In baptism we confess the grace of God who has brought us into the community of faith, and our identity as believers is expressed through baptism.
In Hebrews 11 we read about the faith of many of the forerunners of the gospel in the Old Testament. Faith has had a hard press in recent times, with it often described as “believing something which you know isn’t true.” But this misunderstands faith – it is not the opposite of knowledge but the opposite of mistrust and cynicism.
Sermon: Faith in the unseen – Hebrews 11
Everyone wishes to be free, but often we seek freedom in ways which result not in freedom, but in a new form of bondage. Since we believe that freedom is a gift of God to humanity, then alienation from God will result in bondage – specifically, bondage to sin. Freedom then can come only with redemption in Christ.
Sermon: Freedom in Christ alone
Reformation Sunday is the commemoration of the events of the sixteenth century when the renewal and revival of the church commenced with the actions of Martin Luther posting his “95 Theses” to the door of the church in Wittenburg. But while the upheaval that resulted brought about significant changes in the churches across Europe, we are still in need of a new reformation today, as the church is again in distress, troubled with superstitious beliefs, superficial and un-Biblical teaching, and a focus on money and the construction of enormous buildings – just like in the sixteenth century! We need to rediscover the truth of the Gospel and seek for God to renew his church again in our day.
Sermon: Reformation Sunday
The series on Hebrews takes a break here and will hopefully resume later in the year. Other sermons will continue to be published each week.
Today we begin a new year, time which has been granted to us by God in which to love an serve him. In this sermon I reflect on the meaning of time for us in a Christian perspective, and point towards both the origin of time as God’s gift, and the fulfillment of time in the renewal of all things at the return of Christ.
Sermon: Our times are in Gods hands
For a more technical discussion of time as God’s gift to his creation, see my article “God the creator of time” on the All of Life Redeemed website.
In this last sermon in the series, I explore how the judgement of God will finally be unleashed on those who reject God and persist in their wickedness. The theme of spiritual warfare is never far from any passage of Scripture, and in the book of Revelation is it predominant.
Yet regardless of the strength of the powers of darkness, and the success of their malignant activity along the way, we are assured that at the end God will rule triumphant over them all. Those who are faithful will be renewed, resurrected, made immortal and called to share in God’s glory and the eternal peace of his kingdom. Though we may suffer in the meantime, our share in God’s eventual victory is certain. This is the faith to which we are called.
Sermon: The Triumph of the King 3
For Part 2 see The Triumph of the King 2
For Part 1 see The Triumph of the King 1
This site is dedicated to one purpose – helping God’s people to hear what God is saying to us through the Scriptures, and to encourage them to live it out in action wherever they are.
The site will have a combination of sermons and shorter blog pieces reflecting on the Scriptures and how we could respond to them obediently and faith-fully.
The approach taken to the Scriptures is accepting them as God’s Word to us, given to us to receive in the form they come to us, and breathed by God through his Spirit through the human authors, using and reflecting their personality. The Scriptures are given to direct us in the whole of all, all that we do, so that we will thereby live out our trust in God for the present and our hope for the future.
The approach taken to understanding the Scriptures is commonly called “Redemptive-Historical,” that is, that the overall approach of the Scriptures is to spell out how God has been at work since the beginning within human history to bring about the redemption of all things. We must pay attention to the context of the passages we are reading, as that will indicate how we are to respond to what we read. At its simplest level, we read the Old Testament as the account of God’s actions with the people of Israel, preparing them to receive the promised Redeemer. The New Testament speaks of the coming of the Redeemer and the accomplishment of redemption through his life, death and resurrection. It points to the growth of the kingdom of God under the reign of the King ascended to his heavenly throne, and the future yet to come.