This page gives you 'old' sermons recorded in 2005 and 2006 and from Chapter 20 those recorded 2015 onward but God's word is unchanging and with Biblical Christianity the
meaning and applicability are also unchanging. We do not have any preceding Chapter 12
The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12 v 22 - 32
Ian explores, though verses 22 - 32, the biblical truth behind the thorny issue of "the unpardonable sin"
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd April 2005
A tree known by it's fruit
Matthew 12 v 33 - 37
Ian puts this passage into context by referring back to the healing of the blind and mute man which proved to the hearers that this was Jesus the Messiah and many believed.
The Pharisees, however, rejected Him despite the fact that this miracle could not have been done by human power. Instead, they chose to believe it was done by the power
of Satan. This led to Jesus speaking about the unpardonable sin which is a result of a person hardening their heart and refusing to listen to the promptings of the
Holy Spirit and thereby rejecting Christ and being unable to receive God's forgiveness.
Jesus likens men to trees and points out that a tree is known by its fruit. Good fruit can only come from 'good trees'. Nobody can become good by themselves - but the
Pharisees thought they were good. The Pharisees rejected Christ and therefore remain unconverted.
If we are believers, we will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ and everything will be exposed before the One with Whom we have to give an account. The
Lord is looking for good fruit - fruit unto holiness - to come from people's lives. It's the expression of someone's heart and we must guard our hearts from
bitterness, envy and hatred etc.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 17th April 2005
The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12 v 38 - 42
Ian continues in the message of "the unpardonable sin" and shows the end of those who commit this sin.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd April 2005
An unclean spirit returns
Matthew 12 v 43 - 50
This passage comes as a conclusion to all Jesus has been saying following the demon being cast out from the blind mute. Jesus has warned of the danger of committing the
unpardonable sin; refusal to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit which the Scribes and Pharisees were guilty of.
The Scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign. But did they ask for the right thing? What does sinful man really need? Man has a more fundamental deep need than
merely trying to live a good life. The person in this parable hears the Word of God and becomes outwardly clean but not born again.
When the demon returns and finds the house swept clean, the end for him is worse than the beginning.
Ian points out that the child of God has not just 'turned over a new leaf' but has become part of the family of God. Jesus said 'blessed are they that hear the word of
God, and keep it'. A true child of God will keep God's word because he has the Holy Spirit living in his heart and will produce good fruit. So for this man,
his end is not the same as the first man. It is not possible for a believer to have a demon because at conversion the Holy Spirit comes to live in his heart
and demons cannot live in the same house as the Holy Spirit. A believer must be born of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 1st May 2005
Matthew 13 v 1 - 52
Before Ian delves into the details of the 8 parables in chapter 13 he explains the word "Mystery" and gives an overview of Matthews Gospel and the term "Kingdom of Heaven".
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th May 2005
Matthew 13 v 3 - 9 and 18 - 23
Ian continues the explanation of the Parable of the Sower with the last of the four examples i.e. 'the good ground'. Unlike the other three examples, this
person receives the Word with understanding and bears much fruit.
Ian likens the way God prepares a person's heart to a farmer's field that has been broken up, tilled and prepared for planting the seed. God may use
different means to prepare people's hearts in readiness to receive the Word and as Christians pray and preach the gospel, God works in that person's heart to bring
them to salvation. And then as the person is 'rooted and grounded in love', they should start to bear fruit and be productive in their Christian life.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 12th June 2005
Matthew 13 v 24 - 30 and 36 - 43 and 18 - 23
Prior to expounding the parable of the Wheat and the Tares Ian shows from scripture that there are at least four end times judgments so we can avoid confusion.
Ian emphasizes that Satan sowed the tares in the field "while men slept" and encourages all believers, especially leaders to watch and not sleep.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 26th June 2005
Matthew 13 v 31 - 33
As we look at these two parables, we must bear in mind that there are two versions of what people think the 'church' is. The first is that many people would think
of the 'church' as the buildings and the people who attend and who would consider themselves to be Christians. This has become known as 'Christendom'.
The second is that the church is the body of true believers. The true church consists of those who are the redeemed of the Lord and are, in fact, the true
Christians. This is true Christianity.
Ian points out that the two parables are speaking of the same thing. The church has been growing from humble beginnings, but the devil hates it and arranges
for some of his people to join themselves to it so that he can work his influence from within. The point of the teaching is to warn us so that we will be on
our guard and that we will be equipped and understand the generation in which we live.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd July 2005
Matthew 13 v 44 - 46
Ian offers an alternative interpretation than the normally accepted one for the 'Parable of the Hidden Treasure' and the 'Parable of the Pearl of Great Price' showing from
scripture that the "man" in verse 44 and the "merchant" in verse 45 is Christ and the "treasure" in verse 44 is the Israelites and the "pearl" in verse 45 is the church.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th July 2005
Matthew 13 v 53 - 58
Jesus rejected at Nazareth.
After Jesus had finished the parables, He went back to Nazareth and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue and stood up to read. He was handed the book of
Isaiah and He read from Isaiah 61. Why did Jesus stop reading in the middle of verse 2?
Ian explains why there are two advents and how the Jews would not accept Him as God’s Messiah. It seems the main problem was Christ’s humility and humanity.
They knew Him. They knew His family and they began to get offended at Him.
And it is the same today. People may see Jesus as a miracle worker; a good teacher; a prophet; a good man; but not the Son of God; not the Messiah King; not
the Saviour of the World.
But the result of all this was that Jesus did not do many mighty works in His home town because of their unbelief.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 31st July 2005
Matthew 14 v 1 - 12
John the Baptist is beheaded.
We are all born sinners and it is only God's law that gives us this knowledge so that we will want to be saved. God sent John the Baptist to preach the law but Herod and Herodias
didn't like what they heard so they imprisoned John to shut him up.
Did it work? Was their condemnation removed from their thoughts?
Sin is powerful and subtle.
How can a person be free from sin? Only through death. Did your old self die with Christ at Calvary?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 21st August 2005
Matthew 14 v 12 - 21
Feeding the five thousand.
Jesus took his disciples aside to rest awhile so that He could minister to them but they were followed by multitudes of people. What is Jesus response going to
be to these people?
