Sermons by Jean Spencer

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Finding Joy.

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Luke 1: 26 – 56. Mary was young, not yet married, and pregnant. “How can this be?” is a perfectly reasonable question for her to ask! The conversation between Mary & the Angel of the Lord, and then Mary & Elizabeth, enabled her to find joy, even in the midst of unusual circumstances. Mary expressed […]

Authority to transform.

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Luke 4: 14 – 21. The whole purpose of our growing and learning together as disciples, is for our own spiritual development, as well as to be good news to others. You can’t have one without the other!

We have left all we had to follow You.

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Luke 18: 9-34. Again Jesus challenges assumptions and priorities – here specifically those things we rely on for self-worth and salvation. He draws a striking contrast between the Pharisee and the tax collector, uses infants to challenge adult pride and finally tells a morally upright religious man to give away everything he owns. Jesus is […]

Love your enemies.

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Luke 6: 27 – 42 One of the reasons for looking at a Gospel is that we’re confronted by the challenging things Jesus said and did. His call to love our enemies, avoid condemning others and be honest about our own faults is pretty challenging. All too easily we gloss over teaching like this, relativize […]

Open to God through Advent and Christmas – Searching.

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John 1:29-34; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:8-40 Poor shepherds left the security of the fields and followed the angels’ advice on where to find Christ the Lord. Old Simeon waited a lifetime, patiently searching through prayer and studying the Scriptures before he held Mary’s baby. Wise men studied the stars and travelled far before finding their […]

Open to God through being church – Living.

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Psalm 119:9-11; Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 9:23-24; Romans 12:1-21 The goal of the Christian life is to become more like Jesus (see Romans 8:29), in thought, word and deed. So, what does it mean to walk in the way of Christ? What does a ‘Christian lifestyle’ look like? There are bound to be differences (between individuals […]

Yes, it’s Me.

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Luke 24: 36-53. The unprecedented, sublime, enigmatic, paradoxical resurrection appearances of Christ continue to the end of Luke’s Gospel. Jesus appears among the disciples as if from nowhere and they panic. Surely, only a ghost could by-pass the need for an open door! However, this ‘ghost’ enjoys eating tilapia and invites the quivering disciples to […]

Live in union with Christ.

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Colossians 2:6-23. Vs. 6-7 sum up all that’s gone before, so a good place to resume our study of Colossians. St. Paul goes on to explore further the theme of ‘dying with Christ’ in order to live for him. The implications are wide – not just for personal, moral conduct as we might assume but […]

Open to God in LIFE – The Big Picture.

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Open to God in 2016 Open to God is the overarching theme for 2016, which we’re hoping to explore with an eye on our verse for the year: “My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you.” (Ephesians 1:18a, […]