Sermon – Faith: Fully-Convinced

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What is faith? We use the term ‘faith’ all the time. Do we stop and think about what it means to have faith, especially when it comes to having faith in God.

This is the first of three talks exploring the biblical idea of faith – and hopefully they will help us to think about how great it is to be a person of faith in God.

Read the Bible Text – Hebrews 11:1-39 Joshua 2:1-24

Talk – Hebrews 11 & Josh 2 (Outline)

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– Ken Noakes

 

Sermon – By Faith Alone (Romans 3:27-4:25)

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‘Happy’. He said to me.

As I looked into the face of my friend, with the dark rings under his eyes, hair a little dishevelled, hands grasping the double shot expresso, which was his heart starter for the day, he said:

‘My goal in life is just to be happy’.

So much about what we relentlessly pursue in life aims to create an end result in which we will be happy. Burden now, achieve lots, sacrifice in the present – so that at some point it will all be worth it. We will be able to count up the coins, list off the achievements, bow to acknowledge the praise that is being directed our way – and then, we hope, we will be happy.

Some people call it the rat race.

There is nothing wrong with working hard, striving to reach goals, aiming to achieve much – that is the world we live in. In fact, it can be quite satisfying. Does it make us ‘happy’?

Yet, when it comes to faith, God works on a different spectrum – and for that reason Christians do well to recognise works, although they might be good, are not the measure used to determine godly happiness.

‘Happy is the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works’ (Rom 4:6). Let’s look at how…

Read the Bible Text – Romans 3:27-4:25

Sermon – Just Justice (Romans 3:21-26)

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We all love justice and hate injustice. From earliest childhood this has been the case. One of the first complaints we learn to utter is, “That’s not fair!”

But how do we go when the finger of justice is pointing at us? Are we still as passionate about it? Or is there something else we love even more?

And what about God’s justice? How do we feel about that? Is justice beneath God? Does his justice betray a cranky side of him? And how will we go when God’s finger of justice is pointed at us?

These are very important questions!

Read the Bible Text – Romans 3:21-26

– David Shead

 

Godly in Giving (Part 3 of 4)

Christians are called to be godly in giving. That could be giving in attitude, time, energy or money – all are important. Here we will focus specifically on the area of money and the way we generously and responsibly use the resources that God has put in our care.

Let me make four points from 1 Timothy 6 which may help our thinking.

First, Godly giving is not a means to financial gain.

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Sermon – God Behind it All (2 Sam 24)

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The closing scenes of David’s reign show the now familiar realism of saint and sinner.  He moves from despotic self-interest to a shepherd ready lay down his life for the sheep and the temple is foreseen in David’s altar.  God is revealed as unchanging in his justice and his mercy.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 24:1-25

– David Shead

Sermon – The Rock and Fortress of David (2 Sam 22-23)

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David’s songs are a commentary on his experience of the God who reigns and saves and to which David owes everything.  They are words that are sung by all who depend on God for their salvation in a fallen world.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 22-23

Talk Outline – 2 Samuel 22-23

– Ken Noakes

Sermon – Harsh Justice & Eternal Hope (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

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In this sermon we hear about how King Saul’s reign left a history of offense against God. His judgement is experienced yet in the context of his mercy and faithfulness.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 21:1-14

– David Shead

– Josh Ord

 

Sermon – Restoration and Revolt (2 Sam 19-20)

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King David returns to Jerusalem with a less than enthusiastic reception yet his compassion and mercy appear to remain.  The historical account of David’s reign winds down with his kingdom restless and divided, the sword ever present, yet God still faithfully working to fulfill his promises.

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 19:9-20:26

– Ben Smith

 

Sermon – Calamity upon the House of David – Part 2 (2 Samuel 15-18)

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Through the twists and turns that has become the norm in King David’s household we see God painfully faithful to his word. His judgment remains on David’s house as Absalom rebels and David flees.  Yet it is God who remains on the throne, and preserves David’s place on it, frustrating the usurpers, protecting his king and removing those who defy him.

In the ups and downs that we know in life, who calls the shots? How do you benefit by trusting God in the good and the bad?

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 14:45-19:8

Talk Outline – 2 Samuel 15-18

– Ken Noakes

 

Sermon – Calamity upon the House of David – Part 1 (2 Samuel 13-14)

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Ever witnessed a bad situation seemingly spiral out of control?

Welcome to 2 Samuel 13-14. The failure of King David which was so dramatic recounted in 2 Samuel 11-12, now gets played out by his sons as they put on an even more inglorious display of lust, rape, hate, murder and treason – and all while David sits on the bench sidelined and unwilling to step up as a father, judge or king should.

What can Christians learn from this sad tale, when we too are plagued with sin, burdened by the consequence of judgement, yet covered by the grace of the gospel?

Read the Bible Text – 2 Samuel 13-14

– Ken Noakes

– Josh Ord