Ian points out that earlier Jesus had sent his disciples out two-by-two with authority for the work of the Kingdom and they had returned to Jesus to report on their
mission trip. Jesus recognised that the disciples needed to rest. We all need that. But our need can be more than just to rest from physical tiredness. Rest
for our soul means input from Christ and it is important for us all to spend quality time with Jesus every day.
Jesus always had time for the people and he taught them many things. But it was late and Jesus instructed his disciples to give the people something to eat. He
was giving his disciple’s ‘hands on’ experience at ministering to the people’s need, but man’s greatest need is Christ. And as Jesus
disciples, it is our role to minister to a world that needs Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 28th August 2005
Matthew 14 v 22 - 33
Jesus walks on the sea.
Faith does not grow when you are at ease. Faith does grow when you are faced with a challenge as were the disciples in their situation of being in a storm on the Sea of Galilee.
When we are troubled by a difficult situation we do our best, tending to rely on our own abilities but in some situations we must learn to lean on Jesus. As Peter did we must cry
out to Jesus. He may not always take you out of that situation but He will give you the faith to deal with it.
Jesus said,"Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
What IS there to be afraid of? Believers have every reason to be joyful and no reason to be fearful.
Peter walked on the water but when he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink. As well as the obvious there is another important lesson to be learned - Peter got out of the boat -
out of his comfort zone.
How often do you get out of your comfort zone for Christ?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 4th September 2005
Matthew 15 v 1 - 20
Defilement Comes from Within.
From the earliest part of Jesus' ministry, He received opposition from the Religious leaders. And this is an example of something that is true from the beginning which
is "manmade religion always stands in opposition to the true faith".
In this passage we see that the scribes and Pharisees challenged Jesus with a question about transgressing "the traditions of the elders". But Jesus response to this
challenge was to strongly rebuke them for their hypocrisy. Jesus points out that it was they who had broken the commands of God in order to keep their manmade traditions.
The law of God is intended to show us the righteous standard that God requires of man and that it is a tutor to bring us to Christ. But the Religious leaders are
too busy observing the outward rituals that the Word of God is made of no effect to them.
It is more important for people to get their hearts right with God than to keep external regulations and this can be done only through faith in Jesus Christ as
Lord and Saviour, finding forgiveness and cleansing from God through Him, and following faithfully His teachings about the spiritual life.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 18th September 2005
Matthew 15 v 21 - 39
Today Ian looks at three passages of scripture. The faith of the Canaanite woman with a demon possessed daughter, the multitudes bringing people for healing and
the need for thousands of people to be fed.
The woman wasn't a Jew yet she knew who Jesus was and she humbled herself in not only asking Him to help but she was persistent with her need. Was she offended at being
called a 'little dog'?
The multitudes put great effort in getting those in need of healing up a mountain to Jesus. He knew their need - why didn't He come down to meet them?
Why have the disciples not asked Jesus to help when they have recognised the hunger of the people?
The church is in need of revival. Are you personally in need of revival? Jesus can do anything for us. Is He waiting to be asked?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 25th September 2005
Matthew 16 v 1 - 12
"Beware," Jesus says, "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
Some Christians may think that they may not be led astray by false teaching, but Jesus said to his disciples to take heed and beware – be on your utmost guard against false
teaching because there was a possibility that they might become infected or corrupted with false teachings. Jesus, and the apostles after Him, spent much time warning the
church about false teachings creeping into the church. Much of the New Testament was written to combat false teaching.
Ian explains how the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees can affect a believer’s thinking of their understanding of the fundamental doctrines of Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 2nd October 2005
Matthew 16 v 13 - 17
Ian begins this message with an explanation of 'Paneas' - the ealier name for Caesarea Philippi. 'Pan' refers to the devil who holds men in spiritual death. He is a liar
and a thief.
When Jesus asked a question (v13) the disciples didn't mention what the likes of the Pharisees said.
Their answer referred to people who recognised Jesus as someone
different from ordinary men, someone a bit special, a good man who was to be respected.
This is the same today. There are those who completely deny Jesus but there are many who revere Him as a prophet, a miracle worker and a very special person. Ian gives examples
of how Islam, Mormonsim, Jehovah's Witness, Buddhism and other religions respect Jesus but fail to recognise Him as Christ the Messiah.
In asking His question Jesus called Himself, "the Son of Man". Does this suggest He was merely a man? No. Ian gives biblical references that demonstrate the difference
between 'son of man' and 'Son of Man'.
Peter knows Jesus to be, "the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Who do YOU say Jesus is?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd October 2005
Matthew 16 v 17 - 20
Some would have us believe that the apostle Peter is 'The Rock', that is the foundation on which the church is built.
Is that correct? Is Peter the foundation?
Ian discusses the suitability of Peter to be the solid unmovable foundation both before Pentecost and afterwards when he was a changed man with power, authority
and leadership skills.
Biblical references show that Jesus is 'The Rock' - in His own words.
What sort of church building are we working on? We have Christ as our foundation - not men. We have been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 6th November 2005
Matthew 16 v 15 - 28
Jesus rejoices over Peter following his confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, because it is clear that the Father has revealed this fact to him.
Jesus then declares that He will give Peter (not to him alone, but as a representative of the whole church) the keys of the kingdom of heaven. So what are the keys?
Jesus goes on to explain to the disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and predicts His suffering, death and resurrection and it is this that is the key, in
essence, to the gospel.
Jesus then talks about what ought to be the response of man to the gospel. Discipleship is not an optional extra for Christians – but for this you were
called – "Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus".
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 13th November 2005
Matthew 16 v 21 - 28
The message of salvation IS Jesus. What does He ask from a true disciple when He says, "take up your cross"?
Ian looks at the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
At a human level the suffering could have been avoided but Jesus rendered perfect obedience to the Father's will.
Jesus represented us in everything He did. He died for me and I was a part of what He did - When he died I died.
As we were with Him in death we are also with Jesus in resurrection. The true believer is born again and raised into a newness of life.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 20th November 2005
Matthew 16 v 24 - 28
Ian reflects on what it means to be a true child of God and the fact that Jesus left us an example that we may follow in His steps. If the Lord Jesus
Christ has saved us and we have been made the children of God, we will want to follow Him and obey our Master. What is the desire of your heart?
