Sermons on The Journey
Obedience – God’s Family Finding FreedomPreacher: Liesl HomesBible Reading: Exodus 14: 1-4, 19-31 We are continuing our journey through the Old Testament and this time we are exploring the familiar story of Moses parting the Red Sea. Exodus 14 says that drowning 2000 people is “God’s great work”. Our student minister Liesl isn’t so sure about that. However, this story, which forms the basis of Israel’s national identity, highlights the idea that obedience to God’s commands leads to life, and Read more
Series: Joshua | OnwardTheme: Walls and WorshipBible Reading: Joshua 6:1-27Preacher: Rev Phil Swain Week #2 of our special re-opening sermon series “Joshua | Onward” we are looking at a key moment in the Joshua journey. Just after the joyous re-entry into the Promised Land, Joshua is confronted with a huge hurdle, the walls of Jericho. What are the hurdles that we are finding as we move into this new era of church life? And how can the trust of Joshua Read more
Series: Joshua | OnwardTheme: Strong and CourageousBible Reading: Joshua 1:1-18Preacher: Rev Phil Swain After being restricted by COVID and lockdowns on and off for 18months we are starting to reopen and looking forward to 2022. But how do we prepare for whatever God has instore for us? Our Pastor Phil explores the Old Testament character Joshua to encourage us to be strong and courageous as we move onward – towards Christmas and into a new era of our church life Read more
Phil shared his perspective on being salt and light of the world as shown through the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the early to mid 1900s.
Sunday 4th November 9am Worship Sermon Series: The Journey Title: Seeing Clearly Bible Reading: Mark 10:46-52 Preacher: Phil Swain —————————————– Sermon Have you ever had the experience where you couldn’t see too well? I am not just talking about getting older and needing glasses, there are many situations where you might not be able to see clearly. For example: (put up your hand if you have experienced any of these) A black out where everything goes dark? A really thick Read more
Young People were (are) important to Jesus – and they are to our church too
IN/OUT, ME/YOU, US/THEM … this sermon explore the power games that our society uses to include and exclude and how this is not the way of Jesus
The reading starts with the transfiguration of Jesus where the voice of God confirms to Peter, James and John that Jesus is indeed God’s son and the Messiah. Peter wants to stay up on the mountain but instead Jesus leads them back to reality. In a literal “coming off the mountain top” experience – the disciples are then confronted with the real world … a father with a sick child who is desperate for help. The sermon explores the tension that we find in our own lives to hold together those moments (such as worship) where we feel so close to God and other moments when the real world seems to dominate and we struggle to connect our faith to it.