Do you like going to the dentist? Most of us don't! But we go because it's better to find out the truth before it's too late. On Sunday we heard Jesus giving us some uncomfortable truths about ourselves, but the good news is that He came to do something about it. You can listen to the talk at the link below.
Is Jesus a liar, lunatic or Lord?
You can listen to the talk on the opening chapters of Mark’s gospel and based on Christianity Explored at the link below.
If you’re married, do you remember how it felt when you proposed? Did you have a plan? What was it like waiting for the response? Ruth had proposed to Boaz and was waiting for an answer, find out what happened here in Ruth 4 and listen to the recording from this morning at the link below:
Are you ever disappointed? Of course! We can feel let down and disappointed by all sorts of things. What happens if you throw everything into one person? What if you throw everything into the person God provides? Will you be disappointed? You can read Ruth 3 here and listen to the sermon at the link below:
Do you believe that God is in control over every area of life? He’s interested and ruling over your life day to day? He’s watching over every detail of your life such that nothing happens by chance?
Or do you believe that He’s more distant than that, He made everything but then just lets everything get on itself?
The first view is reassuring when things are going well and comforting to a point, but then what when things go wrong? Do we then have to say “God is against me”? Sometimes, it’s less distressing to take the second view in the hard times, to think of God as a little less involved, a little more distant.
If you believe God is in control over every detail of our lives, we can very easily find ourselves asking, why God did you let that happen? Are you against me? That was how Naomi felt in chapter 1 of Ruth you can read Ruth 2 here and listen to the sermon recording at the link above.
Imagine living in Ireland in the 1840s, by 1851 one million had died of famine and one million had fled to North America or Britain. That was something like the world that Naomi and her family were living in, but Ruth and Naomi learnt what Corrie Ten Boom wrote “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
You can read Ruth 1 here and listen to the sermon at the link below.
And here’s part 3! Thanks very much Matthew for your partnership here.
Thanks again to Matthew for this series in Titus, here is part 2:
I’m very grateful to Matthew Topley for leading the services while I was away, and very pleased that he recorded the sermons so that I could listen to them and you can listen again or for the first time if you missed them! You can read Titus 1 here and listen to Matthew’s first talk on living counter-culturally for Christ in the church at the link above,
If you had to write a job description for the rector what would it include? The book of Acts helps us to understand what the priority should be any rector, you can read Acts 6:1-7 here and list to the sermon at the link below:
At the Drung Festival, Reece’s team were unstoppable! You can read Acts 5:12-42 here and you can listen to the recording at the link above to find out about the unstoppable spread of the good news of Jesus!
Can you pretend to be a Christian? You might have heard about the driver who pretended to be a professor (and got away with it!), but can you pretend to be a Christian? You can read Acts 4:32-5:11 here and listen to this morning’s all-age recording at the link below.
This week RTE showed the documentary “divorcing God”, a very sad report about people either wanting nothing to do with God, or else wanting God on their own terms not on His.
Peter and John were told not to speak anymore about Jesus, the religious leaders wanted God on their own terms as well, so Peter and John and the others prayed for boldness. Does God answer prayer? You can listen to the recording below and read Acts 4:23-31 here and Psalm 2 here.
You may have heard people offering health, wealth and prosperity if you turn to Jesus. In Acts 3 we see a man lame from birth miraculously healed. But is this promised to everyone who believes? You can read Acts 3:1-4:4 here to see what is promised and listen to the sermon recording at the link below.