Sermons from August 2014

A Sting in the Tale: 2 of 3: The Prodigal Son

I wonder how would you react if you saw a church leader having lunch with a group of people who were guilty of fraud? Or maybe a Bible study leader hanging out with known drug addicts? Would you be a bit shocked, perhaps even judgmental, that they would even consider associating with such people? This is how Jesus was treated by the religious people of his day. We can distance ourselves from God not only in obvious rejection of him, but also in our religious morality – and this can be the more dangerous if it goes undetected…

A Sting in the Tale: 1 of 3: The Good Samaritan

A lawyer asks Jesus “what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” This is one of the most fundamental questions that everybody at some point asks, about what will happen when we die – we might phrase this question today something like “How can I be sure I’ll be saved in the end?” If we profess to be God’s people, then this will show in how we live our lives – not only in how we love God, but also in how we love others. Jesus challenges us not to think about who we are to love, but to be loving…

Loved by a sinner: The Sinful Woman?

Luke 7:36-50 What does a Christian look like? Often we make assumptions about what Christians looks like – but the story of the sinful woman overturns those assumptions and cause us to look at ourselves afresh. It shows that our assumptions about what a Christian looks like depends on what Jesus himself is like.

How to make the biggest mistake of your life

Luke 14:15-24 Supposing there is a God, and supposing there is an after-life, and supposing God is going to divide the world into those who get to be with God forever, and those who will be excluded,  how will he make that call? Most of us have a moral-skyscraper in our minds with Nelson Mandela […]