Our Eternal Inheritance

Read 1Peter 1:1-12

Often wehn suffering and trial come into our life, our focus is drawn to the hardness of the trial. But Peter's first course is to take us pilgrims to the Lord Jesus, to fix our eyes upon the eternal inheritance Christ has gained for us, and for which the Father is keeping us. This is how we are able to endure with true rejoicing and praise to our God.

How Is Your Conscience?

Read Matthew 14:1-13 with 1Kings 21:1-29

We return to the Gospel of Matthew, and pick up the ministry of Jesus Christ at chapter 14. Here Matthew draws us to the death of John the Baptist, and how the seared conscience of Herod led him to execute this faithful prophet. This sermon looks to the place our conscience has in our lives, and the need of having it guided by the word of God and his law. Apart from the regenerative work of the Holy PSirit, and the Lord JEsus who cleanses our conscience, we truly would be no different from Herod.

O Lord Revive Your Work

Read Habakkuk 3:1-15

Habakkuk is moved to a place where he is able to offer praise and worship to God, even over the wonders of his justice exercised against disobedient Judah, and wicked and ruthless Babylon. That is because a genuine humility has filled his soul before God Almighty. This sermon explores the marks of genuine humility and how it brings forth praise, joy and peace even in troubled times.

Kneeling to Pray [2]

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 with Daniel 9:3-19

We are exhorted often in Scripture to be a people who pray without ceasing. What does that look like in our life. These verses of Ephesians 6:18-20 give us a picture of such prayer, which is not only a means of grace, but an activity of the church militant. In truth, as Paul closes this section on spiritual warfare, he shows that prayer is vital to standing against the schemes of Satan. The strength of any church ministry rest, in measure, upon the prayers of the church.

The Vindication of Faith

Read Habakkuk 2:2-20 with Psalm 2

Living by faith in evil times is challenging enough; living by faith when God brings a hard discipline upon the church for her compromise and devolving into worldly conduct and ways, is even harder. Habakkuk, struggling to understand the mysterious ways of God's disciplines and judgment is being comforted by the wisdom of God, which wisdom will vindicate the just who live by faith in such times. God does not intend the end of the Church, but rather to prevail, bring justice and rule sovereingly over evil. As Psalm 2 declares, "Blessed are all those who put their trust in the Lord."

Kneeling to Pray

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 with Hebrews 4:14-16

After describing the various pieces of the Armour of God, which are necessary for Christians to be able to stand and withstand the schemes of Satan, Paul directs us to the chief means of grace given through the High Priestly ministry of Jesus Christ - All-Prayer; "praying always with all prayer and supplication..." Like the warfare, and being equipped with the armour of God, Paul has chiefly in mind the church praying. Even when reading The Lord's Prayer and Hebrews 4:14-16, preeminently it is corporate prayer in focus. Are you as a church kneeling to pray as you stand strong in the Lord and the power of his might?

Marked for Correction

Read Habakkuk 1:12 - 2:1

Trusting in the Sovereignty of God and finding this truth of God a confident refuge and resting place of faith, can be hard when God exercises a dark and seemingly harsh discipline against his people and Church. Habakkuk needed humility, reverence, and trust in God his Saviour, as we do when it seems God's mercy is far away.

The Sword of the Spirit

Read Ephesians 6:13-17 with Luke 4:1-13

The Holy Scriptures of God is a weapon of our warfare in the power of the Spirit, necessary to put to death the schemes of the devil. For all the defences the rest of the armour of God give us, it is the Word of God that wields the death blow to Satan's temptations and lyings schemes.