Preached on 17 November 2019 by Lance Lawton
Most people in our culture believe instinctively that a place in God’s kingdom (roughly equals ‘heaven’), something they desperately want for themselves and for their loved ones, is something a person must qualify for on their merits. Heaven, in other words, is awarded on interview. Jesus’ illustrative story of two people who went to God’s temple destroys that deadly myth in a few lines. It’s not your merits; it’s God’s mercy, freely given to those who seek
The sifting of Peter
Preached on 10 November 2019 by Lance Lawton
if Peter was going to be a rock on which the church could be built, a bearer of news about Jesus, and one who would grow and strengthen others in following Jesus, then he needed sifting so that in future years of service and responsibility, his faith would not fail. So Jesus allowed Satan to ‘sift’ him, to expose his weaknesses and failures and purify his trust in Jesus rather than himself. Perhaps you too might need to be sifted for the same reason. If so, may you enter the time of ‘sifting’ even through great failure, assured of Jesus’ words, “I have prayed for you”.
The calling of Peter
Preached on 3 November 2019 by Lance Lawton
Beginning a short series tracing the personal development of Peter – fisherman, disciple, apostle. Today we observe the Lord’s calling of Peter to his people-fishing mission. It starts with the simple logistic of Jesus borrowing Peter’s boat to serve as a ‘pulpit’. But it continues with Jesus shaping Peter for a mission of fishing for people, through learning to trust Jesus’ authoritative word, and learning that Jesus uses even very frail people, sinners such as himself.
Praying for true power
Preached on 27 October 2019 by Lance Lawton
Final in a short series on the prayers of the Apostle Paul. A prayer for hearts empowered by the Spirit, transformed by love, and filled with God.
Praying to a sovereign God
Preached on 13 October 2019 by Lance Lawton
How can anyone possibly know a God of such splendour and glory as the God Christians worship? Only by that God revealing himself. So Paul prays for an outpouring of revelation on the church. For only thus can God’s people grasp what riches and power are available to them in the church.
Praying for excellence
Preached on 6 October 2019 by Lance Lawton
Today, Paul’s prayer for a church he loved deeply, thanks in part to their support during one of his imprisonments. A God-centred prayer, confident in what God has begun in his people, and purposeful with the long-term in view, that is God’s completion of his good work only at the last day. A prayer for overflowing love and for complete purity.
Praying for the church
Preached on 29 September 2019 by Lance Lawton
Paul’s example teaches us to pray ‘big’ for the church. Across the world as well as our own church community. Persistent not just crisis. For growth not just survival. For God’s pleasure in all of believers’ lives. For the future of God’s kingdom in God’s people, until he comes.
A framework for prayer
Preached on 22 September 2019 by Lance Lawton
Commencing today a short series on the prayers of the Apostle Paul. May we be equipped for our own praying by observing Paul in prayer. Today we consider a short prayer of his for the Thessalonian church. The prayer is founded on an attitude of thankfulness for God’s grace at work in his people and a confidence that God will bring justice and vindication of his people at the right time. On those foundations, Paul prays that God might bring forth the fruit of his Spirit in his church, that he might bring to fruition the good things his people set out to do in his service, that Jesus Christ might be glorified in all that they do, and that in the end they too might share in that glory. Let us pray for one another after that example.
Preached on 15 September 2019 by Lance Lawton
All human authority comes from the supreme Son of God. How should the community of the redeemed handle worldly power at home, at work and in the world? If under authority, submit graciously. If having authority, exercise it after the manner of the Crucified One, that is by service and sacrificial love.
Preached on 1 September 2019 by Lance Lawton
With minds governed by heaven, live out the freedom of the gospel without putting the gospel to shame.
All Bible Talk Series
- colossians 1
- colossians 3
- covenant service
- good friday
- invitations to faith
- kingdom of God
- luke 5
- luke 9
- mark 1
- mark 3
- mark 4
- mark 6
- mark 9
- mark 13
- prayers of paul
- the cross