The Nature of Faith: Gift or Possession?

Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and John 6:1-21 (N.B. Psalm 14; 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; and Ephesians 3:14-21- also on Year B Ordinary 17) Introduction We’ve heard two passages today, one about a fallible leader during a middle-eastern war, another about the hungry being fed.  You might be expecting a modern political parable!  Two Passages from […]

We Belong to Jesus, Not the World

Note: I wrote another sermon that I posted on the same passage that is the basis for this one called ‘In the World but Not of the World’. ‘We Belong to Jesus, Not the World’ has a different message to the other post, so please continue to read this one even if it does seem […]

God Put the Spiritual and Physical Together in Jesus- Let’s not separate them!

Scriputre: 1 John 5:1-6 (N.B. Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; John 15:9-17- also on this day Year B Easter 6) Introduction On the surface this passage it seems like a statement of the blinking obvious, doesn’t it? Exegesis: Explanation of 1 John 5:1-5: Unpack these verses and look at them on the slide. The source of […]

The Rock of the Church, the Keys of the Kingdom

Scripture: Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Matthew 16:13-20 (N.B. Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; and Romans 12:1-8 – also on this day Porper 16 Year A) Introduction While I was thinking about what to say today, riots swept across Britain. Afterwards, I saw the PM talking about people selfishly destroying their communities. My first thought was […]

What’s the Healing of Naaman got to do with me?

Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-14 (N.B. Psalm 30; Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-9; Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16; or Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 also this day- Proper 9, Year C) Aim of the story “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel” (v15).  There is humour at the enemy general’s expense, and rulers/oppressors in […]

Miracles- How Close Do We Want To Get?

Scripture: Mark 5:21-43 (N.B. 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Pslam 130; Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24 or Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; and 2 Corinthians 8: 7-15 also this day- Proper 8 Year B) Introduction   Mark 5:21-43 is about miracles, as are so much of the Gospels.  I can think of two mistakes we could make about miracles: […]

God Grows the Seed

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 (N.B. Pslam 20; Ezekiel 17:22-24; Pslam 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10, [11-13], 14-17; and Mark 4:26-34 – also on this day, Proper 6 Year B) Introduction.  Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  I wonder if the Queen isn’t a bit embarrassed about all the hype, and having ‘God Save the Queen’ sung at her […]

Balancing the Trinity

Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, and John 3:1-17 (N.B. Psalm 29 also on this day- Trinity Sunday Year B) Trinity Sunday.  Think about God as three persons in one: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  Picture one person in 3 roles – son, husband and father for me.  What would you be?      Doctrine and Trinity.   Said that Doctrine of the […]

In the World but not of the World

Scripture: John 17:6-9 (N.B. Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Pslam 1; 1 John 5:9-13 also this day- Easter 7 Year B) Introduction In John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for his disciples reminding them that: Jesus has connected them with God; they know that Jesus’ connection with God is real; Jesus would leave them to return to his Holy […]

‘Let Us Love One Another’

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-21 (N.B. Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; and John 15:1-8 also on this day- Easter 5 Year B) Introduction.   John urges his church to love one another, probably in response to false teaching, bad behaviour and divisions among early Christians. The Scripture.   Looking at John Wesley’s commentary for inspiration. 4:8 God is love […]

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