Sermons on Romans

Sermons on Romans

The Way of the Cross

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Readings: Romans 12. 9-21; Matthew 16. 21-28 (view all) I wonder when you last experienced a truly anti-climatic event? It might have been a sporting event that didn’t end the way you wanted. Or an ending to a film or TV series, that didn’t go down the way you were expecting it. Or even the personal experience in your work or social life, of putting huge energy into planning an event which then, either because of…

Who do you say I am?

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity If you’ve ever had to spend more than a few minutes around children of a certain age, you will be more than familiar with their ability to innocently question all kinds of things. Evie, our daughter who is now seven, is still full of questions. From, ‘Mum, Dad, how can I get a baby?’, to ‘Where does Jesus live now?’ The, often candid and unexpected, questions that children ask mirror so many of our own questions.…

Sunday 28th June (Trinity III)

Our online service for Sunday 28th June, exploring how God is with us in acts of kindness and hospitality. You are God’s gift to the world! How will you be a blessing to others? Online Giving With face-to-face services and activities suspended, there has been a significant negative impact on our church finances this year. You can help by continuing to donate to our work online:

Sunday 21st June (Trinity II)

Join us as we gather online at 10.30am for our Sunday service, exploring why the power of faith is strongest when we are at the end of ourselves. Find the strength to keep going, by worshipping alongside others online. Have the chance to pause, reflect and pray. Explore how to find new life, by surrendering our baggage to Jesus. Our hope is that by the end of today’s service you will be refreshed and challenged to be fully alive during…

Sunday 14th June (Trinity I)

Join us live at 10.30am for this week’s online service, exploring the Church’s role in growing God’s kingdom. Connect with others who are trying to live faithfully in these challenging times. Have the chance to pause, pray and reflect. Learn how to play your part in strengthening your local community. 🙏 We pray that you at the end you will feel refreshed, renewed and challenged for the week ahead. And if you can’t join us live in the morning, then…

In the wilderness

Either way, as we consider today’s readings, I wonder what we can learn about living in the wilderness of life, and how to be sustained spiritually in the midst of difficult times? Given the times in which we are currently living, with the spread of the Coronavirus, and the increasing concern it brings, this is perhaps a very timely theme to explore together.

Finding God in our worries

On this Creation Sunday, our readings invite us to trust in the Creator, who provides for all his creatures, but also challenge us to reflect honestly on the broken state of our world, in which there is so much to make us anxious. So as we reflect on God’s character as our creator, and the nature of his creation, I wonder how we can live more fully as God’s children?

Playing our part

In today’s gospel reading, with Christmas just around the corner, we get our first glimpse of Mary and Joseph, and their obedience to God’s unfolding plan for the salvation of the world. How can we, like them, hear and understand God’s call on us in our lives? And what does it mean to respond in obedience?

Repent

The task given to John the Baptist, who appears in this morning’s gospel reading for the first time this Advent, is to “Prepare the way of the Lord” amongst the people. And in today’s collect, which we’ve just prayed together, we asked for God to ‘purify our hearts and minds’ in order that ‘we might be ready to receive him [Christ], who is our Lord and our God.’ So what does it mean for us to prepare our hearts and minds this Advent? And how can we, as Christ’s Church, be ‘ready to receive him’ when he appears?

Wake up

In today’s readings for Advent Sunday, we are introduced to the great Advent imagery of the Old and New Testaments — contrasting themes of darkness and light, night and day, and in particular, sleeping and waking. The prophet Isaiah, the apostle Paul and Jesus himself warn us ‘wake up’ and be prepared for Christ’s coming. So what does it mean for us today to live as ‘Advent Christians’, to be those who are awake in a slumbering world?

The Family Business

Trinity Sunday Readings: Isaiah 6.1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8.12-17; John 3.1-17 (view all) I wonder whether you’ve ever had one of those deep, late night conversations. The kind of philosophical conversation that takes place, usually after a few drinks, where you and those with you put the world to rights together. I can remember plenty of those kinds of conversations when I was studying — sometimes we would end up reaching a place of agreement and deeper understanding, but often…

The Way of the Cross

The Second Sunday of Lent Readings: Genesis 17. 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22. 23 – 31; Romans 4. 13-25; Mark 8. 31-38 (view all) Until our daughter Evie was born, I hadn’t realised just how much thinking there is to do to be a good parent. I knew (at least to some extent!) that it would take time and effort, but I didn’t realise how much Amy and I would need to discuss and think through. What values did we want…