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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Daniel 1 "Thriving on vegetables" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

DANIEL ONE THRIVING ON VEGETABLES Thriving on vegetables. It seems to be an unusual title for a sermon. It is a title that may sound appealing to those of us who loves vegetables. However, some of us, who prefer meat and starches may find this title distasteful. But in this chapter we do hear the story of four young men, who, though going against the cultural accepted diet of their time, thrived on vegetables under God’s blessings. With this title TRIVING ON VEGETABLES, I am starting a series on this interesting and perhaps even strange book of the Bible. For...
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Ephesians 1 "A Divine cosmic transition plan" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

EPHESIANS 1 A DIVINE COSMIC TRANSITION PLAN Congregation of Jesus Christ, the church’s feast days are over. In this past church year we have celebrated Advent, Christmas, Lent, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day and two Sundays ago Pentecost. There are no special feast days anymore until we start with a new cycle with Advent 2014. However, it is good to remember that just because the feast days are over, this does not mean that the reality of these feast days is not with us anymore. Your life, my life, our church’s life, the life of our nation, the life of...
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Eighth Commandment "You shall not steal" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

EIGHT COMMANDMENT LD 42 YOU SHALL NOT STEAL Bread and butter issues have been very much in the forefront in our nations the last couple weeks. I only have to mention the federal and state budget and all its ramification, clear or not clear, the National Disability Insurance scheme, the Gonski education reforms, the concerns raised by the independent schools about present and future funding, the recent decision by the Ford motor company to close its operations in our country by 2016, local business struggles, rising unemployment, discussion about penalty rates, cost of living pressures for households, the cutting of...
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Fifth Commandment "Honour your Father and Mother" (Rev Pieter Tuit)

FIFTH COMMANDMENT HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER Gaining weight is something that none of us really desire. We rather lose weight, especially now with the Christmas season upon us .However, in the fifth commandment we are asked to add weight, to make heavy, our parents. This is behind the meaning of the word honor. Children, through honoring their parents, are instructed to add weight, to make heavy, their parents. So children how much weight are you adding to your parents? And parents, how heavy do your children make you feel in their honouring of you? We have concluded our...
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1 Corinthians 13:5 Love does not boast, not proud, or rude (Rev Pieter Tuit)

1 CORINTHIANS 13:5 LOVE DOES NOT BOAST, NOT PROUD, OR RUDE Some of you may have read the book or may have been watching The Slap. According to a newspaper review of this series, in a world that's full with unbalanced people, the angriest man of all, Harry, slaps a child, Hugo. Hugo, like so many children, lives in an unbalanced household with few boundaries, or routines, and rare adult examples of consistency and self-control. He is absorbing confusingly mixed messages of love, possessiveness and disappointment, as well as bearing those ever-threatening outbursts of anger, self-indulgence, blame and booze.” Stephanie...
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1 Corinthians 13:4; Love does not envy, it is not jealous (Rev Pieter Tuit)

1 CORINTIANS 13:4 LOVE DOES NOT ENVY it is not jealous Holy habits for following Jesus. This is what we have been talking about the past couple weeks. How are we doing with developing these holy habits? Have we seen any changes in ourselves, in our characters? Have we seen any changes in our families. Have we seen any changes in our life together as a congregation? Are we as husbands more patient and more kind? Can the same thing be said about the wives in our midst? Have our children seen a more Christlike patience and kindness in us...
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1 Corinthians 13:5; Love is not easily angered (Rev Pieter Tuit)

1COR. 13:5 LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED Here in Tasmania we do not have to fear erupting vulcanoes with all the resulting damage that they can do. Gail and I learned about the devastating power of a volcano when we moved to the Philippines in July 1991. We arrived in Manila probably one or two days after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. Our airplane was one of the last ones able to land. The next morning, the city of Manila, even though 300 km from the volcano, was covered in centimeters of volcanic ash. The pictures give you an idea...
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1 Corinthians 13 Love is Kind (Rev Pieter Tuit)

