Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

Loving Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Loving Spirit Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 This week we read Paul’s famous discussion on love from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. We will ponder how love is the one de-constructable reality, the most fundamental principle of the universe, and the very essence of God. The sort of love that Paul calls us to in this passage goes against the world’s thinking where domination, control and pride are the logic of the Read more

Living Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Living SpiritPreacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-22, 50-58 In our series looking at how the Holy Spirit worked through the Early church, we have come to the Church at Corinth. Despite living in a cosmopolitan city, the first century people of Corinth were finding the worship offered by the usual religions unsatisfying. It was in to this context that Paul established the church with talk of the Holy Spirit that can Read more

Disruptive Spirit

Preacher: Rev Phil SwainBible Reading: Acts 17:1-9 and 1 Thess 1:1-10 As we approach Pentecost we continue to explore how the Spirit moved within the early church – and this week we are looking particularly at the Early Church in Thessalonica. Thessalonica was a busy city with a diverse group of people and religions – and the arrival of Paul with the gospel of Jesus was disruptive. But disruption can sometimes be good as we are forced to consider whether Read more

Healing Spirit

The Holy Spirit and the Church: Healing Spirit Bible Reading: Acts 3:1-11 Preacher: Rev Phil Swain In this period between Easter and Pentecost, we are exploring the way the Holy Spirit works within the church – both the Early Church as told in the book of Acts and our own church here at TUC. This week our reading is the familiar story of Peter and John healing a lame man at the temple and it raises a number of interesting Read more

They all joined together constantly in prayer.

– Acts 1: 1 – 14 / John 17: 1 – 11– They all joined together constantly in prayer.S We have completed the series on the gospel of Mark at Easter and starting a new series on the book of Acts from today. S Plan for Narrative lectionary reading up to Pentecost is ….7 Apr Acts 1:1-14 / 14 Apr Acts 3:1-10 / 21 Apr Acts 17:1-9. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and then 1 Corinthians for three weeks, and then back Read more

The Changing Perspectives of the Early Church

Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Bible Reading: Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18 How do we respond when faced when our understanding or world view is being challenged? Last week Liesl shared how the Apostle Peter’s understanding of who was included in God’s family was turned upside-down with his “come and eat” vision and experience with Cornelius. But this episode caused ripples throughout the early church. This week our pastor Phil will explore how the Early Church’s perspectives where challenged and changed as God’s Read more

Radical Inclusivity of Gods Good News

Preacher: Liesl Homes Bible Reading: Acts 10:1-17, 34-48 We are called to share the gospel with all people. This week in our 9am worship our new student minister Liesl will be sharing with us how the early church, Peter included, started out with a narrow definition of what it meant to be a follower of Jesus, and a very limited understanding of who COULD be a follower of Jesus. It was an exclusive club with very demanding membership criteria. But Read more

Key Person “Everyone liked them”

Everybody liked them – Key Person Readings: Acts 2: 42 – 47Preacher: Rev Kevin Kim The community life and reputation of the first Christian community created after Pentecost is well described in Acts 2:42-27. The translation of Contemporary English Version for verse 47 is that “while praising God. Everyone liked them”. Some other translations for v. 47 say that “praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people”. Well known American psychiatrist, William Glasser suggested that we humans could have Read more

Pentecost 2022

Pentecost 2022 Readings: Acts 2:1-21Preacher: Rev Phil Swain This Sunday is Pentecost – the day where the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit! The church will be dressed up in red, orange and yellow and we encourage you to come dressed in something of those colours too! Phil will helping us to understand the context in which the day of Pentecost occurred and how this can speak into the context the current day church finds itself. Click here Read more

Transfiguration – From the Mountaintop to the Street Corner

Transfiguration: From the Mountain top to the Street CornerBible Readings : Exodus 24: 12 – 18 / Matthew 17: 1 – 9Preacher: Rev Kevin Kim We stand, between two seasons. Behind us is Epiphany, the period in which we look at ways in which Jesus revealed God’s glory and his own power. Ahead of us is Lent, the period in which we seek to penetrate the mystery of suffering and love and salvation. Between these two seasons, we have the Read more