1 Corinthians 1:1-7 - Introducing 1 Corinthians

1. A CITY TO RECKON WITH 1. Corinth was a strategic city INTRODUCING 1 CORINTHIANS Café Church, Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford 12 January 2008 According to one version of Prov 1.14 (LB): “For want of skilful strategy an army is lost; victory is the fruit of long planning”. By & ...

(3037 words) Read more »

Psalm 34 - Let us celebrate God's goodness

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Exodus 20:8 - The Sabbath v Sunday

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Psalm 133 - The friendliest church in town!

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Psalm 116 - Let's praise the Lord!

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Psalm 1 - The way to true happiness

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Psalm 146 - A hymn of pre-aise to the God who saves

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Mark 14:32-42 - Jesus in pain

MARK 14.32-42: JESUS IN PAIN Chelmsford 9 March 2008 "If you want to understand the Christian message", declared Martin Luther, "you must start with the wounds of Christ". This morning I want to focus on the wounds of Christ. The theme of my sermon is ‘Jesus in pain’. I've chosen ...

(2649 words) Read more »

Mark 15:25-32 - King Jesus

Mark 15.25-32: KING JESUS Chelmsford 16 March 2008 Not a fatter fish than he Flounders round the polar sea See his blubber – at his gills What a world of drink he swills… By his bulk and by his size By his oily qualities This (or else my eyesight fails) ...

(2228 words) Read more »

Romans 10:9 - Jesus is the risen Lord:celebrating faith in the resurrection

ROM 10.9: JESUS IS THE RISEN LORD! CELEBRATING FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION Chelmsford Easter Day (23 March) 2008 “God raised Jesus from death” – that is the message of Easter Day. Easter is not about eggs or chocolate bunnies, it is not about daffodils or Simnel cakes – or rather ...

(1916 words) Read more »

1 Peter 1:3-5 - Death shall have no dominion- affirming the hope of resurrection

AND DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION? 1 PETER 1.3-5: DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION - AFFIRMING THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION Chelmsford 6 April 2008 1. This week The Times featured as its Monday Poem a poem on death by the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, each of whose stanzas begins with ...

(2660 words) Read more »

Philippians 3:8-11 - I want to know Christ! Experiencing the power of the resurrection

PHIL 3.8-11: I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST! EXPERIENCING THE POWER OF RESURRECTION [Chelmsford 13 April 2008] In some circles ambition has had a bad press: e.g. • Pope John 23rd once said: "The ambitious are the most ridiculous and the most wretched creatures on earth" • According to one Arab ...

(2702 words) Read more »

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 - What happens after death?

2 COR 5.1-10: WHAT HAPPENS AT DEATH? LOOKING FORWARD TO RESURRECTION Chelmsford 20 April 2007 I huddle warmly inside my corner bed Watching the other patients sipping tea I wonder why I am so long getting well And why it is that no one will talk to me. The nurses ...

(2274 words) Read more »

Ephesians 1:13-14 - The promise of the Holy Spirit

EPH 1.13,14: THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT Chelmsford 18 May 2008 “Nothing else can take the place of presence, not gifts, not telephone calls, not pictures, not mementos, nothing. Ask the person who has lost a lifelong mate what they miss the most; the answer is invariably ‘presence’. When we ...

(2660 words) Read more »

Ephesians 2:20-22 - The temple of the Holy Spirit

EPH 2.20-22: THE CHURCH IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Chelmsford 25 May 2008 Ephesus was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was in Ephesus that the great temple of Diana was to be found. The Greeks had a saying: ‘The sun sees ...

(3270 words) Read more »

Acts 22:3-16 - This is our story

• ACTS 22.3-16: THIS IS OUR STORY Next Sunday there will be no services in this church. For next Sunday is the Finale of the Chelmsford Christian Festival. With 1000s of others we shall all be down at Central Park for a great celebration of faith. It will be the ...

(2194 words) Read more »

Matthew 6:10 - Your Kingdom Come

1. A Revolutionary Prayer Sunday by Sunday we pray “Your Kingdom come”. But what do we mean? What did you have in mind earlier this morning when you prayed “Your Kingdom come”? What, if anything, did you expect God to do?Perhaps two modern paraphrases may help: May everyone acknowledge and ...

