Home Group Sermon Series - 2009
Apostle James's Letter to the Early Christian Church
James’s letter is a handbook for practical Christian living:
It touches on issues of Christian concern in a world of human need; and the implications of careless and evil words; it shows us how a genuine faith is a tested faith; and how encountering difficulties is an essential part of growth in Christian maturity.
This series of studies, supplementing our preaching on a Sunday morning, will give plenty of ‘food for thought’ as we continue to discern God’s future vision for us here at Emmanuel. As we wrestle with God’s word it will challenge us and strengthen our faith as we allow His Spirit to shape our lives.
The Parables of Jesus
One third of all Jesus’ teaching was done in parables and so there’s much we can learn from them. Parables are stories intended to convey spiritual truths. They’re not historical or accounts of actual events; they are fictional stories involving made-up characters. The situations they describe never really happened, and the people involved aren’t real people. That’s why the characters in parables aren’t named; they’re just identified by their occupations: a farmer; a merchant; a shepherd; a priest. But these people could be real, and that’s the point. The characters in parables are instantly recognizable by everyone, regardless of time or culture, that’s why these deceptively simple stories are so full of wisdom and so strikingly memorable and so true to life.
Old Testament book of Daniel
Parts of the book of Daniel have always been popular - the exciting stories of three men in a fiery furnace, Daniel in the den of lions and the strange handwriting on the wall which struck terror in the heart of the Babylonian king. It is a book which describes how God seems to have allowed the unthinkable to happen. His people were in exile in Babylon. His promises seemed shattered. Was He really in control? Was He still faithful? Did He still care? However, it is a book which both shows us, and reminds us, how God is in control of human events - a reassuring thought with which to begin a new year! It is also a book which challenges us as to how much we are prepared to stand up for the things of God in our daily lives.
HG012 : Commitment Sunday
The Parable Of The Talents
Matthew 25:12 - 14
Robin Stevens - 27th November