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SERMON BITES: The impact of the Ascension

Posted by Peter on April 20, 2016

We need to realise that Christ's death and resurrection were part of a grand scheme that was only ultimately completed when he ascended and was exalted. The global, multinational, eternal family that comes into being as a result of this ascension enjoys an intimate, restored relationship that is not localised in time or place.

There is no geographical place of special blessing on the earth any more. Nor is this relationship institution Continue reading…

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SERMON BITES: What is the meaning of the word 'gospel'?

Posted by Peter on July 3, 2015

An important question increasingly asked by Evangelicals today is What is the gospel? Considerable confusion surrounds the term and clarification is needed.

In his sermon Strengthened for Work, from the new Tuesday series A Tonic for Summer, William Taylor investigates the secular origins of the word 'gospel'. He concludes that the fashionable notion of a 'gospel without words', which sits so easily with post-modern culture, is alien t Continue reading…

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SERMON BITES: God deals with people like you and me

Posted by Peter on February 27, 2015

One of the surprising and ultimately comforting aspects of the Bible is its candour concerning human nature. Human beings are wicked; yet God chooses to work with them and through them and even save them.

In his sermon Working with Terrible Raw Material from the current series on the life of Joseph, William Taylor draws out painfully from Genesis 38 the wickedness of Joseph's brother, Judah. This makes all the more poignant and wonderf Continue reading…

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SERMON BITES: Why Christians must be silenced

Posted by Peter on February 4, 2015

In Extremism and Freedom of Speech, Phillip Jensen shows from Acts 4 that the silencing of Christians is nothing new.

In Why Christians must be silenced, taken from the above full-length talk, Phillip Jensen explains how the gospel of Jesus was as offensive in the 1st century as it is in the 21st, and the authorities moved quickly to suppress its proclamation. The uniqueness of Christ's claims, coupled with his teaching on judgement an Continue reading…

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SERMON BITES: We do not listen to Jesus in prayer

Posted by Peter on January 14, 2015

There is a common belief that prayer is a two-way form of communication.  However, there's no evidence in the Bible to substantiate the view that God speaks to us in prayer. Biblical prayer operates in one direction only. In his sermon The only thing that matters, William Taylor argues that we need to sit at the feet of Jesus to hear the voice of God. For us today, this means reading and meditating on Scripture, the authoritative word Continue reading…

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