Dead in sin, alive in Christ

Communion Service – association with and participation in Christ Scripture Readings Colossians 2:13-3:4 Introduction First, an illustration.  Heila and I visited a very interesting shop not so long ago during a visit to the Blue Mountains in NSW.  This particular shop is home to the largest collection of teapots in the world. On shelves about…… Continue reading Dead in sin, alive in Christ

The Cross of Jesus Christ

Satisfaction for our sins Scripture Readings Daniel 9:4-19 Hebrews 9:11-28 Introduction My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I personally favour the terms Day of the Crucifixion and Resurrection Sunday, plainly to steer away from the secular connotations to these very important events on the Christian calendar. For many people these days Good Friday…… Continue reading The Cross of Jesus Christ

Towards the cross

Eye for eye – God’s demand for justice   Scripture Readings 2Corinthians 5:11-6:2 Deuteronomy 19:15-21 Introduction Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. (Deuteronomy 19:21, NIV) It took me many years to work out what “brotherly love” meant.  Our household, like many others I suppose, represented your…… Continue reading Towards the cross

What would I say to gay people?

Good day!  You might have heard the song “Amazing Grace” a few times at funerals or on the radio.  Every time I hear the words, “… that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see” I thank God for his saving grace in my…… Continue reading What would I say to gay people?

The day the Lord listened to a man (2)

Lessons from Joshua Scripture Readings Luke 24:36-29 Joshua 10:1-15 Introduction The Bible is not meant to be understood as a book with two separate major sections, the Old Testament dealing with Israel, and the New Testament dealing with the church, as if these sections have not much in common.  If read this way, what happened…… Continue reading The day the Lord listened to a man (2)

The Death of Reverence, The Death of Holiness

“I sat on the pew outside the sanctuary and began to weep. I was crushed at what I was hearing and what I was experiencing. “Was I such an anomaly that finding a place to worship God with reverence and holiness was asking too much?” I literally felt like there would be no place for me to…… Continue reading The Death of Reverence, The Death of Holiness

God’s will for our lives: Sanctification

Sanctification Scripture Readings: Leviticus 18:24-19:4 Ephesians 1:3-14 Introduction A man is charged of crime – let’s say he committed murder.  All evidence points in his direction, even his defence lawyer cannot come up with anything better than to plead for a lesser penalty.  The judge listens to the charges laid; he weighs up the evidence…… Continue reading God’s will for our lives: Sanctification

The Coming of the Christ (1)

Will there be fruit in the vineyard of the Son? Scripture Readings John 1:1-15 Matthew 21:33-46 Introduction My dear friend in Christ Jesus, The prophet Isaiah recorded a parable in Isaiah 5 which is very much like the one we read in the Scriptures this morning from Matthew 21. It tells about God who planted…… Continue reading The Coming of the Christ (1)

Living by Faith (11)

A Kingdom that cannot be shaken Scripture Readings Exodus 19:14-25 Hebrews 12:14-29 It must have been a dreadful experience, filling one with terror and tremble on one hand, but wonderment and respect on the other: There were words of unfathomable grace: You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore…… Continue reading Living by Faith (11)

Living by faith (10)

Discipline: training in faith Scripture Readings Psalm 94:12-19 Hebrews 12:1-13 Introduction There is no doubt about it: because discipline in the house has gone out the backdoor, our society now stands on loose legs.  Those involved in law enforcement will tell you that their workload would probably cut in half (or even more) if discipline…… Continue reading Living by faith (10)