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Trumpet call or God’s megaphone – Revelation 8-9 Sermon

Why is there so much chaos, suffering and death in the world? Why do natural disasters happen, as well as suffering and pain? In this chapter from Revelation we see things from the heavenly perspective.

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Your kingdom come – Lord’s Prayer #3

Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer – part 3: what is the kingdom of God, and how can we pray this today?

In this session we start by looking at what the kingdom of God actually is, then we think about how that works out in the church and then society.

The session from the creed I refer to is #11 – Eternal Life.

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Hallowed be your name – Lord’s Prayer #2

Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer – part 2: what does ‘Hallowed be your name’ even mean, and how can we pray it today?

In the video we think about what a ‘name’ is, what it means for it to be ‘hallowed’, and how we can learn to pray from it. In particular we think about praying for ourselves and praying for others.

The session I referred to from the Ten Commandments series is Misusing God’s Name.

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The four horsemen of the apocalypse – Revelation 6 Sermon

Often the world seems like a chaotic and dangerous place: wars, famines, plagues and pandemics… the list goes on. This passage warns us that we should expect these things, and not to lose sight of what’s most important.

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New series: Learn to pray with the Lord’s Prayer

As I promised at the end of the Ten Commandments course, in this new term I will be starting a new series on the Lord’s Prayer. Through the last 2000 years, countless Christians have learned how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer: although there are many prayers in the Bible, there is only one prayer which is given as a model to us by the Lord Jesus himself.

You can find the prayer in the Bible in Luke 11 or Matthew 6 (in the Sermon on the Mount). The prayers are slightly different to each other and probably a little different to the version you might be familiar with.

This is the version of the prayer from Matthew. Here Jesus uses ‘debts’ instead of ‘sins’ and ‘the evil one’ is used instead of ‘evil’:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:9-13

For many people throughout the world – Christian or not – these will be familiar words. But, despite their familiarity, they still have much to teach us about how we should pray. This short prayer helps us to know how we should relate to God every day.

Starting next week we will be working slowly through the prayer, line-by-line, to see what we can learn about how to approach God and how we should pray.

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If you can’t wait until next week, you might like to watch this session on prayer as part of the How to Live as a Christian course.

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The Lamb at the centre of everything – Revelation 5 Sermon

It’s easy today for Christians to feel lonely and marginalised by society. But if we look at the cosmic picture, the Lamb who was slain is as the centre of everything.

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