Sermons from May 2022
The End of an Era
Deuteronomy 29-30 In these final scenes of Deuteronomy, we’re reminded of the uniqueness of Yahweh, the unique privilege of God’s people and the unique status of Moses the prophet. We’re left looking ahead in hope, for the day when the prophet like Moses would be revealed. In Jesus, all these hopes are not simply realised, they’re completely surpassed.
The Path to Life
Deuteronomy 29-30 As Moses reaches the end of his final “sermon” he calls Israel to a decision. Which path will they take? Will they embrace the grace being offered to them and choose life? Or will they turn from God and choose death?
Dining with Wisdom
Proverbs 8 & 9 Proverbs 8 and 9 paint a picture for us of Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly. Each of them calls us to dine with them, to learn from them, to be shaped by them. The choice for us is clear – will we choose wisdom or folly, life or death?
Covenant blessings and curses
Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1 Having spelled out the stipulations of the covenant between Israel and God, Moses now outlines the consequences of their adherence, or non-adherence to the law. Life in the Promised Land ought to be one of blessing and flourishing, but it could go very badly if they fail to fulfill their covenant obligations. Praise God that Christ has taken the curse of sin from us, by faith in his death for us.
A life well lived
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31 presents to us a picture, not only of a strong woman and excellent wife, but an idealised example of wisdom lived out and applied in daily life. We are being wooed away from a life of folly and to a life of wisdom. We are called to marry wisdom – holding her tight and allowing her to shape every part of our lives, and ultimately allowing her to point us to our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.
Loving God and neighbour in all of life
Deuteronomy 21-25 This final section of commands deals with the way that God’s people are to love God and neighbour in all areas of life.