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2016 Talks

The following sermon manuscripts have been made available in PDF

19th June, 2016 1 Corinthians 14:1-12

Gifts for Building Up

12th June, 2016 1 Corinthians 13 

The Fruit of Love

5th June, 2016 1 Corinthians 12:14-31

The Mosaic of Christ

29th May, 2016 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Life in the Spirit

22nd May, 2016 Pentecost

Living Pentecost

 

2014 Talks

September 21st, Fresh Wineskins: Communicating the Gospel in Weakness (20.30)

1 Peter 3:13–22, Matthew 10:16-23

Times of persecution, conflict and misunderstanding provided the early Christians the opportunity to share their faith with others. They didn’t speak from a position of power but from a marginal place in society. From them we can relearn a respectful way of listening and dialoguing with those who may not understand Christian spirituality.

 

September 14th, Fresh Wine Skins: Sent Like Lambs (18.41)

2 Corinthians 2:12-17, Matthew 10:5-15

The practice of evangelism makes many people nervous, both inside and outside the church community. But the New Testament word from which we get evangelism actually means sharing some good news.

 

September 7th, Fresh Wine Skins: The Church is Sent (24.15)

Romans 10:13–17, Matthew 10:1-7

This is the fourth talk in the wineskins series. As we explore the church’s core values and practices through a close reading of Matthew’s Gospel, we have the opportunity to rediscover the mission nature of the church. We are sent to the world with a message of life.

Two films are mentioned in this talk; the first is THE MISSION, the second is DEAD MAN WALKING. I suggest that both these movies can broaden and spark our understanding of what it means for the church to be sent with the gospel. Clicking on the links above navigate to “Use Good Books” where you’ll find both these DVDs for a good price (and support Oxfam at the same time).

 

August 17th, Fresh Wine Skins for God’s life giving Activity (28.06)

Revelation 21:1-6, Matthew 9:18-26 (included in audio)

This is the second in a series of talks that explores the church community as the wineskins of God’s activity in the world and asks the question, “How do we go about becoming Wineskins that carry God’s life-giving activity?”  Download Ogg

 

August 10th, The New Wine of God’s Renewal (19.45)

Matthew 9:14–17

The first in a series of talks exploring how the life of the church can take shape around what God is doing to renew our world. The basis for this exploration is Jesus’ teaching about spiritual practices and community life being like wineskins and the activity of God being like fermenting wine…mmm, sounds delicious so far! This first talk focuses on what God is doing through Jesus and therefore what the church exists for. Download Ogg

New Wine Study Guide 1

 

July 13th, Leaving the Crowd (19.42)

Matthew 8:18–22

The Spiritual way that Jesus calls us into sometimes requires us to leave behind the comfort and dominant wisdom of the crowd. Download Ogg

 

March 16th, Lent Two – Do Not Judge (20.26)

Romans 5:1-11, Matthew 7:1-11

I’m going to tell you about one of the most frightening moments in my childhood. It was worse than falling off a horse and breaking my arm. It was worse than being beaten up on the school bus. Download MP3

 

March 9th, Lent One – Radical Trust (19.09)

Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus teaches his followers to practice radical trust in God. What does that look like and how do we go about it? Download MP3

 

February 16th, Sermon on the Mount – What Jesus Fulfills (17.13)

Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 5:17-20

We can only understand and apply the Sermon on the Mount in relationship to Jesus who fulfills the Old Testament Law and Prophets. Download MP3

 

January 19th, Jesus the Lamb of God

Isaiah 49:1-7 , John 1:29-42

If we listen to this text carefully, we will hear God speak, we’ll hear Jesus himself extending an invitation to us, to follow him, and discover a deeper, God filled place in which to live our lives. Download MP3

 

January 5th, God’s Purpose Revealed

Ephesians 1:3-14 , John 1:1-18

Is God hidden or as atheists claim, non-existent? Christmas is a reminder that Jesus reveals God’s nature and purpose. And that’s good news for us, here and now. Download PDF

 

2013 Talks

November 10th, The Hope of Resurrection (15.08)

Luke 20:27-38

What do we mean when we talk about the resurrection? How does it differ from other understandings about life, death and the future of our world? And in what way does the resurrection of Jesus shape our lives both now and beyond this life? Download MP3

 

October 20th, Living with Scripture (24.39)

2 Timothy 3:15-17
Andrew explores how we approach the Bible as our authoritative spiritual text by asking, “In what way is the Bible inspired, what is its purpose and how does it give shape to our spirituality?” Download MP3

 

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