A funeral sermon for a person who committed suicide.
This sermon aims to bring comfort to loved ones, assure us of God’s love for us and the person who has died and help us heal as a community.
Today is tough
In fact the last two weeks have been tough for many people here.
I can’t sugar coat today.
The reality is there is one part of us that says I don’t want to be here….
If we had a choice, we would working with Manya, talking to Manya, rowing with Manya, relaxing with
Death, Funeral, Suicide, Funerals Christian
As Christians we are called to be evangelists, God’s witnesses in all aspects of our life. This sermon explores why and begins to uncover how.
Bill the plumber had finally made it back to church
He was in His Sunday best
For years his friends had wished he would come,
they had prayed about him coming.
One of them casually suggested coming once
But he said “it’s not for me, the roof might fall in!”
And he was never asked again.
Evangelism, Evangelise, Evangelism Urgency, Sharing Your Faith, What Is Evangelism?
God has given us a wonderful gift of a tongue. Unfortunately without God’s influence it is used for evil...this sermon explores how God influences our tongue to be used for good.
Many years ago in a Scottish village a man shared stories that he had heard about another man.
He didn’t care to check that what passed his lips were true.
When the story got around the village, it utterly destroyed the other man.
His family, his job and his integrity were all devastated by the
Evangelism, Tongue, Encourage, Christian Love
Every Christian has at least 3 fathers...their biological/legal father, the Father and church fathers. Thsi sermon explores what it means to be loved by the Father, how to relate to our earthly fathers and what it means to be a Godly father.
Someone once said
Any fool can be a Father,
but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!!
Another person says
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
Mark Twain said
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
Father, Father's Day, God The Father, Encourage
This sermon explores why God gives us gifts and how we should perceive them in our lives
As a child I loved Christmas and I loved birthdays,
and not just my own birthday
because there were plenty of gifts around.
Gifts are an important part of life.
Birthdays and Christmas were times of us ripping off the paper to discover the gifts we had been given.
Then we’d play with
Gift, Body Of Christ, Church Body Of Christ, Gifts General
The church consists of people, and at some stage in a growing church complaints and differences of opinion will occur. This sermon explores the biblical approach to handling complaints.
As I read the New Testament one of things that becomes clear is that God knows that although He wants us to be living together in harmony,
that we will struggle.
So He gives us guidance, such as that found in Colossians 3:13-15
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may
Love, Complaint, Together, Complaining, Dispute, Forgiveness For Others
This sermon explores on how we can have peace with God and what it means for us to be living and sharing that peace.
Throughout history humanity have been in the habit of building walls.
Of building walls to bring comfort, safety and peace.
When a problem arises we often want to put walls up.
In otherwords humanity has constantly looked at barriers as ways of making life better, of bringing peace.
Forgiveness, Peace, Live, Christian Love
Every Christian is called to share their faith, and this explores how we can be active in sharing our faith by forgiving others.
Today we celebrate Ascension Day,
the day when Jesus physically left earth and ascended into heaven.
Ascension Day officially is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday which was Thursday.
For many Ascension Day ranks up there with Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
And it is something that is
Luke 24:44-53, John 7:1
Witness, Forgiveness, Ascension, Sharing Your Faith
This sermon highlights how our weaknesses actually help others in seeing God’s strength
As we move towards a year of evangelism, do you think we are ready?
Probably a better questions to ask is,
are you ready to be part of the year of evangelism?
are you prepared to be involved in the year of evangelism?
All of us are called to be part of the year of evangelism.
All of us are
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Strength, Weakness, God's Strength, God In The Hardships
This sermon helps us identify and consider what our purpose is first as a community of faith and secondly as individuals.
One of the most helpful things for us in life is to have a clear understanding of our purpose in life.
A purpose gives us clarity of why we do some things and not others.
A purpose helps us understand who we are and where we are going.
