Sermons

God and Money
Who do you serve? This week, we hear Jesus give a warning to religious people who love money—’no one can serve two masters.’ This is a stark warning as Jesus urges us to enter his kingdom. Outline During the sermon, we watched this video: The background: Herod and the Pharisees (vv 16-18) A parable of a shrewd manager (vv 1-8) …which means (vv 9-15) you can’t serve God and money! Read more

Lost and Found
Are you lost? Jesus told some stories to show there are two ways to be lost. You can be lost far away or lost right at home. The good news is Jesus came to show us God’s heart for all lost people—wanting to bring them from death to life. Outline Two stories of finding joy (Luke 15:1-10) A story of two lost sons… and their prodigal father. (Luke 15:11-31) Feast with the Father

New Relationships
When we have new life in Christ, all our relationships are changed by submitting to our loving Lord. Outline Marriage Parenting Slavery Our New Life in Christ (The recording at church stopped before the end. The final few minutes were re-recorded later. Unfortunately, this means they sound quite different.)

New Clothes
How does trusting in Jesus change us? The new life Jesus gives means we take off what is opposed to Christ and put on a new way of living and speaking. Outline Take off the old self (vv 5, 8) Put on the new self (vv12-15) Be indwelled by Christ’s word (vv16 -17) (Note: the recording didn’t work during church and so this audio was recorded afterwards.)

New Identity
Who are you? Jesus graciously offers a new, true identity, through dying and rising with him. Outline You have died. You have been raised. Set your heart. Set your mind. Christ is all.

The Sacrificing King
Forgiveness always costs. As 2 Samuel ends, we visit the site of the future temple where King David makes a sacrifice to save his people from judgement. This sacrifice is a shadow of Jesus who sacrifices himself to rescue us from judgement. King David’s willingness to lay down his life for Israel, his sheep, prepares us for Jesus, the good shepherd who dies for his sheep. Outline David’s grasping census (24:1-10) Consequences and compassion (24:11-25) Jesus, the self-sacrificing king

The Return of the King
How do you respond when you are attacked or feel wronged? As we continue our series in 2 Samuel, we see King David’s love and mercy towards his enemies. His mercy is a shadow of Jesus who loves his enemies and mercifully offers us forgiveness. Outline Joab’s Revenge David’s grace Jesus’ way of the cross Matthew 26:52 Matthew 18:23-35 Romans 13:4

The Exiled King
We long for a true home because we are in exile from God. In Jesus, the king who weeps on the Mount of Olives, and enters into exile to bring us home, we find the answer to this longing and the fulfilment of God’s promises. Outline Absalom’s exile and return (2 Samuel 14) Absalom’s coup (2 Samuel 15:1-13) David’s exile (2 Samuel 15:14-16:23) Jesus’ exile for us (John 18:1; Luke 22:39-42) Life as exiles (1 Peter 2:11-12)

The Pattern of the King
In David’s sons we see the dreadful spiral and spread of evil as they repeat the sin of their father. It’s another series of gut-wrenching events, which shows our need for the true Son of God who will spread blessing and not curse. Just before the sermon we watched this video Please be aware this sermon and Bible passage addresses a situation of abuse and violence. Outline The pattern repeats Twisted desires (vv1-19) Passive ‘protectors’ (vv20-23) Deadly revenge (vv23-39) Jesus breaks the pattern (Romans 12:1-2)

The Shepherd King
Just like Saul before him, David has fallen as the shepherd-king and done evil in the eyes of the LORD. His house will now experience curse rather than blessing—the people have fallen with their king. Outline Secret Sin … Revealed (vv1-12) Grace … and consequences (vv13-25) Has David changed? (vv26-31) Finding grace in the Good Shepherd