Sermons by Revd. Paul Lewis

110 of 153 items

The Gospel as alive and victorious.

by

John 20:1-18. If Jesus’ prayer in John 17 can be described as “one of the mountain peaks of revelation in this gospel”, then the resurrection is another one – the main one that stands high above all others! There really should be no more room for doubt or disbelief as the full revelation of the […]

The Gospel as comfort and hope.

by

John 12:12-19; 14:1-31; 16:5-23. In moments of distress and bewilderment, John shows us Jesus as the giver of comfort and hope. Jesus showed His own distress as He approached Jerusalem (see Luke 19:41), yet was soon surrounded by crowds of people jubilantly celebrating that He was there. Soon after, emotions would swing back to distress […]

The Gospel as directive and instructive.

by

John 6:25 – 59; 7:1 – 8:59; 10:1 – 21; 12:1 – 11; 15:1 – 17. With our modern-day mantra that we are free to be people of our own making through a freedom to choose being so prevalent, it’s perhaps challenging for some to hear that themes of direction and instruction are included in […]

The Gospel as inclusive and healing.

by

John 3:1-21; 4:1-42; 4:43-54; 5:1-15; 9:1-34; 11:1-44 John uses two contrasting examples of a person’s standing in community to make a point. The first is Nicodemus (chapter 3), a member of the social elite of the time, the Sanhedrin, and a respected teacher. He came to Jesus under the cover of darkness so that his […]

Commendations and Instructions.

by

Romans 16: 1 – 27. There’s plenty that we can see in this final chapter that goes beyond it being just a list of names! Paul is still instructing us how to keep on “living the gospel” here. His list of names cuts across social divisions as he includes Jews, Gentiles, freed slaves and the […]

Unity of Life and Worship.

by

Romans 14:1 – 15:13 Romans 15:5-6 are key verses that enable us to understand this whole section. Paul calls those who are “living the gospel” to unity of life and worship. Where lifestyles or opinions differ, Paul brings it all back to unity in Christ. Where some are stronger and others are weaker, Paul brings […]

Choose to Love.

by

Romans 12: 9-21. Love is a dominant theme in a number of Paul’s letters. In Romans he gives attention to how we show love within the church, as well as beyond our church community. That begins with love for each other as we keep our “spiritual fervour serving the Lord”. The encouragement is for us […]

Living with Challenge.

by

The familiarity of Christmas Carols will enable people to feel safe to draw closer to the truth of the living gospel message of Salvation, and “Christingle” will give an opportunity to consider how our living experience of the Lord touches the world around us. When the two come together, we offer an opportunity for people […]

Living with Transformation (The Nativity)

by

Luke 1:26 – 2:20; Matthew 1:18 – 2:18 With hosts of angles, the principle characters, sheep, Magi and a little “helpful” direction from a Minister, the stage is set for a cute retelling of the whole story. Yet in the midst of the cuteness, God’s message of Salvation is still powerful. How are we living […]

Living with acceptance.

by

Luke 1: 26 – 45. Like Zechariah, Mary had a question: “How can this be?”, again the word of the Lord gave an explanation. Mary was moved into a place of acceptance as she listened to the angel’s message. Her God-ordained circumstances, her living experience of the Lord’s activity in her life, would take her […]