Genesis 12: 1-5 Abram is considered the Father of Faith, a giant of a figure and someone to aspire to be like in our own faith journey. When really consider the man behind the legend, we realise that his story has the potential to be our own. Called by the merit of grace alone, a man […]
Paul was one of the most influential, legacy leaving apostles ever gifted to the church. Yet he was the least recognised and appreciated for his service to Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:vv1-18 reminds how important it is to be an encouragement those who minister to us and in the secular field as well, those whom we work with. Furthermore, Paul gives himself as an example of ensuring we have our eyes fixed on Christ even if it cost us everything else.
Archie continues in our sermon series in 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 and looks at Paul’s advice on sex as a vital element in marriage and a gift to be exercised, enjoyed and honoured in the safety of marriage.
Looking at 1 Corinthians 1:18- 2:5 we discover that God’s wisdom is the opposite of the world’s wisdom. He deliberately chose the weak things to shame the wise hence why we need to understand the shame of the cross as the starting point of our own relationship with God and our call to be a Christian.
Reading Galatians 6:1-10, we see Paul bring everything that he has said before into a very concrete application of how Christians should relate to one another by bearing one another up and restoring one another when we fall into error. Have a realistic appreciation of our own strengths and weaknesses and measure them against Christ and not one another. Finally, by choosing to live according to the Spirit we choose to die to the way of the world. By persevering in doing good, we sew for an eternal harvest, the coming Kingdom of God. Where the treasures will not rust or rot.
Archie takes us through Galatians 5:13-26 and shows us that the freedom we have been called to is a release from the way of the world and its agenda for how we should live. We have the freedom to live the life of Christ through the presence of the Spirit dwelling in us.
Archie reads from Galatians 3:15-22 and considers the pastoral heart of Paul and his love for the Galatian Christians and asks how do we love the Christian community we are in? He looks at how the seed of Abraham found its reality in Christ but the signs were there in his forebears in the genealogy of faith and that the law served its purpose in pointing us to Jesus.
In this sermon Archie looks at Peter’s stumble into error at Antioch and our need to be open before God for correction. He also examines the purpose of the law and how Jesus was the only one who could fulfil all its requirements so that by faith we wouldn’t have to.
Archie looks at Paul’s introductory statement in his letter to the Galatians and examines what it means to be under the authority of Christ for the Christian. It also underlines the basis of the Christian’s salvation as solely dependant upon the saving work of Christ and the security of our salvation. There is nothing that we or anyone else can add to it.
Archie preaches on Acts 13:1-12 about being set apart to be “signs” in and toward the community that are; worshiping, sacrificing, cooperating and proclaiming good news.