Sermon: Sunday, 18th February, 2024 Speaker: John Johnstone Scripture: Acts 7 Here we have the account of the first Christian martyr, Stephen. Like Jesus, he
God has treated us with such amazing grace – this is the gospel. This truth is the hub of all our spiritual growth; we never move beyond it. We return to it again and again. Because God has treated you in this way, he wants you to treat those in your communities with grace.
Sermon: Sunday, 28 January, 2024 Speaker: Alistair Donald Scripture: Acts 6 Have you ever asked yourself why it’s sometimes so hard to live a consistent
Imagine how much life could change for the better in 2024 if we waged war on the subtle tentacles of sin and kept our eyes fixed on Jesus. Don’t just imagine it – do it. Fix your eyes on Jesus. That’s how we are transformed.
May your song this Christmas not be based on what you have done, but on what God has done. Not simply on the festive spirit but on the joy of knowing sins forgiven and friendship with God.
God offers you a gift. Will you take it? No matter what you have done in your past, you can be forgiven by God, through receiving the gift of Jesus’ death on your behalf. I urge you to receive this gift for yourself and enjoy peace and eternal life.
If we deny our sin we delude ourselves. Stop making excuses, come to God and confess. Why? Because he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins. All of them.
As a church, we recognise that throughout biblical history that children of believers are to be recognised as part of the people of God and therefore the sign of the covenant (baptism) is to be given not just to believers but also to children of believers.
If we refuse to forgive others, we need to ask ourselves the question: have I really been saved myself? Have I truly been forgiven by God? One of the evidences that we are a child of God is that we do forgive others. And if we struggle to forgive others, we need to remind ourselves of the enormous debt God has forgiven us. Will you do that?
As you fight your sin, you may feel unsure that God is your keeper. And as you go through ordinary life you will experience hard times spiritually, but when our trust is in God, he promises you that he is your keeper, he is your help and he always will be.