Sermons by Chris Johnson

Freedom in the Spirit

We continue our new series in 2 Corinthians, looking at the passages which directly surround our year text for this year. Chris speaks on Paul’s writings about his visit to Troas where – unexpectedly to Paul – God opened a door to the gospel being preached there, and his later reflections on where his authority comes from and the difference in attitudes people who follow the old or new covenants have. All this leads to our year text, and the crux of Paul’s message: it is only through the Spirit of God that we can find true freedom.

Andy leads the rest of the service whilst Pete and Nick lead our sung worship.

Comfort in Trouble

We start a new series this week looking at Paul’s second published (third overall) letter to the Corinthians. Paul finds himself writing to a deeply troubled church, his previous visit had not been particularly well recieved and Paul himself had recently been under extreme pressure during his time in what we would now call modern-day Turkey. As such, he writes in his opening passages about God’s comfort. As Christians we are not promised a trouble-free life – quite the opposite in fact! – but we are reassured that God has anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, put his Spirit in our hearts and will ultimately make us stand firm in Christ.

Susan leads the rest of the service whilst Lynne and Dave lead our sung worship.

Talking Jesus

Yesterday we held our away day with Rachael Heffer, head of mission at the Evangelical Alliance, spoke about their research programme “Talking Jesus”. In this service Chris summarises what we heard – both from Rachael and from God – and the small group leaders feed back to the wider church family the thoughts that arose from our discussions in the afternoon sessions.

James leads the rest of the service whilst Mike and Ricky (for some reason with the video horribly out of sync – sorry chaps!) lead our sung worship.

More & More Faith

Shona leads June’s All Age Service, carrying on our theme of More & More and this month thinking about more and more faith. What different things can we do to help us grow in our faith in God? Susan, James and Chris all give examples from their lives of times when their faith has grown. We also have an introduction to the mission of the month, GenR8, from Lynn Hawkins.

Pete and Nick lead our sung worship with assistance from Ricky.

Pentecost: Liberation Day

Join us this week as we celebrated Pentecost together! Chris speaks on the circumstances surrounding the revelation of the Holy Spirit to the disciples in Jerusalem and its happening at a significant point in the Jewish calendar, how God pre-prepared for that moment by decreeing the festivals to be celebrated thousands of years beforehand. The people in Jerusalem heard God speaking through the disciples gathered there. That same Spirit enables us to hear from God too. What have you heard recently?

As Susan was unwell, Chris also leads the rest of the service with a reflection on how the Spirit cannot be contained and is like a breath and fire. Lynne and Dave lead our sung worship.

Acts 11, Part Two

This week in our Acts series we see the focus shifting from Peter to the spread of the Gospel to the north of Israel in Antioch (on the modern day Turkish/Syrian border) and Barnabas’ mission to bring encouragement and teaching to the newly-named Christian community there. During his time in Antioch Barnabas recruits Saul, who the apostles had previously sent to Tarsus, to join him. This initial spread of Christianity may have seemed random and disorganised but – as Chris encourages us – God often uses disorder to bring forward his purposes. What apparent disorder can we see today that God is working through?

Andy leads the rest of the service as we invite the Holy Spirit to take away all our inhibitions and Lynne and Dave lead our sung worship.

Acts 11, Part One

This week in our Acts series we find Peter returing to Jerusalem from Caesarea and reporting back to the church what had happened before and during his visit to Cornelius. We see a reiteration of his belief that God has opened up the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles, and Chris looks at why this may have been a challenge to the Jewish believers. He also explains that – as most of us in the west are Gentiles – in accepting Jesus we are also grafted into the (historic) people of Israel and can share in their promised inheritance.

Susan leads the rest of the service whilst Pete and Nick lead our sung worship.

Acts 10

We continue with our study of the book of Acts this week as Chris leads us through Acts 10. Up until now the church had been composed of what we would now call Messianic Jews – Jews who have accepted the grace of Jesus. But now with Peter’s vision and visit to Cornelius it is abundantly clear that the message is not just for the Jews but the Gentiles too. God reveals to Peter that his gift of the Holy Spirit is for all, Jew and Gentile alike. And thank goodness for that, because it means us too!

Karen leads the rest of the service as we pray for our Mission of the Month, Home Mission, whilst Mike and Lynne lead our sung worship.

More and More Pleasing God

In the book of Matthew Jesus divides people into two groups: the sheep and the goats. The sheep follow God’s ways and are pleasing to him whereas the goats are more content in going their own way and this does not please God. In our All Age Service for April Chris looks at how we can be a sheep and not a goat, pleasing God through the ways that we serve him.

Ant is this weeks’ master of ceremonies and Pete and Nick lead our sung worship.

A New Beginning, Easter 2024

Christ is Risen! We celebrate Easter this year with Chris challenging us to have a new beginning. Every person has a choice: shall we conform to the world or shall we follow Jesus? We are (strongly!) encouraged to choose Jesus and choose life!

Susan leads the rest of the service whilst Lynne, Pete and Dave lead our sung worship.