Christ Church, Heaton

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Sermon Notes

7th July 2024

Prophets are not without honour expect in their home town. Sowmtiems its hard to preach the gospel to people we know and where people have known us. Jesus doesn’t see this as a negative and he goes to other villages teaching. He sends the disciples out two by two so preach the gospel and instructs them on what to do, wear and behave. This expedition is successful; they heal the sick and quieten the stormy seas. Some people saw Jesus as an ordinary man with a past, however this is with earthly eyes. With faith he is seen as the son of God. Sometimes we let our past be a hindrance to us and allow what we’ve done in the past bring us down. The past is a foreign country. Our past is forgiven by the father. Let us look forward and move on. Take our faith in Jesus as the promised messiah and allow him to guide us

 

16th June 2024

Ezekiel 17: 22-end

Mark 4: 26-34

What’s true of plants is true for human. Just as plants grow; we grow. But how do we grow? Plants need water, sun light and good soil. Jesus says that’s what the kingdom of God is like; no matter if the farmer sleeps or is awake, the seed always grows.  But our growth isn't just physical. We can also grow spiritually and grow in our knowledge as God. Faith starts as a little seed and grows stronger as our relationship with God grows stronger. We’re all at different stages of our faith (small plant or mature plant) We may not understand how we grow spiritually just as we don’t fully understand plants and humans growing. However there is evidence of this and we can see it happening. Our words prayers and actions have a profound effect on others and their spiritual growth. But how can we grow spiritually? Read books. The bible. Speak to others. Pray. Ultimately it’s God who grows our faith. Spend time with God each day and seek to grow. Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. A book recommendation that can help in your spiritual growth is "The air we breathe" by Glen Scrivener

 

2nd June 2024

Deutrenomany 5: 12-15

Mark 2:23 - 3:6

What can we and can’t we do on a sabbath? We need to eat and drink so what harm is it for the disciples to be picking and eating corn on the sabbath day in the book of Mark? Jesus didn’t mind them doing this but the Pharisees did. But Jesus goes against the grain, it’s his character. He ate the with the lowest of the lows and encourages us to share food with one another . We also think about, is it wrong for people to work on sabbath? Jesus worked on the sabbath by performing a healings and miracles. Our NHS is open 24/7. Where would we be if these people didn’t work. Like Jesus they heal on the sabbath. Unlike in the bible, work and shift patters are different to what they used to be even 20 years ago. Keeping the sabbath free of work is wrong. However what we should turn our mind to is keeping time aside everyday to pray to and worship the Lord.

 

26th May 2024

Isaiah 6: 1-8

John 3: 1-17

These passages teach us abou the Holy Trinity; The Son, The Father and The Holy Spirit. There is no definietion in the bible of the 'trinity' as this is a doctrine that the Church devisied and so it can often be something that we find incomprehesnible and difficult to understand. But this is okay! as Christian's even if it is eomthing we don't understand, we must accept. We can look at the trinity as water to undersand it's different form. Water can be ice, steam and water. They are all the same element but can come in different forms. All three forms are holy. In Isaiah 6: 1-8 it says "The wind blows where it chooses and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit". The Holy spirirt although invisable and unpredicatbale is extremely powerful. God is our Creator, Jesus is our Saviour and the Holy Spirit is our Helper. 

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