Why do sinners not find the prospects of 'denying oneself, taking up one's cross and following Jesus' attractive? The simple fact is that the sinful nature does
not like self-denial unless it is to gain something. Sinners would rather spend their time trying to save their life or enhance it – to gain things and make life
happier for themselves and their loved ones.
But man cannot serve two masters; God and money. The Christian believer has come to realise that this world and all it has to offer is passing away and needs to
consider things in the light of eternity. What are you investing yourself in - this short life or eternity?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th November 2005
Matthew 17 v 24 - 27
Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes.
Ian explains the 'temple tax' of verse 24. This was also known as 'redemption tax' or the 'half a shekel tax'.
This raises several questions.
Does it give us a theological problem? Scripture makes it clear that we cannot buy our own redemption.
Who instigated this tax and what was it to be used for?
Should Jesus have paid this tax?
The answer is 'no' so why did He pay it? Why did He also pay for Peter?
Why didn't Jesus just give Peter the money to pay the tax? Why send Peter to catch a fish?
Ian answers all these questions.
How does all this apply to us today? What should we be paying and why?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 8th January 2006
Matthew 18 v 1 - 11
People often say that the Bible contradicts itself but Ian points out, particularly with regard to this passage, that the parallel accounts in the other gospels provide extra detail and that there is no contradiction. In verse 1 it almost appears as if the disciples come to Jesus and out of the blue ask Him who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? The question the disciples are arguing about is not who IS the greatest, but who WILL BE the greatest.
Jesus knew what the disciples had been arguing about and He knew that in their hearts their motives were not altogether pure. They were seeking importance and
status. Rather than rebuke his disciples, He uses this as an opportunity to teach them what it is to be 'great' in the sight of God. The child is an illustration
of humility, child-like faith and trust in the Lord.
Ian gives examples from the Bible of people who were very humble, but great in God's sight. As Christians serving the Lord do we long for the 'top job' or are
we willing to serve the Lord even in the most menial of tasks?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th January 2006
Matthew 18 v 5 - 14
What does Jesus mean by, "humbles himself as this little child"?
He doesn't mean in a childish manner but with simple faith, not pretentious or proud. This is true humility.
Our society promotes the opposite of humilty so how can we become humble? We should think about and realise how great God is and see ourselves in comparison.
We can learn humilty by becoming content as everybody's servant.
These verses are applicable to us as believing adults but these words of Jesus are equally intended as to how we care for our 'children' in their knowledge and understanding
as 'young' Christians and to how we raise our actual 'little ones'.
We are to welcome children in His name. We are to lead by example and not just by instruction.
Ian speaks about 'sin' and how sin may be caused (verse 6) either deliberately or through negligence.
Sin is falling short of what God requires in us. Sin exists in behaviour, thoughts and deeds. Sin is the opposite of obedience to God.
Children copy adults that they admire. They learn by example. Are we teaching them by example?
Sin must be seen for the poison it is.
Many leave their children to be educated by TV programs and unbelieving others at school. They may be happy that their children 'sample' the poisons of the world with the
idea that when old enough the child will make an informed decision as to what is 'right' for them but such people are causing their children to sin - they are responsible
and Jesus gives warning in verse 6.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th January 2006
Matthew 18 v 15 - 20
Ian looks at what our attitude should be when someone sins against us and their response.
If we have come to a saving knowledge of Christ, we are the sheep of His pasture and are united together in one body, one church. In God’s sight we are justified, but we
live in an imperfect world and in a practical sense we are still being made perfect. That being the case it is likely that we will sin against one another,
although it ought never to happen.
If we follow Jesus' teaching with the right heart attitude and a right spirit we would save ourselves a lot of heartache and possible division within the
church – the body of Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 19th February 2006
Matthew 19 v 3
Marriage and divorce.
Ian gives an overview of chapter 19 and then speaks paticularly on verse 3 looking at the motivation of the Pharisees in questioning Jesus.
Using what we call 'the law of first mention' Jesus refers them back to the beginning. Back to how God made things and intended them to be. We are not to pick and choose
from God's word according to what we may think is important or less so.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 19th March 2006
Matthew 19 v 3 - 12
Marriage and divorce.
Once, marriage was viewed for life but now people have changed their views on the subject and many get divorced for just any reason. In circumstances where perhaps one
or both parties think they've made a mistake, Jesus teaching may well become unpopular and impractical, but the Word of God never changes.
Why is God seemingly so keen that He favours marriage; that He loves it; He values it and wants to see it work? Why is it that divorce is not easy as far as the Bible is
concerned and that God wants marriage to work, particularly Christian Marriage?
Ian looks at the Biblical teaching on marriage; the roles of husband and wife; the relationship between Christ and the Church; what marriage is meant to
demonstrate and represent and what God intended from creation.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 26th March 2006
Matthew 19 v 16 - 26
The rich young ruler.
Ian recaps the purpose of marriage and how it portrays the relationship between Christ and man. Marriage can't work on man's terms.
The young man who this passage tells us about believed there was something beyond this life. He knew there is a judgement to come and wanted to know what he must do to
have eternal life.
He was a 'would-be' disciple but wouldn't do as Jesus said. There are many who call themselves Christians but concern themselves with things of this world and do not
do as God says.
Why did Jesus allow him to go away unsaved?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th April 2006
Matthew 19 v 16 - 26
Jesus counsels the rich young ruler.
Ian looks again at the passage of the "Rich Young Ruler" and the serious question that burns in his heart "What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life".
This young man had heard something of the wisdom and authority of which Jesus speaks and saw that Jesus had something that he lacked. The young man was religiously devout
and an outwardly moral young man, but he was obviously concerned for his own soul. After all his good efforts at keeping God's law, it seems that he has no understanding
of eternal life or assurance of salvation.
Ian looks at how Jesus answers this man's questions and what it is that Jesus is seeking to do to show him how salvation can be his. What we have here is a step by step
guide on how to lead a sinner to salvation. But this young man was following a set of rules, which is the letter of the law, and failed to grasp the spirit of the
law which leads to life eternal.
The young man went away sad because he was a rich man and the possessions he had in this world were more important to him than the life that he could have had in Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 16th April 2006
Matthew 19 v 23 - 30
With God All Things Are Possible.
In a society that saw wealth and status as indicators that God was pleased the disciples "were greatly astonished" by what Jesus says.
