Sermon - Walking with God (by Faith)

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Readings: Hebrews 11: 8-16 and Genesis 12: 1-9

Abraham, Even Though

Last time we considered Noah who WALKED WITH GOD.

We continue this theme by considering ABRAHAM (the Father of Faith), arguably the greatest example of walking with God. WALKING BY FAITH

The original hearers would have been happy to call themselves descendents of Abraham. W2H – but would they walk like him, in his footsteps?

I would describe Abraham’s faith as an “even though” faith:

We’ve heard how this church was drifting, shrinking back, and how some had turned away (looking back) from the real walk - with Jesus and his disciples…

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going

1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; (The Call of Abram, Genesis 12: 1-4 (9))


Sermon - Walking with God (by Faith)

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Readings Hebrews 11: 1-16 & Deuteronomy 10: 12-22

Over the past month we have tried to unpack the verse,

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). We have spoken of the “University of Life” (the “school of hard knocks”); and the “school of prayer”; and those who wrestle in prayer.

This morning we come to (perhaps) the best-known chapter in the letter to the Hebrews We should not read it in isolation though. The W2H has warned and encouraged a church struggling with its faith…

W2H encouraged the community to be faithful to the faithful God. He tells the church not to throw away their confidence (Faith), it will be rewarded; to persevere and obey God so that they will get what God has promised (10:35, 36); they are not to shrink back (twice), but to live (believing) BY FAITH; and that will please God (10: 38).

But how can we live this sort of life? Well, follow the example of those who pleased God and were “commended” by him. None of them were perfect or sinless. They made mistakes. They sometimes took one step forward and two steps back. But they all had one thing in common – they lived BY FAITH.

In Hebrews 11: 1-16 there are 11 “by faiths” and 4 references to faith/faithful.


Sermon - Be Joyful in Hope

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Reading: Romans 12: 1 -16joyful

Welcome! And a happy New Year. How should we meet this coming New Year?

I can think of no better motto for 2017 than Paul's 10 words in Romans 12 verse 12:

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer".

New Year is often a time to stop and look at our lives. My dad (a Scot) would have a love-hate relationship with Hogmanay. He would invariably end up a little worse-for-wear, maudlin, lamenting what was past and anything but hopeful about what was to come.


Sermon - Be Patient in Affliction

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Reading: Hebrews 10 verses 19 to 3draw near

When I was young I thought I was invincible. Young men (often) think they know it all.

A dear friend used to call me “Professor”. When I came home from University, proudly wearing the school-colours, I thought that I had ‘arrived’ and that, with my smattering psychology and history – I knew it all. He told me he had attended a different University, the ‘University of Life’ and its colours were black ‘n’ blue! My friend went to the ‘school of hard-knocks’.

I didn’t listen, of course – because that’s also what young men are like. My sons think they’re bomb-proof.


Sermon - The Benefit that Trumps All Others

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Reading: Psalm 103: 1-13 and Luke 7: 36-50psalm103-1


Spurgeon spoke of Psalm 103 as the "Everest" of psalms. A hymn of David it reaches unsurpassed heights of gratitude and praise. There are no complaints, no laments, and no petitions here – only pure worship and the personal Testimony of David - a man who knows who the LORD is, and who knows (equally) who he is before this God.

He is in the autumn of his life and looks back, but he is still determined to praise and thank the LORD, to:

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being; praise His holy name...

Say good things about the LORD. (Yada!Yada!)