St. John’s Diamond Creek Sermons

Sermons from the preaching team at the Anglican Parish of Diamond Creek.

Peacemakers: The Reality of Conflict

Posted by stjohnsdiamondcreek in James, Peacemakers

This new series looks at the reality of conflict. The Church today is the most conflict prone organisation in the world, and the most conflict adverse. This, believe it or not, should be expected! The Church brings in people with different habits, different backgrounds, different life experiences. The only common thread is Jesus. There is no criteria for goodness in the church.

The Bible passage for this talk is James 4:1-3.

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White (Space) July - Do not worry

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The final week of White (space) July addresses the lack of faith we often have when it comes to trusting God about the future. Younger generations, in particular, are put under a lot of Aussie pressure to set themselves up well for the future. Own a house, settle down, have savings, have investments, protect yourself!

The Christian life brings an alternate mindset that acknowledges we are in a lot less control than we’d like to be and that that’s okay. In fact, it might even be good for us to embrace this a little more!

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White (Space) July: Jesus, Mary & Martha

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Continuing our White (space) July series, Tim takes a look at Luke 10:38-42. This is a well-known passage warning against too much work but it’s relevance only seems to be growing. It’s not that Martha is wrong to work hard, it’s that her priorities are all wrong compared to her sister who is sitting quietly at the feet of the Lord. Mary has effectively carved out some white space for herself, whilst Martha’s life is too crowded.

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White (space) July - Jesus: Lord of the Sabbath

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Keen listeners will remember our White (space) Christmas series from late 2016. In God’s word, we have a powerful and repeated command to embrace Sabbath rest. Most of us at St John's are, by our own admission, ignoring or badly failing this command. This preaching series aims to help us do rest better and, when we do, everyone in our lives (family and friends) will benefit. Most importantly, our relationship with Jesus will benefit.

This week, we look at how Jesus reacted to the Pharisees' view of the Sabbath. As much as rest is a massive part of the Sabbath, it is ultimately about our relationship with God (and, consequently, with other people). It’s not about a legalistic “no work” day once a week but rather a day where work is set aside to fully focus on relationships.

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Outward Signs // Inward Grace: Communion

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Jesus gave us two rituals to show outwardly the grace we receive inwardly, baptism, and communion. In this mini-series, Tim looks at these sacraments, and how they display Jesus working in our lives.

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Outward Signs // Inward Grace: Baptism

Posted by stjohnsdiamondcreek in Baptism, Outward Signs / Inward Grace

Jesus gave us two rituals to show outwardly the grace we receive inwardly, baptism, and communion. In this mini-series, Tim looks at these sacraments, and how they display Jesus working in our lives.

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I am… The Vine

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The finale of our I AM series, Delle Matthews concludes with Jesus referring to himself as "the vine", and his followers as "the branches". How do we remain in Jesus, and attached to the vine? 

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I am… The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Posted by stjohnsdiamondcreek in Jesus, I Am, John

Possibly the most well known I AM statement from Jesus. Our series continues this week to explore who Jesus says he is. We live in a "post-truth" world, but what is truth? Jesus claims to be the truth, above all.

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I Am…The Ressurection and the Life

Posted by stjohnsdiamondcreek in Jesus, I Am, John

Andrew Bowles delivers his final sermon at St John's. Jesus sits at the heart of the Christian faith, making several bold statements about himself. When Lazarus dies, Jesus mourns for his friend, but establishes and displays his power over death, stating that he is the resurrection, and the life.

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I Am…The Good Shepherd

Posted by stjohnsdiamondcreek in I Am, John

Whose voice do we listen to? In this instalment of our 'I Am...' series, Sam Oldland reflects on Jesus' statement that he is 'The Good Shepherd', and that those who listen to him and respond are truly hearing the voice of God. From John 10:11-21.

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