A purpose helps us prioritise and determine what is
Discipleship, Purpose, Forgive, God Brings Purpose, Gift Of God
A busy life is not always something we can avoid. However when life gets busy, the gift of prayer is not only helpful but essential. This sermon explores why
WWhen life gets busy or overbearing what do you do?
Do you frantically go about all your tasks?
Maybe you get stressed out?
Do you get angry?
Do you think I will just keep going and going?
Or think once I have dealt with all this stuff I will start planning a better life?
No matter who
Mark 1:29-45, Mark 1:29-39
Stress, Prayer, Busy, Prayer General
God calls each of us. This sermon explores what it means to respond to God’s call. What do we do? and What does God do for us?
Sometimes when you hear passages like today’s bible reading you can find yourself asking the question.
Does this really apply to me?
You maybe saying hey I already have a life.
I have a family.
I am not going to leave my job and family simply to become a full time disciple.
I can’t afford it
Call, Discipleship, Call Of God, Call Of The Disciples
This sermon is a pastoral sermon exploring the question where is God when disaster hits. It was written following the bushfires in Victoria, Australia.
How have you coped with the week?
Early in the week I was wondering if this was a nightmare?
But as the week went on the reality was hitting home.
Already 180 lives lost and coroner has allowed for up to 300 deaths..
A national news reader that I watched daily dead.
A town completely
God's Love, Care, Disaster, Trauma, Trials And Difficulties
Throughout our lives God is constantly planting seeds of faith in our life and calling us to also plant seeds of faith in the lives of others. This sermon explores what that involves.
To beging today’s message I would like you to listen to 3 verses from scripture and see if you notice something
One of the amazing things for me is the way God chooses to connect with us.
The way God chooses to connect with you and
Witnessing, Love Others, Evangelism How To, Sharing Your Faith, What Is Evangelism?
Jesus is the one Christmas gift we all need. And the gift we receive from Him, continues to benefit us forever.
What’s the best Christmas gift you have received?
Have you ever received a gift that has changed your life?
Or a gift that has inspired you and affected your future?
When the actor Nicolas Cage, was a young boy his father gave him a little Pinocchio for Christmas.
Being a boy, he was a little
Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 9:6
Christmas, Forgiveness In Jesus
We all need John the Baptist’s in our lives, who call us away from unGodly things to God and to His new life. This sermon explores who and what are John the Baptist’s in our lives today
God is calling us to life.
And often I think God has some strange ways of calling us to life.
In today’s Gospel reading we see that He uses John the Baptist one of the most famous characters of the bible.
To call me and you to a new life with Jesus.
Now when I think of life
Repentance, John The Baptist
The bible reveals who and what are saints. Often our ideas differ from the bible. This sermon encourages you to discover who are saints and what do they do.
If you were to ask someone what they thought a saint is, how would they respond?
Many would probably say someone holy.
Someone who has done extraordinary things,
Someone considered special.
Someone who has done nothing or very little wrong.
The most well known and celebrated saint in
1 John 3:1-3
Discipleship, Sharing Your Faith
Our future relies on what Jesus has done for us. This funeral sermon is for someone who many would consider had weak faith, but who had faith in Jesus and relied on God’s forgiveness
I have a question for you to think about…
Where or what do you gain comfort from?
What do you rely on for your future?
Some people put their trust in money.
And recently they have been hugely disappointed.
Others in having a good time.
Some in friends.
Some on themselves or their way of
Death, Funerals Christian
A Reformation sermon that emphasises that the central teaching of the church is that Jesus deals with our sins, by forgiving them.
I have a confession
One of my interests is reading and watching crime stories.
And that interest has been well fed over the last couple of years
with the gangland wars that occurred in Melbourne.
Some of this story was portrayed in the series, the Undebelly.
Now when I think of the underworld
Reformation, Forgiveness In Jesus
Often we make a division that somethings are sacred and some things not. Thsi sermon highlights that everything has been given to us to use for God’s purposes, of loving Him and loving others.
How we see things affects how we relate to them.
