Abraham’s Identity

Scripture: Genesis 24:1-9 Title: Abraham’s Identity  Structure: Introduction Two worlds Identity Conclusion Introduction: Someone once said, –         “We don’t know who discovered water but we know it wasn’t a fish.” –         The point being that a fish is born into water and lives in water all its life, so it doesn’t realise the context it…

Loss & Hope

Scripture: Genesis 23 Title: Loss & Hope Structure: Introduction Abraham mourns Abraham buys land Hope for exiles Conclusion Introduction: “The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then went and sold all he had and bought that field.”  [1] Today we continue…

Faith Tested

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14 Title: Faith Tested Structure: Introduction God’s test Abraham’s faith Conclusion Introduction: When I was applying for ministry training with Carey College in Auckland they required us to do some testing –         We were interviewed by a psychologist and by various other people and we had to sit a psychometric test –         I…

With God

Scripture: Genesis 21:22-34 Title: With God Structure: Introduction God is with Abraham Dispute resolution – grace & truth The everlasting God Conclusion Introduction: When I was a boy my Dad was digging in our vegetable garden at home and he unearthed a Maori adze – a greenstone axe head –         It was a very special…

The Holy Trinity

Scripture: John 3:1-17 Title: The Holy Trinity Structure: Introduction The Spirit’s role The Son’s role God’s love Conclusion Introduction: The Spanish artist, Bartolome Murillo, has a painting of the Holy Trinity –         ‘Trinity’ is a word theologians use to describe one God in three divine persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the…

Healing

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 Title: Healing Structure: Introduction Hope vs. condemnation Energy vs. exhaustion Appreciation vs. entitlement Lament vs. denial Inter-dependence vs. independence Nurture vs. neglect Giving vs. greed Conclusion Introduction: It’s been a difficult week for many in our congregation –         I had originally planned to preach about the Trinity but it didn’t seem to…

Pentecost

Read Acts 2 Why did Jesus send the Holy Spirit? –         Well, very simply, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to connect us to himself –         The Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ presence & power close & real   I need a volunteer – [choose someone] –         Okay, can you sit here near the front –         Put…