Sermons by David Brownlie
2 Cor 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new has come.” We need to remember where our personal worth comes from. We take a look through 2 Timothy to see how we should live ‘in Christ’ and are reminded again that we “were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.” (1 Cor 6:20).
This Christmas, we look at the impact of HOPE and HARDSHIP and how they often go together! As we again remember the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we will see Mary’s Surprise (Luke 1:26-27); Mary’s Surrender (Luke 1:38); Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-56) and Mary’s Sadness (Luke 2:25-35).
At this year’s Sunday School Anniversary, David focuses on three important things that we should do as God’s special people – we should love one another, we should apologise or say sorry if we hurt someone or if we hurt God and we should forgive those who hurt us! These things aren’t easy to do but they are part of “Loving God”.
David speaks from Matthew 18-20 highlighting various aspects of a disciple from the teachings of Jesus including repentance, humility, service, grace and “giving up the right to myself”.
Interestingly, David looks at Hebrews 12:1-3 as Peter did last week – with the challenge to “Focus on Christ”. The world has so many problems and there’s plenty of problems in the church. Christ IS the only solution!
Jonah was sent by God to the lost people of the great city of Nineveh but he refused to go. At first he ran from his responsibilities both to God and to Nineveh. The question that we have to ask ourselves is – “Are we too turning our backs on the lost people whom God would have us speak to?”
David looks at the Christ we Follow – this glorious, amazing, majestic, limitless, infinite, triumphant, majestic Christ who has chosen to place all His fullness in us who believe in Him. We ‘remember’ Christ and therefore seek to participate with Him in His ministry.
In the second of our “Vision” messages we look at God’s love for us, to us and through us – touching on Rules v. Relationships and walking humbly with God. We look too at the implications found in Eph 4:17-5:2 that relate to Jesus’ statement that we should “Love one another” .
In 1 Cor 15:1-20 we read that “Christ died or our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures…” Let’s look at 12 facts that shout out the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We look at the challenge to Nathanael to come and see Jesus, the challenge to the disciples of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana and then Jesus’ challenge to us to cloth ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and LOVE. How will we respond?