Sermon – A Confounded World: Jesus’ Directive (Matthew 9:35-10:15)

Read the text – Matthew 9:35-10:15

In this Bible talk, Gary Haddon, speaks about how Jesus had compassion on those who did not know him, those who were lost. And how Jesus helped his disciples to see the need, pray and then go and show them Jesus. Do as I have said and done – save the lost sheep of Israel. Save those who have long awaited the kingdom of heaven, and waited for their messiah, their good shepherd – for in Jesus, the time had come.

How do disciples today, proclaim the good news, not as an apostle, but as a disciple commissioned by Jesus to go out to the nations.

Sermon – A Confounded World: Jesus’ Mission (Matthew 9:1-17)

Read the text – Matthew 9:1-17

Jesus is confounding. Reading through the Gospel of Matthew, we see Jesus do some extraordinary things and the result is that some follow and some turn their backs on him. That is not so different from today. We often expect the extraordinary before we allow ourselves to believe something. As such we settle for the normal and mundane, all the while wishing for the extraordinary. Jesus came into the normal and mundane, but he did that which was extraordinary. He does what we hope by doing what we find hard to believe! How confounding.

In this Bible Talk, Gary Haddon looks at how Jesus’ mission was to save sinners, not the righteous (or those who think that they are righteous!) – after all “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick”. Yet how do we know that Jesus could indeed save sinners?

Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 3 of 3)

Dr Jacqui Service talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Creeds. In this fantastic discussion, Jacqui talks about the heresies which were addressed in the formation of the creeds and why that may still be relevant today.

They discuss:

  • The trinitarian form of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed.
  • Plato, Aristotle and how their thinking contributes to Gnostic and Marcian heresies.
  • What Gnosticism and Marcion rejects of established theology
  • How the creeds aims to address and safe guard theological truth
  • Modern day issues that the Apostles’ Creed helps address.

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 2 of 3)

Neil Emerson talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Apostles’ Creed. They discuss questions like:

  • Are there other denominations that use the Apostles’ Creed?
  • How has declaring the Apostles’ Creed been good for the church?
  • Should we continue to declare the Apostles’ Creed when we gather in church?
  • Is there room to create new creeds or confessions of faith today?
  • Why do we often stand to declare the Apostles’ Creed?

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

Podcast – Behind the Apostles’ Creed (Ep. 1 of 3)

David McKay talks with Gary Haddon to discuss the origins that lie behind the formation of the Apostles’ Creed. They discuss questions like:

  • Where did we get the Apostles’ Creed?
  • When was the Apostles’ Creed first used in Christian churches?
  • Are there interesting changes or additions that have been incorporated into the Apostles’ Creed?
  • Are there particular reasons why the creed is called ‘The Apostles’ Creed’?
  • Who now uses the Apostles’ Creed?
  • What value is there in having the Apostles’ Creed?

Listen here on the LMAP Leader Link Podcast

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 – Wisdom in Leadership (1 Cor 3:18-4:13)

Read the text – 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:13

What does a faithful leader under Christ look like: a steward and servant. In fact, a fool, and one whom you should imitate in Christ. In this Bible talk, Gary Haddon helps us to think through who a disciple follows and why – for it should be Christ whom we follow, as demonstrated by a leader who shows themselves to be faithful. They must strive to imitate Christ, being willing to become the scum of the earth in the process!

Sermon – Stand Firm: Hope in Hard Times (2 Thess. 1:1-12)

Just as the Lord Jesus suffered, so too will his people. Why? In Thessalonica, the persecution of the church has intensified.  In this Bible Talk, Gary Haddon answers some of those ‘why’ questions that tend to arise when suffering is encountered. Yet more, Gary shows us the Apostle Paul’s response as he encourages the Thessalonians to give thanks for God’s grace, remember his justice, and pray for his power.

Read the text – 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12