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Ephesians 6:5-9: Christianity in the Workplace

Work is the thing that takes up the largest percentage of our lives. Most of our childhood is spent in school preparing ourselves for our work. Most of our daylight hours are taken up with working. Most of our adult life is spent, working. Many spend more time engaging with their work colleagues than they do with their spouses and families. Many have stopped and thought about this and have sought a dramatic change, some want to see more robots doing more jobs so that we as humans can enjoy our lives more; some have sought to reinvent the...


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Ephesians 6:4: Instructing our Children

John Newton, the author of Amazing Grace, was born in 1725 and at the age of 7 his mother Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. She was sickly the whole of his childhood. One biographer writes: ‘Though Elizabeth was unable to function as she might have wished, she did not squander her days. Knowing that time with her son might be short, she determined to make the most of what remained. She took on the role of teacher and spent hours with John each day. She was a good instructor, and he was an eager, bookish student. He progressed quickly. “When...


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Luke 12:1-12: Preparations for Persecution

The love of man’s praise and the fear of man’s wrath are the sins that Jesus warns His disciples of in this next section, 12:1-12. Jesus has just painted a target on His back and the back of His disciples by His confrontation with the religious leaders in 11:37-54. He has spoken to the Pharisees about their own sins; now He will speak to His disciples about the Pharisees sins. This next section is all about preparing for persecution. Jesus has kicked the hornet’s nest, they will kill Him, but Jesus has also just prophesied that they will kill...


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Luke 11:37-54: Defleecing Wolves

What is a shepherd to do when there are wolves? You might think that the right thing would be to kill the wolves and protect the sheep. When spiritual shepherds are dealing with spiritual wolves our tactics are slightly different. We have to confront the wolves hoping that the Spirit will use the truth to help them see and repent, we long to see the wolves themselves saved and become sheep, but we also have the responsibility of warning the sheep. In this next section as we come to the climax of Christ’s confrontation with the unbelieving crowd, Christ...


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Ephesians 4:25: No More Lies

A British survey in 2008 reported that people lie on average 4 times a day, which is at least 1460 times a year and 88,000 times in 60 years. In 2002 a study done by a university concluded that 60% of people cannot have a 10 minute conversation without telling a lie, averaging 2-3 in a ten minute period. In a 2014 survey of 1,200 adults 76% said it was ok to lie sometimes. Lying is a destructive sin that dominates the human heart and has been the source of wars, divorce, murder, suicide and many more instances of...


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The Argument of Christian Hypocrisy and Injustice

Introduction: One of the most common objections to Christianity goes something like this: I would never join the church because there are too many hypocrites in it; or, if the church is supposed to be preaching the truth, why is it responsible for so much evil. Or as famous Atheist Madalyn Murray O Hair put it, ‘Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.’ I have mixed feelings about how good an argument against Christianity this really is. On the one hand I am sympathetic to the...


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Romans 12:17-18: Blessed are the Peacemakers: Part Two

Outline Hypocrisy Morality Introduction ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.’ When we are the peacemakers we ought to be, out of the peace we have with God spreading peace by being at peace with all and sharing the gospel of peace; when we live lives that look like the grace and mercy and holiness of our Father, the onlooker will call us sons and daughters of God. It is to this visible aspect of our witness that we turn next as we look at the second part of Romans 12:17, ‘but give...


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Ephesians 4:25: Our Debt of Truth: Part Two

Outline Putting away falsehood Speaking the truth Introduction Imagine a world with no lies and no liars. Imagine how the politicians would speak as they propose the best ways to make a better country, think of the nature of their promises, how they would represent their opposition, and describe the true problems we have. Think of the newspapers and how they would be unbiased in their reporting, the normal leftist leaning reporting that demonises the non-liberal would discuss the really important issues in fair ways presenting both sides. Advertising would stop using the language of worship for trivial things,...


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Ephesians 4:25: Our Debt of Truth: Part One

Outline Putting away falsehood Speaking the truth Introduction Imagine a world with no lies and no liars. Imagine how the politicians would speak as they propose the best ways to make a better country, think of the nature of their promises, how they would represent their opposition, and describe the true problems we have. Think of the newspapers and how they would be unbiased in their reporting, the normal leftist leaning reporting that demonises the non-liberal would discuss the really important issues in fair ways presenting both sides. Advertising would stop using the language of worship for trivial things,...


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Church Membership 2: Regenerate Church Membership

Introduction: What are the most important distinctives that make a Baptist Church a Baptist Church? You might think that believer’s baptism would be the first thing offered. This is not true! Baptists believe in the direct unmediated Lordship of Jesus Christ through His word in the local church. We do not need Popes or Presbyteries to know His will for our church. Baptists believe in the priesthood of all believers recognising that the Spirit has gifted every Christian for service in the church, and an ability to know God’s will through the word and Spirit and be responsible for...


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