Renaming “God”

Renaming “God” Ezek 16:8-22 ;Ps 104:14-35; Acts 14:8-18; John 13:1-15 St Marks 18.2.18 Introduction https://youtu.be/Y6Do2As58t4 There’s something dreadfully wrong when we hear Christian people talking a lot about “God” and not speaking much about “Jesus”, for scripture teaches us that … Continue reading

Driven Mad

Driven Mad “The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind” (Deut 28:28) “evil appears as good in the minds of those whom gods lead to destruction.”(Sophocles c. 441 BC) Turning and turning in the widening … Continue reading

Honoured to Fight

Honoured to Fight, to The Very End Neh 4:10-20; Ps 35:1-10; 1 Tim 6:11-16; John 18:33-38 St Mark’s 21.1.18 Introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NNQfJw3G94 Australia Day next Friday will be full of fun and fireworks, but the day which most weighs on our … Continue reading

Hungry Bride

Hungry Bride[i] Introduction Following my exhortations in “Forget the Lunch” I received emails outlining how some people had indeed decided to forego meals, and other things, to seek the glory of the Lord. Their seriousness has provoked me to reconsider … Continue reading

Old and Young for Jesus

Old and Young for Jesus Is 61.10-62.3; Ps 148; Gal 4.4-7; Lk 2.22-40    St Mark’s 30.1.17 Introduction  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ5VZeeaeAQ 2017 has been a painful year for God in Australia. The Royal Commission into sex abuse provided countless examples of how so-called … Continue reading

Baptism vs ‘Christmas’

Baptism vs ‘Christmas’ St Marks Baptisms 17.12.17 Isa 7:10-16; Ps 72:1-8; Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-25 Introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnol4RncgKg Everyone is baptised into something. I will never forget the experience of being in Cairo during the call to prayer when countless loudspeakers … Continue reading

Politics or Jesus

Politics or Jesus Introduction This teaching was provoked by recently reading “To Change the World” by sociologist James Davison Hunter.  His persuasive thesis is that in engaging the powers of the political realm American Christians have been ensnared in the … Continue reading

Married for War

Married for War Introduction I have long taught that the key to finding understanding, strength and growth in a Christian marriage comes from a revelation of the marital relationship between Christ and the Church, this is clearest in Paul’s words … Continue reading

Intolerable Evil

Intolerable Evil Introduction Lots of Christians feel the world around them is becoming progressively more evil, but how would we feel about praying this prayer in Church?  “We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we…most grievously have … Continue reading

Christ Only

Christ Only Reformation series St Mark’s 15.10.17    Isa 9:1-7 Ps 110 Acts 4:1-12 John 14:1-6 Introduction                                       Audio: http://www.daleappleby.net/index.php/mp3-sermons/51-recent-sermons/816-christ-alone If you had been born in Europe in 1500 you would have been immersed into a religious culture whose intensity we find … Continue reading

Final Romance

The Final Romance     Introduction The slogans “love is love”, “same love” or “love wins” used by the Yes side in the same-sex marriage (SSM) debate seem naturally irresistible. Surely “gay marriage (should be seen) as an expression not of … Continue reading

Real Hate

Real Hate Introduction “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, … Continue reading

Marriage Glory

Ephesians 5:21-33 Marriage Glory   St Mark’s 10.9.17   https://youtu.be/8oRRJ_bfANg Introduction A lot of Christians are stressed by the pressures of the SSM issue, but I believe it is a time of kairos opportunity in the sovereign purposes of God for us … Continue reading

Ephesians 4:7-13

One Lord, one Ministry Ps 68:11-18; Eph 4:7-13 https://youtu.be/9-Oeo6gpiMI Introduction Earlier in this chapter Paul declared categorically that the people of God share in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father. … Continue reading

Giving in God’s Gift

Giving in God’s Gift Ex 35:4-29; Ps 116:12-19;Acts 13:1-3; John 3:31-36 St Mark’s 23.7.17 Introduction  https://youtu.be/_0ckSAwyF54 As soon as you mention “giving” in Church most people begin to think about money. This is because what Jesus said is true, “where … Continue reading

Protected by Blood

Protected by Blood                                                                    Zion Fellowship 16.7.17 Introduction With those with ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches (Rev 2:7 etc.) alarm bells are ringing constantly and they show no sign of stopping. This is not the first … Continue reading