People have the desire to hang on to what they have always held as special in this life but we are told that the 'old' man must die so that we can have a new life in Christ.
This is a personal message and we should all examine ourselves. What does it say about MY life and about MY beliefs?
All true disciples have left something behind to follow Jesus. This does not mean that we MUST leave home and family although in some instances this will occur. What we do have
to leave are the things in life that we have been bound to so that we may be bound to Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd April 2006
Matthew 19 v 28 - Chapter 20 v 16
Following His statement of 'the first will be last and the last will be first', Jesus goes on to tell the Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard.
This whole passage has to do with the difference between how man thinks and judges and how God thinks and judges. Man usually judges by what he sees and the conclusions he
comes to are drawn from his own opinions, as in the case of the Rich Young Ruler. This, however, is not about success in man's eyes but the believer's faith and how
faithfully and diligently he has served the Lord in the place where he finds himself.
There will be many surprises in heaven.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 30th April 2006
Matthew 20 v 17 - 28
What Christ achieved at the cross.
Ian takes us on Christ's journey to Jerusalem and looks at the things He had told His disciples many times but although they heard they didn't fully understand.
Do you understand the purpose of the suffering and death of Jesus?
What does it mean to you?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 1st November 2015
Matthew 20 v 20 - 28
People want success. Parents want their children to do well. In man's world the goal is not to serve their masters but to become a master and be served.
What does it mean, 'to do well' in God's eyes? Jesus - the creator of all - was born in lowly conditions and served others with humility to the point of washing the
feet of his disciples.
How can we 'do well'? By pleasing God.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 8th November 2015
Matthew 20 v 29 - 34
The blind beggars at Jericho had heard about Jesus and they believed he was Christ. They had faith and cried out to Him.
We are all born spiritually blind and believers have had their eyes opened in a similar manner.
Now that we can see do we do as Bartimaeus did, throwing aside our garments and following Him?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th November 2015
Matthew 21 v 1 - 11
Jesus the Messiah enters Jerusalem.
Prior to this time Jesus had refused to be publicly acclaimed as the Messiah so what had changed on this occasion?
Ian draws on many Biblical prophecies to show that this was precisely the right time according to scripture. The responses to Jesus are the same today as they were then in
that some accepted Him as Messiah, some thought He was a prophet, some were swept along by emotion of the moment, some enquired after Him and others rejected Him.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 22nd November 2015
Matthew 21 v 12 - 17
Ian explains how the sacrifices as instructed in Leviticus had become a corrupt money making scam in the temple.
At the time of the reformation the 'church' showed the same corruption and this still exists today with Christianity being used by many as a business opportunity.
The grace of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ are FREE to all. They have been paid for on our behalf and the cost was immense.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th November 2015
Matthew 21 v 18 - 22
Why did Jesus curse the tree?
Ian explains how this gave Jesus the opportunity to preach about the nature and character of true faith and what it produces.
Are we fruitful or nothing but outward show?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 6th December 2015
Matthew 21 v 23 - 32
By what authority?
People sometimes ask questions not to receive an answer but to make a statement. Why was Jesus confronted in this way?
The Pharisees were 'experts' on scripture but they hadn't believed John and they were not accepting Jesus as Messiah.
Why did they not believe? Why did they not WANT to believe?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 13th December 2015
Matthew 21 v 28 - 31
The parable of the two sons.
The first son represents the openly sinning non-religious person. All believers have been this son and have regretted their sin.
The second son represents the 'righteous' sinner who may have theological knowledge and outward show but has not repented.
All have sinned. God sees what is in the hearts of all and one day we will all stand before Him.
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th December 2015
Matthew 21 v 33 - 46
The parable of the landowner.
The parable tells us the landowner provided everything necessary for the production of good fruit but the vinedressers killed his servants and then also his son.
God has provided each of us with all WE need to produce good fruit but there are those who never do and desire to kill His Son.
Ian explains this parable and asks, "When is the time God expects to find fruit?"
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd January 2016
Matthew 21 v 41 - 46
The parable of the wicked vinedressers.
Jesus asks, "what will he do to those vinedressers?" and the Pharisees, understanding justice immediately make their judgement but are then brought to realise that
it is they who are to be judged.
We are all to be aware there may be a 'plank in our eye' when making judgements about others and on realising our own sin we have the options of responding like the Pharisees or
as David did when Nathan said to him, "You are the man."
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th January 2016
Matthew 22 v 1 - 14
The parable of the wedding.
Ian relates this parable to four phases of evangelising the world according to God's plan.
The Old Testament gives the first invitation to the wedding therefore people should have been ready. People were invited by John the Baptist and Jesus but most didn't come.
The apostles were sent out with invitations and today invitations are still being given to the wedding of
Christ with His bride - the church - comprising all those who have put their trust and faith in Him as their saviour.
There are many who will expect to be accepted at the wedding but will still be dressed in 'filthy rags' having rejected all that the King has provided for them.
Verse 14 tells us, "For many are called, but few are chosen."
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 17th January 2016
Matthew 22 v 15 - 22
Render to God the things that are God's.
In their hatred for Jesus the Pharisees weren't interested in a genuine answer but thought to trick Jesus. God cannot be fooled by people who appear religious. He
sees what is in the heart.
Anyone may appear religious. Anyone can call themselves a Christian. Anyone can say all the right words but what is in their heart?
What is in your heart?
|Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 24th January 2016
Matthew 22 v 23 - 33
The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?
The Saducees thought themselves knowledgeable in scripture but like so many theologians and the hierarchy of many churches today they did not understand
scripture. There is a difference in 'knowing about' and 'knowing'.
Both claim to uphold God's word but do not believe in fundamentals such as the resurrection. (The apostle Paul tells us that if there were no resurrection then believers
are to be pitied.)
Just as the Pharisees had done the Saducees thought to trick Jesus.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 31st January 2016
Matthew 22 v 34 - 46 (and Mark 12 v 28 - 34)
The first commandment of all?
The purpose of the law is to show us how we are.
To be as we should be and to live as we should live we need to love God and to love others.
Jesus answered and the Pharisee was in agreement but his belief was in one God and denying the diety of Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 7th February 2016
Ian asks, 'Which of the commandments would you discard?'.
The Pharisees insisted people must keep the law (God's commandments as given to Moses) and even made additional laws to ensure that their rules were followed.
