Sunday 19th June 2022 Jesus' Words about Leadership
Text: Mark 10:35-45; 1 Pet 5:1-3
Leadership qualities aren’t just for leaders, but for all God’s people. We all lead in one context or another! The question is do we lead like the world does, or like Jesus does? Do we lord our authority over others, or do we use our authority to serve others? In our text this Sunday Jesus says those who wish to the first or the greatest aren’t just those who serve others, but those who see themselves as slaves! This Sunday we’re going to look at seven character traits of leaders and we’re going to see how Jesus calls ordinary everyday people to be the sort of people other people want to follow.
Sunday 12th June 2022 Jesus' Words about Service
Text: John 13:1-17
There is something about serving others that feels good. This Sunday we’re gong to look at how Jesus has served us, and how he calls us to serve others. We’re going to look at not only how Jesus served us but his attitude towards serving us. There are some dangers that we need to beware, but we’re going to see all the different ways that Jesus calls us to serve other people, and how we can reflect his attitude in our service. This Sunday I want to encourage you to commit to serving God and his people!
Sunday 5th June 2022 Jesus' Words about the Spirit
Text: Acts 2:1-4
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. But what is Pentecost and why is it so significant? This Sunday we’re going to see that you can’t be a Christian without Pentecost. We’re going to look at the Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus and also the role of the Spirit in our own lives. And we’re going to focus on the what Jesus teaches about the Holy Spirit, who He is and what He came to do. This Sunday we’re going to see what it means to live in light of Pentecost.
Sunday 29th May 2022 Jesus' Words about His Ascension
Text: John 16:5-11; Act 1:8-11
We often don’t think too much about Jesus’ ascension, but this morning we’re going to see that it is more than just Jesus returning home. Jesus’ ascension has huge advantages for us. We’re going to see how it’s a foretaste of what awaits us. We’re going to look at how Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, how he prepares a place for us in heaven, and how he intercedes for us. Jesus’ ascension isn’t the end of his ministry the beginning of his reign as King over all creation.
Sunday 22nd May 2022 Jesus' Words about Government
Text: Matthew 22:15-22; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17
This Saturday is the Federal Election, but sometimes it feels like we’re making the best of a bad choice. How should we respond as Christians when we have a government we didn’t vote for, or even one who doesn’t support our biblical values or religious freedom. This Sunday we’re going to look at what Jesus says about government and what he means by ‘render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ We’re going to look at what is the purpose of government, the limitations of government, what we owe our government, and what we owe God.
Sunday 15th May 2022 Jesus' Words about Children
Text: Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 18:1-6
This morning we’re going to look at how Jesus saw children and what he says about children. Jesus not only cared deeply about children and their welfare, but he saw them as belonging in God’s kingdom. What’s more he calls us to be like children. This Sunday we’re going to be challenged in our attitude towards children.
Sunday 8th May 2022 Is Jesus Good for Women?
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we’re going to focus on the question: Is Jesus good for women? Is Jesus good for young girls, for mothers, and for elderly women and widows? Because in our world today many women think that being a Christian means signing up for oppression and outdated views of submission. They think that following Jesus isn’t good for women. This Sunday we’re going to examine the words Jesus said to women, the things he said about women, and how he treated women. We’re going to see that Jesus is good for women, and the more people are like Jesus the better it will be for women.
Sunday 24th April 2022 Jesus' Words about Sacrifice
At 4am on the 25th April, 1915 the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli in Turkey. After 8 gruelling months they withdrew, leaving behind 8,000 dead and 19,000 wounded. 107 years on we don’t remember the defeat but the sacrifice of those young men. In this sermon we’re going to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus, how he gave up his divine glory, and his life in order to save sinners like you and me. We’re going to look at what it means to reflect Jesus’ sacrificial love in our own lives. This Anzac Sunday we’re going to see what role sacrifice has in our daily lives.
Easter Sunday 17th April 2022 Witness His Resurrection: Mary Magdalene
Text: John 20:1-18, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
We don’t know much about Mary Magdalene, but two things in particular stand out. The first is that she was once possessed by seven demons, and the second is that she was the first person to witness the resurrection of Jesus. This Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus we are going to reflect on how Jesus not only changed Mary’s life, but how he changes our lives. Jesus died for you that you might live for him, that you might live a new life, a life controlled by the love of Christ.
Good Friday 15th April 2022 Witness His Resurrection: The Sealer
Text: Matthew 27:62-28:15
To stop the disciples from stealing Jesus’ body the religious leaders ask Pilate to secure the tomb. To do that Pilate gives them a detachment of soldiers and he seals the tomb. This Good Friday we’re going to
look at the significance of sealing, both the sealing of Jesus’ tomb, and how God seals us with the Holy Spirit. Being sealed by the Holy Spirit not only marks us as belonging to God, it also means we carry with us God’s authority.
Sunday 10th April 2022 Witness His Resurrection: Felix's Big Day
Text: Mark 11:1-11
The little donkey in the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem seems like an incidental and insignificant detail. But that little donkey reminded God’s people of a particular prophecy about the coming of the Messiah. But Jesus didn’t meet their expectations and the results were terrible. The truth is that often Jesus doesn’t meet our expectations and often our expectations in life don’t align with reality. This Sunday we’re going to look at what we can do when our expectations don’t align with our experiences.
Sunday 3rd April 2022 Witness His Resurrection: The Woodworker
Text: Matthew 6:16-24
This Sunday we’re going to reflect on an imaginary woodworker who repaired crosses used in Roman crucifixions. All he wanted was a bit of extra money, but one day a man was crucified who was different than the others. In that moment he wonders if his misplaced priorities made him implicit in the death of Jesus! This Sunday we’re going to look at how our priorities can be misplaced. Food and our physical needs can become more important than God. People can become more important than Jesus. And like with the Woodworker, we can love money more than God. Come and discover what it means to have God as your priority in life.
Sunday 27th March 2022 Witness His Resurrection: Simon the Zealot
Text: Philippians 3:2-16
The list of Jesus' disciples includes some interesting characters, from fishermen, tax-collectors and Judas who betrayed Jesus. But about one disciple we only know one thing, that he was a Zealot. This Sunday we're going to look at Simon the Zealot. We're going to look at what a Zealot is and how Jesus changed Simon's life, and how he wants to change your life. We're going to look at the words of another zealot, Paul, and how he calls us to forget the past and strain forward.
Many Bibles today have Jesus’ words in red. In this series we’re going to look at the Words of Jesus throughout the gospels and how they are still very relevant for us today.
Based on Tim Keller's book 'Hidden Christmas' these sermons unwrap the significance of the genealogy of Jesus, the fathers of Jesus and the light of Jesus.
This series is all about rediscovering the beauty and wonder of God's plan to connect his children in the life-sustaining community called the church.