Some years a go a man who works in the area of caring for the homeless was asked by a journalist,
“how come you seem to have so much respect for them”
“no matter what mood they are in, or how they are acting you show them more love than anyone
God doesn’t just create His kingdom/His church, He is constantly restoring them. This sermon explores how God restores His church.
Isn’t God wonderful?
Doesn’t God do some amazing things?
One of the amazing things is that he forgives us,
not once but constantly.
Think about how many times God has forgiven you.
Boy he must really love us.
And another amazing thing he does is that despite our flaws and our tendency to
Restoration, Kingdom Of God
God has blessed us through His creation. This sermon looks at how we are blessed by God through His trees and how we are called to look after and care for them.
Our new worship series the Seasons of Creation,
begins with Forest Sunday.
Over the next four weeks we are going to focus on how God has blessed us through His creation and what it means for us to live as His disciples in this creation.
Throughout history Christians have had a mixed reaction
This sermon explores that being a Christians involves costs and benefits. Being aware of the costs and the benefits of being a Christian is important, otherwise we end up with an unbalanced view of what it means to be a disciple.
For every decision you make.
For every way you live your life.
There are prices to pay.
And the price is not just money.
But every decision we make will cost us in time and relationships.
And at times, when we make a decision,
it prevents us or stops us from making another decision.
As disciples of Jesus Christ we often experience storms in our life, this sermon shows how God is present during those storms helping us.
This week we are continuing our sermon series being tandem with God.
As we discussed last week being in tandem,
is like being in partnership, cooperating with God.
It doesn’t mean it that we are equal with God, but that we work with God.
And today we are looking at what it means to be in
Jesus, Cross, Difficulties, Storms Of Life, God In The Hardships
Stating the truth is a goal for most Christians. This is what sparked the reformation. And one of the events that is turning point in the reformation is the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, which is a statement of how important God is and that Je
Today we are remembering an important and significant event for Christians and for us as Lutherans.
It is when a group of lay political leaders publicly read and supported what was stated in the Augsburg Confession.
On this day, 476 years ago, at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon on the 25
Witness, Truth, Confession, Reformation
As disciples of Jesus, each of us are called to live in the harvest. At times this can be quite daunting, this sermon explores what is involved in living in the harvest from Jesus perspective.
As a young boy growing up in Horsham I always knew when the harvest was on.
You see, on my way to school I had to ride past the local silos.
And when the harvest was on, there would be wheat trucks lined up waiting to drop off their load.
And you also knew when it was a great harvest because
Witness, Discipleship, Labourers, Evangelise, Evangelism The Lost
God is waiting to love us......and his love creates a new heart in us.
Some of you may know of Fiona Coote.
At the age of 14 she became youngest heart transplant recipeant in Australia.
However Fiona has another claim to faim,
She has received not just one heart transplant but 3.
On 3 occasions she has been given a chance to live.
On 3 occasions she has been
Love, Forgiveness, God's Love, Forgiveness In Jesus
Worry is a part of most people’s lives. Jesus highlights that most of our worries are not help. This sermon explores how we are to respond to worries and how God helps us deal with worries
This morning as I was listening to Macca on ABC radio a gentleman rang up and said,
I am currently staying at a caravan park full of those Winnebagos,
many worth more than a house
But just about everyone is ruining their holiday because they are all worrying about the cost of fuel.
Future, Worry, Master, Jesus Teachings
The Great Commission is Jesus main instruction to all disciples. This sermon highlights that the main instruction of the Great Commission is that as we go about our life we are to make disciples.
The main text for today’s thoughts is
Lets hear it again.
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and
Love, Teaching, Discipleship, Great Commission
A sermon that highlights that God’s number one priority in everyone’s life is to give them His love.
This week I believe we had no choice but to talk about love.
What does love mean for us?
How does love fit into the picture of God and us.
Love is a strange thing.
It can lead to some strange behaviours.
This week people all over the world over indulged in flowers, chocolates, dinners,