Sermon: Battle of Britain 2019 Sermon

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Preached by Mark Willis - Principal Air Chaplain on Saturday, September 14th, 2019

The sermon delivered at the National Commemoration on the 79th Anniversary of the decisive conflict of the Battle of Britain.

The preacher is Mark Willis, Principal Air Chaplain, Director General Chaplaincy – Air Force

Sermon: The Diet Challenge Leviticus 11

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, September 8th, 2019

A part of the series.

“A glutton is a man who digs his own grave with his teeth”  French proverb.

How much do we as Christians think about how we are to be holy in relation to food.

What does Leviticus have to teach us, and why are we now allowed to eat pigs?

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The Food Laws in Leviticus 11

Type Standard Unclean Reason?
Animals Parted or cloven hoof and chews the cud, eg. cattle, sheep, goats Camel, rock badger, hare, pig Do not fit the standard.   Also if it can be sacrificed, generally, it can be eaten
Fish Has fins and scales Shellfish etc. Do not fit the standard
Birds Not defined, so    generally all birds, with these exceptions Eagle,  vulture,  kite,  owls,  bat etc. Not explained but         assumed association with blood, as  carrion eaters
Insects Flying, hopping     insects eg.            grasshoppers Winged, walking insects Perhaps plant eating.   Also not confused in movement.
Swarming things Not allowed at all Mice, rats, lizards etc. Movements are “abnormal”, slithery, or rapid

Sermon: The Worship Challenge

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, September 1st, 2019

A part of the series.

Does the Church, still need a priest?

As we continue our series on Leviticus, chapters eight and nine leave us asking this very question. But to answer this question, we must first understand the purpose of the Levitical priest.

Join us as we engage with this ancient text, as we discover the purpose of the priest’s of God’s people; and God’s people of priests.

Sermon: Where is your treasure? Luke 12:32-40

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Preached by Dr Paula Gooder on Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Our visiting speaker who looks after treasures at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, follows Jesus teaching to ask us where is our treasure?

Dr Paula Gooder is a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research areas focus on the writings of Paul the Apostle, with a particular focus on 2 Corinthians and on Paul’s understanding of the Body. Her passion is to ignite people’s enthusiasm for reading the Bible today, by presenting the best of biblical scholarship in an accessible and interesting way. Her books include Phoebe, Journey to the Empty Tomb, Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person and Heaven. Paula works full-time for the Church of England as the Director of Mission Learning and Development in the Birmingham Diocese, and this year was appointed as the Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, the first lay person appointed to this role.

Sermon: CAUTION: The Folly of Short-Sighted Wealth

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Confronted by a civil concern, Jesus grasps the opportunity to teach His disciples about the subtle and tempting lure of greed, preparing them for their mission in the world.

Far from condemning wealth, through the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus strongly warns against the Rich Man’s error, not that he acquired wealth, invested in safely, or that he enjoyed some of its fruits, but that he praised only himself, and used his riches, only to benefit himself.

Much of what the Rich Man seems applaudable, but his actions testify to the treasures of his heart. It’s about him, and him alone. We must consider our attitude, towards all God’s blessings, but especially money, lest we fall into the same temptation.

Through this parable, Jesus illustrates that life does not consist of an abundance of possessions, instead, it is to be abundant in richness towards God.

From the passage, we’re encouraged to give thanks to God for what we have, whether rich or poor, and to prayerfully seek to use God’s blessings to us, for His purposes.

 

Sermon: Let’s Talk About Prayer

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, July 28th, 2019

A part of the series.

We need to consider not just the why and how of prayer but the what, what are to pray for?

As part of this sermon those listening were encouraged to answer the following questions.  The first three are in response to the sermon series over the past month, the remaining are in response to the pattern of prayer we see of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. (The time of silence of filling out the questions has been removed from the audio, those listening can simply press pause.)

Things I have learnt about prayer:

Prayer is different now because:

What I want to learn about prayer:

Following Jesus’ example …things I am grateful for are:

… people I should be praying for are:

… big decisions I should pray about are:

… the deep concerns of my heart I should bring before God are:

People I should be encouraging to pray are: