The Help and the Helper (Psalm 121)

It is often my privilege to sit with someone who needs help. That might be at their bedside because they are dying. It could be in the aged care facility that is now their ‘home’. It could be across the table as they share what burdens them so deeply. The anxiety, sometimes the fear, is clear and present. The causes are wide and varied. Help is what they need.

And how useless I am!

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Persevere (Jude)

Jude - Persevere - 2018

Ken Noakes in two talks looks at the little letter of Jude and to the challenge to contend for the faith of Jesus Christ.

Read the Bible text: Jude

Sermon Outline and Script – Talk 1: Challenges to the Faith – Jude 1-16

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Sermon Outline and Script – Talk 2: Contending for the Faith – Jude 17-25

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Sermon – Good Sex (Song of Songs#2)

In this, second of five sermons, Des Smith shows how Song of Songs vividly endorses God’s positive view of sex within the context of faithful heterosexual marriage. He also explains how God is “pro-creation” – that everything God created is good if it is received with thankfulness.

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Read the Bible text: Song of Songs 4:1 – 5:12 , 1 Timothy 4:1-5

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Upholding Singleness

Song of Songs is a beautiful book that millions of Christians, both single and married, have read and studied with great profit. However, for some – and in particular those not currently in a relationship – it can be difficult.

In any church family there will be folk who are single – those who have never been married and those who have been married and are now single. Due to a breakdown in relationship, divorce, death of a spouse, a struggle against same-sex attraction, or other reason, Song of Songs may push some unhappy buttons.

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Sermon – True Romance (Song of Songs#1)

In this, the first of five sermons, Des Smith explores “the strangest book in the Bible”. In what appears to be a graphic and intense love poem Des explains how human romantic love points to a bigger love story for the whole world – between God and people. Song of Songs is indeed about one man and one woman, as well as men and women, and way they love each other. But that reality – romantic love and life-long commitment that is reflected in marriage – is a picture God placed in world to point towards the ultimate reality of his love for us. A love shown in the gospel as His Son died on a cross. In this sense Song of Songs is book for everyone because it ultimately points to the love of God for everyone.

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Read the Bible text: Song of Songs 1:1 to 2:2 , Genesis 2:15-25

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Conference Talks – Heaven & Hell

Heaven and Hell

5 AWAY Weekend Away Talks – by Ken Noakes

Talk 1 – Scaring the Hell out of You!

Talk 1 Outline – Scaring the Hell out of You!

 

Talk 1 Script – Scaring the Hell out of You!

Discussion Group Questions – Hell

 

Talk 2 – Heaven Sent!

Talk 2 Outline – Heaven Sent!

 

Talk 2 Script – Heaven Sent!

Personal Reflection Questions – Heaven

Sermon – Comfort, my people

 

In this final sermon at Trinity City, Chris Jolliffe shows from Isaiah chapter 40 the extent of God’s comfort to his people, with forgiveness of sin through Jesus’ death.
Then we are shown more of God’s wonderful promises in Isaiah and reminded of God’s sovereign power and faithfulness – our God will keep every one of his promises. One of which is that our God will come (as Jesus) in power to save and bring peace and that he will also be our perfect shepherd, caring and loving.
Next Chris looks to the second part of Isaiah 40 to remind us that God knows our weaknesses, that we so easily doubt him. So we consider this series of rhetorical questions that point to God’s sovereignty and power; so that we can be fully confident that he does keep his promises, to save and ultimately to take us to be with him for ever.

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Read the Bible texts: Isaiah 40

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