God’s Beloved Son (Matthew 3:1-17)

Sunday 23/08/2020

Would you want to know if you had the Coronavirus?

It’s pretty simple isn’t it? Yes.

None of us wants to have the Coronavirus, but we’d want to know if we did. We wouldn’t want to give it to someone else and we could have treatment so we could get better.

We want to know if there’s something wrong with our bodies. So why is it that we often don’t want to know when there is something wrong with our souls? 

That’s why the words of John the Baptist are uncomfortable “‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (v2)

The idea that God’s reign demands our obedience terrifies us or disgusts us. So we ignore the command to change our ways.

Maybe we think we’ll be okay because of who we are. “I’m not perfect, but I’m not that bad” we say to ourselves.

Maybe we don’t think that Jesus would actually judge us. Surely, he’d be too kind to do that.

But would this work: Just thinking “I’ll never get Coronavirus”? Does that mean you’ll be okay?

So, does thinking you’ll never be held accountable by God mean you’ll be okay?

The fact is: God does care how we live. Our rebellion against Him matters. And Jesus will one day judge the world.

So, what can we do? What John says: “Repent” (v2). Whoever we are, that’s God’s message for us today: repent. We must completely change our mind about ourselves, our sin, and God, in a real way that shows in how we live.

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Born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-23)

Sunday 16/08/2020

Worship wars are deadly. Worship wars happen in churches. One side wants ‘contemporary music’, others want ‘traditional’. And then the fur starts flying.

Behind the worship wars are our preferences and our priorities. But the music we want at church is only the most obvious battle in the worship wars. The conflict is deeper, and deadlier.

James writes, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1).

The real worship wars are inside us. And we fight them every day. See, “worship” doesn’t mean “music”. “Worship” means “to honour and value as most important”. Every day, you and I are on one side or the other in the worship wars in our hearts: What do we value most? What do we treasure? Our happiness? Our satisfaction? Our success?

That’s what determines where we put our energy, efforts, and resources. What we work for and fight for is what we worship.

The worship wars should force us to ask: “Who is in charge in my heart?” If the answer is anyone other than Jesus, then our hearts need a new king!

So, we need to ask, “Why should Jesus be the first in my heart? Why should I worship Jesus?”.

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  • Stay on Track During the Covid Confusion by Kamal Weerakoon at GracePoint Presbyterian Church

God With Us (Matthew 1:18-25)

Sunday 09/08/2020

So, here we go again. Are you ready for another lockdown? Do you have everything you need?

I mean, is that everything you “need” need?

Our freezer is officially full. Are you stocked up on all the essentials? Been to Bunnings? Stocked up on wool or fabric? Plenty of chocolate to get you through? We need it, don’t we?

Really, we want lots of stuff, but do we really need it?

Does this happen to you: You order something, and by the time it arrives, you’ve forgotten why you needed it? Or you do all you research for the very best thing to do what you need to do, then use it once or twice, and then leave it in the shed or the back of a cupboard? I’ve got stuff like that (just over there): used for a few hours, and now collecting dust.

We can spend our lives like that: getting things we don’t need.

You know, I meet lots of families when they’re grieving loved ones. And never have they said to me: ‘I just wish he/she had worked more, or bought us more stuff.’

They cry about the relationships they didn’t work to maintain or repair.

So, what should we want? And what do we really need?

That’s why we’ve come to Matthew 1:18-25, even though it’s not Christmas. Why?

Because God wants to tell you and me today what we really need, and what we should want more than anything:

What we really need is forgiveness, because without it we cannot enjoy any of God’s other gifts. And what we should want more than anything is to be friends with God, because that’s what we were made to be.

God shows us how important forgiveness and friendship with Him is, because they are the reasons Jesus became one of us.

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The Right King (Matthew 1:1-17)

Sunday 02/08/2020

When everything is out of control, where do you look for leadership? Who can you trust?

We see bad things happening all around us. And we wonder if God is in control.

Or we say, ‘If God is in control, He mustn’t really care about us!’

Maybe you’re worried about the big problems facing the world: the pandemic, economic problems, tensions between countries. Or maybe the suffering is closer to home.

‘Does God really care about me?’ Maybe you’re not religious. Maybe you’re not from a Christian family, or even from a Christian country. Maybe you don’t think God would ever want someone who has thought or done what you have.

So, where do you look for leadership? When bad things are happening, who can you trust?

The problem is that every leader will let us down eventually. Even if there isn’t a career-ending scandal, eventually they die and we’re left to carry on without them.

But even when our world has been turned upside down, even if God seems distant, His message to you is this: ‘I have come to you and I won’t let you down!’

Well, how can we know that for sure? We need to meet God’s king. That’s the message right from the start of Matthew’s Gospel. It’s much more than a biography of Jesus. It’s meant to persuade us that “Jesus has all authority so that all nations might obey all He has commanded” (as Douglas O’Donnell writes).

Where should we look for leadership? Who can we trust? Meet Jesus.

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Where Are We Going? (Matthew 25:31-46)

Sunday 26/07/2020

Where are we going? Where we think we’re going determines how we prepare for getting there! You don’t pack swimmers for when you’re going to work, or wear a hiking gear to a wedding.

It’s the same with our world and ourselves. If we think that our world is always going to go well, we won’t prepare for trouble. And if we think we’ll go until we stop and that’s all there is, we won’t prepare for the life to come.

Maybe you don’t expect the world to end. It’ll just keep going, surely? That means you can live like this universe is all there is.

Or perhaps you think the world will end, but it’ll fizzle out like a sparkler. There won’t be any great crisis. It’ll just grind to a halt.

Or maybe you do expect the world to explode, with a war or an environmental catastrophe making the planet uninhabitable.

But what comes next? Not just with the planet, but with us?

If you believe that there’s nothing next, then ultimately you and I and everyone who has ever lived is not accountable for what we do here. Even the people who destroy the planet or the people on it will get away with it in the end.

We like to live like we’ll never have to answer to anybody. But Jesus says that we will answer to Him.

This is God’s message to you and me: One day the world will end and you will be held to account. Either you will receive eternal life or eternal punishment. Which will it be?

What are we going to do about that? We’ve got to realize how serious the situation is!

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