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These are a few of my favourite hymns…

Hi Church, I love music! I want to share with you some of my favourite hymns and worship songs. Did you see what I did with the title? I cheekily changed the lyrics of the well-known song ‘Favourite Things’ from the movie The Sound of Music. Music is powerful, it is beautiful, it is moving, it is a gift. Music has the ability to change moods, create atmospheres and most importantly worship God. When worshiping God, we not only bless Him we also strengthen our resolve in Him! Hymns (and Christian songs) help us to see who God is and what He has done for us. Further, they are a weapon or a tool in our process of becoming more like Jesus. About music, John Piper says “there are two weapons we have that we have to fight Satan with; the Word of God and song. I beseech you, give heed...
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Who knows you—really?

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) At one level it seems like an easy question to answer: Who knows me? The answer is probably lots of people! Family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances—even our hairdressers, mechanics, and baristas. But the question, and its answer, take on a new dimension of meaning and importance when we add one small word to the end: Who knows me—really? Who knows me warts and all? Who knows me inside and out? Who do I have no secrets from? Who am I totally open and honest with­? The passages from James and 1 John above challenge us to have people in our lives who really know...
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What is the Gospel?

I was asked recently by one of our young people to explain the message of the gospel. They wanted to know how you might describe the good news of Jesus to someone in 30 seconds or so.  This is also something that has been coming up in group discussions lately. I mean, it’s certainly an important question. How do we explain the central message of our faith in a simple and quick way– a message which Paul considered ‘as of first importance’ (1 Corinthians 15:3)? For starters, the term ‘gospel’ literally means good news. It is a translation of the original Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), which means 'good' (εὐ) 'message or proclamation' (αγγέλιον).  So, what is this good news about? There is so much that can be said; so much about God’s love and grace to us as people who have, and sadly, still do rebel against him.How could one explain...
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Are we a Spirit-filled Church?

  In the sermon last Sunday (‘The Spirit of God’), I asked the question: “How do you know if a church is Spirit-filled?” The answer provided was: Does that church glorify Jesus (John 16:14)? Does that church testify to Jesus (John 15:26)? This answer was given to reflect and summarise the essence and the heart of the Spirit’s work among us today. J.I. Packer describes the main work of the Spirit in this way: “The distinctive, constant, basic ministry of the Holy Spirit under the new covenant is… to mediate Christ’s presence to believers—that is, to give them such knowledge of his presence with them as their Saviour, Lord, and God...” (J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit, pp.47, 49) We must have this basic theological building block in place, otherwise we go awry. And with this basic building block in place, we are better positioned to expand the answer...
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Who is the Holy Spirit?

On Sunday we kick-off a new sermon series on the Holy Spirit: ‘Like a Rushing Wind: Knowing & Understanding the Holy Spirit’. As we started to plan and discuss this series in the office, my creative brain kicked into gear. I immediately started to think about what graphics we could use to accompany the series, and about the different imagery applied to the Holy Spirit in the Bible. I first thought about the imagery of wind, fire, and smoke as described in Acts 2:2-4a: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”. I was also reminded of the dove imagery we read about in the story of Noah and...
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