Something old, something new…

Christmas Day Message – 25th December 2017 There is an old rhyme often quoted in reference to a bride on her wedding day –         The tradition is to give the bride… –         Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue Something old represents continuity with the past –         Something new speaks of change and making…

Good News

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4 & 8-11 Title: Good news Structure: Introduction Messiah – jubilee Yahweh – justice Redeemed – joy Conclusion Introduction: This morning’s sermon is based on the lectionary reading for today, Isaiah 61, verses 1-4 and verses 8-11. In today’s reading we hear three voices: –         The voice of the Messiah, proclaiming jubilee, in…

God’s comfort

Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 Title: God’s comfort Structure: Introduction God’s comfort Conclusion Introduction: This morning we follow the lectionary reading for the second Sunday in Advent –         In case you’re wondering what a lectionary is, it’s simply a list of prescribed Bible readings for each day –         And the Old Testament reading prescribed for today (the…

Interceding for the exiles

Scripture: Isaiah 64 Title: Interceding for the exiles Structure: Introduction The prophet prays for God to intervene Because of who God is (not because of anything Judah has done) Conclusion Introduction: Over the past couple of months we have been working through a series on the life of Abraham, in Genesis –         This morning we…

Confirming the covenant

Scripture: Genesis 17   Title: Confirming the Covenant   Structure: Introduction Confirming the covenant (1-16) o   Naming o   Committing o   Circumcising Abraham’s response (17-27) Conclusion   Introduction: This morning we continue our series on Abram by looking at Genesis 17 –         Last week, in chapter 16, we heard how Abram had a son (Ishmael) through…

Hagar & Sarai

Scripture: Genesis 16   Title: Sarai & Hagar   Structure: Introduction Hagar and Sarai Hagar and the angel Conclusion   Introduction: Over the past few weeks we have been working our way through the story of Abram, in Genesis –         Near the beginning of this series I talked about Abram’s journey of faith (and ours)…

God’s covenant with Abram

Scripture: Genesis 15 Title: God’s covenant with Abram Structure: Introduction Conversation 1 – counting stars (vv. 1-6) Conversation 2 – cutting a covenant (vv. 7-21) Conclusion Introduction: Today we continue our series on the life of Abram by focusing on Genesis 15 –         Last week we heard how Abram went to war to rescue his…