• Chris Appleby

    Contributing sermons since Oct 18, 2000
Chris's church

St Michael's North Carlton
North Carlton *Province/Other , 3054

About Chris
  • Education: BE (UNSW) Grad Dip Admin (Canberra Univ), BTH (Ridley Melbourne)
  • Experience: In Christian ministry since 1964 and ordained since 1993. Now retired and busy coaching, being a Diocesan Examining Chaplain, among other things
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please feel free to use what you find here as long as you don't change the theology behind the sermon.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Sometimes they're really good! Other times she doesn't comment.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Throw out the good stuff that isn’t really relevant to the sermon you’re preparing.
  • Books that have had an impact: Knowing God - J.I. Packer Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God - J.I. Packer He is There and he is not Silent - Francis Schaeffer Decision making and the Will of God - Garry Friesen Speaking God’s Word - Peter Adam
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  • Surviving The Education System

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2017

    Daniel knows that God is in control. This chapter reminds us that no matter where we are, even in the darkest place, God is still in control. God cares and God wants us to live faithfully to him. Will we have the courage to stand up like Daniel does?

    (Sermon by Rev George Hemmings) There’s lots to be excited by in the book of Daniel. Daring stories of young men standing up to mad kings. Fiery furnaces, strange dreams of statues and trees, men turning into beasts, hands appearing out of nowhere writing on walls, let alone Daniel being more

  • Last Things

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2017

    John's gospel ends, leaving us reassured in our faith, so we can pray for leaders at all levels in church – that they humbly serve their flocks, and we can all re-fix our eyes on Jesus in love, and follow him, relieved of distracting comparisons.

    Sermon by Rev Ruth Newmarch You know how in some movies, the music tells you the end has come, but sometimes the ending has been so dramatic, that you are still taking it in...the implications and emotions are swirling around the audience. Then credits start to roll, but the director has added more

  • Christ Is Rosen

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2017

    John wants us to believe. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”’ (John 11) The question is do you believe?

    Sermon by Rev George Hemmings Before I begin this morning, there’s a little tradition that goes with Easter Sunday called the Easter Acclamation, or the Paschal greeting. Basically one person says ‘Christ is Risen,’ and then the response is, ‘He is Risen indeed!’ Given some of us might be a more

  • Good Friday Meditation 2014

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2017

    Four Episodes from John's account of the Passion, including four sonnets by Malcolm Guite - Jesus is Condemned to Death; Jesus is stripped of his garments; Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross; Jesus is laid in the tomb.

    [All Sonnets are from "Sounding the Seasons ; seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year", by Malcolm Guite, Canterbury Press 2012. Used with permission -] 1. Jesus is Condemned to Death - Sonnet 1 John 18:19-24; John 18:28-38 The moment of more

  • The Prayer Of Jesus

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2017

    Jesus' prayer affirms his obedience to the Father; the father's glorification; the revelation of God in Jesus Christ; the choosing of the disciples; their unity; and the promise that their final destiny is to share in the glory of the Father

    The Prayer of Jesus audio (5MB) John 17:1-26 The moment of Jesus arrest, trial and execution is fast approaching. Jesus has finished his teaching of the disciples. The hour has come. His work on earth is complete. So complete in fact that he can say with confidence at the end of ch16: more

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  • There's An Old Indian Fable I Heard Recently. A ...

    Contributed on May 31, 2003
    based on 14 ratings

    There’s an old Indian Fable I heard recently. A water bearer had two large water pots which he carried on either end of a pole slung across his shoulders. One of the pots had a crack in it, so every day as he carried water to his master’s house he arrived with one full pot and one only half full. more

  • I Heard About A Parent At A Church School ...

    Contributed on Apr 27, 2003
    based on 5 ratings

    I heard about a parent at a Church school recently, coming up to the Religious Education teacher and asking whether she really needed to tell the children the Good Friday story. She said "It’s such a sad story. Don’t they have enough sadness in their lives already?" And she was right. This is not more

  • Holiness Is A Bit Like This: In Our Kitchen We ...

    Contributed on Jun 3, 2002
    based on 15 ratings

    Holiness is a bit like this: in our kitchen we have a chopping board that’s holy. Well, actually we have a few chopping boards, but there’s one particular one that’s reserved for sweet things, for fruit and bread, and maybe mild cheese. But if you chop up an onion on it you’re in big trouble, more

  • A Funeral And The Burial Or Cremation That Goes ...

    Contributed on May 21, 2002
    based on 7 ratings

    A funeral and the burial or cremation that goes with it is a vital part in the process of mourning isn’t it? It provides a sense of finality that’s important in coming to terms with loss. You often hear about people who have been lost and assumed dead but their bodies are never found. And their more

  • It Was Sunday Morning And Harry Was Off. He ...

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2001
    based on 119 ratings

    It was Sunday morning and Harry was off. He pulled out of his driveway in his 2-seater convertible, with the roof closed because of typical Melbourne driving rain, and headed for church. But as he turned into the main road he saw ahead of him three bedraggled figures huddled under a single umbrella more