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Covenant Grace Baptist Church is located in the town of Timaru, New Zealand. These sermons are from our 10:30am and 4:30pm services every Sunday.

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Covenant Grace Baptist Church is located in the town of Timaru, New Zealand. These sermons are from our 10:30am and 4:30pm services every Sunday.

    Habakkuk 1:12-2:1: The Problem of Reconciling God’s purposes

    Habakkuk 1:12-2:1: The Problem of Reconciling God’s purposes

    Have you ever asked a question, got an answer, but the answer provoked a number of further questions? That’s the trouble with our questions isn’t it? We think we have a good grasp of an issue, and all we need is one more piece to make the picture complete, but when we hear the answer, we realise our original idea was wrong and so we have a number of further questions to try and fill out the picture in our minds. This is Habakkuk. He had what appeared to be a simple question, ‘How long until you do something about the sins of Judah, God?’ His question in one way was quite self-centred. He was part of the righteous remnant who was suffering due to the injustice but He wasn’t thinking about the bigger picture. He was not thinking about the promise God made concerning Manasseh’s sins which would result in exile; he was not thinking about God’s sovereignty concerning Assyria, Egypt, Babylon as well as Judah. So when God answered his question telling him that He was doing something about it, and that something was a Babylonian invasion of Judah, and people being carried off into exile, the answer shattered Habakkuk’s comfort in his conception of things and led to more questions. Habakkuk has made his first complaint, God has made His first response, now we look at 1:17-2:1 where Habakkuk makes his second response. Here come the questions that flow from God’s answer. Here is the basic flow of Habakkuk’s second complaint. Firstly, Habakkuk states his faith in v12; this is what he knows and believes. But there are still niggling questions that arise and so he articulates his continuing doubt in v13 stating the heart of the problem, ‘why do you idly look at traitors and remain... Read More
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    Luke 5:12-26: Jesus-The Forgiver of Sins

    Luke 5:12-26: Jesus-The Forgiver of Sins

    If you mention the name Jesus Christ today the first thought in many minds is that Jesus is a judge and Christians are judgemental, this however is not the first thought they should think. Yes it is true that one day we will have to stand before Christ and give an account for every deed done in the body, but there are two comings of Christ, and until that His second coming we are to think of Jesus as the one who saves not the one who judges, John 3:17, ‘ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’ This is the Jesus we meet as we continue in Luke 5:12-26. Luke has been showing us who Christ is, that He is the Second Adam, the one with all authority to heal and exorcize demons, but chapter 5 is full of a Jesus who saves sinners. There is Peter the sinful man who sees himself as unworthy who Christ brings into His service, in our section we see Jesus’ compassion and willingness to heal a leper, a picture of our own sin before God; then we see Jesus demonstrating His authority to forgive sin in the healing of the paralytic; and after that there is the calling of Levi, a hated tax collector to be His disciple. As we dig into this section we want to note Jesus willingness in His engagement with the leper and see the leper as a picture of the sinner before God. Secondly, we want to note authority of Jesus to forgive sins and this proven by a miracle in the healing of the paralytic. There is something else going on in our section to as well. There is... Read More
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    Habakkuk 1:5-11: My Ways Are Not Your Ways

    Habakkuk 1:5-11: My Ways Are Not Your Ways

    Have you ever had an answer to prayer that was completely unexpected? There you were asking the Lord for one thing, and then He went and answered your prayer but not in the way you had hoped. There is a famous example of this in John Newton, it is recorded in one of the hymns we sing. It was originally called ‘Prayer answered by crosses’ here is the opening stanza, ‘I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith and love and ev’ry grace, Might more of His salvation know, And seek more earnestly His face.’ How would you expect God to answer this prayer? Newton tells us of his surprise, in stanzas 3-4, ‘I hoped that in some favored hour At once He’d answer my request And, by His love’s constraining pow’r, Subdue my sins and give me rest. Instead of this, He made me feel The hidden evils of my heart And let the angry pow’rs of hell Assault my soul in ev’ry part.’ He prayed for holiness and he got the sinfulness of his heart exposed stirred up through an onslaught of temptation, but he ends the poem with a recognition that this is how God answers prayer for holiness. Habakkuk is in a similar situation. He prays for God to do something about the sin in the people of Judah. He is part of the righteous remnant who is crying out for God to act. What did Habakkuk expect? Perhaps he thought God would raise up another Josiah and a nationwide revival break out, or perhaps cause Jehoiakim to be humbled like Manasseh and repent bringing blessing upon the nation. God’s answer to Habakkuk’s prayer is Babylon not reformation. We are at present in the middle of a dialogue between God and Habakkuk. Habakkuk has... Read More
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    Luke 5:1-11: The Miracle of the Big Catch

    Luke 5:1-11: The Miracle of the Big Catch

    Luke 5:1-11 is known best for the miracle of the big catch of fish, but I do not think that this is the central point of the text, rather it is the miracle of catching the big fish, namely Peter. It is not merely given to demonstrate the power of Jesus, but rather a demonstration of power that leads to Peter following Christ. Luke 4 has introduced Jesus as our Second Adam and the one who has authority over sickness and demons. Having established Jesus identity Luke now turns his attention to Jesus gathering His disciples, various callings and appointments sprinkle the next two chapters. 5:1-11 focuses on the calling of Peter specifically but also James and John v10; 5:27-32 focuses on the calling of Levi; and 6:12-16 list the appointment of the 12 apostles. The focus of this text is how Jesus saves a sinner and puts them into service. Our consideration of this text will be divided under three headings, firstly, we want to consider Christ as He targets Peter and pursues him; secondly, we want to look at how Christ demonstrated His power to humble Peter; and thirdly, we want to examine how Christ puts sinners into His service and how we are to leave all to follow Him. Our examination of this text will aid as a reminder of how God’s grace works in our lives, the holiness of God which humbles us, and the high calling of serving our God with everything we have.
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    1 Corinthians 15:1-5: Evangelism & The Gospel

    1 Corinthians 15:1-5: Evangelism & The Gospel

    Thanks to Graham Gregory for preaching this afternoon as part of our series in the Disciplines of Grace. 1 Corinthians 15:1-5 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
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    Colossians 2:6-7: Christ is Enough

    Colossians 2:6-7: Christ is Enough

    Special thanks to Russell Cannons from Shore Baptist in Auckland, for sharing God’s Word with us this morning. Colossians 2:6-7 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
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