Sermons

The Rebuild – Who built the wall? We did.

Chapter 3 of Nehemiah includes the names of people who worked selflessly for the sake of others. Some were not particularly prepared; some seemed to have a better deal than others. Together they rebuild. They have a memory of how things should be, and they are determined to all work towards the restoration of what they had once known. You may not feel equipped or trained, but you are given a place. What does it look like when you feel that your 'place' is not what you would want? ...
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The Rebuild – Getting Started

Seeing a need, hearing a call, or even getting a vision isn't the hard bit. What many of us find difficult is moving from that stage to knowing what to do. Nehemiah's experience offers timeless help for those who want to make a difference in the world ...
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The Rebuild – Facing Reality

It’s the year 426 BC and it’s a time of despondency and discouragement. The story starts not with a call to a prophet or a builder, but someone who is some distance away – a thousand miles away – who hears the news. And it’s not good news. Nehemiah is not a priest, nor a prophet, nor a governor. He is ‘just’ a cupbearer to a foreign king, working for the ‘civil service’. But when he hears the news, he knows 2 things:
  1. He needs to pray.
  2. He is in the right place.
What can we learn from his response for ourselves today? ...
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Stand Firm In Finances

There is often a cynicism about religion and money. How can we be known for our generosity rather than always looking like we are begging for money? And how do we shape our own lives so that we are not gripped by financial fears, but learn a different way of approaching our personal financial affairs? ...
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Stand Firm In Embracing Life

If we are to be pastors to those around us, how can we make sure that we show what a full life looks like, rather than allowing people to believe that Christianity leads to a reduced, limited life? In other words, how do we make the good news look like good news? ...
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Stand Firm As A Leader

Timothy is given extensive guidance about what Christian maturity looks like, and how the mature folks can lead in church. These are the people we are becoming, so how do we grow in those characteristics? ...
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Stand Firm When Gender Roles Are The Battlefield

There are probably few topics that are quite as difficult to navigate these days as those connected to gender, sex and identity. Knowing what to say and do can be a problem for all of us. Two thousand years ago, Timothy was in Ephesus facing the gender issues of the day. Does Paul's advice to Timothy help us in any way with our situation today? ...
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Stand Firm When People Fight

Paul has left Timothy in Ephesus to be a man who can make a difference. It’s a place where there are people who love controversy, who love arguments, who create anxiety by the way everything becomes a confrontation. Paul calls Timothy to maintain a pure heart, have a good conscience, and a sincere faith. In this way he will stand out. He will be able to fight the right fight with faith and (again) a good conscience. Along the way Paul tells his story to give Timothy hope about the possibility that God does reach those who are so determined to be a troublemaker ...
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Returning to the Old Ways

Like most true stories, the book of Ezra has no happy ending - in fact, quite the opposite. It also leaves us with questions, such as what lengths are we prepared to go to in order to stay faithful to God? ...
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Recognising Our Interdependence – We Need You

The people are gathering ready for their return to Jerusalem. However they can’t commence their journey until everything, or maybe more appropriately everyone, is in place ...
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Recognising Our Interdependence – We Need Teachers

There's more to being a Christian than just some sort of personal religious experience. It's about a way of life that is shaped in a certain way - a cross shaped way. It's why after the prophets have spoken we need the teachers ...
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Recognising Our Interdependence – We Need Prophets

The work of rebuilding the temple had stalled for 16 years and it seemed like the work that God might never be finished. It's into this situation that two prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, come to share a message from God to the Jews. What can we learn from this for our situations today? ...
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