Sermons on Mercy
Matthew shared with on us Sunday the story of the sinful woman who anoints Jesus feet at Simon the Pharisee’s house. He powerfully looked at the contrast between how the two approached Jesus and how our own lives can relate to the story, the challenge is how do we approach Jesus honestly ourselves and what do we think of how others approach him?
People say the narrowness of the Christian life is scandalous! Can there really be only one way to God? As Dave unpacks this powerful message, we begin to see just how forgiving and open God is and how the door is narrow, but open to all! The big question is have we stepped through this door and turned our life over to God?
Jesus mixed with all kinds of people, usually the people that the ‘religious’ didn’t mix with but he also mixed with the religious types too. He challenged the behaviour of both but he was often a little harder on the so called religious. God looks at the heart not at the outward appearance and that’s how he asks us to live with those around us. How do you challenge this culture that judges people without knowing them? Walking with this broken…
What shall I do to inherit eternal life? In answer to this question Dave unfolds how we are to go above and beyond what the world would say is enough…how far then should we go in being a Good Samaritan? The standard God is looking for is a complete change of heart from the inside out, so our response to the needs of this world come out of His love that he has placed within us. Loving your neighbour? First know…
Two fantastic stories are brought to us by Chantal and Colette each reminding and challenging us to respond to God’s amazing grace. Chantal unfolds the story of Rahab as we discover how God had His hand on her life and an amazing plan to save her. Colette continues with her own powerful testimony of God’s grace in her own life, which still amazes her today. Be challenged and respond to how God speaks to you through these messages.
How do you deal with people you come across? Are you able to receive everyone you meet as Jesus did? Dave unfolds this beautiful story in Luke revealing how our hearts can be changed to others, as we get hold of God’s amazing love. We want to be a church open to receive everyone, no matter who they are.
Continuing our journey through the book of Luke, we enjoy this fantastic talk on John the Baptist. What were his opinions about who Jesus really was? We are challenged to ask ourselves how we see Jesus in our lives. Are we allowing Him to unfold His plans for us, or are we calling all the shots – telling Him how things should be!
It’s always better to give than receive, and we can make the choice to encourage others towards God, instead of judging them in our hearts. Dave shows us here what is the abundance God has poured out on our lives, and how we can use this same abundant measure to bless all those meet.
Dave shares more about the amazing work of Jesus in our lives from Luke. Do we really believe He is completely willing to transform us? Do we believe He can work through us to reach others, no matter how hard that may be. To love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable and touch the untouchable. As we let His life work in and through us, we can prepare to see amazing things.
Dave challenges us to look at God’s justice and mercy and how perfectly these are balanced perfectly within who God is. How does God pour out His mercy over our lives? And how does this cause us to live. With wonderful illustrations from Les Miserable we are led to come together to share the bread and wine at the foot of the cross.