Sermons at St. Andrew's Scots Kirk
Readings : Jeremiah 2.4-13 Psalm 139 and Luke 14.25-33 Prayer I wonder what you would think was the most famous photograph of the 20th Century? Some of you may be thinking it came from the various outbreaks of war? Or when peace was declared? A building A coronation? A film star? A mountain, waterfall or
Readings Jeremiah 1. 4-10 The Call of Jeremiah 4 The Lord said to me, 5 “I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.” 6 I answered, “Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say that you
Isaiah 5:1-7 Luke 12:49-56 We’ve spent 8 weeks looking at the church in the 1st century; now we’re speeding back 800 years or so to the time of King Uzziah. So I’d better give you a bit of background. A little over 1000 years before Jesus was born, the nation of Israel wanted a king.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 So we saw a few weeks ago how Pl wrote to the Galatians, who were being troubled by some very influential jewish believers, who insisted that Christians had to become Jews 1st. The Colossians were being troubled by Greek ideas that were about secret codes & knowledge & some very odd practices.
Colossians 3:1-11 It is possible to be so heavenly minded, you’re no earthly use. Do you know that expression? It refers to people who have their heads in the clouds, as it were – they like to look very pious and holy. They want people to notice that they are religious. There’s one example which
Colossians 2:6-19 According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous day today”! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The
Colossians 1:15-28 I’m glad that God doesn’t run his kingdom like the A.A. runs their breakdown insurance. I wouldn’t stand a chance. You see, they wanted to kick me out. I had this breakdown cover insurance on my car – d’you have that here in Sri Lanka? It means that you pay £50, £100 a
Everywhere you go there are strange variations of Christianity… When I went to the North of Scotland I learned that it was scandalous for us to cook on a Sunday – & even worse to wash clothes. There was a Christian fellowship in town who had just allowed their members to have a television –
Galatians 6:1-16 6:1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if
Evidence that God is at work in your life. * * * * * God the Father wants to transmit and impart 9 specific elements of the fruit of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities. God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin
The Ascension of Jesus into heaven bring the incarnation to its logical conclusion – and tells us that God’s identification with the human condition is eternal, not temporary. Jesus prayer to be glorified glorifies all humanity with him, for we are created in the image and likeness of God – and called to live in
Not the direction you expected, not the place you planned on, not the person you were looking for, not the house you expected to stay. That was Paul’s experience. And from it, great things happened for the early church. May we all be open to the ways in which the unexpected, or the unscheduled, or
The message of Jesus changed from reforming the tribal faith of the Jews to a global revolution when Peter had a vision. It’s easier to belong to a tribe – or a social class, or a congregation, or a nation – than to see God in all peoples and place. But only such a vision
Psalm 23, Revelations 7:9-17, Acts 9:36-43 Comfort, Caring, Confidence It’s easy to feel helpless – or hopeless – these days. What can one person do, what can one congregation accomplish? But perhaps those are the wrong questions. Instead, we are asked simply to do what we can do, and to be confident that that good
There is nothing new under the sun, we read in Ecclesiastes, and the church continually faces the same challenges it did at the beginning – living out God’s call in a world hostile to its own Creator. So again today we are called to do that, and we do it by living the way Jesus