Sermons

 The Coming King
Our Advent series this year focuss on the coming of the Messiah thinking around the wisemen who began their journey before the birth of Jesus and looking at the story as it is told for us by Matthew in Chapter 2.
 
 
Date Calendar Sermon Title.
     
10 Dec Advent 2 Signs of the times.
17 Dec Advent 3 Gift of Leadership.
17 Dec   Community Candlelight Carols.
24 Dec Advent 4 Gift of Friendship.
24 Dec  Midnight Communion Gift of a clean start.
25 Dec Christmas Day  A king is born.
31 Dec Christmas 1 Herods Response.
 

 

  Past Sermons :Jigsaw - Services

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Signs of the Times

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sunday 10th Dec 2017

Life Group guidelines 

Something to get you started... 

“Signs of the times” 

(READINGS: Matthew 2:1-12,  Matt 24:1-35) 

Ice Breaker:If you could know one thing relating to the future what would it be? 

 

  • God shows his people, and the world what he is doing, last week we saw how he announced the Saviour in Matthew 2 we see a sign of his birth was given.
    • What was the sign?
    • Where do we find it in scripture?  (Numbers 24:17)
    • It was given by a man named Balaam, what do you know of him?
    • Was it a natural occurrence or from God?  
  • This symbol did not appear to be very clear, only a few far off wise men noted it.  What was so interesting about the Jews response when they appeared at the palace?
  • Who went looking for the new king?
  • When Jesus returns he tells us he what will happen in preparation.  Matthew 24
  • Do you think the signs that Jesus shares are clear?
  • What else would you want him to share to make it clearer?
    • Do you see a progression in what he says?
    • Scripture calls these birth pains, what do you know of the natural process of giving birth?
  • Matt 24:12 -13 “the love of most grows cold but he who stands to the end will be saved.”
    • What does this say about salvation?
    • What warnings do we see here? 
  • Why does Jesus give us such detail?  Why do you think it is important to know?  
  • What does Jesus not want to happen to us?
  • The final sign is found in v30?  

 

(AAA: Remembering the three A’s of doing the Word, APPLICATION, APPLICATION, APPLICATION)

 

Told of OLd

Rev'd Philip Bryson
Sun 3rd Dec

Isaiah 60:1-8  Matthew 2:1-11

 

Life Group guidelines

 Advent Series on Matthew 2:1-12

“TOLD OF OLD”

(READINGS: Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-12; Micah 5:1-5)

 

 

 

            How well do you know the Christmas story?  What is your favourite part of it and why?

 

            Is the fulfilment of prophecy important in the Christmas story especially when considering

                the link between Matthew 2 and Isaiah 60 and Micah 5?  And if so why?

 

            When we see Old Testament prophecies being fulfilled in the birth and life of Jesus does

                this or should this have any positive affect upon our faith, and if so how and why?

 

            If we understand Isaiah 60 to reference Jerusalem being visited by the people mentioned

               – what significance is there that the Gospel writers appear to connect it to Jesus and

               not Jerusalem? 

 

            What could the prophetic messages and the fulfilment of prophecy tell us about God’s

                love for us and for the world?

 

            Can we learn anything from God’s love that might challenge us to consider loving

                others differently?

 

            Does this reflection cause us to think afresh or differently about how God loves us. 

                If so how?

 

 

The WORD – A FACILITATED GROUP BIBLE STUDY

This is not a regular-style Bible Study presented by the leader.  It is an opportunity for all to participate and share thoughts on the particular passage.  The leader (facilitator) guides the discussion so that everyone experiences God (hears from Him) and knows what experience they will take away with them.  The emphasis is on practical application of the Bible to people’s lives personally, and to the group as a whole.  The leader must become skilled in involving every member in discussion without embarrassing them, while staying on course to fulfil the teaching goal and ensuring that every person leaves with a positive experience that they can work out practically.

Christ the King

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 26th Nov 2017

Life Group guidelines

 

Christ the King

 

(READINGS: Ephesians 1:3-11. Revelation 19:5-16)

 

Ice breaker:  Describe how you see Jesus in less than 10 words?

