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Easter Sunday Sermon 2017

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Easter Day Sermon: - based on John 20 and Revelation 1easter

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. (1 Cor: 15)

We gather on a Sunday (every Sunday) to worship God because of what happened on a Sunday. Our Sunday is the first day. It is the day of new creation. We re-live and celebrate the one event in history which has eclipsed all others, the one event (believe it or not) which has changed, and will change, all things. The one event which everyone (almost) thought was nonsense or impossible happened in history.

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Good Friday Message at Newchurch Methodist Church

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Reading: Mark 15: 33 - 41Mark

"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God..." (Mark 1: 1) –

That's how Mark's gospel begins – and it concludes (well almost) with the words:

"Surely this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15:39)

What a striking confession of faith from the centurion – an unlikely source, indeed.

And what circumstances under which to make the proclamation! Watching some-one die; being there as they struggle for life and take their final breath.

The soldier is the one who breaks the silence...

"Surely this man was the Son of God!"

When you are about to leave this world the most important thing for you will be what you have done (early or late) in your lifetime with Jesus of Nazareth.

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Mothering Sunday

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jesusSERMON FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY 2017....

Please read Isaiah 49: 13-16; 1 Sam 1:21-28 and John 19: 23-27

AS WE CELEBRATE MOTHERING SUNDAY, WHAT WE ARE REALLY CELEBRATING IS NOT MOTHERS – AS IMPORTANT AS THESE ARE...

MOTHERING SUNDAY IS REALLY ABOUT THE SURROUNDING LOVE OF MOTHER-CHURCH. OUT OF THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION LIFE OF JESUS THE CHURCH WAS BORN.

SO TODAY WE WORSHIP/CELEBRATE GOD AND HIS FAITHFULNESS, HIS LOVE – A LOVE THAT'S NOT UNLIKE A MOTHER'S...

NOWHERE IS THIS LOVE MORE EVIDENT OR EXTRAORDINARILY DISPLAYED THAN ON AND FROM, THE CROSS WHERE JESUS DIED.

HERE WE COME BACK TO THE HEART OF WORSHIP – TO WHAT MATTERS MOST

WHEN ALL ELSE IS STRIPPED AWAY, WE HAVE JESUS NAKED ON THE CROSS – DYING AND SPEAKING...

 

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A Thanksgiving Funeral Address at Sion Baptist Church

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A Thanksgiving Funeral Address at Sion Baptist Church 31st March 2017blessed-assurance

"Blessed Assurance"

 

 

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

(2 Cor 4: 16 – 5: 10)

We don't want to think about death. We would rather avoid the subject. It represents perhaps our greatest fear and mystery.

Most people are not sure what to believe, or what will happen to them or where they will go. But we face all face death and we all know it...

Who or what do we believe in this day and age of "fake news"?

But there is nothing fake about God or his promises.

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Zeal

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Sermon – Haggai Chapter 1 and Romans Chapter 12 verse 11zeal-1

I want to thank Irene for her newest banner, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)

It is a strap line for Irene’s work and a reminder to keep the flame alight (spiritual passion) as only then can she effectively serve the LORD as a counsellor to those in distress.

It is Paul’s word to the Roman church and everyone in it. Each person is to serve God by using the gifts God has given them – Romans 12: 1-8.

Zeal can a good thing, provided the purpose is good (Romans 10:2); or bad e.g. the zeal of members of so-called “Islamic State” or the JWs – zeal based on ignorance…