Sermon Series
  • 1. 1 John 5 Belief In Action

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    John not only shows that our faith in Jesus is not blind. Rather it has rock solid credentials behind it. And our faith is victorious. Through Christ we have overcome the world. But our faith must also be vital.

    Sermon by George Hemmings - given at St Thomas' Burwood March 18 2012 Let’s Talk about Faith Over the last few weeks, as we’ve delved into 1 John, we’ve heard over and over again his call for us to love and obedience. Well, this morning I want to change tack a little and talk more

  • 2. Living To Please God

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2014

    How are we to live a life that pleases God? By showing God’s love to those around us. By holding firm to the truth of the gospel, that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, came to die for our sins and has risen again to bring us eternal life.

    I want to talk about how we can live to please God. But first I suppose I should check whether that is one of your desires in life? Do you want to please God? Do you ask yourself regularly will this activity, this conversation, this friendship please God? Well, if that is your desire, let me tell more

  • 3. Walking In The Light

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2014

    Truth matters. Truth in belief and truth in behaviour. It matters what we believe about Jesus. It matters how we live

    John is a passionate writer. Maybe he realises that he’s coming to the end of his life and he doesn’t have much time left to get his message across. Maybe he looks around at the church and realises that the inexorable drift from the gospel to religion is impacting on those he’s more

  • 4. Getting Real About The Christian Life

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2014
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    If God is light, if God is perfect righteousness, then we’d better get real about our own righteousness.

    John is writing to his followers in the final years of his life. You get the feeling that he thinks he’s running out of time because there’s a certain urgency to the way he writes. He doesn’t waste words. There’s no polite greeting at the start of the letter. He just gets more

  • 5. Why Do People Leave Churches?

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2014

    John's most basic concern is to give this church confidence again in what they have believed about Jesus. And he reminds them that this message is carried by the church that listens to the Apostles, and it isn't found anywhere else.

    Sermon by Rev John Altmann There are a number of ways that people leave churches, for both good and bad reasons. A good reason to leave is to be sent out to serve in another place. We've seen that recently with Heather and Adam. They spent two years with us practicing their ministry, trying more

  • 6. Living As The Family Of God

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2014
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    John goes to great lengths at the start of this passage to assure us that we are members of God’s family now. It’s not how we live that guarantees us a place in God’s family. We are God’s family. But how we live shows that.

    Sermon by Rev George Hemmings For a while this was one of Sarah’s favourite photos. A few months ago she was sending it to everyone she could think of. Not because it was a great shot of one of our boys. In fact, it’s not a photo of Micah or Joshua at all. No, it’s a photo of more

  • 7. Living God's Love

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    We love because we belong to God and that's what he does. God's love is sacrificial, self-giving. It's a love that's seen in the way we love because we're his body here on earth.

    Well we saw last week how important it is for us to love one another and here he says it again, but this time with an added couple of reasons. God is Love Twice in this passage he tells us “God is love.” Last week the motivation for loving God and remaining faithful to the gospel was more

  • 8. 1 John 5:13 Believing With Assurance

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    If you want to be certain that you have nothing to fear from death, then put your confidence in Jesus Christ. Accept his claim to be the only begotten Son of God. Admit your disobedience to God and ask him for forgiveness.

    Believing with Assurance Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Mind you, he probably hadn’t imagined the industry that’s sprung up around tax avoidance these days. But he was certainly correct more