Sermons in this series
Sun, Nov 25, 2018

What does it really mean to be a disciple?

In the strictest sense of the word, a disciple is someone who learns from a teacher. It’s more than knowledge though, it’s more like embracing a new way of life.

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus spells out what the Kingdom driven life is really like. It is no bed of roses – the call to love, justice and mercy has significant implications for our status and goals even though the values of that rule will bring eternal life.

Discipleship now goes beyond learning: a mature disciple is now a follower who is prepared to be like the Teacher (Jesus). It means putting ourselves way down the list and being prepared to give everything for God, even our lives.

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

The world has always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.

As Paul looks forward to a visit to Jerusalem before going to Rome, he knows he won’t see his friends again. They have been through a lot together: they’ve faced hardship and shared blessings. Their love for and commitment to one another has been strengthened by their experiences but it’s been forged in their relationship with God and worked out in mutual respect and encouragement.

Now, as he says “farewell,” Paul has the opportunity to share a few well-chosen words with those who he is leaving behind. His focus is not on himself but on what drives him: his faith and his commitment are an example for them to follow.

How prepared are we to lay everything on line that we might support and encourage others?

Sun, Nov 04, 2018

It all seems very unfair. Whether you’ve spent 12 hours or 1 slaving away to bring the harvest home, you still get paid exactly the same: the day’s rate for a working man.

Jesus’ story paints a familiar picture to his listeners (“the disciples” [19: 23]). It’s harvest time and the grapes needed to be gathered in before they spoil. The sting in the tail is an illustration of grace: it is unexpected, undeserved but very welcome.

God is not controlled by our rules or laws but works as He wills, according to his character. It really is grace and generosity combined.