Sermons by Marcus Nodder

Job: is God good?

Job 34 ‘If God is good, why does he allow so much suffering in the world? And why did he allow this or that to happen to me?’ Doubts can start to creep in, and we wonder, ‘Maybe he’s not so good after all’. Given such doubts can invade the thinking of even the godliest of people, like Job, we need to listen carefully to what this chapter says about the goodness of God.

Job: Joined-up life

Job 31 Some people live to please others; some to please themselves; but the believer lives to please God. But what does such a faith-filled, God-fearing life look like? That is what we find out in this chapter. It points us to Jesus who lived this perfectly, but also challenges us to live as he did.

Job: Mockery & Silence

Job 30 Sometimes in life we can feel trapped – stuck in a difficult present. That’s where Job is in this chapter, mocked by others and feeling rejected by God. The Bible speaks of ‘the steadfastness of Job’. That is a quality we will need too in the Christian life.

Job: the friendship of God

Job 29 Looking back with nostalgia to happier times in life, as Job does in this chapter, is unhelpful if it just leaves us feeling sad and gloomy. But it’s good if it makes us long for a better future, and if it motivates us to pursue that – deeper friendships; a better marriage; a closer relationship with God.

Job: the search for wisdom

Job 28 Once kids hit 3 or so years old, they start asking lots of ‘Why?’ questions. When we grow up, the questions don’t go away, but just get a bit deeper – the big questions of life. Where are you going for answers? Where is wisdom to be found? This chapter tells us.

Barge Vision 2023

Colossians 1:3-14 The Barge’s mission is not just to put on services, but that people might be ‘delivered from death in the domain of darkness for life and growth in kingdom of Christ’. That’s what we’re here for. The point of this talk is to unpack this mission statement so we understand it, are inspired by it, and commit to it.

New Year

Luke 18:9-14 Some years ago I arrived at the airport gate for a long-haul flight only to be turned away and unable to board. Turned out my passport wasn’t valid…The beginning of a new year is a good time to check our spiritual passport and make sure everything is in order. This story Jesus told helps us do that by taking us back to the big issue of how we get right with God.

Christmas Carols

Micah 5:3-5 We long to get home for Christmas. But all too often, when we do get there, the experience doesn’t quite live up to expectation. That is because this longing is actually the echo of a deeper spiritual longing – a longing to come home to God. It is a longing which can be fulfilled because of Christmas.