Sermon Archive


Luke 16:1-13: The Parable of the Dishonest Steward

‘Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.’ (Matt. 19:24) ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ (Luke 12:15) ‘As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.’ (Matt. 13:22) ‘Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:...


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Luke 12:35-48: The Master’s Return

We come now to a section which deals with the second coming of Christ. We are in that part of the gospel where Jesus is training His disciples; He has warned them about persecutions; He has warned them about the trap of riches; He has outlined God’s care so that we can live holding loosely to the things of this life, but Jesus also prepares His disciples for His departure. The disciples were not envisaging a coming of the Messiah that involved the Messiah coming and dying and then going to heaven while the gospel went out to all...


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Luke 7:24-35: Jesus Vindicates John the Baptist

Have you ever been slandered and gossiped about and totally misunderstood? John the Baptist was a faithful servant of God but who had been slandered, in v33 he was even accused of having had a demon. We have been looking at a section where John the Baptist has sent some of his disciples to ask whether Jesus is the Messiah, we see Jesus give a yes answer substantiated by evidence that the promises of God are coming to pass. After John’s disciples leave we are left with Christ talking about John the Baptist before the crowds. Jesus defends John’...


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1 Kings 4: Solomon’s Government

Introduction: Wisdom is the theme of most of Solomon’s life.  He has prayed for wisdom and demonstrated it in the law courts in the last chapter.  Many of the chapters ahead can be thought of in light of wisdom. Solomon’s wisdom in construction, worship, and commerce.  This chapter shows two more aspects of Solomon’s wisdom, his wisdom for administration, as well as His prolific writings.


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2 Samuel 23:1-7: David’s Last Words

INTRODUCTION: In death all our masks are stripped away.  Any appearances of power are taken away as we impotently die; all apparent beauty disappears in rot; our deathbed tends to bring out of our hearts what we have been putting into it our whole lives and we are revealed.  Some die full of fear and terror; others self-deceived think they have nothing to fear; but many a Christian has died what was called a good death.  We don’t hear much about these anymore.  In part this is because we die in old age homes away from family and friends,...


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2 Samuel 19: 9-43 The King’s Gracious Return

INTRODUCTION: In Christianity there are two types of happily ever afters.  There is the final happy ending where Jesus will return and all enemies will be put under foot.  All evils will become undone and there will be no taint to our eternal joy.  And then there are happy endings under the sun.  These are resolutions from conflict that bring about good but not ultimate good.  These are the sorts of victories that you and I enjoy as Christians whether it is in our sanctification, church growth or preaching the gospel.  We make head way but we are harassed. ...


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2 Samuel 15: Absalom Steals the Throne

Outline Absalom’s plot David’s retreat Introduction There are certain times in your life that you reveal who you really are. We are often able to wear a mask, but there are times when that mask is stripped away and the real us is revealed. When we are alone with no one to act for or impress we are ourselves as we really are. When things are going well and we have everything we want, is God still our priority or was He merely a means to an end? But the most revealing times are times of difficulty. When everything...


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2 Samuel 9: David and Mephibosheth

Outline David’s faithfulness Mephibosheth’s blessing Introduction If you had to pick the highlight of David’s life, what would you choose? Some might choose David as a young man slaying Goliath in defence of God’s honour; some might choose David’s desire to build God a temple. I would choose 2 Samuel 9 where David keeps a covenant and shows covenant love to Mephibosheth. It is not David’s bravery, or wit, or military strategy, or good looks, or riches and success; it is not even his faith, but his mercy to Mephibosheth that is put on display. This chapter stands out...


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