Sermons

Philippians 4:8 - Focus on the positive

LET’S BE POSTIVE ABOUT GOD’S WORLD PHIL 4.8: LET’S BE POSITIVE! (Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford Church Meeting 8 July 2007) Phil 4.8: “Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, lovely and honourable” (GNB) Peterson: “Fill your minds and ...

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John 20:21-22 - Going Christ’s way in 2011

JOHN 20. 21-22: GOING CHRIST’S WAY IN 2011 [Chelmsford 9 January 2011] 'Hallo!' said Piglet, 'what are you doing?' 'Hunting', said Pooh. 'Hunting what?!' 'Tracking something', said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously. 'Tracking what?', said Piglet coming closer. 'That's just what I ask myself. I ask myself, "what?"' 'What do you think ...

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John 1:40-41 - Let’s bring others to Jesus

JOHN 1.40-41: LET’S BRING OTHERS TO JESUS [Chelmsford 30 January 2011] Let me begin with a story: „Once upon a time a group existed who called themselves fishermen. There were many fish in the waters all around. Week after week, month after month, and year after year, the fishermen met ...

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John 11 - Encounter with death & life

JOHN 11: ENCOUNTER WITH DEATH AND LIFE [Chelmsford Word Alive 6/02/2011] A little boy walks up to his grandfather and says, ‘Grandpa, please make a frog noise’. The grandfather says, ‘No’. ‘Oh, please make a frog noise’, said the little boy. ‘Why do you want me to make a frog ...

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John 2:1-11 - The wedding at Cana

[John 2.1-11: The wedding at Cana] JOHN 2.1-11: THE WEDDING AT CANA [Chelmsford Baptismal Service: 6 February 2011] Weddings are expensive. The cost of the average UK wedding is now over £20,000. The most expensive item is the wedding reception – averages £7,724 The honeymoon costs £3,220 The engagement ring ...

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John 13:34-35 - Let’s Love as Jesus Loved Us

JOHN 13.34-35: LET’S LOVE AS JESUS LOVED US [Chelmsford 13 February 2011] Let me begin with a parable "Have you ever felt like a frog? You know the type of thing I mean - stone cold, clammy, ugly, drooping, green, lifeless - all by yourself in the middle of a ...

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John 15:4 - Let’s Develop our Friendship with Jesus

JESUS WANTS US TO BE FRIENDS JOHN 15.4: LET’S DEVELOP OUR FRIENDSHIP WITH JESUS [Chelmsford 27 February 2011] 1. There are friends – and there are friends. There are fair-weather friends, who are there when life is good – and there are real friends, who are there for you when ...

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John 13:1-17 - A Passion to Serve Jesus

JOHN 13.1-17: LET’S SERVE OTHERS [Chelmsford, Sunday morning 6 March 20112] The story is told of three children who were making a dreadful din in the other room – for some reason they were shouting and screaming at one another at the top of their voices. Their mother went in ...

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1 Corinthians 16:2; John 12:3 - How Should We Give?

1 COR 16.2 & JOHN 12.3: HOW SHOULD WE GIVE? [Chelmsford 13 March 2011] Listen again to Paul‟s instructions found in 1 Cor 16.2: “Now concerning… the money to be raised…. You must do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. Every Sunday each of you must put ...

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John 17 - The Prayer of the Saviour

JESUS PRAYED JOHN 17: THE PRAYER OF THE SAVIOUR [Chelmsford 27 March 2011] If you knew you had just 24 hours to live, what would you do? Would you go out for a really good meal? Would you meet up with your best friends? Interestingly Jesus did both of those ...

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13 - A Wedding Sermon

1 COR 13.4-8a: A WEDDING SERMON [Chelmsford 2 April 2011] Congratulations on your marriage. How splendidly turned out both of you are today! We trust that God will richly bless your new life together, and that you will know much happiness in your marriage. But how realistic is such a ...

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John 10:1-18,27-29 - The Love of the Saviour

JOHN 10.1-18, 27-29: THE LOVE OF THE SAVIOUR [Chelmsford: 3 April 2011] “Business leaders today are only in it for the quick buck. Once people were really concerned about doing something worthwhile, about building up a business, about looking after their workers. They would hope that that their children would ...

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John 19:1-4 - "Look! Here is the man!"

