Ephesians 5:15-27 You have no idea how tempting it is, when you have committed yourself to preaching one week on each chapter of the book of Ephesians, to choose the first half of chapter 5 instead of the second.
Over the past three weeks we’ve been reflecting on the first half of Paul’s letter to the early Church in Ephesus, and what it has to say to us about who we, the modern day Church in Roseville, are.
Ephesians 3:7-21 Today’s reading from Ephesians brings us to the end of the first half of the letter. Literally, given that it’s the third chapter out of six, but more importantly, in terms of the structure, the layout, of the book.
Ephesians 2:11-22 Having had just over a week now to reflect upon the decisions – and especially, the decision on same sex marriage – taken by the Uniting Church National Assembly in Melbourne, I have to say that I’m really proud to be part of the Uniting Church right now.
Ephesians 1:15-23 So today we begin a series of six weeks during which we’re going to be looking at Pauls letter to the Church in Ephesus, one of the many Churches that he founded during his great missionary journeys around the ancient world.
Isaiah 65:1-12 | Revelation 21:1-4 And so we come to the end of our series on the book of Isaiah, with one of the closing passages of the book; one not directly quoted by the New Testament authors, but clearly influential in their thinking.
Isaiah 56:1-8 | Acts 8:26-38 Now eunuchs are something that we don’t often talk about in Church.
Isaiah 42:1-9 | Matthew 12:9-21 The second section of Isaiah, deutero-Isaiah, contains some of what must be the best known passages in the book – starting, of course, with Isaiah 40, that Dan shared with us last week: “comfort, comfort my people”, and “prepare the way of the Lord”.
Isaiah 29:13-19 | Mark 7:1-13 This week we take our second look at the book of Isaiah, and in particular, at what’s known as ‘Proto-Isaiah’, the first thirty-nine chapters of the book, that are essentially a collection prophecies to the people of God before they were taken into exile by the Assyrians and Babylonians.
Isaiah 6:1-12 | Matthew 13:10-17 When, earlier in the year, we invited everyone to write down the one thing that they would love to hear a sermon on, there were a few suggestions that sort of clustered together. In particular, quite a few people wanted to talk about the Bible; not just what it says, but what it is, and how we use it, how it speaks to us in such a different age to the one in which it was written. There were requests to think more about what meaning the Old Testament has for us, as Christians, and a couple of people specifically mentioned the book of Isaiah.
Genesis 11:1-9 | Acts 2:1-21 About ten thousand years ago, in the Tigris valley, Mesopotamia, humanity made one of those inventions that changed the direction of history. The brick. Blocks of clay or mud, dried in the sun until they were strong enough to use.
Ephesians 1:15-23 | Luke 24:44-53 Over the weeks of the season of Easter, we’ve been exploring different aspects of the theme “Jesus is…”
John 15:1-8 A few years ago we were in England on holiday, and staying with my parents. One of the many memorable moments of that trip, came when a few of us, including my mum, had just started to play a board game, when my dad slipped out into the garden, muttering something about “going to prune those bushes”.
Psalm 23 | John 10:11-18 I’ve always found the sheep stories in the Bible a bit hard to take.
1 John 1:1 – 2:2 One of the first things that I do when I come to speak on a familiar passage of scripture is to look back through my index of all the sermons I’ve ever preached, to find previous reflections on the same text.
John 20:19-31 So today we begin a series of sermons, which will be picking up – tangentially, in some cases – on some of the questions asked in our “one thing I’d like to hear someone preach on…” survey, and taking as our theme, for the six Sundays before Pentecost, this simple phrase: “Jesus is…”.
At the heart of the Christian faith lie three great mysteries.
The Passover festival was approaching. This was the high point of the Jewish year, the one time that every Jew who possibly could, would come into the city, and come to the Temple. As a result, Jerusalem was packed
John 12:20-33 So Jesus and his friends at ‘the festival’, the Passover, and amongst those who have come to Jerusalem as part of the celebration, part of the worship of God, are some Greeks;
John 3:14-21 Surely the best known reference in the Bible, John 3:16 has been used over and again as a one sentence summary of the gospel: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
John 2:13-22/strong> The cleansing of the Temple, we normally call it, and even the name comes laden with overtones of meaning – cleansing, making clean; the imagery of scrubbing away that layer of black gunk stuck onto the frying pan after a particularly unsuccessful fry-up (or that just me?) – making something clean again.
Mark 9:2-9 If you thought there was something more than usually familiar about today’s gospel reading, then you are completely correct – a strange twist in the lectionary gives us the same passage twice in the space of a couple of weeks.
For the past few weeks we’ve been looking at the stories around the very start of Jesus’ ministry; this week, as we prepare for the start of Lent, we move to a story that marks the beginning of the end.
The transfiguration, the archetypal mountaintop experience. A story strange to our ears, alien; figures from the distant past, dazzling lights, a voice from a cloud.
Mark 1:21-28 A new preacher walked into town. Perhaps some people knew him from his childhood days in Nazareth, a little hamlet in the nearby mountains, but he’d been a wanderer of late, spending time further out in the wilderness.
Mark 1:14-20 Last week we thought about the calling of Phillip and of Nathanael, of Jesus’ simple call to Phillip – “follow me”, and of Phillip’s invitation to Nathanael, “come and see for yourself”. And the way that something happened in their encounter with Jesus which inspired them to join it, to follow, to be involved in the work that Jesus was doing, part of the movement that he was beginning.
John 1:43-51 It’s an odd little story, we have today, the calling of Phillip and Nathanael, from the gospel of John.
Isaiah 40:1-5 | Mark 1:1-8 So we arrive at the start of a new year – in Church terms, at least – the beginning of advent, the four weeks when we start to get ready for great miracle, the great mystery, that lies right at the heart of our faith – the miracle, the mystery of Christmas.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 | Matthew 28:16-20 So over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring the theme of “Taking Church Seriously”.
1 Chronicles 29:14-16 | Matthew 6:1-4 It’s near the end for one of the great figures of Hebrew history. The reign of King David is, in many ways, the highpoint, the time that Jews will look back to, longingly, the time when the people had a Kingdom of their own, and were, at least for many years, at peace, living in prosperity.