Sometimes we just get stuck in our relationship with Jesus. Advent reminds us that it is necessary to change direction from time to time. This is a slightly different sermon to the 0800 Sermon on the same topic.
One of the messages in Advent is about changing direction. Sometimes we get stuck where we are in our relationship with God, and Advent is a great opportunity to reflect on that, and hopefully change direction and get to our destination, new life in Christ.
In Luke 6:12-16 we read about Jesus going to a quiet place to pray all night before he selects 12 men from the group of disciples that were following him at the time. The passage is instructive for us. Prayer must be at the heart of all we do.
In Mark 10:2-16 Jesus gives a very forceful teaching on Marriage and Divorce and then unexpectedly follows this up with a reflection on the need to welcome the Kingdom of God like a child. What is the connection? I try to explore and explain.
1John 5:16-21 contain some of the most enigmatic writings of the NT, including v 21, Keep yourselves from idols. These last verses of the letter sum up much of the contents and reason for the letter and make it one of the most interesting to read. Here we are reminded of the reality of sin, […]
1John4:15-5:15 reminds us of the love of God we need to have with one another and with God through the Incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus. The best audio visual we have of that is the Eucharist or Holy Communion. We need to live out our love of God and one another through the Sacrament […]
In 1John 4:7-14 John connects the atoning love of God through the sacrifice of His son Jesus on the cross to our need to be sacrificial in our love towards one another. If we do not love one another as Jesus loved us we are not being true representatives of God, and we can have […]
In 1John 3:9-4:6 the Evangelist reminds his audience that they need to be transformed and renewed by the Holy Spirit. For the evangelist this will lead to three strands of character, spiritual, ethical and general. The evangelist uses the example of Cain and Able to demonstrate what happens when those character traits are not allowed […]
In the continuation of our series on 1John we look at 1John2:18-3:10. In this passage John reminds us of our being the children of God, and how, in that reality we need to behave in relationship to God and to one another. John reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the means […]
1John 2:7-17. In this section of the letter John develops his argument from the perspective of Love. In this section he tackles two important aspects, love within the community and love towards the world. He argues that it is only agape love that will direct our love aright and help us to understand therefore who […]