Bible Talks

IMG Lance Preaching May 17

Living with wealth

Preached on 31 May 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #7
  • Scripture: Matt 6:19-34
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (streamed)

Three strategies from Jesus for living as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven in a material world. Remember there’s much more than ‘this’. Make sure money serves you (not the reverse). Know who your Father is.

This sermon was recorded as part of a video for streaming of a full Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to the parish Facebook page.

How to really be spiritual

Preached on 17 May 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #6
  • Scripture: Matt 6:5-15
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (streamed)

True Christian spirituality does not consist of mere self-denial. Rather according to Jesus, it is personal, it seeks for God’s reign in every heart and place, and it is ‘real’. That is to say, it faces all of life as it is, with God at the centre.

 

This sermon was recorded as part of a video for streaming of a full Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to the parish Facebook page.

 

Choosing an audience

Preached on 10 May 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #5
  • Scripture: Matt 6:1-18
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (streamed)

(Resuming our series from the Sermon on the Mount, from March). There’s a wealth of difference between purposefully living a recognisably godly life – something Jesus expressly called for in chapter 5 – and striving to acquire a public reputation for piety.  The latter is what we’re warned against this morning. It’s a difference of motivation. It’s about two kinds of religion. False religion, which is how Jesus characterised the ‘piety’ of the Pharisees of the day, aims to please many, seeks personal glory, and yields a very poor reward. Here is a call to live for an audience of One.

This sermon was recorded as part of a video for streaming of a full Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to the parish Facebook page.

I have seen the Lord

Preached on 12 April 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Scripture: John 20:1-18
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (streamed)

Easter Sunday
Three people go to Jesus’ tomb early on the third day after his death, finding it amazingly or perhaps alarmingly empty. Their three responses and interactions teach us the kind of seeing that leads to believing (= faith), and the kind of hearing that leads to knowing. Let the risen Jesus transform your fear, doubt, confusion and despair, as he invites you to trust in him and to know him.

This sermon was recorded as part of a livestream video of a full Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to Facebook Live.

The punishment that brought us peace

Preached on 10 April 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Scripture: Isa 53:4-6
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (streamed)

Good Friday
The prophet Isaiah gives centuries’ advance notice of how the death of Jesus Christ on a Roman cross would do everything needed to satisfy both God’s love and his justice

This sermon was recorded as part of a livestream video of a full Good Friday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to Facebook Live.

Why aren’t you crying?

Preached on 5 April 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Scripture: Lk 19:28-44
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (livestream)

Palm / Passion Sunday
As Jesus entered Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, riding a donkey, he fulfilled still more of what the Old Testament had foreshadowed of God’s Messiah-King-Saviour. He is Israel’s king about to be enthroned on a Cross. The crowds’ songs hail him as king, giving him the praise and honour befitting of the King. But the Son of God is weeping for a lost city which has rejected every prophet God sent, and is about to reject even God’s king. Will we weep with Jesus for the lost ‘city’ in which we stand?

This sermon was recorded as part of a livestream video of a full Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to Facebook Live.

Love under pressure

Preached on 29 March 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #4
  • Scripture: Matt 5:38-48
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma (livestream)

Anyone who would follow Jesus as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven must learn to love the Jesus way. That means moving from a focus on one’s “rights” to a full focus on grace – gospel grace received and given.

This sermon is the first to be recorded as part of a livestream video of a full(-ish) Sunday service under the constraints of social distancing and the necessary cessation of public gatherings during the CoVid-19 crisis. The full video may be viewed by clicking this link to Facebook Live.

It’s about who you are

Preached on 22 March 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #3
  • Scripture: Matt 5:21-37
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Christianity is fundamentally not about stuff a person does but who they are on the inside. It’s a matter of the heart, and it’s on the heart that God will judge.

Someone worth following

Preached on 15 March 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: John 10:11-18
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

You know, and I know, what a difference it makes to the human spirit to relate to someone who listens, really listens .. and who somehow conveys the message that you’re a person, and that you matter. Jesus presents himself as the Good Shepherd. Good in the sense that he is everything a shepherd should be, the ideal shepherd. If you met a leader who put themselves on the line for you and your interests, all the way, what would you do? Well surely you’d follow them. Wouldn’t you?

A life that counts

Preached on 8 March 2020 by Lance Lawton

  • Series: Sermon on the Mount #2
  • Scripture: Matt 5:13-20
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

We continue reading the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7). The radical distinctiveness of life as a disciple of Jesus, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus says to us who would follow him, “Go and live in such a way that God’s glory shines brightly through your deeds.” The purpose of good deeds is to direct attention to God and his glory. Salt and light are two things that make an impact by being distinctive. We as God’s people are to do that in the world where he has placed us, so that more people will be drawn to Him.

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