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Remembrance Sunday 2020 Readings: Deuteronomy 6:4–12, Luke 23:32-43 On memory... 1. We long for remembrance, because we are human — Memory values our past — Memory values our future 2. Our memories fail, because we are human — Memory is a wonderful but finite gift — God also gives us means to preserve our memory of himself 3. True hope lies in the …
 
How do we find contentment, in a world of disposable things? In a broken world, it’s enough... 1. …to fight for Jesus’ faithfulness (v10-11) • so don’t dispose of your marriage! 2. …to live in Jesus’ peacefulness (v12-16) • so don’t devalue your marriage! 3. …to belong to a better master (v17-24) • so don’t despise your freedom!…
 
Good, better, best: a game of Spiritual Twister A reassuringly complicated response How do we “glorify God in our body”? 1. If God has given you marriage: make love, not prayers! (v1-7) The command: a cross-shaped bedroom (v3-4) The concession: a cautious exception (v5-6 Unwrap your own gift! (v7) 2. If God has given you independence: be wise about…
 
On the love of our bodies... Christianity: an earthy, bodily religion. 1. What you’ve got wrong: Your life is more significant than you realise (12-14) 2. What you don’t know: Your relationships are more powerful than they feel (15-17) 3. What it means now: Your body is ‘you’, but not ‘yours’ (18-20) — So flee... — So glorify...…
 
A tragedy: Christians who don’t know where they’ve come from, or where they are going. How might we become non-verbal heretics? 1. What we tell the world i. “We don’t believe in the last judgement” – church is a place full of squabbles (v1-6) ii. “We don’t believe in the cross” – church is a place for the strong (v7-8) 2. What we tell ourselves i. …
 
The real scandal in Corinth: - One Corinthian disease, right through the letter - How do chapters 5 & 6 relate to it? Dealing with sin in the church is hugely painful… so why bother? 1. Some real ‘judgement’: A loving heart (v1-5) - For his sake: your love for the sinner demands it 2. Some real ‘knowledge’: A fresh start (v6-8) - For your sake: the…
 
A paternity test… 1. When do we want our approval? (1-5) – A true child of Paul…cares for Jesus’ ultimate verdict on his heart, not that of others now. 2. What do we think of as success? (6-18) – A true child of Paul… boasts in nothing more or less than the message Paul was trusted with (6-7). – A true child of Paul… is willing to “lose” now, knowi…
 
Redemption in three cups 1. The cup we couldn’t drink (Mark 10:35-45) 2. The cup he wouldn’t drink (Mark 15:22-39) 3. The cup all heaven will drink (Mark 14:17-25) “The Cross he Bore” by Frederick Leahy is published by the Banner of Truth Trust. This is a wonderful little book of Easter meditations drawn on (and quoted from) under Mark 14:23.…
 
Sermon note 4. Three little pigs built a church… (1 Cor 3:5-23) God owns his church, and will judge how we build. How should we think of our ministers? 1. God’s little pigs are kindly put to work 5-9 What will become of our ministry? 2. God’s little pigs will answer for how they build 10-17 Who should we boast in and build for? 3. Our future comes …
 
And his name shall be called… 1. Wonderful Counsellor Isaiah 9:1-7 On finding that ever-elusive Christmas Spirit v1-3 1. He lifts the weight off our hearts v4 2. He lifts the sword off our souls v5 3. He lifts the crown off our heads v6-7 A true King needs heavenly wisdom: • He has a dark path to navigate • He has a divine plan to unfold • He has a…
 
Psalm 27: An invitation to beauty When the world is dark & fearful, stay your heart on the beauty of God 1. How our Messiah clung to God’s beauty a. He preached it to his heart v1-6 God’s beauty dazzles out the darkness (1-3) God’s beauty crowds out earthly longings (4-6) b. He pleaded for it with his Father v7-12 c. He proclaimed it to his people …
 
Sermon Notes A cry in the darkness 1. Behold God’s Lamb, and weep. v1-21 What do you hear, when you listen to the Lamb upon the cross? • Forsakenness (1,2) • Faithfulness (3-5, 9-11, 19-21) • Forgiveness (6-8, 12-18) 2. Behold God’s love, and worship. v22-31 What do you hear, when you listen to the Lamb upon the throne? • Love (24-25) • Life (26) •…
 
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