Jesus upheld the law.
Reiterating the purpose of the law Ian explains that true believers are freed from the law.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 21st February 2016
Matthew 23 v 1 - 12
The Pharisees were very religious but they practiced their religion so as to be seen by man.
Such religions are concerned with pride and self esteem. Ian explains how hard it is for religious people to see themselves as they really are - as God sees them - and
to come to know the truth. How broad are your phylacteries?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 28th February 2016
Matthew 23 v 12 - 15
Man usually thinks he's not that bad and he can make himself right with God.
Christ said, "I am the door" and "I am the way". The only way to be made right with God is through Him.
Ian offers an analogy to explain how many people choose doors that are to their liking and more attractive to them and how there are those who deliberately
misdirect people away from the only door that can bring them to God.
The Scribes and Pharisees had their religion but could not see the door.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 6th March 2016
Matthew 23 v 37 - 39
The judicial blindness of Israel.
Some would wrongly say that these verses tell us God was finished with Israel as a people - that Israel was now replaced by and all covenants applied to the church -
that is all God's people.
Ian shows why such teaching is incorrect.
Any Jew may be saved the same as anyone else by believing on Christ but Israel as a nation will remain 'blind' until they declare,
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 13th March 2016
This is an introduction to the 'Olivet Discourse' where Jesus tells of things to come.
Some would suggest that the prophecy of Chapter 24 has already been fulfilled but Ian explains how much of it is yet to be fulfilled in the not too distant future.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 20th March 2016
Matthew 24 v 1 - 3
The disciples ask three questions about the future and Jesus answers them.
Prophecy fulfilled in detail with 100% accuracy is one way we can know the Bible is true and to be believed. Non-Christian writers documented signs of prophetic events and despite
God giving much time for people to repent many did not and more than a million perished when the Romans came into Jerusalem and destroyed the temple.
And so it is today. We have the warning in God's word and we see the signs. God has told us what we are to do.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th March 2016
Matthew 24 v 3 - 8
The apostles looked for answers from Jesus. Although they had the information in the scriptures much of it was 'hidden' from them as it is to the nation of Israel to today.
We are living in the eleventh hour of the 'church age' and are blessed with the complete word of God so should be aware of the ages that are to come. We must be ever watchful,
careful and ready to share the gospel at all times.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd April 2016
Matthew 24 v 3 - 8
In verse 7 Jesus warns of things to come and we can see such events in our current 'church age' but Ian compares what we are seeing now with what is to come during
There are plenty of signs that we are near the end of the church age but before it ends there will be the rapture and we will see no signs for that.
Are you ready?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 17th April 2016
Matthew 24 v 9 - 14
Sing hymns on our streets and be applauded. Mention sin, judgement and that Jesus is the only way to God and you face ridicule and abuse just as the Bible says.
Biblical prophecy is history written in advance and Ian gives several references telling what is to happen.
Bible-believing Christians are persecuted in the world today but Jesus warns us there is much worse to come during the tribulation.
Of what concern is that to those of us who will be with the Lord before the tribulation?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 24th April 2016
Matthew 24 v 15 - 22
This is not a 'general' sign that Jesus tells us about. It is detailed and precise. It will occur exactly halfway through the seven years of tribulation.
It will be unmistakable. It is the definitive sign of the start of the final countdown.
Matthew reminds us how important it is that we who are reading should understand.
Ian explains about the deception of the antichrist and asks if a deception could come into YOUR life.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 1st May 2016
Matthew 24 v 15 - 22
Jesus tells us of what is to come with the tribulation.
Ian takes us through several passages of prophecy (history written in advance) giving explanation of the 'woman' in Revelation Ch.12 and precisely where the
believers who are in Israel at the time are to flee to where they will be fed and God will protect them for the three and a half years to the end of the tribulation. The
name of the place means 'rock'.
We should be looking to our 'rock' Jesus Christ NOW for our salvation.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 8th May 2016
Matthew 24 v 21 - 28
Over and over again we are warned of false prophets and teachers and here Jesus tells us that, "if possible, even the elect" may be deceived.
How does God protect the elect? His word gives us warnings. We are to heed all warning signs. To ignore them is not only foolish but is disobedience to God.
Posing as something right and true, false prophets and teachers will by means of, "power, signs, and lying wonders" (2 Thess 2 v 9) present a false gospel drawing people
towards themselves and their man-centred doctrines.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th May 2016
Matthew 24 v 21 - 31
Those who refuse to conform will be hated. Those who are in the 'rock' will be nourished by God.
People cannot CHOOSE to believe. Faith comes from hearing the word of God and for those in the 'rock' now or those who come to believe on Christ during the tribulation the
study of God's word is a vital part of community life. The second coming is of great interest - their deliverance is extremely important.
We must always be watchful of false prophets and false teachings. Ian gives the Jehovah's Witnesses teaching of the second coming as an example where (having made previous errors)
they teach that Jesus returned 'invisibly' in 1914 which is a direct contradiction of Jesus in verses 27 and 30. Jesus has warned of such in verses 23 and 26.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 22nd May 2016
Matthew 24 v 27 - 31
The second coming of Christ will be open and visible. Unmistakable. The Bible gives us some ideas of what will be seen and heard.
Ian identifies three responses from people witnessing what is happening.
1) Joy and excitement. They are possibly the elect.
2) Dread and fear. Those under conviction who should repent.
3) Indifference. They are going to have a really bad day.
What of those who inadvertently carry the mark of the beast - those who feel they were tricked into doing so? Ian explains.
Christ will return 'on the clouds of heaven' with His saints. Do you, as the song says, 'want to be in that number when the saints come marching in'?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th May 2016
Matthew 24 v 32 - 35
From verse 4 Jesus told us about general outward signs. From verse 15 He told us about the tribulation and from verse 27 about His second coming. In these next verses we
are told about watchfulness. How we should live knowing He is soon coming again.
This is the parable of the fig tree. Why did Jesus so often speak in parables? His explanation is given in Matthew 13 v 10 - 17.
The truth is revealed to believers but hidden from the hard of heart.
We are to be watchful for the signs indicating His coming again is near / very near / at the door.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 5th June 2016
Matthew 24 v 36 - 42
Jesus is explaining how His return will take people by surprise and refers to the days before the flood.
