Often our internal lives can be largely devoted to point-scoring. We mentally assess the behaviour of others, and worry that they might be assessing us! Perhaps unsurprisingly, we tend to give ourselves more generous points than others. Our love of point-scoring reveals the hypocrisy of our hearts — and when confronted by the justice of God, that’s a real problem. How can we live un-hypocritically? The solution lies in the good news that God’s justice is not a matter of point-scoring, but of the heart; and that he offers a new heart to those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How does God reveal his righteousness in the gospel? That’s the great question we are left with at the close of the introduction to Romans. Romans 1.18-32 make it clear that the first part - although not the last part - of the revealing of the righteousness of God is the revealing of the wrath of God. This sermon explores the wrath of God and the heart of darkness - as part of God’s great project of gospel hope.
What’s the thing all of us need most in our lives? According to Paul, it’s to be strengthened in our inner being with the limitless love of Christ. This sermon looks at how this vision will take shape for us at CCIW in 2018.
When Ecclesiastes gets into your soul, it brings a revolution of joy. Paradoxically, it is clarity about death that powers this joy. This sermon explores how that dynamic works.
The abuse of power runs rampant in our sin-disfigured world. We see unbalanced power dynamics at work in global injustices and in our personal relationships. How can we live well when others abuse their power over us, and serve well when we have power over others? The Teacher instructs us in how to engage power with a kind of shrewdness that makes space for joy, even in the midst of injustice.