Steve Beck: Christ over Mammon
Christ vs Demeter: Who is the Lord of the Bread?
Sometimes we forget that the world Jesus came into and the one that the early church was raised within was very much like ours. The Gentiles were the people of a Greco-roman world. The term Gentile doesn’t always capture the Hellenistic culture of the classical world. These were the people of Plato, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Euripides and Homer.
Christians were sent out to proclaim the truth, goodness and beauty of the gospel of Jesus to a massive world of competing worldviews, ideas, values and gods. We too live in a vast world of conflicting conclusions on the nature of reality, the place and purpose of life, the truth of truth, morality and even our own understanding of self. We are called to live lives of meaning, and how we live and what we do in our day to day lives matter more than ever.
Series: Christ Against the Gods:Unmasking the true Lord of the Party
Sermon: Christ vs. Bacchus
Main Text: John 2:1-11
Christ confronts…the duality of good vs evil and liberates by life and love.
Christ conquers…slaveish servitude to flesh the world and the devil
Christ commands…us to live free, feast and liberate others.
Series: Christ Against the Gods: Finding Freedom from the Powers & Problems of this Age.
Sermon 3: Christ against Chaos
Christ Confronts…the chaos
Christ Conquers…our fears
Christ Commands…us to walk in faith, perseverance and peace
Steve Beck speaks on: Christ is Victor over: Superstition, Curses, Magic and Witchcraft
“And here, at the coming of the Son, magic began to be destroyed, and all bonds were loosed; and the ancient kingdom and the error of evil were destroyed. All things were moved together, and the destruction of death was planned, and from that, God started to bring things back to perfection.”
(Adapted from: The Second Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians)
Sermon title: Christ against Dead or Dying Religion.
Christ Confronts…dead or dying religion.
Christ Conquers…it through love, light and mercy.
Christ Commands…us to be filled with the Spirit and minister love, light and life.
Our missionaries in East Africa are back for a few months and share about the last few years of ministry and mission. This story is a full of terror and triumph as they share the events that have led them from South Sudan to Uganda.
Phillip shares his moving testimony of how God rescued him from a life of addiction, homelessness and chaos through the simple acts of kindness of God’s people and the unrelenting love of Jesus. This is truly a wonderful story worth hearing.
The Bible celebrate God’s gift of marital love and the joy and pleasure of our sexual lives. Sex is not the pinnacle of human experience. It’s not the only path to fulfilment or meaning. Being married doesn’t cristen you a saint and being a virgin doesn’t get you a better seat in heaven. In this day sex can mean too much or mean too little. This is one book of made up of 66 books, so let’s keep it in perspective. But with so much obsession, confusion, carnage and ignorance surrounding the subject, we need the wisdom of God to understand its place and purpose.
The Song of Songs invites us to explore, indulge and enjoy sex within the safe and secure, God ordained covenant of marriage. But like all good things, evil seeks to corrupt and confuse in order to bring pain, suffering, rebellion and ultimately death. The Song of Songs stands in the Bible as a beacon of hope and yet, there are plenty of stories in the Bible that reflect the sinful and broken sexuality of the human condition.