What would it have been like at that time with a man building an enormous boat on dry land and trying to tell people about God's judgement?
God had said He would not strive with man forever (Genesis 6 v 3) and He had always provided a witness to them. People could say that they didn't hear them but that
is wilful ignorance. They did have opportunity just as people today have and in similar manner they chose not to listen.
As did Noah we are to live as Christ's witnesses in a perverse and corrupt generation.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 12th June 2016
Matthew 24 v 36 - 42 ( As it was also in the days of Lot )
Continuing as to how it was as 'In the days of Noah' Ian refers to Luke 17 v 28 where we are told by Jesus, "as it was also in the days of Lot" resulting in the
destruction of all those in Sodom. The people lived immorally, God was patient and had his witness amongst them but the people refused to hear. They ignored the word of God.
Today in western societies there is not only widespread immorality but a general acceptance and even promotion of it. God 'will not strive with men forever' and the consequences
will be dire.
At the time of the flood mankind was polluted with evil but why did God also destroy the animals? Many accept and welcome genetically modified foods and interference
with human and animal genes which give obvious benefits but Ian gives some insight into what is happening today with 'GRIN technology' and the development of 'Human 2.0'.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 19th June 2016
The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant
Matthew 24 v 42 - 51
Jesus tells us we are to be ready for the rapture. This will occur 'in the twinkling of an eye' with 'one taken and the other left'.
We will be taken by surprise - unexpectedly - Jesus will come for His people like a thief in the night but whereas a thief takes what doesn't belong to him Christ will
take those who do belong to Him. They have been paid for.
Ian explains the 'masters' and 'servants' of this parable and who they are in today's church. Can we recognise those appointed by the Lord and those who are self-appointed
or appointed by man?
They are to carry three responsibilities . . .
1) To watch over the church. To protect it from 'thieves' who would break in.
2) To rule over the church in humility and by example.
3) To feed other members with the solid spiritual food of the word of God.
All just as Paul did.
Members should accept what is given and willingly receive and respect authority of leaders.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 26th June 2016
The wise and foolish virgins
Matthew 25 v 1 - 13
In this parable Jesus is speaking about His return for His church - the bridegroom returning for the bride.
Believers know that Christ is returning and despite knowing that His return could even be today it is sometimes difficult to maintain the level of expectancy and readiness
that we should.
The bride is Christ's church. The ten virgins (bridesmaids) represent all those associated with the church (bride).
Why are half the virgins left behind when the bridegroom comes? What does their lack of oil represent? Why is the door shut and why does Jesus say,"I do not know you."?
People may GO TO church, be associated with church activities, enjoy singing songs of worship, enjoy the friendship of other people and appear religious.
Some like theology and some believe they are Christian but God knows what is in their heart.
Ian gives biblical examples of what it is to be wise and what it is to be foolish - 'The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God.".
We are to ask ourselves not whether we like the things of church and Christianity but do we have any oil?
In this parable it is shown that ALL slumbered and slept - as does much of today's western church. When they are suddenly awakened and realise what is happening it will be too
late to try to start doing what should have been done before.
Those that are not ready will understand, "I do not know you".
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 3rd July 2016
The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25 v 14 - 30
In today's language Christians know that we all have 'talents'. We recognise that we have God given gifts and abilities. Ian dispels the misunderstanding some may have of this parable in that in
the example of the servant who was given only one talent it would not be according to biblical teaching for him to end up in hell due to accomplishing nothing with what
he was given.
It should be obvious who the 'man' represents but why are His servants given different amounts? What do the 'talents' represent? Why did one servant end up in hell?
What is the meaning of,"to each according to his own ability" (v15)?
Verse 19 says, "After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them."
Do you value what you have been given?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 10th July 2016
We apologise for the absence of the sermon of 17th July 2016.
There will be no sermon in this series on 24th or 31st July due to holidays.
This series will continue on 7th August 2016.
The end of the Olivet Discourse
Matthew 26 v 1 - 2
Ian gives us two reasons as to why these verses are hugely significant.
Jesus is telling His disciples what is going to happen in great detail. Because what He said would happen did happen in the literal sense they could be assured
that all of what Jesus had prophesied would happen. Unlike those with Jesus at the time we are in the position of having historical knowledge of the accuracy of prophecy
and Ian gives examples.
Why should we take a literal interpretation of scripture?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 7th August 2016
The Anointing at Bethany
Matthew 26 v 6 - 16
Verses 14 - 16 tell us of Judas's agreement to betray Jesus but when did this agreement happen?
Ian shows the timing of events and explains what happened in the house of Simon the leper when Mary anointed Jesus. What was Mary's motivation?
In looking at those who were present and considering how they reacted and what was said Ian tells us we are to be careful what we involve ourselves in, who we involve
ourselves with, be careful what we say and be careful of the thoughts that fester in our mind.
Then he asks,
Who do you most want to be like?
Who ARE you most like?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 14th August 2016
The Last Supper
Matthew 26 v 17 - 30
Jesus kept the location of where they would eat the Passover meal from all but Peter and John. Jesus had things He wanted to share with the disciples and knowing that Judas
was going to betray Him at first opportunity He ensured that they would not be interrupted at that specific time.
It was customary for a servant to wash the feet of everyone as they entered but this was not done. Ian explains why.
We are reminded of the significance of the 'Communion' that we participate in each week and that Judas also participated in the Last Supper. When we take the 'bread' and 'wine'
it is what is in our heart that matters.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 21st August 2016
Some elements of the Passover meal
Matthew 26 v 20 - 30
Being 'The Jew' of Jews Jesus would follow the order of the meal as it had been conducted by families since the time of Moses and the exodus.
He took this opportunity to demonstrate and explain how it all pointed to Him as Messiah.
Ian explains the purpose of the order and of the elements of the meal, what was remembered by it all and how it pointed to Jesus rescuing us from sin.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 28th August 2016
Unconditional promises of the New Covenant
Matthew 26 v 28
We are reminded that Jesus was a Jew speaking to Jews when He told them about His new covenant.
Ian gives many references to demonstrate how this covenant differed from the previous and how God repeatedly promised, 'I will' without imposing
These promises were made to Israel - not as according to some to 'the church' which they allege has replaced Israel. Have the Jews and the nation of Israel received
the blessings of these promises yet?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 4th September 2016
The Cross. A stumbling block.
