Christmas carols - Zechariah style

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Text: Luke 1:76-79 – Christmas Carols: Zechariah style Theme: Zechariah's song of God's saving work thru John the Baptist who prepares the way for Messiah.. Introd:  Christmas carols don’t usually have any surprises in them.  We Christians know them too well. But a Christmas carol, “Zechariah style” – as we have it here in Like 1 – has several surprises. Think about what happened earlier in this chapter. The story is about an old man and his elderly wife. They've waited all their lives, unsuccessfully, to have children but it never happened. They have lived with the pain of infertility. ...
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A Saviour, dead and buried, so what? Ld 16 q40-43

Sermon “A Saviour, dead and buried, so what?” Scripture Readings. John 11:17-44; John 19:31-42. Ld 16 q40-43; Congregation, I once spoke to a lady who tried to convince me that death, the loss of a loved one or dear friend who dies in the Lord, should never be a reason for tears, but only for praise.  While this lady was telling me her thoughts, I was thinking, “What planet is this lady on?”  I have never thought about death in this way.  God has made us emotional beings who become deeply attached to those we love.  We don’t need to...
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Our suffering Saviour Ld 15 q37-39

Sermon: “Our Suffering Saviour.” Scripture Readings:  Isa 53; John 19:17-30; Ld 15 q37-39 Beloved people of God, Over recent months and years, we have seen much suffering and trouble in our world.  In fact, when I think about it I have to be careful, for it tends to depress me.  I think of some African nations that we hardly hear about, yet they are torn with civil war and as a result, there is much suffering, not least being poverty.  I think about the recent conflicts and wars in my short lifetime, Vietnam, Iraq, tensions with Iran, Middle East conflicts,...
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From King to Babe LD 14 q35-36

Sermon: “From King to babe” Scripture Readings: 1 John 4:7-21; Phil 2:5-11; LD 14 q35-36; BoW 292 “All glory Laud and Honour” Ld 14 Q&A 35&36; RJ2: 295 “Be still, for the presence of the Lord” BoW: 404 “From heaven You came helpless babe” BoW:  532 “Now blessed be the Lord our God” Congregation, many of us have marvelled at the miracle of new birth.  From the time of conception to the time when we can see the new born with our own eyes it is just an amazing blessing.  And we rightly see birth as the beginning of something...
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Sons and daughters of the living God LD 13 q33-34;

Readings: John 1:1-18; 1 John 2:18-27; LD 13 Q&A 33-34; BOW: 170 vv 1,2,4; “Praise to the Lord the Almighty” BOW 159 “Glory be to God in heaven” BOW 375 “Behold what Manner.” BOW: 530 “Praise God, you angel hosts above” Congregation, one thing that has become very obvious is that we live in a multi-religious society.  Many people believe that it doesn’t matter what you believe, so long as you are good and you do your best and don’t hurt anyone you have a good chance of reaching heaven. But that is not what the Scripture’s teaches.  Scripture teaches...
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Aging into a Sage

Textual Theme: In the face of false teachers Titus encourages the older women to lead godly lives and in their godliness guide the next generation of women which in turn will adorn the gospel to the watching world. Purpose Statement: To adorn the gospel before the next generation and the watching world. Proposition: Encouraging women to age into a sage. Songs for after sermon: Bow 210, 215 Titus 2:3-5 Aging into a Sage Brothers and sisters, Jean Williams tells the story, “ My friend and I were visiting another friend’s church, enduring that uncomfortable time after the service when you...
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Jesus comes to call sinners to repentance

Textual Theme: In His grace Christ calls all people to repentance, including tax collectors and sinners by enabling them to see their need of Christ Purpose Statement: To show how Jesus is the promised Messiah who has come to save sinners and what it means to follow Him. Proposition: Christians are those who in response to grace see their need for Christ and repent. Songs for after sermon: BoW 188, 416 Luke 5:27-32 Jesus comes to call sinners to repentance Brothers and sisters, In 1901 95% of Australians identified with Christianity. In 2011 this dropped to 61.1%. In the most...
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Getting in the wheelbarrow

Theme: Lord’s day 7 shows that we must have faith to share in Christ and that genuine faith includes knowledge, conviction and assurance. Purpose: To show how we come to share in Christ Proposition: To share in Christ we need true faith which includes knowledge and conviction that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord Songs: BoW 372, Sc. 400, Bow 190, 191 Lord’s Day 7; John 17:3; Hebrews 11:1-3; Heb. 10:19-25 Getting in the wheelbarrow Brothers and sisters, What is true faith? When someone joins the Church, how do you know they have faith? When your child goes out with...
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Redemption accomplished in Jesus alone

Theme: Lord’s day 6 continues to highlight that Jesus is the unique Saviour. Purpose: To comfort the Christian with the knowledge that Jesus is The Only Way to salvation. Proposition: Only Jesus has accomplished salvation Songs: In Christ alone, Cornerstone, Bow 465, 467, 385 Just a qualification before tonights sermon. I will make reference to the other main religions like Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. But, I hope to deal respectfully and yet honestly with them. Afterall, those who follow other religions are fellow image bearers. But it’s appropriate to make reference to them to appreciate the Bible’s claim that there...
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Practical Outcome #6 = Faithfulness