[John 19.1-4] JOHN 19.1-4: “LOOK! HERE IS THE MAN!” [Chelmsford Word Alive 3 April 2011] INTRODUCTION This evening Outrageous are focusing on the Cross – „Outrageous Sacrifice‟ is their theme. Tonight I too want us to focus on the Cross – and in particular upon the suffering of the crucified ...

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John 12:27-32 - The Amazing Power of the Saviour

JOHN 12.27-32: THE AMAZING POWER OF THE SAVIOUR [Chelmsford 10 April 2011] 1. JESUS CAME TO DIE ON A CROSS FOR US Every religion and ideology has its symbol Buddhism has the lotus flower Judaism has the star of David Islam has the moon‟s crescent Marxism has the hammer and ...

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John 20:24-29 - From Doubt To Faith

Today is the most exciting day of the year. Not even Christmas morning can compare with Easter Sunday morning. This is the day of the resurrection. This is the day when we celebrate that God raised Jesus from the dead "The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!" Yes, ...

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2 Corinthians 1:12-2:5 - God Can Be Trusted

We Need to Be Trustworthy A policeman in the States was having lunch at a cafe he regularly visited. Over the time he had been going there he had become friendly with one particular waitress, who always served him. While he was eating, he was filling in his entry in ...

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2 Corinthians 3:18 - God sends his life-giving Spirit

Today is Pentecost Sunday – the day when God began to pour out his Spirit.That first Pentecost Sunday must have been an amazing experience: Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then ...

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2 Corinthians 5:17 - The new has come

1. In Jesus There is New Life Some years ago one of my boys went on tour to the Middle East with Rick Wakeman, the rock composer and keyboard player. As I stood waiting for him at Heathrow, I heard another parent say with a sneer. “Of course, he’s a ...

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2 Corinthians 4:7 - Treasure in Common Clay Pots

Geoff and Amanda, I wonder, what kind of parties your Zachary will be into in future years? Our kids have particularly liked pirate parties.The first pirate party was years ago when our eldest son, Jonathan, could not have been much older than five or six – I remember we had ...

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2 Corinthians 12:1-10 - God's Grace is Always Sufficient

1. We All Have Problems Hands up all those who haven’t a care in the world - for whom life is like a feather mattress – for whom life has always been sweetness and light! I see before me smiling faces, and yet I know that behind many a smiling ...

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Psalm 23 - God Cares

Have you heard the story about a little boy, starting his first term at junior school. He was asked, along with all the other children, to speak for a few moments on “What I want to be when I grow up”. The little boy stood up and said: “When I ...

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Psalm 22 - God Saves

When Jesus was dying on the cross, he shouted out the opening verse of Psalm 22: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22.1) Why? What was going through his mind? Did he really believe God had left him? Or was he actually affirming his faith in ...

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Psalm 127 - God Makes All the Difference

Has it ever occurred to you that God and religion are not one and the same thing? Indeed, if God were simply concerned about religion, then we might as well pack up and go home. For religion is essentially about church, whereas God is about life. Don’t get me wrong: ...

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Matthew 5:14-16 - Light to the world!

The other day I “Googled” the phrase “Christian light bulb jokes”, and came up with the following: How many charismatics does it take to change a light bulb? 21 - one to change it, and 20 to share in the experience How many Anglo-Catholics does it take to change a ...

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Malachi 1:1-5 - How do I know that he really loves me?

MAL 1.1-5: HOW DO I KNOW HE REALLY LOVES ME? [Chelmsford 18 September 2011] HOW DO I KNOW HE REALLY LOVES ME? This is the question the American pop-singer Whitney Houston poses in one of her best-selling songs:- There is a boy I know, he’s the one I dream of ...

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Luke 15:11-32 - Come home! The parable of the prodigal

[Lk 15.11-32 Word Alive] LUKE 15.1-3, 11-32: COME HOME! [Chelmsford, Word Alive, 2 October 2011] "Home", according to the American poet Frost, "is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in". This evening I want to us to think about home - but ...

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Matthew 5:6; Acts 8:26-39 - Hungering and thirsting after God

MATT 5.6 & ACTS 8.26-39: HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR GOD [Baptismal Service, Sunday morning 9 October 2011, Chelmsford] Have you ever gone through somebody‟s dustbin, looking for something to eat? If not, then I suspect you have never been hungry – or at least, never been really hungry. Fair enough, ...

