Included

Scripture: Ephesians 2:11-22 Title: Included Structure: Introduction A new access A new humanity A new temple Conclusion Introduction: As well as being Trinity Sunday, today is also Disability Awareness Sunday –         My first job after leaving university was with a community organisation who worked with people with disabilities, in Tauranga –         I was 23 at…

Once were Zombies

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 Title: Once were Zombies Structure: Introduction Once were Zombies God’s salvation o   God’s salvation changes our relationship with Him o   God’s salvation changes our spiritual environment o   God’s salvation changes our condition Conclusion – God’s character   Introduction: On the wall here we have a list of movie titles –         28…

Knowing

Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23 Title: Knowing Structure: Introduction Know the hope of God’s calling Know the glory of God’s inheritance Know the greatness of God’s power Conclusion Introduction: Knowledge is K.E.Y. – Knowledge Empowers You –         I may have the latest computer with 10 terabytes of memory, all the latest application software and lightning fast broadband,…

Artesian Wells

Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-14 Title: Artesian Wells Structure: Introduction Praise for God’s blessings Blessings in the heavenly realms Blessings in Christ Blessings by God’s will Conclusion Introduction: When Robyn and I were sent from Welcome Bay Baptist (in Tauranga) to train for ministry in Auckland, one of the members of our sending church (a guy called…

Does God care about these people?

Scripture: Jonah Title: Does God care about these people? Structure: Introduction Jonah 1 Jonah 3 Jonah 4 Conclusion   Introduction: Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person? –         For a long time I was a glass half empty sort of person   Forgive me, I’m forgetting my manners – allow…

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…