Sermons

1 Samuel 16:1-13 - Choosing a leader

God has greatly blessed us this year with the provision of Nicholas as our associate minister, as also with Emma as our community outreach worker. Alas, neither Nicholas nor Emma are permanent fixtures. Both will be leaving us this summer – Nicholas together with his wife Amanda will be returning ...

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1 Corinthians 12:4-7 - Let's use our gifts

1 COR 12.4-7: LET’S USE OUR GIFTS [Chelmsford 28 February 2009] 1. YOU ARE GIFTED Yes, in the family of God each of his children is a gifted child! If you are a child of God, then you are special – and you have a special role to play in ...

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - A word of encouragement

1 THESS 4.13-18: A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT As a church we are going through a period when we are very conscious of death. Last Monday week we had the funeral of Margaret Saville; last Wednesday we had the funeral of Mary Small; tomorrow we have the funeral of Jean Amey; ...

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1 Corinthians 12:13-26 - Let's care for one another

1 COR 12.12-26: LET’S CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER [Chelmsford 7 March 2010] This morning I want to preach on one of the five key purposes of our church: namely our duty to care for one another. Do you know the other four purposes? Let me quote from our church development ...

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1 Corinthians 10:16-17 - Let's break bread

1 Cor 10.16-17: LET’S BREAK BREAD [Chelmsford 14 March 2010] “To believe God is to worship God”, declared Martin Luther. Alas, sometimes we have reduced the worship of God to a banality. The American author John MacArthur has written: “Worship services in many churches today are like a merry-go-round. You ...

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1 Corinthians 15:26 - Death a defeated enemy

1 COR 15.26: DEATH A DEFEATED ENEMY! [Easter Day, Chelmsford 4 April 2010] At Easter we celebrate life – we celebrate that God raised Jesus from the dead. “In Assisi, the great basilica, are the bones of St Francis. In Durham, behind the high altar, are the bones of St ...

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Luke 24:13-35 - Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus

LUKE 24:13-35: JESUS APPEARS ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS [Chelmsford 4 April 2010] “No resurrection. No Christianity”. So declared Michael Ramsay, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, and rightly so. The resurrection is at the heart of the Christian faith. Had there been no resurrection, there would have been no church ...

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Mark 8:34; Hebrews 10:24-25 - Called to be radical disciples together

MARK 8.34 & HEBS 10.24-25: CALLED TO BE RADICAL DISCIPLES TOGETHER [Chelmsford 25/4/2010] IT’S TOUGH FOLLOWING JESUS Some people think Christianity is for wimps. How wrong they are. The truth is, it’s tough being a Christian. For to be a Christian is to follow Jesus. Listen to these uncomfortable words ...

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1 Corinthians 11:17-34 - The Lord's supper - the disciples' meal

1 COR 11.17-34: THE LORD’S SUPPER – THE DISCIPLES’ MEAL [Chelmsford 9 May 2010] Do you remember the very first time you took communion? I do - it was the day of my baptism on a November Sunday morning in 1957. I remember one thing in particular: the sense of ...

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Acts 16:11-15 - Lydia of Phillipi

[Acts 16.11-15] ACTS 16.11-15: LYDIA OF PHILLIPI [Chelmsford 30 May 2010] The apostle Paul has often been described as the father of misogyny – he was, people say, a man who hated women; who had no time for women. Just a year or so ago in the New Statesman the ...

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Acts 16:25-34 - The good news reaches a prison governor

ACTS 16.25-34: THE GOOD NEWS REACHES A PRISON GOVERNOR [Chelmsford 13 June 2010] 1. JESUS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE When were you last in jail? Thank God, as far as most of us are concerned, the last time we were in jail was when we were playing Monopoly. Going to ...

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Acts 17:1-9 - The Gospel reaches Jason and his friends

[Acts 17.1-9] ACTS 17.1-9: THE GOSPEL REACHES JASON AND HIS FRIENDS It soon will be holiday time – indeed people are already going on their holidays. Many people are going to Greece this year – thanks to Greece’s economic difficulties, I’m told it’s now a cheap place for a holiday. ...

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Acts 7:10-15 - Students in Berea Encounter the Good News

Acts 17.10-15: STUDENTS IN BEREA ENCOUNTER THE GOOD NEWS [Chelmsford 11 July 2010] As all of you can no doubt testify, preachers can be incredibly boring – the sermon been described as "a monstrous monologue by a moron to mutes". Preachers can also be remarkably ineffective. One American research project ...

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Acts 17:16-34 - Good News for God-Addicts

[Acts 17.16-34] ACTS 17.16-34: GOOD NEWS FOR GOD-ADDICTS [Chelmsford 25 July 2010] 1. WE ARE BY NATURE GOD-ADDICTS Karl Stern, a Jewish psychiatrist who became a Christian, once wrote: "Man has been created a God-addict". I believe that to be true. The psalmist was not just speaking of himself, but ...