LOVE IS KIND 1 CORINTHIANS 13 For the past 4 weeks I have been planning to preach this Sunday on these words Love is kind. However, it was only yesterday, by reading the Weekend Australian, that I found out that today is World Kindness Day. I am sure you all knew that and that each one of you is planning to make this a super kind day. The idea of a World Kindness Movement (WKM) was conceived at a Tokyo conference in 1996.The leader of the movement was Dr. Wataru Mori, a physician in Tokyo. He envisioned that a more...
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1 Corinthians 13 - Holy habits for following Jesus (Rev Pieter Tuit)

HOLY HABITS FOR FOLLOWING JESUS I 1 COR. 13 Habits, we all have them. Some of them are good habits. Like bringing your husband a cup of tea in bed in the morning before he goes to work, giving your wife flowers when it is not her birthday, eating all your food on your plate, hanging up your clothes before you go to bed, giving generously to church and ministry. Other habits can be annoying like talking with your mouth full, not putting the cap on the toothpaste, leaving the toilet seat up, wearing a well loved frayed blue sweater....
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Being a true follower of Christ LD 12 q32

Being a true follower of Christ LD 12 q32
BOW: 209 Father I adore you BOW: 107a "Praise the Lord, for he is good" Law Reading. 1 Pet 2:4-12; BOW: 210 "Have your own way Lord" Offering: Local Church. BOW: 145 vv 1,3; "I will exalt You, O My God" Scripture Reading: John 15:1-17; Acts 11:19-30; Sermon: "Being a true follower of Christ" BOW: 440 "Fill now my Life, O Lord my God" BOW: 435 'God sent His Son" Beloved people of the Lord Jesus Christ; The Scriptures in Acts 11:26 state "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch." Now for me that raises the question, "What must...
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"'Christ' the anointed One'" LD12 Q31

"'Christ'  the anointed One'"  LD12 Q31
Rej 355 "He is exalted" How deep the Father's love for us BOW: 332 "Rejoice, the Lord is King" Scripture Readings: I John 2:18-27; Mat 16:13-28; Sermon: "Christ – the anointed one" Prayer BOW: 398 "What a Saviour" Beloved people of the Lord Jesus Christ, This morning I want to highlight that Jesus is God's anointed Son, and that's what we refer to when we say Jesus is the Christ. The title 'Christ' is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word "Messiah." It occurs twice in John's gospel (Jn 1:41; 4:25). The English equivalent is 'Anointed One.' So the name...
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"The only Name that saves" LD11 Q&A 29-30

"The only Name that saves" LD11 Q&A 29-30
HC LD11 Q&A 29-30; "The only Name that saves" BOW 9 vv 1-3,10; "Whole hearted thanksgiving" BOW: 187 "O Father dear Father" BOW: 119b vv 4-6; Teach me O Lord, Your way of truth. Scripture Reading: Luke 2:22-40; Sermon: "The name that saves" BOW: 334 "There is under heaven" BOW 186 v4. "And can it be that I should gain" Beloved people in the Lord Jesus Christ, One of the things that identify us is our name. If I were to mention the name Barack Obama, or Tony Abbot, or Martin Luther, or John Calvin, or Charles Spurgeon you would...
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God's in control HC LD10 Q&A 27-28;

God's in control HC LD10 Q&A 27-28;
BoW 367 O Lord my God when I in awesome wonder BOW: 359 "Great is your faithfulness" BOW: 361 ""This is my Father's world" Scripture Readings: Psalm 104; Matthew 6:25-34; Rom 8:28-39; Sermon: "God is in control?" BOW: 104 v 5, 6, 7, 13; "Your Spirit O Lord" BOW: 533 "Praise God from whom all blessings flow" Brothers and sisters in the Lord. One of the things that we firmly affirm as truth is that God is absolutely sovereign. What we sometimes find harder to explain is how that works out in this world, especially when terrible things happen. At...
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