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  • John 1.1-18: What If God Was One Of Us?

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Dec 8, 2003
    based on 45 ratings
     | 7,885 views

    This sermon attempts to demonstrate the importance, meaning and significance of the incarantion for Christian life.

    John 1.1-18: What if God was One of Us? Introduction In J.B. Phillip’s New Testament Christianity, a senior angel is showing a very young angel around the splendours of the universe. They view the whirling galaxies and blazing suns, and then flit across the infinite distances of space until ...read more

  • Empires In Collision: Christ And Caesar

    Contributed by Michael Bird on May 13, 2003
    based on 57 ratings
     | 7,637 views

    This sermon sets out to examine Mk 12:13-17 not in terms on Church-State relationships but rather by illucidating its socio-religious context and its application for God’s image bearers today.

    EMPIRES IN COLLISION: CHRIST AND CAESAR Mark 12:13-17 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by ...read more

  • Zeal For Peace

    Contributed by Michael Bird on May 2, 2003
    based on 36 ratings
     | 1,640 views

    This sermon exposits Eph 4.1-6 contending that in view of their salvation the Ephesians are to zealously contend for the unity within the body.

    Ephesians 4:1-6 (Zeal for Peace) Introduction Tradition claims that Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchure is built over the cave in which Christ is said to have been buried. In July 2002 the church became the scene of ugly fighting between the monks who run it. The conflict began when a ...read more

  • Biblical Reflections On Faith In A Pluralistic World

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Jan 5, 2003
    based on 30 ratings
     | 1,163 views

    This sermon evaluated the recent trends towards religious pluralism and attempts to construct a Christian response.

    BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS ON FAITH IN PLURALISTIC, POSTMODERN, POST-CHRISTIAN AND PAGAN WORLD MICHAEL BIRD INTRODUCTION We live in an age which is becoming increasingly hostile historical Christianity. This hostility emanates from a public mindset that is pluralistic, postmodern, ...read more

  • How To Be An Apocalyptic Christian In Four Easy Steps Series

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Sep 20, 2002
    based on 29 ratings
     | 1,599 views

    This sermon looks at Lk 9:57-10:20 and argues that mission is an apocalyptic activity whereby we participate in the victory of the kingdom of God.

    Lk 9.57-10.20: How to be an Apocalyptic Christian in 4 Easy Steps Introduction When I pose the question, “How to be an Apocalyptic Christian?” numerous thoughts or images might fly through your mind. Is it like David Koresh and the Branch Dividians of Waco, Texas U.S.A? Is that like one of ...read more

  • Schism With The Scribes And Factions With The Family

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Jul 14, 2002
    based on 101 ratings
     | 13,026 views

    This sermon describes the opposition Jesus faced from both his own family and from the Scribes. It attempts to highlight how Christians today can face similar accounts of rejection by both the world and from family.

    Schisms with the Scribes and Factions in the Family Introduction I would like set before you a couple of stories in order to illuminate the background to this passage. Scene 1: A Carpenter Shop in Nazareth The road for Sepphoris to Nazareth consisted mostly of rolling hillsides. It ...read more

  • Still Sufficient And Supreme

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Feb 10, 2002
    based on 43 ratings
     | 2,406 views

    Deals with the text of Col 1:15-20 by expositing its rich Christological significance.

    Col 1: 15-20 - Still Sufficient and Supreme (full text) In our survey of Col 1:15-20 we are now up to course five of this amazing Christological feast of the person and work of Christ. Course Five: Christ the Pope v.18a In 1376 John Wycliffe, a lecturer at Oxford University, wrote a ...read more

  • A Fool For Christ And An Idiot For Everybody

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Feb 10, 2002
    based on 169 ratings
     | 27,832 views

    This sermon outlines the two main ideas of 1 Cor 1:18-25 as (1) The Cross divides and Unifies; (2) The Cross fulfills God’s plan to outwit human wisdom.

    1 Cor 1:18-25 Introduction [Illustration] I would like you all to play make believe with me for a moment. Pretend that my name is Jose Samblanco and I have just arrived off the boat from Peru and I’m proclaiming to you the good news that a Peruvian peasant by the name Carlos Hernandez was ...read more

  • Andrew Lloyd Weber, A Journalist And 3 Guys Called 'jesus'

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Jan 17, 2002
    based on 94 ratings
     | 2,992 views

    Examines various depicitions of who people say Jesus is and gives and exposition of Mk 8 concerning the confession of Jesus’ Messiahship

    Mark 8:27-9:1 – Andrew Lloyd Weber, a Journalist and Three Guys Called Jesus. Introduction The odd sermon title is a smoke screen for a question I’d like to ask: “Who is Jesus?” It is the same question that the disciples asked when Jesus’ calmed the waters. Whether you’re an atheist or a ...read more

  • Gospelizing 101

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Jan 17, 2002
    based on 77 ratings
     | 3,787 views

    Gives an exposition of Rom 3:21-26 including all the technical terms. Seeks to apply the text by arguing that the Christian life is the process of gospelization.

    Rom 3:21-26 In 1759 William Cowper was 28 years old, he had a total mental breakdown and tried three different ways to commit suicide. He became convinced that he was beyond hope. In December, 1763, he was committed to St. Alban’s Insane Asylum, where the 58-year-old Dr. Nathaniel Cotton tended ...read more

  • Supremacy And Sufficiency Of Christ

    Contributed by Michael Bird on Jan 17, 2002
    based on 139 ratings
     | 12,811 views

    This sermon outlines the main ideas of Col 1:15-20 emphasising the pre-emminence of Christ over the cosmos.

    Col 1:15-20 (Part 1) Intro [Illustration] When I was in the Army me and a few mates were tasked with piqueting a truck laden with ammunition on a Friday night. Well, as you can imagine most young men had other things planned rather than guarding a truck on a Friday night. So we sat around ...read more