Sermons

Servants of Peace | Mark 9:33-50 |
The source of many of our conflicts is wanting to be ‘first’, to win, to be ‘great’. In this message, we hear Jesus' teaching about true greatness and how to be at peace. Outline Who’s greater? (vv33-37) Whose side? (vv38-41) Don’t stumble (vv42-49) Be at peace (vv50) Reflection questions What relationships, or what are the contexts where you want to be first rather than last? How could you be a servant of all in that relationship this week? Read more

Help My Unbelief | Mark 9:14-32 |
Where do you go with questions, fears, or doubts? As we continue journeying with Jesus, in this message we see Jesus mercifully welcomes people who desperately come to him with questions and struggles. Outline Descending to earth (vv14-18) If you are able (vv19-24) Rising again (vv25-32) Help our unbelief

You Are the Messiah | Mark 8:22-9:13 |
Who do you say Jesus is? This is the question. As we return to Mark’s gospel, this is the question Jesus asks his followers. But the answer he gives is surprising. Outline Almost seeing (8:22-33) Follow Me (8:34-9:1) Sight! (9:2-13) Follow Him

Stand Firm | 1 Peter 5 |
Many of us find it a challenge to stand firm to our principles and things we value - especially when they’re challenged. In this final talk in our series ‘Hope Away from Home’ be encouraged by what God’s done for his people so we can stand firm in the truth. Outline Elders and Youngers (vv1-5) Humble prayers (vv5-7) Stand firm (vv8-14)

Faithful Suffering | 1 Peter 4:12-19 |
What does God have to say about suffering, especially the suffering of his people? In this message from 1 Peter we hear how not to be surprised by suffering. Outline Suffering with Christ (vv12-14) Suffering as a Christian (vv15-16) Suffering and the will of God (vv17-19) A pre-recorded video of this sermon is also available

Life At The End | 1 Peter 4:1-11 |
How would knowing you only had a short time change your life? In this message from 1 Peter we hear how knowing Jesus and his suffering shapes how we live in light of ‘the end’. Outline Not time for sin (vv1-6) Time for prayer (v7) Time for loving service (vv8-11)

The Good Life (in Bad Days) | 1 Peter 3:8-22 |
What do you think the ‘good life’ is, and where do you find it? In 1 Peter 3, God says the good life is found in Jesus, and this is something even suffering and persecution can’t take away. This passage also has some hard to understand bits in it - so have a listen to understand how something about ‘imprisoned spirits’ gives confidence and hope even in bad days. Outline How to see the good life (vv8-12) Even in bad days (vv13-17) Because of the Victory of Christ (vv18-22)

Marriage | 1 Peter 3:1-7 |
In movies and fairy tales, the wedding is the start of ‘happily ever after’. But we know the reality is quite different. What does Jesus have to say to us in our imperfect ‘now but not yet’ relationships? Outline True beauty (vv1-6) Deep respect (v7)

Submitting for Christ | 1 Peter 2:11-25 |
How should followers of Jesus relate to government and other ‘authorities’? If Jesus is the eternal king, how does that change things? This question is big at the moment, as we’ve all experienced new and regularly changing rules and instructions from those who govern us. What direction does the Bible give for us today? Outline Living to God’s glory (vv11-12) Submitting to government (vv13-17) Submitting to ‘masters’ (vv18-20) Because Christ is our suffering shepherd (vv21-25) (In this message this sermon, ‘Serving the Lord’ is referenced. Read more

A Living Home | 1 Peter 2:4-10 |
Who are you? For followers of Jesus, God gives a purpose and a new identity as ‘living stones’ in his new temple. Outline Building God’s place (vv4-8) Being God’s people (vv9-10) Living into identity