Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: The Holy Apostolic Church and the Communion of Saints

Read the texts – Isaiah 25:6-9Ephesians 3:1-21

The final talk in this Apostles’ Creed series and we consider the final lines which help us to recognise that the Christian Life (life in the Spirit) is the best life now and forever. Why?

Nick Lindeback helps us to see the importance of the forgiveness of sin, the comfort of the Christian community, and the hope that is eternal.

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: ‘I believe in the Holy Spirit’

Read the texts – Ezekiel 36:22-30Romans 8:1-17

In this talk we look at the third ‘I believe’ statement in the Apostles’ Creed. Glen Connor, looking at Romans 8:1-17 shows us five aspects of how the Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer: to free us from sin and death, change our mindset towards God, to guarantee our resurrection, to bring holiness in the life of the believer, and makes us God’s children.

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: A Day of Darkness and a Day of Light

Read the texts – Amos 5:18-271 Thessalonians 5:1-11

We continue working through The Apostles’ Creed and in this talk we focus on the line ‘He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead’. For those who love Jesus the day he returns will be a day of light. For those who do not it will be a day of darkness.

Nick Lindeback is eager in this talk to help us to know that it is because of what Jesus has done that the day of darkness (Amos 5:18) will be a glorious day of light (1 Thess 5:4-5) and that we can look forward to light, offer light to others, and live in light forever.

Sermon – Apostles’ Creed: Risen Hope

Read the texts – Daniel 12:1-41 Corinthians 15:1-34

We continue in our Apostles’ Creed Bible Talk series and in this talk consider the line which says ‘On the third Day, he rose from the dead’. This gives us opportunity to spend some time looking at the importance of the resurrection of Jesus for us.

In this talk, Ken Noakes looks at some of the evidence for the resurrection, then at what might be lost if the resurrection didn’t happen, before considering why the resurrection is so significant for the believer.

Sermon – Apostles Creed: Good Suffering

For thousands of years Christians have said the words of the Apostles’ Creed together. In the two talks which follow we look at the line in the creed ‘Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the Dead’. These two talks together offer a helpful, yet different, treatment of this important and theologically loaded statement.

Read the texts – Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 27:11-54

This this talk, Nick Lindeback offers a narrative retelling of the trial, cross, death and burial of Jesus. In doing so he gives a broad overview of the importance of the atonement. Nick helps us to see how the Roman parades celebrating their military victories, set something of the context for the supposed ‘humiliation’ of Jesus – yet how by his wounds, and in his crucifixion, we see the coronation of the King of Kings.

In this talk, Dr Trace Akankunda looks at the significance of the sufferings and death of Jesus on the cross. He helps us to see Christ’s suffering in the context of salvation, and then helps us to rethink our own suffering in the context of hope.

Sermon – Apostles Creed: Fully God. Fully Man.

Read the text – Hebrews 2:1-18

For thousands of years Christians have said the words of the Apostles Creed together. In this talk Howard Whitehouse looks at the line in the creed which states ‘I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’ and focuses on the beautiful and complex nature of Jesus Christ being fully God and fully Man. This is a rich treatment and needs close attention to several Bible passage – and you will see Howard cover many of them in this talk.

Sermon – Apostles Creed: Creator of the Heavens and Earth

For thousands of years Christians have said the words of the Apostles Creed together. Each line contains rich theology and meaning and in this talk Nick Lindeback focuses on the significance of God Almighty as sovereign and merciful creator.

In looking at both Psalm 33 and the doxology of Romans 11 we see God’s sovereignty, mercy and creating power. And in looking at Romans 12:1-2 we see an appropriate and fitting response to God almighty creator of heaven and earth.

Read the text – Psalm 33; Romans 11:33-12:1

Sermon – Apostles Creed: I believe in God the Father

For thousands of years Christians have said the words of the Apostles Creed together. Join us as we look at these ancient words with fresh eyes, discover why we can say them with confidence, and allow them to transform our lives.

In this Bible Talk, Nick Lindeback looks at God as Father and what it means to share in the sonship of Christ.

Read the text – John 17:20-26

Sermon Series – Joel: The Day of the Lord

The book of Joel is probably best known to Christians because of Peter’s sermon at Pentecost in the Book of Acts, where he quotes Joel to explain the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all people. But the main emphasis in this book is the Day of the Lord, a day when the powerful presence of the Lord God will bring judgement – meaning deserved punishment for some or deliverance and blessing for others. What will that Day bring for you?

Talk 1 – A Clear and Present Danger (Joel 1:1-20)

Read the text – Joel 1:1-20

What grabs your attention? The natural events and the voice of the prophet are what God used to grab the attention of his people.

In Talk 1, Gary Haddon looks at the lament over Israel’s poor situation – a lament which leads not to a complaint against God, but a call to repentance in the light of the coming Day of the Lord.

Talk 2 – Sound the Alarm (Joel 2:1-17)

Read the text – Joel 2:1-17

Throughout history, we find all sorts of ways that societies have ‘sounded the alarm’ to alert their people to a serious and immediate danger.

In Talk 2, Dave Swan looks at Joel 2:12-13 as the key to the final question of verse 11 – ‘who can endure the Day of the Lord?’

God offers the way to endure the Day of the Lord:  return to him “with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning”. That is, in true repentance and faith.

Talk 3 – The Lord Responds (Joel 2:18-32)

Read the text – Joel 2:18-32

Life is full of uncertainties, but even in the midst of it all there is a constant: Gods’ voice and his promises in his word.

In Talk 3, Dave Swan shows us the way the Apostle Peter uses this part in his Pentecost speech – to point people to Jesus as the answer!

The Day of the Lord  is about the presence of God. Which for some will spell disaster, but for those who call on His name and seek refuge in Him, will be the day of blessing – the day of a permanently restored and renewed relationship with their God.

For Bible Studies to accompany this series see Bible Studies – Joel: The Day of the Lord

Sermon Series – Wisdom in Relationships (Proverbs)

In every stage of life, what we often need and frequently lack, is wisdom. Whether seeking or being married, relating to our children or relating as adults to our parents, there are potholes that rattle us. Proverbs anticipates our struggles and offers timeless wisdom, warning and instruction that find their zenith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Building Wisdom: Husband and Wife

This sermon looks at the need for faithfulness in a marriage, and the greatest example of this being Christ and the church.

Read the passages – Proverbs 6:20-35 Ephesians 5:21-33

Banking Wisdom: Parent to Child

Proverbs assumes the need to love our children through discipline, as hard as this is in practice. This sermon investigates the idea of discipline, as well as the ways that God loves us through his discipline of us as his children.

Read the passages – Proverbs 14:1-4 Hebrews 12:3-17

(Question time included after sermon)

Honouring Wisdom: Adult to Parent

This sermon looks at our struggle to heed all the wisdom our parents have to offer, often due to pride. We should honour our earthly parents naturally as we live out our faith in honouring our heavenly Father, perfectly modelled by Jesus.

Read the passages – Proverbs 23:22-25 Ephesians 6:1-3