Why do tragic things happen? Is it because some people are particularly sinful or bad? In this sermon we look at what Jesus has to say in Luke 13:1-9.
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We are living in the era of the Selfie. Recently two American academics wrote a book called “The Narcissism Epidemic” – everyone is obsessed with themselves and their own ‘brand’. But that is not Jesus’ way – what he says in this passage is very counter-cultural and we need to hear it.
The quote from No Little People at the end which I unfortunately missed off is this. Just to explain, in this sermon he has been looking at Moses’ staff (or stick / rod) – how God even managed to use a stick of wood:
“The people who receive praise from the Lord Jesus will not in every case be the people who hold leadership in this life. There will be many persons who were sticks of wood that stayed close to God and were quiet before him, and were used in power by Him in a place which looks small to men.
“Each Christian is to be a rod of God in the place of God for him. We must remember throughout our lives that in God’s sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God’s place for us, at each moment. Those who think of themselves as little people in little places, if committed to Christ and living under His Lordship in the whole of life, may, by God’s grace, change the flow of our generation. And as we get on a bit in our lives, knowing how weak we are, if we look back and see we have been somewhat used of God, then we should be the rod “surprised by joy.”No Little People by Francis Schaeffer
Jesus disabuses us of our notions about what life in the future will be like – it’s so much more than we think, not less!
Jesus’ words in this passage are famous: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”. But what does he mean, and what is the Bible’s view of how Christians should relate to earthly authorities?
I thought it was particularly timely to be talking about this given the events of the weekend (Dominic Cummings) and I do make reference to that in the sermon. But this isn’t about that!
Who is your authority in life – who do you listen to? A sermon on Luke 20:1-19.
This is a sermon which is traditionally preached on Palm Sunday before Easter (Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King) – but we’re going to be thinking about the question: what is true spirituality?
How does God want us to use the things he gives us? Lessons from a slightly puzzling parable.
They say “A picture is worth a thousand words” – well in this case, we are given a picture of salvation.