Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church Experiencing Christ In Community

Sermons

Has it ever occurred to you how absolutely amazing it is that God would invite us to call him Father? It sets Christianity apart from all religions. A large part of what we believe is summed up in that one word, Father. I’ll show you.

Dotsevesky said that the gospels record for us a most beautiful life. The life of Jesus.If that is what the gospels of Matt mark and Luke do for us to portray The Most beautiful life ever lived then Acts of the apostles tell us that his life did not stop but that Jesus kept on teaching and acting in power through His apostles and others who followed Him.The Lord Jesus never faded in power ,in influence.
Why is it that this Life has endured in brightness when others have faded in time to be just a shadow.?


For the Jews there were three significant religious duties, giving, praying, fasting.
Jesus takes them one at a time. Each section starts with a rather ridiculous example of someone
doing it to show off. Then he says if that’s what you want, then enjoy it because that’s all the
reward you’re going to get. But if you do it in secret then your father who sees in secret will
reward you.

Scene 1.Giving to the needy and then he paints a picture of somebody sounding a trumpet
“gather round everybody because you’re about to see me giving to the needy.”
It’s awful isn’t it

Scene 2 Praying: Here’s someone going into the Main Street and waiting until there’s a
crowd and spreading his arms and praying in a loud voice.

Scene 3 Fasting. Here’s someone fasting and he gets out the mascara and makes himself
hideous so people will ask what’s wrong with you and he says oh it’s nothing I’m just fasting.
It’s what I do. It makes me humble, you know.

What’s on your bucket list?
Have you ever heard of the term “Bucket list”? Do you have
one?

It is the must-do things before you die.

I asked someone I know the same question.

“What’s on your bucket list?”

Two weeks ago we had a look at the question “Who are the important people?”
And we found that Jesus had some surprising answers on that one.
Today we are going to look at: who are the good people?

I guess if we’re really honest all of us, even the worst people would like people to think that I’m
a good person. Not just at my funeral, but now.

So we ask Jesus, “who are the good people and how do I get to become one?” and he has some
surprising things to say.

Picture the scene. We have it in 4:23-25 see how many times it says all or every.

Jesus went throughout Gallilee teaching in the synagogues preaching the good news of the
kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all
over Syria and people brought to him all you were ill with various diseases those suffering
severe pain, the demon possessed those having seizures and the paralysed and he healed them.
Large crowds from Gallilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan
followed him. Now when he saw the crowds he went up on the mountain side and sat down his
disciples came to him and he began to teach them.

Watching TV this last week, I was confronted by some tragic scenes of parents crying at the death
of children. What an awful time these people were going through. I also know that many here have
also had that same feeling of tragic loss of a loved one.


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