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Psalms Sermon Series – Spring 2018

In March, we take a closer look at some of the Psalms, culminating in the Messianic Psalms during Holy Week.

Psalm 112 is about someone who is living a life of service. It’s like a short manual of the life of a servant of God. It tells us of the disposition of the Believer, his or her attitude.

Psalm 113 is the first of the ”hallel” Psalms – Psalms that the Jews used on special occasions to worship God. We examine the answers to the key questions, “what are we being told to do?”,  “who are we to worship?”,  “why does God want our praise?”.

Psalm 115 focuses on learning to trust in God, as the starting point for our relationship with Him.

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Minister’s Letter February – March 2018

Dear friends,

Last month I attended a conference in Scotland with other ministers. Some were Church of Scotland ministers; others were from the Presbyterian Church of Ireland, while some were from the Free Church of Scotland. A small number of those I had known for a number of years and we met for further fellowship before retiring for the evening. Two of our company attended the same church as Julie and I when we lived in Dundee in the early days of our marriage. I was at the beginning of my studies for ministry; my two friends were undergraduates studying at the University of Dundee. I don’t suppose that in those days we thought we would be meeting together at a conference over twenty years later.  It was good to reminisce about the past and reflect upon the present.

Friendship is important in life and for believers friendships are uniquely enhanced through shared faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and Christian fellowship. I have a long-standing Christian friend and colleague, who has been an important companion and confident through the ups and downs of my Christian life. His advice has always been honest and he and his family have hosted me (and sometimes the family) many times over the years. During that time, we have watched our children grow up, enjoyed occasional family holidays together and been a strong support to one another over the course of our ministries.

During my ministry, I have always made friendships with people in the congregation. Ministers are human beings and they need to forge friendships with people in any congregation they have been called to serve. Making close friendships with a cross-section of the congregation over thirteen years has been an enriching part of my ministry. As time goes on the friendships grow deeper.

When we survey the life of the apostle Paul, we learn something about the friendships that he forged with his co-workers, particularly Timothy, who joined Silas and himself during the early part of the second missionary journey. It is Timothy that Paul sends back to Thessalonica, to find out how the fledgling Church is fairing.  The letter was probably written around the end of 52 AD. In his letter to the Christians in Philippi, Paul commends the ministry of Timothy to the Philippians (Phil 2: 19-24). Almost ten years later, Paul’s confidence in Timothy is undiminished and his friendship with him continues to be strong. He speaks of Timothy with warm affection. Scholars believe that Paul’s final letter, is the pastoral epistle 2 Timothy. This letter could be as late 65 AD, written during Paul’s second imprisonment in Rome, not long before his execution. In places, the letter reads like the apostle’s last will and testament, where he is handing over his ministry to Timothy. From the evidence that we have, Timothy’s friendship was clearly important to Paul.

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‘The Doctrine of Christmas’
Sermon, 14th January 2018

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Luke 2:33-35 ‘A Sword in the Soul’
Sermon, 7th January 2018

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1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10 ‘An Introduction to 1 Thessalonians’
Sermon, 
1st October 2017

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: ‘John Knox’
Sermon, 25th September 2017

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Minister’s Letter September/October 2017

Dear friends,

All Saints’ Eve, 2017 will mark the 500th of the reformer Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church. This marked the beginning of the Reformation across the continent of Europe. Luther challenged the medieval Church against the practice of payment of Indulgences (a fee for a papal cause) as a means of forgiveness of sin. Through Luther’s study of the scriptures he proposed the theology of forgiveness of sin through justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He was excommunicated from the medieval church for his views on the sacramental theology, scripture, church leadership and structure. However, the ideas of Luther began to take hold in Germany, through the support of the German princes and aided by the recent invention of the printing press. The Reformation of the Church spread throughout Europe through other Reformers, such as John Calvin, who developed Luther’s ideas and was the father of Presbyterianism.

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: ‘John Calvin’
Sermon, 17th September 2017

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The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: ‘Martin Luther’
Sermon, 10th September 2017

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Esther 9:1-5 & 10:18-22 ‘Victory & Celebration’
Sermon, 28th August 2017