we explore what wisdom the scriptures contain on this topic, we’re going to see that God calls Christians to steward our words carefully and also, how our speech is actually a window into the state of our hearts.

Wisdom and Foolishness

Proverbs 1:20-33 Here, the author personifies wisdom in the form of a Lady who offers instruction to the foolish. Sadly, they reject her call and end up living a life that leads to destruction. We too, are foolish, and often think that our ways are best. But this passage highlights the journey of the fool and warns readers of following that same path.

Which Jesus do you believe in?

Luke 24:13-35 “Which Jesus do you believe in?” Every single person must answer that question at some point in their lives. Was he just a good man? Was he a gifted teacher? A prophet? A myth? Or was he truly the Son of God? As we explore Luke’s account of the Emmaus Road encounter, we’re going to see how Christ’s resurrection changes the way everyone must view Jesus.

Have we misidentified Jesus?

Luke 18:31-43 As we open our Easter series in the book of Luke, it’s important to reflect on exactly who Jesus is. While the question may sound simple, perhaps the Jesus we have in our heads isn’t quite the whole picture of the chosen Messiah spoken about in the Bible. In this account of Jesus’ interaction with the blind beggar, we see that in order to recognise the real Jesus, we must understand his authority, mercy, and mission.

Joyful Worship

Deuteronomy 12-16 As the nation of Israel prepares to enter the land promised to them by Yahweh, Moses reveals to them various laws for righteous living that they must abide by. While a bit strange at first glance, these laws have much to teach us about worship. Specifically, who we are to worship, where worship takes place, and how we are to worship.
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