Finding our way back to God

May 2019 - Jul 2019
Sermons in this series
Sun, Jul 28, 2019

In the last of our series from the book of Isaiah we reach a point where the consider both the end and the beginning.

Isaiah restates the nature and values of the new Kingdom which God will usher in. This will be a return to Eden once harmony has been restored through the work of the Saviour God has sent.

We are invite to move beyond a vision and to participate in a real experience of what life will be like for God’s faithful people.

Sun, Jul 21, 2019
21-Jul PM; Isaiah 25
Sun, Jul 07, 2019

We all hope, we all dream, for all kinds of things. Some dream of a changed world, a world where we are not judged by others for the colour of our skin, nor by the money in our bank account, nor by the accent we use nor even by the nature of our theology, just by the quality and the extent of our character.

Which among us does not long, hope, does not dare to look for a world that is vastly different than the one we now live in? Which one of us does not dare to hope that today will be something special, far better than it has ever been?

Isaiah was right about the tender shoot. We do not base our lives on a vague hope, but a rooted one in Jesus Christ. It is concrete and real, and personal. For the Christian, hope is not simply a luxury, or an option. It is a duty. A way of life. To be a pilgrim on the journey of faith means we are always moving from desert to Promised Land, from exile to the kingdom, from wilderness to the manger, from the cross to the empty tomb, from hopelessness to possibility, from ordinary time to eternity.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019
30-Jun PM; Isaiah 8:11 - 22
Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Vines were grown for the quality and flavour of their grapes. Of course much interest was given over to wine making - nourishing and beautifying life!

The metaphor to convey, the purpose and meaning Israel was the Vine - a staple for living well. Living Well meant covenant relationship with God, to be a blessing to all - Righteousness and an inspiration to which all people would be drawn - Justice. The same metaphor Jesus uses to inspire His followers.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019

How do I understand the times in which I am living? What might my life look like as a result of that reflection?

However bad things are, there is always hope - even when we have been the authors of our own problems. God's invitation is always available and accessible to all.

Sun, May 19, 2019

Isaiah (whose name means “God saves”), lived through the reign of 4 Kings (1:1). He began his ministry in 740 BC, the year King Uzziah died (6:1).

The people in Isaiah’s time had arranged their life in 2 separate boxes marked “religion” and “life.” They were good at celebrating the temple rituals but their practical faith stopped at the temple gates. They ignored the poor and the widowed, the neglected and the vulnerable

Serving God and following His call involves many choices; one of them isn't the distinction between "faith" and "life" - the two go together. When they are separated, as they were in Isaiah's day, it becomes more about us than it is about God. This ultimately brings judgment but that's not God's intention from the beginning - with Him there is always a way back.

Sun, May 05, 2019
05-May PM; Isaiah 6