Jesus’ anger at hardness of heart (Mark 3:5)

 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. (Mark 3:5 ESV) READ more  at Bible Gateway.  Hardness of heart means simply failure to soften your heart. It means failure of empathy. A rejection of someone else as a person. It means we see them as an annoyance, or it means certain rules and regulations take precedence over their needs in an unhelpful wa … [Read more...]

Jesus is not looking for perfect people, just failures like you and me (Mark 2:17)

“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.””‭‭ Mark‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭‬‬ Read more at Bible Gateway. This is personally so encouraging to me. I know how it goes. We like to put certain Christians on a pedestal. Some of them enjoy being perceived as perfect. But Jesus has no time for those who think they have it all together. In fact he remembers only too well his encounters wi … [Read more...]

How to not be driven by what everyone else wants from you (Mark 1:33-38)

That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door . . . And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I c … [Read more...]

When God commands, do we immediately follow?

And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18) Bible Gateway.One of the features of Mark's gospel is the phrase 'And immediately.' Despite Mark's brevity, his gospel contains more than 70% of the uses of this Greek Word in the New Testament (Source: Logos). He uses the same word so often that some translations decide not to translated it to avoid the constant repetition. The ESV is not one … [Read more...]

Jesus the Evangelist: what his encounter with Nicodemus can teach us

I just have one bit of unfinished business left from 2014. Here is a sermon I preached towards the end of the year, notes follow the video. After this, I will be on a fast from social media of all forms until the end of the month. Sometimes it is good to pull back from our commitments for a season. I will be back before you know it. In the meantime, you can read my most popular posts or review my 2014.Jesus meets a Religious Man John 3:1-20 Two types of people who are not true … [Read more...]

A Wedding Sermon

Pastors often find that special occasion sermons are harder to write and deliver than regular ones. I know that I was much more nervous myself about preaching for the marriage of a couple in our church last week than I am about preaching on Sundays. So, here is a set of notes on a passage that is sometimes reached for at a time like this. Hopefully if you are struggling for an idea for a wedding sermon yourself, this may spark some thoughts in you.On the third day there was a wedding at … [Read more...]

SERMON: The Trinity and You

This is the video of the sermon I preached this morning followed by a full set of notes.AudioHow do you tend to think of God? A Force or Power? A remote ruler? An angry judge?But the Bible reveals that God is intensely personal and he is very interested in you. HE wants to know you.  Part of getting to know someone is getting to know about someone. It is not enough to merely learn about them, but it is a helpful and necessary start. We must know why we believe what we believe and … [Read more...]

Jesus the Great Evangelist: a sermon on John 4

Jesus is the model evangelist and we can learn from his example how to get caught up on his mission to seek and save the lost. This is a sermon about the Woman of Samaria in John 4. Brief sermon notes follow the audio.John 4:1-42We tend to think of Jesus as the Great Shepherd or Pastor, or as the Great Priest, as the Great Apostle of our faith, as the Great Teacher, as the Greatest Prophet of them all. But he was also the greatest evangelist.1. What do you live for?Jesus … [Read more...]

A Christmas Sermon

This week, I will be sharing some sermons that I preached earlier this year and didn't get round to posting on my blog.  I thought I would begin with a seasonal sermon that I preached just this morning at Jubilee Church's Wood Green site, The message was based on Luke 1:26-55.What is Christmas? -A happy time of year in the middle of the cold dark winter…celebrating with lights -A time where a lot of food is eaten A time where family comes together -A time where gifts are gi … [Read more...]

The Charismatic gifts debate: verses from the Gospels

In the last post I shared some OT verses which speak to the charismatic debate. Today, I continue with some passages from the Gospels. Read these, and try to allow the Bible to shape your viewpoint, not your traditions, whichever side of the fence you have come down on so far. Please also share any key verses I may have missed in the comment section. “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind recei … [Read more...]


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