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Question time – #2

May 7, 2009

Following last Sunday’s sermon I was going to post some more thoughts on Question time on John 5:18-47. However, Luke and Eddie have beaten me to it and made comments here. So feel free to check it out. You might also like to have a look at the comments made from the previous week’s question time. Thanks also for all the words of encouragement following my sermons ESM! Let’s continue to woship Jesus as life-giver and judge.

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St Matthias ESM – Sermon 2

May 3, 2009

Tonight at Matthias Evening Church we saw from John 5:18-47 that Jesus is the giver of life and the judge of all. God the Father gave him these ‘works’ so that we will honour Jesus. An example of not believing this is if we just read the Bible in order to work out how to live. If we are just seeking how to be moral for our own benefit, then we’re not doing good for Jesus’ honour.

SO – next time you read the Bible, don’t just think about how you should live your lift, but reflect on Jesus – who he is and what he has done – and honour him by listening to what he says and following him. See how his character leads you to obeying him.

Feel free to leave a comment if you had any questions. I’ll have a further think about Eddie’s question and will try to post something soon.

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St Matthias ESM – Sunday preview

April 30, 2009

Hi Matthias people and interested others (who are also most welcome to comment).

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s sermon and a chance to think about this issues that will be addressed. You also can participate in the preparation! The passage is John 5:18-47.

We’ll do a recap of the series and of last week. Then move on to Jesus’ work which are greater than his ability to heal the invalid we saw last week. They are that Jesus gives life and will judge us. Now giving life is an easily accepted ability but what about judgement. Are people (i.e. you or the people you know) still offended by the idea that they will be judged by Jesus over their actions?

Then Jesus defends his claims, appealing to three witnesses. And finally he has a go at the Jews for turning to God’s word for its rules but not looking to what the Scriptures say about him. The interesting thing is that the Jews are still trying to be ‘good’. So my question is, what motivations might we have for doing good things other than to honour Christ?

So read the passage, have a think about who Jesus is for them and it’d be cool if you commented on the questions. C ya Sunday!

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Question Time

April 27, 2009

Again for Matthias ESM people: What did you think of Eddie’s question on Sunday night? It was something like: “What do you think about Jesus breaking the Sabbath as he is a human as well as divine?”

Your thoughts?

Was Jesus bad in breaking the law?

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St Matthias ESM – Sermon reflections

April 26, 2009

For all those at St Matthias Evening Church, here’s your opportunity to reflect further on tonight’s sermon on John 5:1-20. St Matthias Evening Church

The passage is where Jesus heals a long-term invalid man on the Sabbath. The man shows no sign of thankfulness  or willingness to follow Jesus as a result. In fact, he dobs on Jesus to the Jews when they accuse him of carrying his mat on the Sabbath.

In the sermon, I will suggest that the solving of our problems and sufferings in life won’t necessarily make us better people, let alone more faithful disciples of Christ.

Some things to reflect upon:

– Are there things in life that we think will make us better if we just have a problem solved?

– Is God making us more like Jesus by working through our problems, rather than always solving them?

– Do you think this was a valid application point to this passage?

– What do you think the ‘greater works’ that Jesus said he would reveal (John 5:20)? Hint – read the rest of the chapter.

– How will this view of Jesus change our view on our problems?

Read the passage again and have a think about some of those things and feel free to post your thoughts. Later in the week I’ll be post some ideas for next week’s sermon so some back and check it out.