Lazarus Party – John 11:1-47

Sunday 16th August, 2015

Each year our fabulous Children’s program team puts on a theme party and this year it’s Lazarus. The kids retold the Lazarus story and Edwin Tomlins opened up the extraordinary story of Lazarus’ encounter with death and with “the Resurrection and the Life”.

Edwin preached from John chapter 11 verses 1 to 47.

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Ecclesiastes – the search for meaning

Sunday July 6, 2014

People look for meaning in their lives in many different ways. Ultimately, everything is meaningless, a chasing after the wind, outside of knowing God. Ecclesiastes is like an evangelistic tract for all time because it is not afraid to ask all the hard existential questions about life. As we listen to Solomon critique his culture we hear him also critiquing our own culture. He points us clearly to God. Jesus was the fulfilment of all of Solomon’s wisdom and promised that whoever would seek, would also find. Tom Henderson-Brooks, Senior Minister of St Phil’s South Turramurra.

The Bible reading was Ecclesiastes 1:1-18.

The video which Tom showed is called “Address is Approximate”. It can be seen here:

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

1 Peter 3:8-18a,4:12-19

It has been claimed that a ‘culture of offence’ has grown in our society of relative truth. Perhaps we are part of that ? How do we relate to each other an to others when we defend our position on something ? This morning Peter is concerned about the way we defend Christianity. Unsurprisingly we are to answer in a Christ-like way ! What did Jesus do as he set himself to go to the cross ? Unlike Peter who was frightened and tried to defend himself at all costs, Jesus willingly suffered to bear the sins of the world. Obviously this is a radical departure from the aim to ‘look after number on’. — Don Baird

Todays message is from 1 Peter 3:8-18a,4:12-19.

Hebrews 13

 Towards the end of the New Testament, the recipients of the letter to the Hebrews are urged to ‘remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’ (Hebrews 13:3). Although the crisis that the letter’s recipients were experiencing has long since passed, there are many around the world today who still pay a very high price for their faith in Christ.

This Sunday we heard John Wilson speak to us about how this verse from the letter to the Hebrews is the basis of the ministry of Voice of the Martyrs.

Although Warrawee Anglican does not experience anything like the persecution that our brothers and sisters endure in many parts of our world, we count it a great privilege to partner with Voice of the Martyrs in remembering those who are mistreated as if we ourselves were suffering.

 

John Wilson brings us this message from Hebrews 13.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

How much primping, prettying, and planning do you do to prepare for a night out? How much reading, researching and rehearsing do you do to make sure you’re ready for a job interview? How do you know you’re ready for an important event?

Jesus told his followers that he would return one day, at a time of God’s choosing, and he wanted them to ready for that incredibly important event. Today we will look at one of the parables told by Jesus to prepare his disciples for his return. We may be 2000 years on from Jesus’ original words, but his call for readiness is just as relevant and just as urgent today as it was then. So what can you do to be ready for the return of Jesus?

Edwin Tomlins brings a sermon from Matthew 25:1-13, reminding us to prepare well for the day of Jesus’ return.

Romans 5:6-11

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God’s love is shown to us in many ways. We sing about it, and talk about it, but from time to time, God’s love has the potential to hit us hard and affect lasting change in our lives. Feeling the weight of disappointment in our own sin, we can’t help being amazed by the demonstration of God’s love shown at the cross. That God would act with such grace to reconcile us to himself is overwhelming, and leads to lasting change in one’s life. Romans 5 is the key to understanding this.

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John 4:1-26

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“As well as a peace-maker, Jesus is often an irritant. He gets under out skin and challenges us in a number of ways and in the most important areas. He challenges us, for example, to re-think our attitudes about things we have pinned our hopes on for years… to give up our sacred cows. He challenges us about the meaning we give to Life and the view we have of Death. If we will let Him, He’ll challenge some of our basic assumptions.” – Glenn Gardner

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