Today #snowstoppedplay and it was a little bit gutting to have weather affect our last full Sunday at Emmanuel. Some great preaching ideas were on the slate, and lots of you asked,...so here's my full notes and slides. The Apostle Paul's awesome finish and motivation for Timothy was what I sought to work with this morning - life and death, meaning and calling, faith and reward impacted me in a whole new way. Here's my my preaching notes, and my slides for this. Tonight I'd have been sharing the preaching with Kathryn from Philippians 3, Paul's searing focus on one thing, and [...]
Today I got that Luke 12 portion that looks full into the face of worry and how practical Jesus is in speaking about this. Fear refuses to trust God. I was challenged how much the perspective of our confidence in our heavenly father, our faith and the nature of our promised future should change everything! Here's my transcript notes, and the powerpoint slides...
I have been mildly erratic in posting and will seek to do better in frequency, content, and some creativity in 2017! 1 Pete Scazzero continues to speak to this vital area of emotional health brilliantly..... 2 The insights and wisdom learnt from Winnie the Pooh! 3 The reasons we do liturgy..... some learning. 4 TED talks are a gift, and here's some preaching application. 5 Never needed at a funeral - wisdom from Challies!
"At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself - the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers 1 Baggage worth reclaiming? 2 Helping the quality of our application in preaching 3 Exploring our cutlure's blindspots on calling 4 Mark Dever on four elements of the discipleship process 5 Seven key relational sklls in leadership
another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, "Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only." 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel from Kevin De Young 3 Leading for the love of Jesus, and regularly checking motivation! 4 Marriage and being that 'right person'? 5 Searing social media challenges and when to walk away
In all of our joys Christ is better and in all of our sufferings Christ is enough! or as Tim Keller would say, "there's not shelter apart from God. We must continue to trust in Him because all other 'shelters' will prove to be places of greater danger. There is no other place to go. He has the words of eternal life." And so in our preaching we've felt we should look straight there.... For even in the face of suffering and struggle.... for it's where we can grow most in our confidence about Christ, about the long arc of God's [...]
Jesus is what matters most...... Yet many things distract from this...... Matthew 4v19 says it plain in capturing the words of Jesus, "Follow Me!" When I was prepping, I read an old classic lengthy sermon transcript from CH Spurgeon. Here's some excerpts:- "Every believer here wants to be useful. If he does not, I take leave to question whether he can be a true believer in Christ. Well, then, if you want to be really useful, here is something for you to do to that end:- "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."................The direction is very distinct [...]
"If you're not outmatched by the task and desperate for His power, the water you're standing in might be too shallow." Louie Giglio 1 Functional unbelief is a dynamic near to us all. Worth engaging with. 2 Despite much persuasion from Julie, I'm not a kindle-man. Michael offers comment! 3 Gender, leadership and the church, David Capener's take. 4 Four rings: brilliantly composed here. Important stuff. 5 Perspectives from the pew, for those who preach!
"Your ministry doesn’t need the flair of your inflated ego; rather, it is your authenticity that will most effectively motivate those you serve in leadership. And that genuineness is most often communicated in a soft tone that has no relation to bravado— a well- reasoned argument that can be coupled with passion to get the attention of internal and external constituencies, and a caring and gracious spirit that attracts around it people ready to listen and respond." Roger Parrott 1 Philip Yancey on small being large. Gods economy and our stuff. 2 Five reasons churches don't grow! Simples. 3 "If you [...]
as ever to grapple with God's word. And so today the invited passage, is these immense verses from Colossians 3. It's another expansive brilliant invitation. To put on Christ. To be renewed and reformed by the very life of the Holy Spirit. To be clothed with Christ. How about it......?