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Luke 7:34 - Let’s enjoy life! Let’s eat together

LUKE 7.34: LET ’ S ENJOY LIFE! LET ’ S EAT TOGETHER! Scripture readings: Luke 5.27-32; 7.31-35; Acts 2.44-47 [Chelmsford 29 August 2010] I love parties – and will find any excuse to have a party. Would that birthdays came round more than once a year! I love eating good ...

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Matthew 13:31-33 - The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Did you know that: The tallest tree in the world ever measured - a Douglas fir found in Lynn Valley, British Columbia, in 1902 - stood at 415 feet. The most massive tree in the world - the 'General Sherman' to be found in the Sequoia National Park, California - ...

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Matthew 18:12-14 - The parable of the lost sheep

MATTHEW 18.12-14: THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP Why did the lamb call the police? Because he had been fleeced! What do you get if you cross a sheep & a kangaroo? A wooly jumper? What did one sheep say to the other sheep? After ewe Yes, there are a ...

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1 Peter 3:20-22 - Take the pledge

1 Pet 3.20-22: TAKE THE PLEDGE [Chelmsford 24 October 2010] A man fell into a pit and couldn't get himself out. An empathetic person came along and said, "I feel for you down there" A self-pitying person came along and said, "You haven't seen anything until you've seen MY pit" ...

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Matthew 22:1-14 - The parable of the great feast

MATT 22.1-14: THE PARABLE OF THE WEDDING FEAST [Chelmsford 31 October 2010] What will eternity be like? Nick Hornby, a keen Arsenal fan, wrote in his book Fever Pitch: “It would be nice to think that I could hang around inside the stadium in some form and watch the first ...

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Matthew 25:14-30 - The parable of the talents

[Matt 25.14-30] MATTHEW 25.14-30: THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS [Chelmsford 7 November 2010] “Once there was a man who was about to go on a journey” (v14). So begins the parable of the talents. Nothing is said about where this journey was to be. Was the man in question taking ...

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1 Peter 1:1-2 - To encourage you

1 PETER 1.1-2: TO ENCOURAGE YOU [Word Alive 7 November 2010] Imagine you are a Christian, living in some remote part of the world, with no contact with the wider world – there are no phones, no e-mails, not even a postal service. To make matters worse, you are going ...

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Matthew 13:44-46 - The Parable of the Pearl & the Treasure

Do you ever dream of winning the lottery? What a difference a cool £10 million would make! Or if not the lottery, wouldn't it be great if some unknown distant relative were suddenly to leave us £10,000. That too would make a difference. Indeed, if the bank were to inform ...

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2 Peter 3 - The promise of his coming

2 PETER 3: THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING [Chelmsford Word Alive 5 December 2010] The doctrine of the Second Coming has been the happy hunting ground of cranks. I‟m reminded of a cartoon showing a man with a placard announcing: „THE WORLD ENDS TOMORROW‟. Beside him is a policeman who ...

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Matthew 25:31-46 - The parable of the sheep & goats

MATTHEW 25.31-46: THE PARABLE OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS [Chelmsford 12 December 2010] 1. JUDGEMENT IS FOR REAL The Parable of the Last Judgment terrifies many – it certainly terrifies me. It‟s the kind of parable which we would like to have erased from the Bible: “When the Son ...

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Matthew 1:25 - Joseph named him Jesus

I feel sorry for Joseph. In some ways he’s the real hero of the Christmas story: he stood by his wife when most fair-minded men would have sent their wives packing. And yet, it’s his wife who gets all the limelight.You look at the Christmas cards you receive this year. ...

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Luke 2:3-7 - The real Christmas story

LUKE 2.3-7: THE REAL CHRISTMAS STORY [Chelmsford Christmas Day 2010] There was no donkey. Correction: in the Gospel accounts of the nativity, there is no mention of Mary riding on a donkey. True: Mary could have ridden on a donkey – but she could equally well have made the journey ...

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Acts 7:54-60 - Stephen & Good King Wenceslas

ACTS 7.54-60: STEPHEN AND GOOD KING WENCESLAS Officially today is not Boxing Day – that is Monday Today is St Stephen‟s Day – and so it is appropriate that at this stage we focus on Stephen. Stephen first comes to our notice in the Bible as a man who cared ...

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Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord

PHIL 4.4: REJOICE IN THE LORD! [Chelmsford New Year’s Eve 2010] What is joy? Is joy the same as happiness? Listen to the following story and tell me is it about joy – or is it about happiness? A man goes to a rabbi and complains: „Life is unbearable. There ...

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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 paul@paulbeasleymurray.com.

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