Podcast by Merri Creek Anglican
[Peter Carolane] 1 Corinthians: Does God Care About My Skills? (1 Cor 1.18-2.5) 28.02.21
In this sermon Peter sets out to persuade us to pursue God’s wisdom rather than worldly wisdom. This persuasion comes in the form of an invitation to foolishness: to accept a foolish message, to live a foolish life, and to listen to a foolish teacher. The benefit of doing so is that as we stand in awe of God’s wisdom – displayed in Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection – we are choosing life and goodness and the love of God.
[Peter Carolane] 1 Corinthians: Does God Work in a Messed Up Church? (1 Cor 1.1-9) 14.02.21
Peter introduces us to a new sermon series in 1 Corinthians. In this letter to a messed up church we are told that God’s grace, while not cheap, is not dependent on our behaviour but on our relationship to Jesus Christ. Through Jesus God’s grace is available to messed up churches and messed up individuals. No matter how we struggle in life God is powerful to work in our lives.
[Tom French] Kingdom Parables: The Hidden Treasure & the Pearl (Matt 13:44-46) 31.01.21
In continuing the sermon series on the kingdom parables Tom French explains how a gift can be free & still have a cost. The Kingdom of Heaven is free for all but this does not mean that gaining the kingdom is without cost to us. In these parables Jesus asks us: do we recognize the value of his kingdom, the cost of following him, and the joy of gaining Christ as our brother?
[Peter Carolane] Kingdom Parables: The Mustard Seed & the Yeast (Matt 13:21-25) 17.01.21
[Peter Carolane] Kingdom Parables: The Mustard Seed & the Yeast (Matt 13:21-25) 17.01.21 by Merri Creek Anglican
[Flyck Clift] Kingdom Parables: The Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30;36-43) 10.01.21
In this sermon, Flyck Clift looks at how the fiery judgment presented in the parable of the Weeds is truly encouraging, both for people inside and outside the church. Absolute judgment at the end of the ages testifies to God’s patience & justice, encourages us to be non-judgmental now, calls people to the anti-evil act of bearing good fruit, and offers assurance that Jesus is the perfectly worthy & loving judge.
[Beck Miller] Kingdom Parables: The Sower (Matthew 13:1-23) 03.01.21
Beck Miller kicks off 2021 & a sermon series on the Kingdom parables with the parable of the Sower. The kingdom parables invite us to examine our hearts in order to see how our agenda aligns with God’s agenda. Beck reminds us that God’s way of sowing into the kingdom is to scatter wide, knowing that not all seed will grow to fruit. & Even with apparent good growth, society requires the word and grace of Jesus Christ for true & lasting transformation to occur.