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3rd May 2020 – The gate…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | May 1, 2020 | Comments Off on 3rd May 2020 – The gate…

The sermon for 3 May 2020 will be based on the Gospel reading for that day which is John 10:1-10.  John chapter 10 is part of the ‘Good Shepherd discourse’ of John’s Gospel.  But in that reading Jesus tells us much less famously that he is ‘the gate’ (v7 and 9).  I think this is…

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19th April 2020 – First order of business… 

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 16, 2020 | Comments Off on 19th April 2020 – First order of business… 

The first moments after our risen Lord Jesus met with his disciples were precious in more ways than we at first might think. John recorded them in his Gospel (John 20:19-23 – the sermon text for 19 April 2020).  For Jesus it was less about hugs and smiles and mostly about reconciliation.  First in the sense…

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5th April 2020 – What sort of a king is this?

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Apr 2, 2020 | Comments Off on 5th April 2020 – What sort of a king is this?

This Sunday we commemorate when Jesus came into Jerusalem riding a donkey with the crowds laying down palms and shouting various acclamations from the Old Testament reserved for kings and, specifically, the Messiah (see especially Matthew 21:5, an amalgam of Isaiah 62:11 and Zechariah 9:9).  By Friday afternoon he would be executed a criminal.  Jesus…

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29th March 2020 – Reasonable expectations…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 27, 2020 | Comments Off on 29th March 2020 – Reasonable expectations…

..the first thing to say is that all these COVID-19 restrictions are so fresh and all-encompassing that it’s a little hard not to view life through them at present. And therefore the sermon. That, said it’s not my intention to let ‘the 19’ dominate every sermon from now till we emerge the other side. Rest…

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22nd March 2020 – Keeping it simple… 

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 12, 2020 | Comments Off on 22nd March 2020 – Keeping it simple… 

The sermon text is John 9:1-41 vis another long one.  The part that has always intrigued me the most – other than the sheer wonder of the miracle of giving a man his sight – is the formerly blind man’s defence of Jesus to the authorities.  The authorities are jealous and anxious about Jesus.  They…

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15th March 2020 – God’s persistence…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Mar 12, 2020 | Comments Off on 15th March 2020 – God’s persistence…

The account of Jesus discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:4-42 shows Jesus determination to do his saving work.  The dialogue between them covers a lot of ground.  There is ample opportunity to get off track.  But Jesus stays true to his focus to give the woman his spring of living…

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23rd February 2020 – Wait for the cross…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Feb 19, 2020 | Comments Off on 23rd February 2020 – Wait for the cross…

Each year we spend a Sunday on Jesus’ Transfiguration. That’s how essential it is to the Easter story (Matthew 17:1-13). It is remembered the Sunday before Lent starts. We are told that Jesus goes up to the mountain with his disciples, is ‘metamorphosised’ into blinding light before their eyes so that they see his complete…

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16th February 2020 – Too important not to get back to…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Feb 13, 2020 | Comments Off on 16th February 2020 – Too important not to get back to…

The many keen observers of the Bethlehem bulletin will notice that the text I preach on today, Matthew 5:17-20, is not the assigned text Matthew 5:21-37. In fact we heard today’s sermon text last week after the section on us being salt and light (Mathew 5:17-20).The thing is, Matthew 5:17-20 is too important to skip…

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9th February 2020 – Glowing for God…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Feb 5, 2020 | Comments Off on 9th February 2020 – Glowing for God…

This week we move onto the next section of the sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). He tells us ‘Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16). Some parts of scripture…

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2nd February 2020 – Blessed are the poor in spirit…

By Pastor Matt Bishop | Jan 30, 2020 | Comments Off on 2nd February 2020 – Blessed are the poor in spirit…

The theme of our readings this week, the fourth Sunday of Epiphany where we continue to focus on key events in Jesus’ early ministry and the way that through them he shines a new light on the world, could be summarised as showing how God’s kingdom comes in the complete opposite of the circumstances we…

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