Sermons by David Brownlie
This week David looks at the themes of “Maturity and Unity” in the Body of Christ. How central they are, not just in chapter 4 but through the whole book of Ephesians.
David looks at John 10 (The good Shepherd) and John 11 (The raising of Lazarus), focussing especially on the way that Jesus said he did nothing by Himself. He said He only did what He saw His Father doing. Jesus’ relationship with the Father is the example that we should follow – praying, listening, trusting, obeying – just as our Lord Himself did. 1 Cor 11:1 “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”
Our Full Service from 30th of August 2020
This week David continues on with our love is a verb series looking at loving the “Unlovable”.
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.
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”.