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The Return of The King – Ryan’s Sermon Blog (Part Four)

11 Oct

This is the fourth and final installment of the ‘Return of the King’ Sermon series blog posts. 

Q:  [From Matthew 25:31-46] As Christians, and with realities that people don’t know Christ and are ultimately going to hell, how can we rationalise having time to ourselves, just relaxing having fun?

 

I struggle with this one and I don’t think I’ve thought it through enough. However here are some initial thoughts. We live in a society that is basically hedonistic (a hedonist strives to maximize pleasure) in form i.e. life is all about ‘me’ time and having fun. We worship through relaxing and enjoyment and making sure that the ‘I’ is entertained. Some people simply work during the week so that they can do this on weekends. Whole industries have sprung up to help us in this worship; economies have come to be shaped by it. The world of the eternal weekend – can there be anything better? Continue reading

The Return of The King – Ryan’s Sermon Blog (Part Three)

4 Oct


This blog post is a continuation of the previous two “The Return of The King” posts dated 03/10/12 and 26/09/12

Q: “What happens if we are faithful and there are no fruit visible?”

I take it that if we are faithful then there will be fruit (no matter how small).

Some issues: we land in some hot water if we focus too much on the fruit aspect.  While visible fruit can be a helpful way to gauge things at times, if we focus too much on the fruit then we can turn into a bunch of neurotic people who start doubting whether we’re even saved. And while the bible encourages introspection of sorts, it doesn’t encourage that kind of of crippling of ourselves.

The answer to all of this is not so much to fix our eyes on looking for fruit but rather to fix our eyes on looking to Jesus. That’s important. Continue reading

The Return of The King – Ryan’s Sermon Blog (Part Two)

3 Oct

Q: “The Bible passage (Matthew 25:14-30) and Sunday sermon seemed to say salvation by faith and works… so confusing. Was the 3rd servant a believer or not?”

Thanks for your question! It’s a helpful one because you raise some very important issues.

Starting off, it’s worth stating what the parable is NOT saying: ‘Be faithful or else [you won’t be saved].’

No, we keep going back to the basics: We are saved because of Christ’s faithfulness, not our own! And I tried to keep pointing out the work of Christ for us, primarily in salvation but also in his provision (the things he’s given us). Rather, what the parable is doing is simply encouraging those already trusting in Jesus (and so are already saved) to live in line with who they are in Jesus. ‘You have been made slaves of Christ, now live as slaves of Christ.’ Not to earn salvation but simply as a way of living out your saved life. The call from the parable is for faithfulness on our part – action on our part actually. Continue reading

The Return of The King – Ryan’s Sermon Blog (Part One)

26 Sep

Does the return of Christ matter?

‘If things go on like they’ve been going for the last however many years, there is a good chance that I will die before Jesus returns. So what’s the big deal? His return won’t really affect me. Why is it important that I remember that Jesus will return?’

That’s the gist of a question posed to me. So, what is the big deal with Jesus return? Why should I remember it? Or even long for it?
Well, here are two briefs reasons why it’s worth keeping his return in the forefront of our minds and hearts.

1. It’s part of the whole story.
The King wasn’t only born. He didn’t only live and die. He also rose from the dead, returned to his Father and one day will return for his people.  It’s part of the whole story. And if you lose parts, sometimes it means you can miss the whole. Remembering the whole, gives me perspective on life Continue reading

The Return of the King – New Sermon Series – this Sunday!

20 Sep

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What do we do with the delay in Christ’s return? Delays cause issues.

It’s the other way around in our culture but if the bride arrives at the church and the groom is delayed, then the bride’s gonna be asking all kinds of questions: ‘Has he given up on marrying me? Is he ok? What’s going on?’

So what do we do with the delay in Christ’s return?

Jesus has given us Matthew 24 and 25 (and bunches of other parts of his Scripture) as a way to help us live in light of his return. We’ll be looking at the three parables (although the last one isn’t a parable) from Matthew 25 and seeing how it helps us live as Christ’s people here as we wait for the King to return.

Over the next 3 Sunday’s we’ll be doing just that.

Part One (vv. 1-13) will look at us being prepared for the delay cause that’ll mean that you’re ready for his return. What does it mean for us to be prepared and watching (v. 13)? What do you think? Are you prepared? Continue reading