SERMON: A Lesson in Morality

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13aA. INTRODUCTIONAdultery, cover-up, murder, abuse of authority . . . It sounds like the story of a modern-day dictator, or a plot of a modern-day movie. And yet all these ingredients (and more) or included in the pages of the Old Testament. And,...

SERMON: Ordinary, But Committed, People

1 Samuel 3:1-10 & John 1:43-51A. INTRODUCTION1. Organizations in GeneralIn most organizations you can belong to in our society, there are people from all sorts of different backgrounds. And people with all different levels of commitment.At one extreme there are...

SERMON: The Material and the Spiritual

Deuteronomy 15:10-11, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Matthew 10:39 & 1 Timothy 6:9-10A. INTRODUCTIONIn many ways it’s quite normal to pursue our own wants and desires: to strive to be totally self-sufficient; to own our own home, to have our own transport, to have enough...

SERMON: Coping with Difficulties

Deuteronomy 1:29-36 & John 14:1-14A. INTRODUCTION1. The Reality of DifficultiesWe all face difficulties in life—some of which of our own making, some of which we have contributed to, and some of which have been imposed on us from outside. We can face family...

DEVOTION: God’s Blessings

Leviticus 26:3-17The book of Leviticus is one of those books that has turned many people away from reading the bible. It is tedious. It gives details of when to give sacrifices, how to give sacrifices, and what to give as sacrifices. And with the sacrifice of Jesus,...

SERMON: Our Part in Creation

Ephesians 1:3-14A. INTRODUCTIONLetter writing, for some, can be very difficult. Because while some find it easy, others find it not so easy indeed.And this can be for a number of reasons. For example, sometimes we may not know what to say. Other times we may know what...

DEVOTION: Grace, Love, and Fellowship

2 Corinthians 13:14Paul’s relationship with Corinth began during his second missionary journey. He was responsible for taking the faith into the city, and spent eighteen months there, building up the church and teaching them about God (Acts 18:11). He then moved on...

SERMON: My Grace Is Sufficient for You

2 Corinthians 12:2-10A. INTRODUCTION1. Our Struggles and Our PrayersWe all bear struggles of one kind or another. Indeed, some people seem to face nothing but struggles, while most of us only have periods where life can be difficult. And when life is a struggle, it...

DEVOTION: The Need for Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10The apostle Paul is considered to be one of the great Christian leaders of his time. Indeed, his travels—at least his first three missionary journeys—dominate much of the book of Acts. And his letters—which were bound together and circulated...

SERMON: Traditions

2 Thessalonians 2:15A. INTRODUCTION1. The World’s TraditionsIn our society we have many traditions—some good, others not so good. And some you would wonder why they were started in the first place. There are traditions like throwing confetti at a wedding. (A practice...

DEVOTION: Church Music

Colossians 3:16Music is an important part of many people’s lives—and, of course, most of us have our favourites. But it’s also true that most of us have our pet hates too. But then music tends to be divisive. Because what I may like, you might dislike detest—and vice...

SERMON: All Good Things Come to an End

Matthew 28:20bA. INTRODUCTIONLike all things in life, all good things come to an end—and life is full of things that we enjoy. As a consequence, when it comes to parting, it can be very difficult to let go. And yet, at some stage, we have to set certain things...