Sermons

Share Grace – A New Future

Our Easter service, looking at what happened when Jesus met with Peter and other disciples, and the new future He offers ...
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Share Grace – Eating with Jesus

On Monday we can have a picnic with another household in a park or a garden. So, if rain doesn't stop us, who will we invite? What if Jesus was already sitting there, would that influence who would get the invite? We will think about why getting the invitation list ...
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Share Grace – Radical Acceptance

Hospitality challenges us to look past our own judgemental attitudes and radically accept one another, to become a community that transforms those around us ...
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Share Grace – Creating Community

Jesus' gracious hospitality leads us to offer the same invitations to others. As we start to recover from the effects of a global pandemic, our need for community is greater than ever. We can look to the early church for some inspiration - the first Spirit-filled fellowship ...
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Receive Grace – A Transforming Guest

There's a constant temptation to think that 'real sinners' are the others. Essentially, people not like us. We like to think that Jesus will sort 'them' out. But what if he sees us, 'the respectable sort' and invites us to change? What would that set us free from? What would ...
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Receive Grace – An Embarrassing Guest

Jesus was regularly invited to meals. Some wanted to argue with him, others just wanted to get close to him. Some folks were socially at ease with him. But some seemed to make a fuss - to such an extent that it could be embarrassing. But Jesus didn't seem fazed ...
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Receive Grace – Jesus Knocks

One of the most difficult things we have had to deal with over the last year is the loss of close contact with others. We will be part of the healing process to the extent that we offer space, time and food to others. Hospitality matters! But we will always ...
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Following Jesus With Tears

If you're never going to see someone again, you think hard about what to say. You say what matters, and you might say it with tears. Paul speaks to a group of leaders and through them to the church and reminds them of what is really important - both then and now ...
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Uncomfortable Mission – The Troubling Man

When you're in a minority and surrounded by things that you think just aren't right, how do you react? Paul's time in Athens was uneasy. He felt deeply troubled by all the signs and symbols of false gods, but he chose not to attack, but with brilliant wisdom offered anyone ...
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Uncomfortable Mission – When It’s Difficult

Paul and Silas continue on the mission to Philippi, but very soon life becomes increasingly difficult. What can we learn from their story, about continuing in missional activity, when life gets difficult? ...
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Uncomfortable Mission – When It’s Unclear

I think there are two traps to fall into when trying to work out what God wants for us. We either think that we need God’s intervention about every decision, or we think God leaves it all up to us. The truth is that it is both. We do have ...
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The Threat Of Loss – Taking A Risk Of Trust

With each step forward that the mission took, it feels as though there were forces pushing back. Sometimes the opposition was obvious, things were threatened because of internal relationships. Paul and Barnabas had a massive, full on shouting row about a young man, John Mark who had left them. Barnabas ...
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