Matthew 26 v 31 - 35
To the Jew the cross is a stumbling block. To the Greek it is foolishness. To believers it is God's powerful means of saving His people.
Why were the disciples all "made to stumble"
We were all enemies against God due to sin. God is just and the penalty for sin is death but Christ died as our substitute to pay the penalty for all who repent and ask
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 11th September 2016
The Prayer in the Garden.
Matthew 26 v 36 - 46
Jesus prays and allows disciples to hear Him pour out His heart to the Father, sharing some of the intensity of His suffering.
People may delight in His power and glory but many don't want to share in His suffering. You will only know something of suffering if you suffer anything for His names sake.
What was Jesus asking when He prayed, "if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me"? Was He looking for a way out or to be excused from what was to come?
Ian explains these words and what is meant by "this cup". The whole purpose of Jesus coming into this world culminates here. Jesus knew what was to be laid on Him. He
without sin was about to become sin.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 18th September 2016
Watch and pray.
Matthew 26 v 36 - 46
What did Jesus intend when he said to His disciples, "Watch and pray"? What were they to watch? What were they to pray?
Were they to watch for the enemy so that they could fight or flee? Were they to pray for God's intervention that any danger be stopped? Would such watching and praying
have been according to God's will?
Ian identifies three obstacles to prayer . . .
Ignorance - of the will of God - what to pray in a given situation.
Weakness of the flesh - prayers for what the flesh wants - contrary to the spirit.
Unbelief or lack of faith.
Watch Jesus. Pray as He prays. THY WILL be done.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th October 2016
Betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane.
Matthew 26 v 47 - 56
We like to categorise people, to put them into groups and we can all think of many that we belong to but God sees only two groups. They represent all humanity and both were
present in Gethsemane. There are those who are FOR Christ and those who are AGAINST Him.
Judas spent years with Jesus and appeared to be 'for' Him, probably nodding in agreement and saying Amen in all the right places but where was his heart and what caused him to
act as he did?
Even to the present the name Judas is an expression of disgust. He had the disciples fooled but he was a hypocrite.
Just like Judas there are churchmen today who are on the 'wrong side'. Leaders who do not believe the word of God.
We are to examine ourselves. Which group do you belong to?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd October 2016
The sinful refuse to see.
Matthew 26 v 57 - 68
Sinful man has not changed in wanting to do away with God and silence the gospel.
Ian looks at six trials that Jesus faced, who accused Him and why.
Just as today the evidence was there to prove the diety of Christ and if people would just stop and look they would understand the past, what is happening in the world now and
what will happen in the future. They would know that they WILL be judged.
The evidence is overwhelming but most people choose not to look.
Ian mentions two books written by men who set out to contradict the gospel but as a result of their own investigation
'Evidence that deserves a verdict' by Josh McDowell
'Who moved the stone' by Frank Morison
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 6th November 2016
Denial of Christ.
Matthew 26 v 69 - 75
Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly.
Believers are usually aware of this event having probably heard about it many times but Ian examines what led up to it. What was Peter's knowledge of Christ? What was in his mind?
Could the same thing happen with you? Would you ever deny Christ or does your own self-confidence assure you it could never happen?
If you are a true believer our Lord gave you knowledge of Him at a time of His choosing. He knew you from the very beginning, He knows what you will do and be assured He has a love
for you that never falters.
Does your 'speech' indicate to others where you stand?
Can others see that you are with Christ?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 13th November 2016
Remorseful Judas hangs himself.
Matthew 27 v 1 - 10
Peter sinned. Judas sinned.
Both had let the Lord down. Both were filled with remorse. Their outcomes were different.
Remorse without faith achieves nothing.
Like many who have some 'connection' with Jesus today Judas tried to put right his sin himself. He didn't ask God for mercy.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 27th November 2016
Pilate's decision on Jesus.
Matthew 27 v 11 - 26
Everything about the time, place and circumstances of Christ's death was preordained by God and foretold in detail by the prophets.
Pilate examined Jesus and could find nothing to justify any punishment. He wanted to release Jesus and in passing the decision to the crowd he expected to do so but they
called for Barabbas instead. Knowing he was dealing with an innocent man Pilate publicly 'washed his hands' of the blood of Christ.
As Christ's crucifixion was preordained to occur at that time Ian poses the question, was Pilate innocent or guilty?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 11th December 2016
The Imminent Birth of Jesus Christ
Matthew 1 v 18 -25
The birth of Christ is traditionally celebrated in one weeks time so in this evening's meeting Ian reminds us of the revelation from God of what was about to happen and the
effect this would have on Mary and Joseph in their society.
Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God and is a reflection of the relationship between God and His people. According to Jewish law - that is the law given to
them from God through Moses, a betrothed couple were already husband and wife before the wedding ceremony and
consummation of their marriage.
Joseph had a dilemma. Mary could be stoned to death or he could divorce her and condemn her to an extremely difficult life. He was a just man and wanted to do what was right
in the sight of God.
Man has problems. God has all solutions.
God solved Joseph's problems and has given all men the solution to the problem of sin.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 18th December 2016
Our four part series on The marriage of The Lord is available here.
Being like Barabbas.
Matthew 27 v 15 - 26
With the first evening sermon of 2017 we return to Pilate asking the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barabbas.
Ian looks at Barabbas - a criminal - insurrectionist - thief - murderer. A man knowing the demands of Roman law and that the penalty would have to be paid. There was no escape.
Barabbas was on death row.
All mankind is on death row due to breaking God's law and unless something amazing happens all men will pay the penalty. Something amazing did happen for Barabbas and it happened
for us too.
Jesus died in our place. He paid the penalty. This happened before we knew anything about it. How does that make you feel? It should make you want to know Jesus better.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 8th January 2017
Hail, King of the Jews!
Matthew 27 v 15 - 26
All believers should be saying this.
Pilate's soldiers said it - but mockingly. As many do today they ridiculed, mocked, insulted and abused Jesus. The people want no 'king' other than one of their own choosing.
Ian looks at the brutality sufferd by Jesus at the hands of the soldiers. Men who were accustomed and desensitised to inflicting pain on others and he questions the desensitisation of
people to violence today by what they are exposed to, eg. on TV and in computer games.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 15th January 2017
Carrying the cross.