(2512 words) Read more »

Matthew 6:11 - Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

Yesterday evening I was at the child contact centre BBQ – it was great: there were hamburgers, sausages, spare ribs, together with potato salad and stuff like that – and then we finished with roasted bananas filled with chocolate. Yummy! But too much food is not good for the figure ...

(1993 words) Read more »

Luke 4:16-21 - We have a Mission

A MAN WITH A MISSION WE HAVE A MISSION 1. Some weeks ago I heard David Cameron speak. It was just after the Crewe & Nantwich by-election. His supporters were not surprisingly cock-a-hoop. But interestingly David Cameron was not so gung-ho. The question the Tory party faced, he said, was ...

(2132 words) Read more »

Luke 13:1-7 - God's absurd passion for the lost

LUKE 15.1-7: GOD’S ABSURD PASSION FOR THE LOST Chelmsford 14 September 2008 An absurd parable Has it ever struck you how absurd some of the parables are? Take the parable of the lost sheep: for there it’s not just the lost sheep that is silly, but so too the shepherd. ...

(2527 words) Read more »

Luke 8:5-15 - The Parable of the soils

[Luke 8.5-15] LUKE 8.5-15: THE PARABLE OF THE SOILS Chelmsford 21 September 2008 Jesus must have been a pretty charismatic figure. Like Barack Obama and now Sarah Palin in the USA, Jesus attracted vast crowds. For a while at least, he was a real celebrity. “People kept coming to Jesus ...

(2056 words) Read more »

Luke 12:13-21 - The Parable of the rich fool

LIFE IS NOT DEFINED BY WHAT WE HAVE LUKE 12.13-21: THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL There is an old story about a man who thought he had the future licked. By some magic he had got hold of a copy of the Financial Times dated a year in advance. ...

(2638 words) Read more »

Luke 10:25-37 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The text of this sermon is not available online. This is a permanent link to this sermon.

Luke 11:15-32 - The Parable of the Lost Son

[Lk 15.11-32] LUKE 15.1-3, 11-32: COME HOME! [Chelmsford 26 October 2008] "Home", said the American poet Frost, "is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in". This morning I want to preach about home - but not about home where your mother & ...

(2747 words) Read more »

Luke 16:19-31 - The Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus

LUKE 16.19-31: THE PARABLE OF THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS Chelmsford 16 November 2008 Did you hear the story of the three men who died in a car accident Christmas Eve? They all find themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. Peter standing at the gate says that ...

(3141 words) Read more »

Luke 6:46-49 - The parable of the two house-builders

LUKE 6.46-49: THE PARABLE OF THE TWO HOUSE-BUILDERS Chelmsford 30 November 2008 Do you remember the story of the three little pigs? Once upon a time there were three little pigs. Before they left home their mother told them, “Whatever you do, do it the best you can because that’s ...

(2830 words) Read more »

Luke 1:26-38 - God surprises

GOD SURPRISED MARY LUKE 1.26-38: GOD SURPRISES Chelmsford 14/12/2008 God is a God of surprises! He is the God of the unexpected! He always defies expectation. Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the ‘annunciation’, the occasion when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with a message from ...

(2743 words) Read more »

Luke 1:78-79 - The song of Zechariah

Luke 1.78-79: THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH (The Benedictus) Chelmsford 21/12/08 The birth of a first child always calls for special celebration But even more so, when it is a child for whom you have waited for many years. Zechariah had long given up hope of having a child – not ...

(1376 words) Read more »

Luke 1:46-48 - Mary's song

LUKE 1.46-48: MARY'S SONG Chelmsford Carols by Candlelight 21/12/08 Some years ago I preached at a small, struggling, London church. There were perhaps just a dozen of us at that Sunday morning service. Although located in one of the wealthiest and trendiest areas of London, the congregation was made up ...

(1057 words) Read more »

Luke 2:14 - The song of the Angels

Luke 2.14: THE SONG OF THE ANGELS - GLORIA Chelmsford Christmas Day 25/12/2008 1. THERE WAS JOY IN THE STABLE Mothers - do you remember how you felt when your first child was born? Did you say, "Oh no - not months ahead of dirty nappies to change"? Of course, ...

(1062 words) Read more »


What’s this site for?

Are you looking for resources to transform the life of your Church? If so, this website could be what you are looking for.

Read more »

Who’s Paul Beasley-Murray?

Paul is the chairman of Ministry Today, as also the College of Baptist Ministers, and from 1993 – 2014 was Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford. He can be contacted at

Read more »