 

 

  1. The collect for this Sunday begins “Stir up Oh Lord..” What would you say God should stir up for you?  John 14:14.
  2. How would you describe your quiet time with God?  Regular, daily, weekly?
  3. Ephesians 1:3-11 is a summary of Gods plan and purposes.
  4. What was Gods plan for mankind? (Ephesians 1v4-5)
  5. Can you summarise the gospel in a couple of sentences.  In other words how would you summarise what Jesus has done for us?  We all should be able to simply summarise what we believe and how we came to faith.  Talk about what are the key things you would want someone to know to help them come to Jesus.  What verse would you use to point people to Jesus?  Take time to learn this off this week and write out what you would say.  
  6. Think about your best friend.
    1. What makes them your best friend?
    2. How often do you talk?
    3. What do they know about your life?
  7. How would you summarise your relationship with Jesus?
  8. What do you do to develop your relationship?
  9. How do you relate to the picture of Jesus in Revelation 19?
  10. Christians are at war.  The war we fight is summarised in Ephesians 6:12-13.  We are battling against spiritual powers and authorities as we battle for the souls of mankind.   
    1. What are the weapons God gives us?

Called to Obedience

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 19th Nov 2017

Acts 9:1-19

Life Group guidelines

 “Christian Basics: Elementary Teachings”

Called to Obedience

(READINGS: Acts 9:1-19)

Ice breaker:  Can you describe a time when you struggled to do what you knew you should do? How did you feel?

 

  1. The story of Sauls conversion is a very dramatic story.  Can someone retell the group the story of Gods encounter with Saul in your own words?
    1. Give the others in the group an opportunity to fill in any omissions in the story.
  2. V6 tells us God told Saul to expect someone to come and tell him what he must do next.  Stopping the story at v9, if you had to pick someone to send to Saul, who would you send?  
    1. What criteria would you use to select the person to speak to Saul?
    2. What gifts and talents would you want them to have?
    3. How does Ananias measure up to your standard?
  3. What was so special about Ananias that God choose him and not one of the apostles?  
  4. There are many answers but one word is central, obedience!
    1. Read John 14 and John 15
    2. Look at all the promises in these chapters rewarding obedience. (chap14:15-16,17,19-20,23,26,27)     (chap 15:7,8,10,14,16) 
  1.   How would you rate your obedience today?
  1. Read Matt 28:19-20 - is this an optional statement for us?
  2. Who has God laid on your heart to encourage today?
  3. Have you been with someone when they prayed asking God into their life?  What should we say?
  4. Remember Edward Kimball who was led to pray for a disobedient little boy who disrupted his Sunday school class called Dwight Moody (DL Moody), he accepted Christ and a chain of events followed, that changed the world, and no one knows Edward Kimball.    

 

[Edward Kimball - DL Moody - Wilbur Chapman - Billy Sunday - Mordaci Ham - Billy Graham]Life Group guidelines

 

Remember the key is application, application, application.

Remembrance

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 12th Nov 2017

Isaiah 2:1-5      John 15:9-17

Life Group guidelines

 “Christian Basics: Elementary Teachings”

Remembrance

(READINGS: Psalm 46,  Isaiah 2:1-5; John 15:9-17)

 

Ice breaker:  When you look at the poppy what do you think of?

 

  1. What does the bible tell Israel to remember, think about Moses and the journey in the wilderness? Deut 5 v15. 1 Chron 16 v12  
  2. Isaiah chapter 2 opens with a vision of the future.  When is Isaiah looking forward too?
    1. What does Isaiah say will happen to our learning?  v3
    2. WHAT HAPPENS TO WEAPONS OF WAR?  v4
  3. What does Jesus tell us in John 15:9 that we are to do?
    1. How can we show the same love to those around us?
    2. How can love be practical?
  4. What is the command that God asks of us, sum it up in one sentence?  (Mark 12:30-31)
    1. Is this reflected in our society at the moment?
    2. When you strip it all away what do the paradise papers stand for?  (It reflects the difference between the letter of the law and the essence of the law)
  5. Jesus looks on us differently in this passage:-
    1. Jesus calls us a friend, what does that mean for our position. (v14)
    2. The alternative is to be a servant.  If you’re a servant what do you know? (v15)
    3. Which model reflects your life with Christ?

 

The WORD – A FACILITATED GROUP BIBLE STUDY

 

This is not a regular-style Bible Study presented by the leader.  It is an opportunity for all to participate and share thoughts on the particular passage.  The leader (facilitator) guides the discussion so that everyone experiences God (hears from Him) and knows what experience they will take away with them.  The emphasis is on practical application of the Bible to people’s lives personally, and to the group as a whole.  The leader must become skilled in involving every member in discussion without embarrassing them, while staying on course to fulfil the teaching goal and ensuring that every person leaves with a positive experience that they can work out practically.

 

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