- Colossians 4:2-6
Why did God send Jesus at Christmas? One of the reasons was so that God could adopt us into his own family. Christmas is God’s invitation to us to come home.
Is Christmas out of character for God? Is humility - even the humiliation of self-emptying and self-humbling - a departure from how God,’ought’ to be? And what implications does the answer have for us? This is the first sermon in our Christmas series.
Self control - everyone’s least favourite of the fruit of the Spirit! And the one that most sounds like, ‘just suck it up and be more disciplined!’ But is there more to it than that?
Gentleness is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. To some of us, it comes naturally; for others, it’s like a foreign language. And yet, as a fruit of the Spirit, part of the texture of our calling by the grace of God in Christ to a life of good works, gentleness is for everyone. So, what exactly is gentleness? And how does the powerful gentleness of Jesus help us to grow in it?
We live in a culture which says that being ’true to yourself’ - or what you might call self-faithfulness - is the highest of all virtues, the deepest calling in life. This sermon looks at the words of Jesus which paint for us a picture of a far greater faithfulness.