Sermon – Jesus Said…What!?: I AM The True Vine (John 15:1-17)

As a society, we have become somewhat immune to hearing outrageous claims. They are issued, capture some newsworthy attention, and then are fairly quickly ignored or pushed aside. Jesus issued some outrageous claims, in fact, claims that were far beyond what we hear today. In this Bible Talk series, we look at the “I AM…” statements from the gospel of John. Newsworthy – yes. Ignored – yes. Pushed aside – yes. Yet, to look into them we will see the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ. It would be to our loss to be immune.

This talk investigates Jesus claim to be the true vine – God has picked each Christian to be one of the branches of the vine to bear fruit. Remain with God by remaining in Christ, the true vine.

Read the text – John 15:1-17 Psalm 80:1-19

Sermon – Does Science disprove Christianity? (Psalm 19/Romans 1:18-23)

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Can the disciplines that lie behind both Science and Christianity be compatible? Is there difference?  Glen Connor who holds degrees in both science and theology considers this often disputable topic. Perhaps both sides have things to learn?

Read the Bible texts – Psalm 19; Romans 1:18-23

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– Glen Connor

A Perfect Storm – Crying out to God (Psalm 13)

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Sometimes in life we get hit by the perfect storm.

 

I live in the Lower Blue Mountains of NSW – west of Sydney. At present, we are experiencing a perfect storm – hot temperatures, long term drought, a build up of combustible and dry material, high winds and a terrific fire storm.

Since September 5th 2019 there has been fires burning in NSW and Queensland, which at the time of writing, has burned through 3,900,000 hectares, claimed 8 lives, and destroyed 829 properties.

It is understandable that many have fears and concerns.

And while natural disasters cause collective concern, there are so often times when individuals experience there own personal perfect storm – an unexpected medical diagnosis, the loss of a job, a car accident, sickness, depression, family dramas, breakdown of relationships, financial pressures, death of a loved one.

What do we do when we get hit by the perfect storm – or any storm?

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Sermon – Bold Prayers through a Great Deliverer in Psalm 22

How’s your prayer life? Perhaps you pray “plastic surgery” prayers – that look and sound OK but cover up how you are really feeling. In Psalm 22, Simon Marshman takes us to a ‘raw and real’ prayer of King David, to help us learn to rely upon our faithful God even though we may be struggling through difficult times.

Preacher: Simon Marshman

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Read the Bible text – Psalm 22

English Support Handout – Psalm 22

 

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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Conference Talks – Heaven & Hell

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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 – Where Can I Find God? – In His World?

The first of three sermons answering the question “Where can I find God?” In this sermon we learn about God revealing himself in his created World but we are warned to be careful to worship the creator himself and not created things.

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Read the Bible text: Psalm 19

Read the Bible text: Romans 1:18-25

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