Sermons tagged with ‘freedom’

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The End of Self-Justification

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When we dust off our cute little nativity scenes each year we think little about the world that Jesus was born into.  We know the famous story of Joseph, Mary and the manger but we know very little of the kind of society that these events took place in.  As we start our Christmas series […]

Easter Sunday: No Condemnation

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This life constantly casts burdens upon our shoulders… the burdens of trying to get everything in our life right… to measure up to the demands of those around us.  But in the story of the empty tomb there is a stunning truth that offers us hope and freedom.  On Resurrection Sunday Pastor Joe reveals the […]

The Gospel and Obedience

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I am just going to say it, most of us don’t like being told to obey.  It cuts against our preconceived idea that we know what is best for ourselves.  In many ways it is one of the big reasons that people steer clear of Christianity, because they feel like they will be forced to […]

Preaching the gospel to yourself

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As we wrap up our series in Galatians and look at Paul’s passionate final plea to the churches we see once again the stunning freedom of the gospel.  Gospel faith is not about trying to get close to God be keeping the requirements of the Law, but about trusting in the death and resurrection of […]

Freedom in the Spirit

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All throughout Galatians Paul has been championing freedom, but perhaps you have had some serious questions about this.  See we know that the nature of humanity is corrupted and so if we are set free from the laws that keep our sinful nature in check will we not just embrace that sin and wind up […]

Don’t Miss the Point

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It is so easy to get caught up in the routines of our faith, the busyness of life or the trials and frustrations we face and to totally miss the point of Christianity altogether.  As we reach Galatians 5 Paul declares with simple clarity why Jesus died for us… why Jesus sacrificed Himself… what was […]

Coming of Age

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All around the world different cultures mark the transition from boy to man with various rites of passage.  It is the moment a young man tests his metal against the elements and proves himself worthy of maturity.  In Galatians 4 Paul continues to highlight the wonders of belief in Christ by describing saving faith like […]

The curse of the Law

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When you are part of a culture it is almost impossible to identify the blind spots of your culture because you are completely ingrained in it… you have the same blind spots as your culture!  This true as much for ethnic groups as it is the church.  In the church we have a culture and […]

They never told you God wants to set you free

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“Christianity is an oppressive draconian regime of rules and restrictions!”  This is the impression that so many people have of church.  Maybe through an upbringing in a strict home, an education from a church school or media reports about narrow-minded churches you  have come to this conclusion yourself – why bother with church when it […]

Christmas sets us Free

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Back at the start of chapter 1 of Luke and that start of our journey to understand the impact of the Christmas story on the lives of people at the time we met an old forgotten priest named Zechariah.  He was depressed and isolated but God grabbed a hold of his life and promised him […]