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  • God Is Father, Son And Holy Spirit!

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jun 14, 2014

    A short talk for Trinity Sunday on the occasion of the baptism of Larissa, encouraging the congregation to ask some questions about their own relationship with God.

    I love the way that the Bible account of the life of Jesus doesn’t paper over the frailties and weaknesses of his followers. It seems that throughout their 3 years of intensive training with Jesus the 12 disciples were bumblers, stumblers and jumblers. They often didn’t know what to more

  • Gifts For The Common Good

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jun 8, 2014

    The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given primarily for the common good, and primarily so that we can be His witnesses.

    This section of Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church is about unity in diversity, serving the common good together, and being instruments of God’s grace by His Spirit at work to heal, to teach and to build up. The overall message is that God is in control. It is His church not yours more

  • Devoted To The Things Of God

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on May 11, 2014
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    These early believers were devoted to prayer, one another, God, and people were being added to their number. They showed up daily in the temple courts and shared what they had e.g with the paralysed man. What can we learn?

    ‘And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved’ (2:47)! People being saved daily! My brothers and sisters to what degree do you want to see people being saved daily in Billericay? It would mean we’d have to learn at least seven new names a week, and more

  • In The Presence Of The King On The Road

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on May 7, 2014
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    A short talk given at a Wednesday morning communion service reflecting upon Jesus drawing alongside the disciples on the road to Emmaus. He listened, rebuked and ate with them. What can we learn from this?

    Two disciples, not from the original band of 12, but two other disciples are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. It’s a little later on the same day that Jesus rose from the dead (24:13) and these two are discussing the events of recent days, including the fact that some of the women from their more

  • Big Buts

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 27, 2014
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    A short talk asking what big buts we are carrying around with us. What big buts are looming in our lives? In the midst of our statements that start with, "But I can't ..." Jesus comes and says, "Shalom. Peace be with you!"

    On the evening of that first day of the week the disciples were together, with the doors locked because they were afraid. I can imagine what they may have been thinking, and I guess there were some massive ‘buts’ in the room! But it wasn’t meant to be like this. We followed him more

  • Betrayed, Let Down And Denied

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 17, 2014
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    A short talk for our Billericay team Maundy Thursday Communion. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples shortly before he was betrayed, let down and denied. Whose feet would Jesus want us to wash?

    Jesus washed the feet of Judas Iscariot – the man who later that evening betrayed Jesus when he led a detachment of soldiers and officials to arrest him. Many of us have at some point and in some way betrayed people that love us. I know that I have. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples who more

  • Has God Finished With Israel?

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Apr 16, 2014
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    A short talk asking an important question. This parable has often been used to say that God's promises to Israel have all been transferred away from Israel and given to the church. Is this what Jesus was saying? Who was he talking to?

    When Stevie Wonder appeared on Top of the Pops and sang, “I just called to say I love you” – who was he singing to? Was it the studio audience? Was it the wider TV audience? Or was it the person on the other end of the phone? I’m almost certain it was the latter. Does it more

  • Ash Wednesday: Leave No Cobweb Un-Swept

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Mar 5, 2014

    A short talk for our annual Ash Wednesday service. The bright light of God's judgement and holiness and grace calls us to leave no stone unturned and no cobweb un-swept as we route out sin.

    In 1977 (in his book How to be born again) Billy Graham wrote: ‘Several years ago I was to be interviewed at my home for a well-known television show and, knowing it would appear on nationwide television, my wife [Ruth] took great pains to see that everything looked nice. She had vacuumed and more

  • Healing Prayer: Do What Jesus Did

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Mar 5, 2014

    In our discipleship we are called and encouraged to go and to do what Jesus did. This talk helps us to go and pray for healing as Jesus did.

    If Jesus gets to pray for a person twice how many goes do we get? If it took Jesus two attempts to heal to heal a blind man how many attempts do we get? I believe that every incident and event, every parable and sermon illustration in the gospels – and today we’ve heard from more

  • I Have Hidden Your Word In My Heart

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Feb 19, 2014

    A short talk to encourage the congregation to see Old Testament scripture as Jesus saw it, and specifically to receive the law referred to in Psalm 119 as instruction - like we receive instruction when learning to swim or play guitar.

    Last week I had the wonderful privilege of spending four nights with the Benedictine monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey Chilworth in the Surrey hills. This was my second visit after spending 5 days with them in July 2012 at the start of my extended study leave. Their ministry is prayer and more

  • What Question(S) Would You Ask Jesus?

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 20, 2014

    A short all-age talk given at a baptism talk where about a third of the congregation were visitors to the church. Jesus already knows your questions and he has the answers; but what would you ask him?

    A little boy in Primary school was given some homework – an essay for his teacher and the subject was birth. So he asked his Mum, “Mum. How was I born?” Now, Mum was a bit embarrassed and didn’t know what to say so she blurted out, “Well dear, when we decided we wanted more

  • Can I Pray For You? Series

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 13, 2014

    This is part two of my 2014 New Year's Message for Christ Church Billericay. I look at mission and pray and whilst doing say consider the harvest field, hostility, hospitality, healing and heaven's kingdom!

    Last week was part one of my New Year’s message and today is part two. Last week I summarised the final words of Jesus to the disciples as this: “Go, make disciples, baptise them; teach them to obey.” I also quoted David Watson from thirty years ago and related it to our locality more

  • The Meaning Of Discipleship

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jan 9, 2014

    The first part of my New Year message for 2014 focuses upon the meaning of discipleship

    [A note to the reader: Please note this is not intended to be an expository sermon. I do use the Bible text in question but I relate this to a particular time at a particular church and what God is doing in our midst. If it helps you, great!] A few things that you’ll rarely, if ever, hear in more

  • Christmas Gospel All-Age: Pass The Parcel!

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 21, 2013
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    My Christmas Eve talk for our three Christingle services 2013. This talk uses a game of pass the parcel to explore God's love, sin and forgiveness and the coming of Christ in an all-age service context.

    (Notes to the Reader - this is NOT an expository sermon. This is a talk given at a service with lots of visitors from our local community on Christmas Eve. My objective is to get them thinking about Jesus for their future lives ahead. I preached a similar sermon in 2006 but have developed this more

  • Christmas: The Gift

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 18, 2013

    A short talk for Primary aged children (aged 4 to 11 years) and their parents and teachers. Every year I'm asked to give a short Christmas message and this is my December 2013 text although I will also ad-lib!

    Knock, knock! Who’s there? Wayne! Wayne who? A Wayne in a manger. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Hanna! Hanna who? Hanna partridge in a pear tree! Knock, knock! Who’s there? Doughnut! Doughnut who? Do not open until Christmas Day! Who thinks I like Christmas? Oh yes. Who thinks I more