Archive | Sermons

The Irresistible Lawbreaker

In this sermon, part of our ‘Irresistible Jesus’ series on Mark’s Gospel, we look at Jesus as the end of religion. Through acts of civil disobedience and guerilla theatre Jesus subverts the entire edifice of religion that leaves us with shrivelled up, hard hearts and sets us free from anxiety, fear and guilt.

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The Irresistible King

In this, the first sermon in our new sermon series, the Irresistible Jesus: the Gospel of Mark, we look at what the Gospel writer, John the Baptist, and God the Father have to say about Jesus and why that makes him almost irresistible.

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Making Disciples

In the second of our three part vision series at St Paul’s Shadwell, we continue our exploration of the church in Ephesus. Last week Ric looked at Acts 19 as Paul makes the first disciples, the new church transforms the community and the whole of Asia hears the Word of the Lord as Paul plants churches from the city. This week I look at Ephesians 4:1-16 where Paul articulates a vision for disciples. He calls on the church to live life, grow up and get fit.

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The Next Generation

We started a new series last week at St Paul’s Shadwell called ‘Moving In: The Book of Joshua’. In this first sermon in the series I look at Joshua 1. Joshua is ‘the Next Generation’ so God calls him to step away, step up, step out and step together. Are we ready to be the next generation today?

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To the Limit

This sermon, the last in the series Spiritual Fitness explores the three aspects of athletic prowess: focus, posture and motivation. I argue they take the spiritual life, not just the sporting life, to the limit.

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What about the Bible?

In the last sermon of the ‘Reason for God’ series at St Paul’s Shadwell, I explain how you can trust the bible historically and culturally, but how you must trust it personally as you encounter Jesus in its pages.

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What about the Church?

In this sermon from our series ‘Reason for God’ I respond to the objection that the church is responsible for so much injustice and oppression that Christianity is simply not credible.

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What about Choice?

This is the third sermon in our series based on Tim Keller’s fantastic book ‘The Reason for God’. In this sermon I respond to the objection that Christianity is a straitjacket that curtails our freedom.

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What is Eternal Life

In this sermon, part of our ‘Love Wins: Celebrating the Resurrection’ series at St Paul’s Shadwell, I look at the meaning of eternal life. I argue that eternal life is not the end of the world or going to heaven when we die, instead it is union with Christ and participation in his divine humanity. This union with Christ works itself out in a life of love for God and for one another through which we become increasingly transparent to the glory of God. Jesus calls us to abide in him. This is what the life of a disciple is all about.

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