A sermon on Psalm 2

This is a sermon I preached earlier this year at Jubilee Church Wood Greed. It is based on Micah 6:7 and Psalm 2.Here are some brief notes from the sermon.The rejection of the King The world hates us as it hates God. They see Christianity as boring and restrictive, and cast off the restraints. But God sets limits for our own good. So-called constraints are actually liberating. He has designed you, be content with what he has made you to be.The response of the King Jesus is … [Read more...]

A Christmas Sermon

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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...]

Everybody needs somebody to challenge us

Today I want us to look at 1 Samuel 25.  We see here in this passage the best of David and the worst.A leader despised and therefore angeredIn just the last chapter David refused to stretch out his hand to vindicate himself, here he almost makes the exact same mistake. We have to understand the culture of the day to fully appreciate what is going on.  Hospitality at the time was considered obligatory, and to fail to provide it was a major slight. David didn't have a contract with Nabal, … [Read more...]

Returning good for evil even when a relationship is beyond repair

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"An eye for an eye" says Leviticus 24:17. We often fail to realise that this was a great gift from God to the Jewish people. In an age when food was scarce, when your enemies were plentiful, and when only the strong survived, it was typical for retribution to be much fiercer. For example, if someone from a neighbouring village stole a bit of corn from the fields, why not pillage and burn the whole village in response? God asked his people to limit their retribution to no more than was taken. A … [Read more...]

What you really need when it feels like the World is against you

There is only so much that one person can take.  Some people have a higher threshold than others, for sure.  But no wonder that David would have felt the pressure as he was eing hunted from place to place, even while he still defended towns from Philistine assault. Then, sneaking out from the camp of David's enemy comes the one man who can help him, Jonathan.  The man who's love for David is the stuff of legends. The man who was content to advance his political rival's cause.  The man who had lea … [Read more...]

How David transformed a ragtag group into a strong army

One of the marks of Saul's leadership was that he attached himself to the strong. David, now an outlaw seems to have a very different approach. In 1 Samuel 21 and 22 we see him make good his escape and establish for himself a base in a cave. In some ways this former darling of the royal court makes a pitiful sight.  He is described as "alone" as the small group of people with him in 1 Samuel 21 seems that way compared to his usual traveling companions.  When established in the cave, a small g … [Read more...]

David and Saul: No good deed goes unpunished

Now, where were we? Before the recent controversy intervened, I was ambling my way through 1 Samuel in a series looking at leadership lessons in the life of David and Saul. New readers may want to go back and look at some of those as we pick up where I left off in 1 Samuel 19 and 20.What is striking in these chapters is the extraordinary injustice of Saul's reaction to David. He was once like David himself. A young champion of war, a darling of the people, one whom The Lord was clearly with. … [Read more...]

The Bible TV series: a brilliant retelling of the greatest story ever told

The human race excels at storytelling. It is how we transmit our values, it is how we make sense of who we are.  Westerners sometimes like to pretend we are too sophisticated for stories. We say, "just give us the facts!" But our constant diet of movies, and TV entertainment demonstrates this is far from the truth. It is concerns me how we passively allow ourselves to be shaped by the stories unbelievers tell us.Meanwhile the greatest library of stories the world has ever seen sits on a s … [Read more...]

The Bible TV series hits UK screens TONIGHT

At 9pm on Channel 5 the series that rocked America will hit our screens. This is not the time to nitpick at the inevitable artistic liberties that will have been taken. It is the time to celebrate the appearance on our screens of this series. I for one will be watching.There are also some useful resources for churches and Christians to take advantage of this.Once again lets surprise the media executives with just how much interest there still is in this book written over centuries and … [Read more...]

Galatians to Revelation on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I conclude my list of verses on the charismatic issue by sharing some verses from the rest of the New Testament. On Monday I will be blogging about something very different, God willing. If I have missed any important verses please do let me know. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are … [Read more...]


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