Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

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CMS Summer School – Senior High

January 16, 2010

At the start of the year I gave six talks for the Year 11-12 (Senior High) programme at CMS Summer School. The theme of the week was “Jesus….   really.” We looked at John’s account of Jesus’ life and I asked questions including What is your saviour / solution / hope / life and challenged the group if Jesus really is the answer to these questions in their lives. Cathy Sampson wrote on the vibe of the group here.

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Two things that struck me over the week were:

– How Jesus can become dull in our thinking. It was great fun to preach on episodes in John like Jesus feeding the 5000 or raising Lazarus from the dead, which many of the students would have heard 100 times before. However, the goal was not just to be reminded of the story but to see who Jesus is through them. Hopefully, it was helpful in getting to know the one we follow better, and

– How God works through weakness. These talk came at a really bad time for us as a family with wife not 100% and daughter still not settling well. As a result my head and energy was not full in gear to give a series of talks. Also, the directors were first-timers and were nervous about the week. But on both fronts God proved faithful, allowing the week not only to run smoothly but effectively and my talks seemed well-received and God was a work challenging us to trust Jesus more.

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Bodies – Robbie Williams >Review

October 9, 2009

Well, Robbie is back. Just when you’d thought he’d gave in and rejoin Take That he has released a new record. In true Robbie style he has blended strings, electro/synth, a wide vocal range and even Gregorian chants (didn’t they already make a comeback in the 90s?) together to produce Bodies. However, if you’re looking for cohesion or even some hint of a steady stream of consciousness this single is not for you. The lyrics are all over the place with no overarching theme or smooth flow of ideas. This is complimented by an unrelated video clip where Robbie is riding through a desert and standing on abandoned aeroplanes. While the musical elements combine well and the chorus is strong, nothing else makes sense! I’m thinking it’s got something to do with the centrality of the way our body looks in life.

What is interesting is the numerous Christian references made throughout the track. God, prayer and even the rapture get a mention. But it’s the last thirty seconds which intrigues me. Robbie (and backing choir) proclaim that ‘Jesus didn’t die for you; what are you on?’ It leads me to ask, why do all these non-religious people keep mentioning things about God? They are so obsessed with Christian things. Robbie is obviously painting idea that Jesus’ death for humanity is ridiculous. But, if he’s not looking to Jesus, what is he looking to? Our bodies? Is all there is in life the desire to ‘look good naked’ and achieve perfection in body? I’m not sure I’m up for Robbie’s alternative. Maybe Robbie should click here.

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Glory to the Father or the Son?

July 30, 2009

I’ve been pondering recently on the nature of honouring the Father and Son. A friend often finishes emails and texts with “Keep trusting Jesus” and a few talks I’ve heard have been all about us relating to Jesus. Now, of course, these are terrific things, but it got me wondering whether we can focus so much on Jesus that we forget the Father. Although this is probably possible, I think the focus on honouring Jesus is not neglecting the Father but rather is doing what the Father wants us to do.

In our Doctrine lecture today we reflected on the fact that Creation was made by the Father as an act of love towards the Son. The Father wants the Son to be glorified and so the Father made the world to give glory to the Son. Therefore, we, as part of creation, have the purpose of glorifying the Son. This was comforting to me, to know that I’m fulfilling my God-ordained purpose when I glorify the Son. I (and you) are made as an act of love of the Father to the Son and I am to glorify the Son by trusting him. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to be part of your Trinitarian love.

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New Page – Get to know Jesus

May 29, 2009

The Ton has its second Page. For those who visit (especially those who get here by searching for “Happy Feet”), if you don’t know Jesus, check out the page and check out Jesus.

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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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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.