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…

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…

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…

God is faithful

Scripture: Genesis 21:1-21 Title: God is faithful Structure: Introduction God’s faithfulness to Sarah & Abraham God’s faithfulness to Hagar & Ishmael Conclusion Introduction: On the wall here is a picture of the newly elected Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad –         At the age of 92 he is the oldest elected Prime Minister of all…

Fear & Grace

Scripture: Genesis 20 Title: Fear & Grace Structure: Introduction Fear Grace Conclusion Introduction: In the 1980’s the NZ band Split Enz released a song called History Never Repeats –         The chorus says: “History never repeats, tell myself before I go to sleep” –         I’m not sure what the band had in mind when they wrote…