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  • The Trial Of Jesus - A Tale Of Truth And Power

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Apr 4, 2005
    based on 22 ratings

    Jesus’ discussion with Pilate during His trial has some powerful messages about power and about truth.

    I’m always astounded at that point in the narrative of Christ’s final hours when Pilate says to Him: “Don’t you realise I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” To which Jesus replies, using the WJB paraphrase version of the Bible: “You’re kidding aren’t you? You … power over more

  • The Reality Of The Resurrection

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Apr 20, 2004
    based on 90 ratings

    Christ’s post-resurrection appearances establish its historical reality, its prophetic reality and its evangelistic reality. It really happened - to fulfil God’s plan, promised in the Old Testament. Thus, it is GOOD NEWS for us, to live and to proclaim.

    Christ has died …… Christ is risen ……… Christ will come again. Do you believe it? {Extract a strong affirmation from the congregation.} In that case, you are a step ahead of the original disciples in those early hours and days after the first Good Friday and Easter morning. They found it more

  • The Lord Bless You And Keep You

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Jan 20, 2004
    based on 110 ratings

    Grace, peace, blessing, keeping. God desires wonderful things for His faithful people! Blessing is a term that gets misused a lot - this sermon explores what it really means.

    Have you ever noticed how the apostle Paul opens every one of his letters by wishing his readers “grace and peace”? It is also present in both of Peter’s letters, one of John’s and Revelation. When they said, “grace and peace” these Biblical writers were not merely using a polite form of words more

  • Facing A Hostile World

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Jul 25, 2003
    based on 40 ratings

    The world is hostile to God and His people. It was to David, son of Jesse, also. How did he face spiritual opposition and what can we learn for the battle we are called to fight today?

    Introduction I read something this week that reinforced a conviction that has been growing in my mind over the past several months. What I read was a news item about a plaque that has been taken away from a tourist centre at the Grand Canyon in the USA. Have any of you been to the Grand more

  • Transformed Thinking About Myself Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Feb 12, 2003
    based on 33 ratings

    If you are a transformed and renewed Christian, how ought you to think about yourself? Soberly, neither too high nor too low; and as a servant of others.

    Introduction I start this week with a brief reminder of the theme of these last few chapters of Romans – putting our faith into practice, applying God’s will in our lives. To do this properly requires us NOT to let the world squeeze us into its shape, but to have our minds shaped by God Himself. more

  • Transformed Love Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Feb 12, 2003
    based on 73 ratings

    What is the nature of Christian love? It looks out for what is best; it persists; and it is practical.

    Context/Reminder Romans 12:1-2 - the Christian mind is a transformed mind, not slipping easily into the same pattern as the world around us, but renewed by our relationship with our almighty and merciful God. Romans 12:3-8 - how that principle works out in the way we think about ourselves: more

  • Transformed Payback Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Feb 12, 2003
    based on 37 ratings

    Loving our enemies? Don’t payback evil with evil? What is going on here? Have you christians lost your mind?! We’ve gotta get even, haven’t we?

    Introduction I have a confession to make. Some of you are already aware of what I am about to reveal, but to most of you it will be a new insight into my character. It is not a sin that I am going to confess, but an obsession. I am, right now, at this point in my life (when you would think I had more

  • Transformed Into Living Sacrifices Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Feb 12, 2003
    based on 148 ratings

    Exposition of Romans 12:1-2. What does it mean for us to be "living sacrifices" and how are our minds to be "transformed"?

    INTRODUCTION What does being a Christian, being someone who has received God’s mercy, mean for the way we live our lives? How does being a Christian make a practical difference, day to day, for you and for me? In my next few talks I am going to work through the answers that Paul gives to that more

  • Of Truth And Authority - Introduction To Titus Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Jan 15, 2003
    based on 35 ratings

    Why should we believe the New Testament? Paul’s introduction in his letter to Titus gives important teaching about the source of his authority as a teacher of God’s message and helps us to understand the New Testament as God’s inspired Word.

    Introduction The media love crises. Situations where something is going wrong; someone has mucked up; or someone has to be sent into a situation to fix it up make really good copy. Well, if you’re the sort of person who buys the newspaper or watches ‘A Current Affair’ to learn about the more

  • Elders And Passing The Baton Series

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Jan 15, 2003
    based on 55 ratings

    The role of church elders is to pass the baton of gospel truth from one generation to the next

    Introduction Being the 15th of September 2002, today is the 2nd anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. I was fortunate enough to be there at Homebush that evening – I have here my little yellow suitcase to prove it! What a spectacle it was, from the time the lone more

  • The Fourfold Name In Isaiah 9:6

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 18, 2002
    based on 173 ratings

    The magnificent fourfold name given to the promised child in Isaiah’s prophecy is a great encouragement, at Christmas and all year round.

    Introduction I don’t expect any of you to remember, but I promised at this time last year to preach tonight’s sermon at some time. My pre-Christmas message in 2001 was on the subject of “God’s Unique Sign” and in it I briefly discussed the verse in Isaiah 9:6 where the promised son is to be more

  • God's Unique Sign

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 16, 2002
    based on 55 ratings

    Why did the shepherds get excited when told that a baby had been born? Why did Simeon and Anna get excited when they saw the baby Jesus? A baby!! So what? So everything - this was the hopes and fears of all the years meeting in Bethlehem that night.

    Introduction When a baby is born the new parents get all sorts of different reactions from family and friends: • “Oh, how lovely!” • “Look, he’s got his dad’s eyes!” • “Doesn’t she look just like her mum?” • or, simply, “oh!” But when Mary gave birth to her first son in a stable in more

  • Guidance

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 16, 2002
    based on 65 ratings

    How does God guide us in the decisions we have to make? This sermon provides an outline of a Biblical model of guidance, using Colossians 3.

    Introduction I don’t suppose many of you are old enough to remember the original TV Quiz Show, “Pick-a-Box”. It was hugely successful back in the very early days of television in Australia in the 1950’s and 60’s – so, yes, all the episodes were in black and white. The big moments in more

  • Marriage - A Special Relationship

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 16, 2002
    based on 46 ratings

    Transforming our attitudes to marriage to conform with Christian teaching

    Introductory Discussion The relationship of marriage seems to be a pretty popular topic here at Padstow, with goodness knows how many engagements we have at the moment and maybe some more to come if what I see going on is any indication. And this is a really good thing. The lifelong more

  • You Can't Mean That, God? Overview Of Habakkuk

    Contributed by Warren Bird on Dec 16, 2002
    based on 59 ratings

    When Habakkuk asked God to eradicate evil he got an answer he never expected. His reflections on that answer help us to consider how to respond to evil, how to understand why God allows evil to cause great suffering and draws us closer to our Lord.

    Introduction One of the great literary achievements of the 20th Century has become one of the great cinematic achievements of the 21st Century. The first instalment of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is quite simply a phenomenal film that has brought to life a phenomenal book. And that is a more