Cornerstone: From rejected to chosen (1 Peter 2:4-10)

Here’s the outline for my sermon at West Smethwick Congregational Church last Sunday Introduction Our context   Pandemic Increasing hostility to the Gospel local church feeling small and fragile Personal challenges  Big Picture … an Exodus/exile people (1:1)  But chosen and called by God to be different and distinct from the world around them. It wasContinue reading “Cornerstone: From rejected to chosen (1 Peter 2:4-10)”

Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges

One of the saddest things in Christian life is when you meet or hear about people, sometimes within the same church who have not spoken for years. Similarly you can even discover churches where there has been rivalry going on since a split decades ago.  Sometimes Christians will disagree sharply. The Apostle Paul disagreed withContinue reading “Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges”

A last meal with Jesus

#TheDailyDose John 21 The problem of incompleteness A couple of things we’ve picked up on Jesus deals with sin and guilt  -I sort of get that and the objective guilt bit is easy enough but the shame less easy –how do I get on with things when people are still mocking or disowning me.  OkayContinue reading “A last meal with Jesus”

No! Paul wasn’t infiltrating Christianity to destroy it

Every so often an attempt is made to place a wedge between the apostle Paul and Jesus Christ.  The standard argument is that the Gospels present us with Jesus as the founder of a Jewish apocalyptic with limited appeal beyond ethnic Jews either within Palestine or in the diaspora across the Empire. Paul innovated byContinue reading “No! Paul wasn’t infiltrating Christianity to destroy it”

Breakfast with Jesus – John 21(The Truth about Cats and Dogs 3)

An incomplete picture –The problem of o…………. s…………… – How ……………………………………………………………….? An invite to come and eat Meals with Jesus Our responsibility …………………… and  ………………… Meals are ……………………………   (cf 1 Corinthians 12) A commission to Go Feed Difficult conversations Restoration includes ………………. This is not an a…………… of g…………..  Future Grace protects us from thinkingContinue reading “Breakfast with Jesus – John 21(The Truth about Cats and Dogs 3)”

Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)

Introduction Last time, we saw that we have to be on the look out for false teachers.  However we also saw that despite their sneakiness and arrogance, false teachers cannot avoid God’s judgement. However, how can we be sure that they will receive justice and how can we be certain that in the meantime andContinue reading “Justice and Salvation (2 Peter 2:4-10)”

Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)

He was popular on the preaching team, able to put things forward clearly and simply in an engaging way.  Then something began to shift. We noticed a change of emphasis. Then he began to speak with individuals and tell them that he wasn’t so sure. He did not come out directly and say that heContinue reading “Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)”

Assurance in God’s Word

1 Peter 1:12-21 In the face of false teachers and facing his own imminent death, Peter wants to ensure that the churches are fully prepared for the road ahead.  In so doing, a major priority of his is assurance. So, first of all we see assurance demonstrated by spiritual growth. Now, we also see thatContinue reading “Assurance in God’s Word”

I want to be clean

In the second of our series of videos based on “A last conversation” between Jesus and his disciples (John 13), we look at Peter’s initial refusal to have his feet washed. We talk about the sense of shame and guilt that feels like dirtiness and how Jesus offers deep and lasting cleansing.