Being together

BEING TOGETHER In our reading (below) Paul is inviting us into a new life. Like a good coach he’s not giving us blanket encouragement or blanket criticism. He’s setting us a goal and giving us a sense of how to get there. He’s not saying you’re all amazing. He’s not saying you’re all rubbish. He [...]

Find God and hope on St Paul’s odyssey

  Sermon Outline Worth reading Acts  Chapter 15-18 Introduction You know the feeling! It's time to speak at an important meeting. One of my drill instructors used to shout when I was in the Navy  - 'you give the best show with preparation, perspiration and panache. Paul's Second Missionary Journey These qualities we see abounding in [...]

Paul’s Second Journey – Worth preaching on?

Introduction Acts Chapter 15-18 Is it a story of an epic journey? Is it a story of overcoming deceit and violence? Is it a story of getting the truth out there? Well, it is all of these; it is just a great story. In Paul's Second Missionary Journey we have false imprisonment, lying charlatans and formidable thinkers. [...]

Sunburst Glory

  When the apostle Paul hinges two passages with the word 'therefore', we always know he is about to produce a blockbuster. In the chapter before, he has dug deep into the remembered story of Abraham and God’s promise to him that he would be father of many nations, against all odds. Paul has examined the [...]