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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Change, and live.
Or refuse to change, and die.

This was the summary,
Of the story of two mice,
Who each found themselves in an unsafe, unfamiliar, and undesired place.

One mouse responded to the change, and lived.
The other refused to change, and died.

 

In Luke 3,
We read of the ministry of John the Baptist,
He calls for the world to change.

Repent,
For the Kingdom of Heaven has come near
.

 

Like the story of two mice,
We are invited by John to change.

John’s ministry,
Was to prepare the way of the Lord,
Because He is coming.

And whether we like it or not,
He is coming to judge the world.

Including you and me.

 

We may not like it.
We may choose to ignore it.

What we can’t do, is avoid it.

Jesus is coming.

You can either change, and live.
Or refuse to change, and die.

 

The only question remaining is,
Can you believe it?

 

Join us as we continue our advent series,
Asking, can you believe,
Jesus, the King is born.

Sermon: People Get Ready Matthew 24:36-44 Advent 1

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, December 1st, 2019

This Advent and Christmas we are asking “Can you believe it?”

Advent is preparing for Jesus return.  Can we believe it? Do we believe it?

What does being prepared look like?

What does this picture have to do with being ready?

Sermon: Kanye Believe It _ Christ Is King

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Can you believe, Christ is King?

On the cross at Calvary, the unlikeliest of people acknowledge the Kingship of Christ, and was promised welcome into His Kingdom.

Unlike the mockery of the mob, this crucified criminal chose Jesus. He wasn’t swayed by the chorus of the crowd, or his own personal needs, but saw Jesus, as He is. The King.

As we approach the Christmas season and prepare for Christ’s return, we were encouraged to ask ourselves, can we believe Christ is King? And if so, how have our lives been changed?

Join us as we examine a portion of the passion narrative from Luke’s Gospel, as we ask, can you believe Christ is King.

 

Sermon: No Stone Unturned Luke 21:5-19

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Preached by Richard Humphrey on Sunday, November 17th, 2019

The evidence of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem predicted by Jesus and enacted by the Roman Legions in September 70AD is still clear.  But is it clear what we are supposed to do with Jesus predictions.

We leave not stone unturned to find some answers.

 

Sermon: Why Knowing the Bible, Isn’t Enough

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Approached by some Sadducees, Jesus is challenged to defend the resurrection. He does so by correcting a common misunderstanding about the next life, and the Sadducee’s misunderstandings of Scripture.

Jesus teaches that marriage is no longer necessary in the next life (eliminating the Sadducee’s concern of ‘heavenly adultery’) because, in the next life, they cannot die. The resurrected become like angels.

In the resurrection, our adoption in Christ is consummated, fully realising the eternal benefits of being in Christ.

Jesus also teaches, that Scripture clearly points to an afterlife, that God is the God if the living, and Israel’s forefathers. He can’t be both of these if Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are dead. To him, all of them are alive.

In this, we are soberly reminded, that Why Knowing the Bible, Isn’t Enough. It’s not enough to know the Scriptures well. The Sadducees knew them well. But they failed to understand, that all of Scripture is informed by, and points to Jesus.

A map is only useful, if we knowing which direction is north, and we have a compass. It’s the same with Scripture. The ink on the pages isn’t what saves, it’s what, or rather who that ink testifies. The Bible is only eve enough, if know and understand, to whom it points.

Join us as we’re comforted and challenged by Jesus’ words, in Luke 20.27-40

Sermon: Proclaiming the Gospel

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, October 27th, 2019

A part of the series.

In the closing of Paul’s second letter of Timothy, his beloved son is urged to proclaim the message of salvation through faith in Jesus. And, to correct, rebuke and exhort the false teachers within the church, and those seduced by the passions of the world.

The theme of suffering is never far away in Paul’s final epistle. We’re reminded again that his ministry has been dominated by isolation, suffering and persecution. But we’re also taught that God may use these experiences so that the message of salvation might be proclaimed to the world.

This leaves us to ask, what if the difference between the church and the world being as it is, and being as God intended, is the pain and suffering we’re unwilling to endure?

 

Join us as we conclude our four-week series on Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

Sermon: Living the Gospel

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, October 20th, 2019

A part of the series.

As Paul continues to encourage and equip Timothy in his Gospel ministry, he is reminded that to live a godly life IN Christ Jesus, he will be persecuted. In the face of this, Timothy is encouraged to continue, Living the Gospel. A Gospel that brings the dead to life, and restores all of creation.

As we continue our series from 2 Timothy, we’re encouraged to examine our own lives, examining if we are marked by the Gospel or the World.

Join us as we continue 2 Timothy and the Gospel.

 

Sermon: Suffering for the Gospel

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, October 13th, 2019

A part of the series.

Suffering is something we all experience in life, but few if any of us, would willingly choose to suffer. Yet this is exactly what Paul is asking his beloved son to do, to be willing to persevere, and Suffer for the Gospel.

In asking Timothy to sufferfor the sake of the Gospel, Paul reminds Timothy, that suffering is not without its reward, nor is without a purpose. And we do not suffer alone.

Join us, as we continue our series on 2 Timothy and the Gospel, and be encouraged to Suffer for the Gospel.

Sermon: Guarding the Gospel

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Preached by Rev. Jacob Crane on Sunday, October 6th, 2019

A part of the series.

How does the church guard against false teachers?
How does the church even identify them?

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul writes to remind and encourage his beloved son to hold onto and guard the Gospel.

But how is Timothy to do this?

Paul’s letter is a wonderful encouragement to Guard the Gospel. And his message is just as crucial today, as it was in Ephesus, some 2000 years ago.

Join us as we explore this wonderful text together, and are encouraged to explore the gifts of God’s Spirit within us, so that as God’s church, we may hold and guard the Gospel.