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Matthew 5:4; Revelation 21:1-7 - Happy are those who mourn

MATT 5.4: HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO MOURN [Chelmsford, Sunday morning 30 October 2011 – Thank God for loved ones] In my first church there was an old man who always, the moment I began to preach, closed his eyes and went to sleep. Church for him must have been a ...

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Matthew 5:8 - Happy are the pure in heart

MATTHEW 5.8: HAPPY ARE THE PURE IN HEART [Chelmsford, Sunday morning 6 November 2011] I HAVE BAD NEWS FOR YOU On the front of a birthday card was a picture of a young angel with wings on her back, a halo on her head, a flower in her hand, and ...

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A New Testament overview

THE NEW TESTAMENT WORLD ALIVE: 6/11/2011 - NT OVERVIEW 1. GNB: AV: NRSV: THE BOOK The New Testament The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ The New Covenant commonly called the New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ „Testament‟ another word for „covenant‟. The Old ...

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Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the Peacemakers

Just this week I read of a visiting minister who turned to greet his neighbour in the pew with ‘The Peace of the Lord’, and received the immediate response ‘I don’t believe in it’. Sadly, not everybody has welcomed the re-introduction of the so-called ‘unpeaceful peace’ into the communion service. ...

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Psalm 122 - A Song of Praise and Prayer

PSALM 122: A SONG OF PRAISE AND PRAYER [West Leigh Baptist Church 26 November 2011] Congratulations on your splendid building project! What you have achieved is truly wonderful. I have little doubt that in the years to come God will honour all the sacrifices of time, effort and money this ...

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Matthew 5:10-12 - Happy are the Persecuted

[Matt 5.10-12] MATT 5.12: HAPPY ARE THE PERSECUTED! [Chelmsford 27 November 2011 – First Sunday in Advent] 1. COME ON AND CELEBRATE! A teacher once said to a class of small boys: “Hands up those who want to go to heaven”. All the boys put up their hands, except one. ...

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Matthew 1:1-17 - A cupboard of skeletons – Jesus’ family tree

MATT 1.1-17: A CUPBOARD OF SKELETONS Chelmsford Word Alive: 4 December 2011 As many a presidential or prime-ministerial hopeful has discovered, most – if not all of us – have skeletons in the family cupboard. My great-grandfather, for instance, was an Irish bookie living in London‟s East End. An avid ...

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Mark 1:1-15 - Jesus is Good News

JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD JESUS IS GOOD NEWS! MARK 1.1-15: [Baptismal Service of Kathryn Allan & John Clothier: Chelmsford, 4 December 2011] 1. Who is this Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this time of the year? Who is this Jesus by whose birth every other birth is dated? ...

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Philippians 2:1-11 - The Christmas Challenge to Be Christlike!

Phil 2.1-11: THE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE TO BE CHRISTLIKE! [Chelmsford 11 December 2011] How would you best like to be remembered? What would you like written in your obituary in the paper? What would you like your friends to say at the „wake‟ after the funeral?  "He was always ready ...

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Matthew 2:19-23 - King Herod Died: King Jesus Lived - and Lives!

Matt 2.19-23: KING HEROD DIED: KING JESUS LIVED – AND LIVES! [Chelmsford: Carols by Candlelight 18 December 2011] HEROD DIED – THE CHILD LIVED TO BECOME KING “Herod died”, wrote Matthew (2.19). It is a historical fact that after a reign of some 33 or so years marked by violence ...

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Luke 1:1-4; Luke 2:1-2 - The truth of the Christmas story

LUKE 1.1-4 & 2.1-2: THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY [Chelmsford: Christmas Day 2011] Years ago, when I was a teenager, I had a buddy called Nick Page. Nick and I once went up to the Savoy Theatre with a full set of Austrian cowbells, when instead of shouting encore ...

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Give Thanks in All Circumstances

1 THESS 5.18: THANK GOD! [Chelmsford: New Years Eve 2011] The story is told of two angels who were once sent down from heaven, each with a large basket. They went from place to place, visiting homes rich & poor, calling on people young & old. At lengthy they returned ...

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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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