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Not only in politics, but also in religion, it's highly prevalent to think 'It's all about me.'

Isaiah 58 challenges self-centred understandings of faith and religion and calls people to seek justice - to think of and seek the welfare of others, not just ourselves.

A true Christian life has been characterised as 'Faith, active in love, seeking justice.' It calls us to get involved with God's mission of liberation to the world, as Jesus himself liberates people from what binds them and twists them up.

This sermon was preached at Sunday Night at St John's on 25th August, 2013.
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Faith - a sermon on Hebrews 11

Is faith 'blind trust despite the evidence,' as Richard Dawkins provocatively describes it?
Is it historical knowledge or an intellectual assent to a set of doctrines?

Or is it something more profound and fundamental than that? 
This sermon is based on Hebrews 11 and the story of Abraham's faith in God.  It explores faith as a narrative, connecting us as part of a community of faith through both time and space.  It was preached at Sunday Night at St John's on August 11th, 2013.
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Note: a Bible study on Luke 12 and Hebrews 11-12 can be found at this link. It is not the bible study connected to this sermon but the following week's sermon (which was unfortunately not recorded) but it relates to the stories of faith of the persecuted people found in Hebrews 11 and 12.


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MORE. Most of our economic system is based on the drive for more.
ENOUGH. Do we even know what 'enough' is in this age of excess?

Jesus tells a parable to warn people to 'be on their guard against any kind of greed' - to be on their guard against wanting, and striving for, 'more.'  God's plan of shalom and wholeness is that everyone will have enough, no one will have too much, no one will have too little. Is it really possible to live in this way?  Is it possible to live towards shalom in our society?  This sermon explores the themes of 'more' and 'enough' and suggests ways of beginning to live towards 'shalom' where everyone has enough. It was preached at Sunday Night at St John's on August 4th, 2013.

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