Sermons by David Brownlie
In this message David expands on the love we see Jesus had with people; a deliberate love, a selfless concern for the welfare of others. Leading to a challenge of how this lives outworks in our own lives and what this sort of love should mean to us as a church.
Our full service from 3rd May 2020
Christ is the ‘firstborn’ over all creation. That speaks of His priority, His pre-eminence and His sovereignty. We need to focus on an audience of One and ask ourselves these questions – Is Christ Supreme and Will I submit to Him?
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?”