Textual Theme (what): Faithfulness is the grace by which God is totally reliable and its this disposition that He is working within us so that we may faithfully follow Him and be loyal to others. Original Purpose (why): To encourage the faithfulness of God to flow through our lives Proposition (what and so what): Through the Spirit’s empowering God is enabling us to be faithful. Songs: BoW 359 Galatians 5:22 (Daniel 6:1-16) Practical Outcome #6 = Faithfulness Brothers and sisters, The media call them indecisive, unoriented and inconsistent. They say 20-30-year-olds belong to the phenomenon often referred to as “Generation...
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We've got it all

Textual Theme (what): Paul begins the letter with a doxology and praises God for the Spiritual blessings that believers enjoy through Christ which are given on the basis of God’s grace and for the purpose of God’s worship. Original Purpose (why): To encourage the believers by showing them the blessings they have in Christ. Proposition (what and so what): Let the Church praise God because in Christ we’ve got it all!   Ephesians 1:1-6 We’ve got it all! Brothers and sisters, How good is it to get a new or upgraded car! Maybe you can remember some of the excitement....
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The priority of Preaching the Word

Textual Theme: There is an urgent need for Timothy to see to it that the word is preached in every circumstance to every person. Purpose Statement: To encourage Timothy to Preach the Word. Proposition: Having the Word preached is central to the ministry of a healthy Church   2Timothy 4:1-4 The priority of Preaching the Word Brothers and sisters, We continue with our theme which is: What is a healthy Church? So is preaching the Word a mark of a healthy church? I know it’s pretty central to our worship. It also chews up a lot of a Pastor’s resources....
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The Power of Unbelief

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Mark 6:1-6  -  The Power of Unbelief Theme: Unbelief which fails to honour Jesus for who He is, misses out on the blessings He brings. Introd:             It’s interesting to notice where the Christian church is growing the fastest. England and Scotland perhaps...?  With its long Christian heritage?  Sorry.  No! Recent reports show that churches across the U.K. continue to decline. A report from a few years ago tells of a staggering net loss of some 200 members a day. So where are the highest number of conversions to Christianity taking place today? It’s not in countries such as a...
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Self love and neighbour love

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Text: Luke 10:25-37 – Self-love and neighbourly love Theme: The proper understanding of the summary command to love our neighbour as ourselves.. Introd:  There is no denying that love is one of the greatest themes of the Bible. And on our part that love extends in two directions.  The summary of God’s law makes that very clear. We are to love God will all our heart, soul, strength and mind. And we are to love our neighbour as ourselves. The lawyer who stood up to test Jesus was spot on when he summed up God’s law in that way. And...
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Why live a holy life?

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Text: 1Peter 1:10-16 – Our motive for living holy lives   Theme: Our salvation predicted by prophets, preached by apostles, looked into by angels changes our lives.   Introd:   Over Easter, in Sydney, we bought some bedroom furniture for my step-son from IKEA. IKEA specialise in flat-pack furniture.   The bedside table came as a flat box.   So did the desk. What is exciting is to see how all the various parts come together and make up the one item of furniture. The top, the sides & legs; the screws & dooverlackies... together they make a lovely piece...
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Fear and Trembling (Rev. Dr Stephen Voorwinde - 15/1/2017)

Phil2:12-13 FEAR AND TREMBLING Readings: Acts 16:11-40 Philippians 2:1-18 Introduction I want to begin by letting you in on a little trade secret. It was one that I learned many years ago when I was still a student. As a group of aspiring young preachers we had a lecturer who told something like this: “When you are reading your Bible and a passage or a verse really strikes you, if there is something that jumps out at you, then maybe that is the Holy Spirit nudging you to preach on that passage.” Well, that was certainly my experience recently as...
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"When the going gets tough" (Rev. Dr. Stephen Voorwinde 19/11/2015)

James5 WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH Scripture Readings: Job 1:1-2:10; 42:1-17; James 5:7-12 Scripture Text: James 5:11b: “You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” Introduction It’s the middle of WW2. A baby girl is born into a deeply religious family. Her mother has all the gifts and graces of a mature Christian woman. Her father is a hypocrite. He has affairs with different women and when his daughter is a teenager he divorces his wife. In her twenties the daughter becomes a nurse and...
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Daniel 5 "A Divine audit" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

DANIEL 5
A DIVINE AUDIT Have you ever been audited by the Australian Tax office? I have not had that experience so I don’t know what it is like. Of course, an honest tax payer would have nothing to worry about. In our text tonight we also hear about an audit. A divine audit to be precise. It was an audit that did not turn out very good for the one audited. We continue this evening our series of messages coming from the Book of Daniel. The overall title of these messages is speaking truth to power. And this is what...
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Daniel 4. (Rev Pieter Tuit)

DANIEL 4 Was God teaching Nubuchadnezzar a lesson in humility here in this chapter as many sermons from this passage seem to think? Or, was God comforting and encouraging the exiles in Babylon that God and not Nebuchadnezzar is sovereign over all? And is this Scripture’s encouragement to us this evening? Well, I am not going to deny that the need for humility is evident in this chapter. Let’s face it, the mighty ruler of that awesome empire Babylon had a lot to learn in this area. But there are other things going on. There are other things to learn....
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Daniel 2 "Speaking the truth to power 2" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

DANIEL 2 SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER 2 Eating vegies is always a good thing to do. However, as we heard last time, it is not the application that we should take home from Daniel chapter one. The so-called Daniel diet may be the best thing you can do for your physical health and well-being. However, Daniel was not written to teach us, living in the 21st Century, that we can thrive on the Daniel diet. What made Daniel and his friends thrive was by being obedient to God’s will for their lives and well-being. They knew what Sunday school children...
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