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The Prayer of Jesus (John 17)

Do you ever wonder what Jesus has been doing all this time since he 'ascended to the right hand of the Father'?

Actually, Jesus' work for us continues - he continues to intercede for his people.

The High-Priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17 gives us a glimpse into his ongoing work on our behalf.

This sermon was preached on Sunday 20th May 2012 at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church.

You can view the Prezi visual presentation at this link.

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When Jesus is describing the work of the Holy Spirit to his disciples, he uses a Greek word which is hard to translate because of its wide variety of meanings. The word is transliterated into English as paraclete (not parakeet- that's a bird).

As we unfold the meanings and aspects of the work of the Holy Spirit - Paraclete, we see just how good it is and what a great gift that God sends us his Holy Spirit!

This sermon was preached on Pentecost Sunday, May 27th 2012, at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church.

It is designed to be used with the bible study found at this link. You can also view the Prezi visual presentation at this link.

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Could the Good News possibly be for those outside God's 'chosen people' - the Jews? Peter certainly took some convincing that this was the case, but when he visited Cornelius's household, he proclaimed the Gospel and God poured out his Holy Spirit 'even on them!'

Acts 10 tells of this 'Gentile Pentecost' - the pivotal event in the history of the early church that showed that 'the Good News is for everybody' and opened the way for the good news to 'go global' so that repentance and forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in Jesus' name to all nations.

This sermon was preached on Sunday May 13th at St John's Southgate Lutheran church.

It can be usedwith the Bible study to be found at this link and with this Prezi zooming visual presentation.

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Have you ever been 'set up' for a (delightful) surprise by friends - say a surprise party that you were completely unaware of until it happened ?

In the passage from Acts 8, it is clear that God has been 'setting up' the Ethiopian official from hundreds of years before he was born, to prepare him to receive the good news of Jesus.

God does the same in our lives.

He plants the seed of the Word in the soil of a heart prepared to receive it, and waters it with baptism and the power of the Holy Spirit...to produce a delightful result, a multiplying of the seed of his word and faith.

This sermon was preached on Sunday May 5th at St John's Southgate Lutheran Church. It can be used in conjunction with the bible study to be found at this link.

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