Sermons by Chris Johnson

The Seed and the Soil

The parable of the sower is one of Jesus’ most famous parables, and often in the church we use it when speaking about mission, viewing ourselves at the sowers. But this week Chris turns it on its head and asks which type of soil are we?
Susan leads the rest of the service with contributions from Pete and Lynne leading the music.

Communion August 2021

For our August communion service Chris leads us through a few verses from the sermon on the mount, inviting us to further examine ourselves and our attitudes by asking three questions: where are you storing up your treasure, what is your world view and are you heding your bets?
Andy leads the rest of the service with contributions online from Greta and Jacqui and in-person music led by Pete and Nick.

Catching the Wave: The Church

As Christians we are called not to be lone operators but form communities of people, what we now call “church”. Chris concludes our Catching the Wave series by speaking on our contribution to the church and how we can pray for revival in our nation and around the world.
Karen leads the rest of the service with music from Pete and Lynne.

Going Back or Moving On?

As we exit national lockdown (for the time being at least) we have a choice to make. Do we go back to what we did before or do we move on and try something new? Chris looks at several instances through the Bible where those decisions were made and looks at what we can learn from them.
Susan leads the rest of the service with music led by Pete and Lynne.

Communion July 2021

Chris and Lynne lead us through our Communion service for July 2021. We were unable to renew our covenant with each other and with God in our traditional covenant service in February and so this week we take that opportunity as we are on the brink of re-opening the church for full-scale Sunday services. On that note, Chris speaks about the relaxation of lockdown rules and how we as Christians can love our neighbours in the times that will be ahead where we will legally (but not necessarily morally) be able to take our lives “back to normal”.
Lynne has chosen the music for this week and also brings us an update on the inaugural Worship in the Woods held last weekend.

Catching the Wave: Education

We continue the Catching the Wave series as this week Chris looks at education, how many educational establishments were set up by Christians and using Christian principles and how we can support those that work in education now.
James leads the rest of the service as he interviews somebody he should know very well, and Kath brings this week’s reading.

Catching the Wave: The Media

We continue our series on the Catching the Wave materials by this week looking at the media. Chris expands upon the media that the disciples of Jesus would have had access to and links it through the centuries to the media that we have access to in the 21st century.
Andy leads the rest of the service, with prayers for the media and an illustration based upon one of his favourite TV programmes…

Catching the Wave: Politics

We continue our series on Catching the Wave with what has turned out to be extremely topical subject given recent events. Chris speaks on the history of politics and Christianity and reminds us of the commandment to pray for our leaders – even if (perhaps, especially if!) we disagree with what they’re doing.
Ant leads the rest of the service whilst Lynne picks the songs for the worship time.