A New Filter

Scripture: Luke 24:36-49 Title: A New Filter Structure: Introduction From fear to joy From doubt to understanding From disbelief to witness Conclusion Introduction: I’m thinking of a word ending in ‘R’ – six letters. Can anyone tell me what it is? – You find these everywhere: in sunglasses, in car engines, in coffee machines, swimming…

Open

Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9 Title: Open Structure: Introduction Listening Suffering Vindication Conclusion Introduction: On the wall here is the sketch of a young Jesus (as an apprentice carpenter) balancing a length of wood on his shoulders with parents, Joseph & Mary, watching in the background –         The light falls across Jesus and his burden in such…

The Whole of the Moon

Scripture: John 17:20-26 Title: The Whole of the Moon Structure: Introduction Jesus prays for us to be one Made one by Jesus’ glory (love & suffering) Made one for a purpose (that others would know & believe) Conclusion Introduction: [Play the first 2 mins and 5 secs of the song: ‘The Whole of the Moon’]…

Passing the Baton

Scripture: John 17:9-19   Title: Passing the baton Structure: Introduction Sent into the world Protected by the name Sanctified by the truth Conclusion Introduction: In some ways Christian history is like a relay where the baton is passed on from one person to the next, one generation to the next –         No one runs the…

Glory

Scripture: John 17:1-8 Title: Glory Structure: Introduction Glorifying God (Jesus is the glory of God) Enjoying God forever (Jesus gives eternal life) Conclusion Introduction: There are moments in our lives when someone older and wiser tells us something meaningful, but at the time we don’t fully appreciate what they mean – it’s not until sometime…

Jesus, Lamb of God

Scripture: John 1:29 Title: Jesus, Lamb of God Structure: Introduction Jesus’ innocence Jesus’ vulnerability Jesus’ sacrifice Conclusion Introduction: Today is Ram’s day – when rams all over New Zealand are put in paddocks with ewes for breeding purposes – it seems quite appropriate then to be talking about the Lamb of God today In 1982…

Jesus – Son of Man

Scripture: Matthew 20:17-28 Title: Jesus – Son of Man Structure: Introduction Glorious King Suffering Servant Conclusion Introduction: I have here a New Zealand half penny –         On one side is the image of a tiki and on the other side the image of a young Queen Elizabeth the Second –         Two quite different images –…