Matthew 27 v 31 - 35
Everything that is written in the bible is there for a reason. This evening Ian looks at Simon of Cyrene who carried a burden, the cross of Jesus.
There are some today who preach Christianity as wealth, health and happiness but Jesus said, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow Me."
Are you a true believer? Did you have your burden removed and die at the cross?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 29th January 2017
Matthew 27 v 32 - 37
This evening we look at the soldiers who crucified Jesus. These men were acting under orders - their allegience was to their superiors and to Rome. Yet what of their
general behaviour and treatment of Jesus?
In this they exercised choice. Knowing who Jesus was proclaimed to be - The Messiah - they mocked Him, bowed down to Him and struck Him.
All sinners are "under orders" from their master - Sin (Rom.6:16; John.8:34). Yet they too have a degree of freedom in how they sin. In their response to Christ some sinners
become angry, others ignore Him, some mock Him or even offer false worship.
Such is how it is with the sinner. But here we see that contrasted with the love and grace of God demonstrated in Christ on the cross.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 5th February 2017
Faith in Christ or unbelief.
Matthew 27 v 38 and Luke 23 v 32 - 46
All are sinners. Two convicted criminals are crucified alongside Jesus. Both abuse and blaspheme Him. The criminals share their situation - facing death, judgement and eternity.
What can these sinners do about their predicament? Nothing. Like secular society they are dying in their sins but at some point something happened to one of these men. He observed
Christ, he saw the way Jesus behaved and recognised who was really in control. He stopped his abuse.
By the grace of God he knew who Jesus was, admitted his sin and made a sincere cry to Christ from his heart.
Any sinner must do likewise to be saved.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 19th February 2017
The death of Jesus.
Matthew 27 v 45 - 56
Only when you understand about the torments of hell can you appreciate the love of God. Even the most terrible of sinners appreciate things of God in this life and we are
to consider what it must be like to be utterly abandoned by God and cast into outer darkness.
During the crucifixion there were three hours of darkness and this evening Ian considers what happened during that period.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 26th February 2017
Victory of Jesus on the cross.
Matthew 27 v 50 - 58
This evening we consider the magnitude of what was accomplished on the cross.
What did it take for the veil in the temple to be torn in two and how does it affect man's relationship with God? Ian explains about the symbolism in the temple and how it
all pointed to Christ.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 5th March 2017
Joseph of Arimathea.
Matthew 27 v 57 - 66
What do we know of Joseph and how can we be sure of what we know?
We have a description in God's word and what Joseph did took courage. How would you be described by God and do you have similar courage?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 12th March 2017
Matthew 27 v 62 - Ch.28 v 15
The religious leaders have got their way - Jesus is dead and buried but now they worry that His disciples may steal the body and so claim Jesus has risen as He said He would.
What can they do? What barriers will they put in place?
Do we create any barriers to hinder people seeing that Jesus is alive?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 2nd April 2017
Finding The Empty Tomb.
Matthew 28 v 1 - 15
The women were on their way to the tomb expecting to encounter barriers but obstacles had been removed by God. They saw the empty tomb for themselves and had an encounter
So it is with anyone who will look with sincerity. The barriers put in place by Satan will fail and they will see the truth.
Ian gives us an example of an author who set out to gather evidence to demonstrate the resurrection as untrue but on actually seeing the evidence for himself became a believer
and wrote the book, 'Who Moved The Stone?'
Have you found the empty tomb? Does it fill you with 'great joy' and motivate you to share the good news with others?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 9th April 2017
Let us Rejoice as Brethren.
Matthew 28 v 9 - 10
The first thing Jesus said was, "Rejoice". Why are we to rejoice? What does the resurrection mean for believers?
Then He said, "Do not be afraid". Why would the women be afraid. Is there anything we should fear?
||This sermon preached by Ian on Easter Sunday 16th April 2017
Dead Saints are raised.
Matthew 27 v 50 - 53 and Ch. 28 v 18 - 20
Returning to chapter 27 Ian explains Matthews account of this event with the significance of when it occurred and why 'many' but not 'all' dead saints were raised.
This relates directly to what believers know as the 'Great Commission' which we are given in verses 18 - 20 of chapter 28.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 23rd April 2017
The Great Commission - part one.
Matthew 28 v 18 - 20
Jesus gives a clear message to us all of what we are to do and how we are to do it. We are to, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16)
Does everyone understand what the 'gospel' is? It is the good news of how we may cleansed of all sin and unrighteousness by the grace of God. It is not possible to earn
salvation by being a 'good' person. Grace is unmerited favour given to those who do not deserve it.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 7th May 2017
The Great Commission - part two.
Matthew 28 v 18 - 20
Jesus did not tell us to go out and get others to make a 'decision'. We are told to 'make disciples' of them.
What is a disciple? Those who are saved are transformed and become witnesses to the saving power of Jesus Christ.
How do we make disciples?
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian on 14th May 2017
The Great Commission - Discipleship.
Matthew 28 v 19
We are not all called to be preachers but as believers we are all called to be witnesses. As disciples we are to go out and deliver the most important message ever to be given,
the proclamation of grace. We cannot save anyone. We are the means of conveying what the sinner must hear if he is to be saved - God will save.
Ian explains how what you believe affects the way you take the gospel to others and gives examples of damaging errors made by 'the church'.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian as penultimate in this series.
The Great Commission - Baptism.
Matthew 28 - Last sermon in this series
People are sometimes said to be looking for 'decisions' - this means that they want others to decide to be Christians. Nobody becomes a Christian due to persuasion,
coersion, or any other man applied means. A sinner cannot be saved by deciding to be a Christian.
A sinner MUST hear the gospel. Only God can save.
Becoming a Christian by those who 'decide' to do so are not born again as a new person. They may well make changes in their life and become a better version of what they used
to be. That is a better version of a sinner.
Those who are saved are 'new'. Their old person died on the cross and they are a new person with new life. From the moment of conversion a Christian doesn't suddenly have
all the answers and is not immune to temptations but are no longer slaves to sin.
Those who are saved do not sit back with the thought that they have made a decision and are ok now. Those who are saved immediately want to know what happens next - what
are they to do? Ian explains how baptism is one of the first things a person should do - it signifies their 'old man' is dead.
||Listen to this sermon preached by Ian in conclusion of this series.