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The King's Rejection, Our Redemption
King Jesus faces utter rejection: betrayal and desertion; conviction and condemnation. Yet His commitment to His people (us) is demonstrated through his faithful obedience; His promise to us of never leaving presence; His assurance of lasting hope and His full securing of our redemption. What A King!
Not The End Of The World
Are you caught up in end of the world conspiracies? As believers we may find ourselves caught up in looking for the signs of the end of the world; whilst ignoring Jesus' imperative to see that the gospel is preached to the ends of the earth. Let's keep our eyes on the true aims of the gospel!
Are you the type of person that likes to question authority? Its may come as no surprise that Jesus was at odds with all types of people on the religious spectrum, conservative and liberals alike. Jesus claim to authority reveals their lack of commitment to God and their loyalty to their own system of belief.
The Saviour, Judge and Lord Returns
As Jesus humbly triumphs towards the cross He teaches all men to trust and remain in Him to be saved, bear pleasant fruit through Him, and exercise God’s power through prayer in His name.
The Way into the Kingdom: Poverty, Suffering, Service
The world’s kingdom values riches, comfort and being served. Jesus completely flips this upside down, and shows us that the way into His kingdom is through being poor, suffering with him and serving God and his people. This road is hard, but it offers us entrance into an eternal kingdom where we will find real riches, everlasting comfort and eternal life with Jesus.
Up The Mountain Down Into The Valley
Have you ever noticed that our best moments are closely followed by our worse? Like the disciples we will also discover that Jesus is always able to guide and comfort us in the highs and lows of life.
The deaf hear, the blind see but the Pharisees cannot do either
Do you ever mistake your partial sight for full sight? The Apostle Paul reminds us that we see through a glass darkly but our own self reliance can make us forget this. Jesus shows us that only he can make us see.
Unclean Religion and the Grace of Christ
Our superficial attempts to make ourselves clean are not enough. In fact, they often make us dirtier. The Lord Jesus shows us that the real issue is not our outward deeds, but with our corrupted hearts. Yet, He can truly make us clean only when we respond with dependent faith.
Jesus: God’s Message, Mission and Provision
How can we serve God in the face of rejection, opposition and impossible odds? God’s messengers may be rejected, opposed and out of their depth but can be sure that He is ever present to fulfil his purposes.
The Tale of Two Crossings
Who or what do you go to when you are on the brink of hopeless despair? In the space of two crossings at the sea of Galilee, Jesus will: calm the fears of the disciples; exorcse a demon possessed man; heal a sick woman and raise a girl from the dead. Jesus helps the hopeless.
The Man Who Told Stories
What stories do you tell yourself? Jesus told stories that highlighted the truths of the kingdom of God. How do his stories interpret our own and connect us to his meta-narrative?
Servant, Saviour, Son
Reaching out to people not like him, appointing his Twelve apostles, casting out demons, healing the sick, and making the Pharisees look silly. Another action-packed part of our journey through Marks's Gospel.
5 Reasons to Receive the Servant Saviour
Why welcome a Saviour if the world seems fine the way it is? His power to heal the sick or His will to receive scum? There’s more to gain receiving and all to lose for challenging the Son of Man.
Servant, Saviour, Son of God
What proof would you need to believe that someone is God in person? As we step into the book of Mark, consider the action packed CV of Jesus typified in the opening chapter and ask yourself, ‘Why would he prevent people from telling others who he is?’
Life Must Follow Death
Do you ever wonder what Jesus taught the disciples on the road to Emmaus? Even though we do not know what Jesus said to them, we do know that their hearts burn within them once he said it. Today we will also discover how important the resurrection is to the flow of the biblical story.
Facing the Inevitability of Death.
How do you feel about dying? Is it something you think about often? Or does the thought of it fill you with anxiety? In this sermon we will discover that for believers death is no doomsday event but a glorious gateway to heaven. Are we willing to give up what we cannot keep in order to gain something we cannot loose?
Have you ever put in place measures to improve the lives of your community only to find them discarded sometime later? Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem to find that his people are again in spiritual decline. How can Israel survive if spiritual reforms do not continue?
The Danger of Compromise
Are you aware of the temptation to make room for foreign things to live in your worship? How much space do you give to accommodate the surrounding culture in your life, thinking, fellowship and relationships? Nehemiah shows us that God’s holy people must guard against compromising with the surrounding culture.
Dedicated to the Cause
Do you view your life as being divided into two areas of sacred and secular? Nehemiah, in our text today, will challenge the people of Israel to see their whole life as being dedicated to the service of God.
Covenant Commitment and Meaningful Membership
How do we, the church, live in meaningful community in the New Testament age? Nehemiah knew that building a city was easier than living well in it. So, here he is joining in with other leaders to commit to keeping the covenant. The local church today needs no less of a commitment if it also wants to survive.