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2015 Sermons

Could you honestly say "If I have Jesus and nothing else, I have everything." What does it mean for Jesus to be your everything? In Peter's first epistle we find the concept of the hidden Christ, and what it means for believers to have Jesus in their lives.

The wise men journeyed long to come to see the new born King. There is much that we can learn from their example as they sought out Jesus, came to worship Him and were changed by encountering Him.

As we approach Christmas and think of the birth of Christ, we can be encourage by and in awe of the fact that God has taken the initiative and has come looking for us. All we need to do to be part of His eternal family is to accept the gift He has given and receive Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

New Harvest's vision for 2015 has been to "Engage the Gap". This a feedback session on how the vision has played out this year along with some personal testimonies of ordinary Christians doing their part to engage the gap.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16). This is, without a doubt, the most familiar and beloved verse in the whole Bible. Luther referred to this verse as “the Gospel in miniature.” But what if John 3:16 wasn’t true? What if God didn’t love the world? What if God had not given His Son? What if God’s offer of salvation was not for the ‘whoever’s’?

Series: "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That..."

"You cannot serve both God and Money." Many Christians may wish that Jesus hadn't said this, especially since they find themselves trying to serve both. Jesus challenges us to invest in enternity rather than in just the here and now because how we use our money reveals what is important to us.

Series: "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That..."

Part 4: The liberating truth is that human anger is nothing more than an ugly expression of our inner desire to be in charge. It results in chaos, sarcasm, backbiting, sulking, stress, severed relationships, high blood pressure and all round misery. By contrast, the relationship that God offers us as believers through Christ is a good life. Repentance is when we acknowledge that the idols in our lives are shrivelled and ugly compared to the rich fullness of joy and beauty that is found only in Jesus. Jesus offers peace and joy, indulging in self-righteous anger leads to bitterness, pain and strife. Which will you choose?

Series: "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That..."

Part 3: "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!" Why do we wish that Jesus never said that? It is because it is so hard to follow, to forgive over and over again. Our natural response when someone wrongs us is to take revenge, to make them pay. From Jesus' answer we see it's not about mathematics and keeping record but rather about the attitude of the heart. We should always forgive, no matter how many times or how serious the sin is!

Series: "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That..."

Part 2: When Jesus says, "Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother," He is not discounting His family. Rather, He is putting things in perspective, an eternal perspective. By asking, "Who is my mother?" He is not saying "I have no mother." Instead, He is widening the definition of family. As believers, not only do we have a biological family but in Christ we are part of a greater, eternal family. The family of God.

Series: "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That..."

Part 1: Following Jesus includes two essential elements: self-denial and cross carrying. When Jesus asks us to deny ourselves and take up our crosses He is calling us to make a calculated decision on the basis of eternity, and not just for a good life in the here and now. He's calling us to re-adjust our desires, calling our hearts to be captivated by the joy that will be ours when we enter into glory in that place He said He is going to prepare for us.

By grace we have been saved. This is a remarkable truth, but do we fully understand what it means? We can define grace as the free, undeserved love of God for sinful people. The purpose of grace is to restore the relationship between mankind and God. The big question is how do we receive grace?

The ultimate goal of the universe, of creation, is to show the glory of God. What is God's glory? It is who God is. It is the essence of His nature, the weight of His importance, the radiance of His splendour, the atmosphere of His presence and the demonstration of His power. God's glory is the expression of His goodness and all His eternal qualities. In other words God's inherent glory is His very nature.

Please note: Unfortunately only the second half of the sermon was recorded. Please refer to the summary here in order to know what was said before the recording started. We apologise for the inconvenience.

What is maturity? Some of its marks are perseverance and dependability but one of the surest indications of maturity is self-sacrifice, the willingness to suffer for the greater good. This too is a mark of spiritual maturity. When it comes to the Christian walk, one thing that isn’t often spoken about is suffering. It is frequently the topics of God’s goodness and provision that are emphasised (and with good reason) but we cannot ignore the fact that living for the Gospel does include suffering for it.

Think about where you are in your personal relationship with Christ right now. As you do so, consider the following description of three chairs and ask yourself which of them are you sitting on at this point in time: the chair of commitment, the chair of conflict and the chair of compromise. Each of us goes through different stages in our lives. We have good days and we have bad days, there are days when our faith is so strong that we can handle anything and just about everything but then there are those times that only the grace of God gets us through. As you reflect on where you are personally, see if the chair that you are currently sitting in is the one you want to be in.

Paul is speaking to Christians like us when he says "...Should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace?" He answers his own question saying, "Of course not!" but he doesn't just leave it there. Paul's answer is in fact made up of a three part teaching. He says, "Of course not..." because we as Christians are called to die to sin; we are called to live in Christ and we are liberated.

The root cause of a great deal of conflict in our lives is the unmet desires in our hearts. When we want something and won't be satisfied until we get it. These desires can begin to control us and when others fail to meet our expectations to fulfil these desires we condemn them in our hearts and fight harder to get our own way.

Sin can either be a wall that separates us from God or it can be a bridge over which we run back to Him. God is interested in you. He is looking for you. He is looking for a way he can come into your life and lead you home.

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He answered: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind." If there was a disciple who came close to living out this commandment it was Peter.

If you want to be full, then you need to surrender to the truth that it is only in Christ that you are brought to fullness. All fullness is in Him and we will never know the fullness of Christ until we know of and acknowledge the emptiness of everything but Christ.

"Who am I?" "What is my purpose?" These are two questions that every person will ask themselves at some stage in their lives, there may be those who have been asking this their whole lives. People are looking for inner peace and wholeness, to know why they are here and to uncover their purpose for being.

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