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.
 

 

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Baptism

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 1st Oct 2017

Genesis 17:1-14

Matthew 3:13-17

Life Group guidelines 

Something to get you started... 

“Baptism” 

(READINGS: Genesis 17:1-14,  Matt 3:13-17) 

Baptism was placed as a clear sign of the new covenant by Jesus.  What did he say in Matthew 28 that makes this clear.

Jesus brought in a New Covenant while Abraham’s covenant with God is now called the Old covenant.  Looking at Genesis 17 what do you understand as being the old covenant? 

Looking at circumcision as a covenant sign for the Jews and baptism as a covenant sign for the Christian church does the application of the sign always guarantee the outcome.  Look at the lives of Jacob and Esau as an old Testament example.  What does this mean for us in terms of baptism.

  • The catechism sets out a definition of Baptism as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.  Can you see that there are two elements involved.
    • the outward physical (Splashing water, saying I baptise……)
    • the inward spiritual (Repentance and faith)

Can you think about what is in each element?  (see brackets)

These do not need to happen at the same time, but they do need to happen.  In adult baptism the inward will normally come first, in infant baptism the outward will be first.  But it is highly unlikely that both will happen at the moment of baptism.

  • thinking about the visible church ( those gathered on a Sunday) and the invisible church (those who God sees that really have repented and are walking by faith and growing in the fruit of the Spirit), can you see a difference?  
  • The world just sees the visible church but God sees both.  How does God see you?  Take a moment to prayerfully ask God and remember his response will be the first thought that comes to your mind.  

 

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

 

The Foundation of Faith

Rev'd Philip Bryson
Sun 24th Sep 2017

Life Group Leaders Guidelines

"Christian Basics: Elementary Teachings"

The Foundation of Faith (Readings: Hebrews 6:1, 2; Hebrews 11: 1-16; Romans 10:14-17)

* In what way does faith play a part in your life?

* In the film " Miracle on 34th Street" there is a scene where Santa Claus says what he understands faith to be.  "Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to."  Is this helpful when discussing how a Christian is to live by faith?  What is its strength and/ or weakness?

* Who is God to you, that is, what do you understand Him to be like?  Do you understand HIm to be good all the time - or do you tend to be someone who doubts the goodness of God when times get tough or challenging?  How might we apply faith to the understanding that God is always good?

* "The heights of our life of faith will be determined by the depth of our acceptance and trust in the goodness of God."  Is this statement true, if so how or if not why not?

* God desires to be in a relationship with us - and as is the case with relationships He wants to communicate with us.  How does God communicate with us and what kinds of things does He communicate?  How may we increase our potential to receive communication from God?

* If God communicates with us, gives us a promise, message, information, or direction how might we respond in faith to this?

* How are you doing in living a life of faith?  What kinds of things can become a hindrance to living this life - that is, what might God be inviting us to sacrifice in order to live more purposefully this life of faith with Him?

* How much emphasis should be put upon the written word of God in living a life of faith?

(AAA: Remember the three A's of doing the Word, APPLICATION - APPLICATION - APPLICATION)

Repentance

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 17th Sept 2017

Repentance is an inner change of mind, resulting in an outward turning around or turning back.

Luke 15:11-32  Hebrews 5:11-6:2  Genesis 25:29-34

 

Knowing the basics and moving on to maturity

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
SUn 10 Sept 2017

Genesis 12:1-5

Hebrews 6:1-2

A healthy church

Rev'd Canon Henry Blair
Sun 3rd Sept 2017

Acts 2:42-47

Revelation 2:1-7

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