Matt's Sermons

Growing in faith is at the heart of all we do.  Following Jesus is an adventure which develops in every dimension of life, however alongside practical ways to grow, we believe that we also need to learn and feed on God's word, the Bible.  Here at All Saints we seek to offer deep, bible teaching which provides real applications for everyday life.  If you miss a week, then you can catch up here!

 

Below you can find paper copies of recent sermons preached at our services.  Less recent can be found under 'Archive' in the tab to the left, or here.

Lent Series 2017

Samuel Johnson once said ‘The realisation that one is to be hanged in the morning concentrates the mind wonderfully’.

Hebrew 12 v 2 states ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus – who, for the joy set before Him, endured the Cross, scorning its shame’.

Jesus sets out on a journey from Galilee to Jerusalem.  A path that would take Him to His destiny:  death on a cross.  Instead of being introspective, quiet and absorbed by what’s awaiting Him, he is composed.  He shows compassion, as usual, for the hurting and desperate people He meets.  He shows patience in dealing with irritating concerns.  He acknowledges those who recognise Him for who He is.

As we journey with ‘the man born to be King’, on His way to Jerusalem during this time of Lent, may we see ourselves in the individuals and crowds – recognising their concerns are our concerns:  their problems are our problems:  their questions are our questions.  In Jesus may we recognise the One who came to save us.

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2017: Our vision

In 2015, a group representing the Partnership went away for a retreat day together, to try and discern God’s leading for us as a team of churches.  We spent much time reflecting together on Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John 4, and sharing our hopes and dreams for mission and ministry in Walton.  Out of this came a united vision which we sense could inspire us for the next few years:

Seeking sharing and celebrating the abundant life of God

At this time of change and new opportunity, perhaps now is a key moment for us to dwell together on what that vision could mean for each of us: as individuals, as churches, as a Partnership.  What would it look like to commit ourselves fully to being a church which offers abundant life? Which seeks it for ourselves, shares it with others, and celebrates it whenever and wherever we find it?  Our hope and prayer is that 2017 will begin with a bang, and that God will do great things among us as we commit together to partner with God in bringing the abundant life of his kingdom to our communities.

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Advent & Christmas talks 2016

InTheBeginning_MidnightCommunion2016.pdf
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LightOfTheWorld_Christingle2016.pdf
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ShepherdShapedMission.pdf
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BeReady_AdventSermon2016.pdf
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Autumn 2016: various

The teaching of Jesus turns our world upside-down. Who is really blessed? What if the 'losers' in this world turn out to be winners in the kingdom of God?
Remembrance2016_TheBeatitudes.pdf
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As we welcome new families into the church by baptism, a talk about what it means to Run our Race for Jesus, and how to do that well.
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Autumn 2016: The Fruit of the Spirit

‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control.  Against such things there is no law.’

In those famous words, St Paul outlines what a truly Christ-like life looks like: one which His Spirit forms in us.  This autumn we’ll take some time to reflect on his words and to examine our own lives.  Fruit can be fragile, takes time to grow and needs to be cultivated.  But once in season, there’s nothing like it!  May God in this season of harvest grant us grace to cultivate more and more of these fruit in our lives, both as individuals and as a community.

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Summer 2016: 'The Good Life'

I wonder if you remember the classic 1970s sitcom The Good Life?  Tom and Barbara give up their dull ‘9-5’ to live sustainably – growing their own food, making their own clothes, and getting into trouble along the way.  It was a great series, which also tapped into a developing dissatisfaction with modern living.  But the question posed by the title is an age-old one, and still worth asking today:

What is The Good Life?  What things do we need for The Good Life?  What makes life work?  Our fundamental contention is this: God knows.  He has a plan for what the Good Life should be for us.  He made us in His image, and knows how life works best.  If we go back to the Old Testament, we’ll see that He gave his people a pattern for their lives – what was really important and would help them to live well.  We’re going to look at some of these over next two months – the things that constitute The Good Life.

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TheGoodLife_Jubilee_August2016.pdf
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June 2016: Faith and politics

In this brief series, we'll be taking two momentous events in our nation - The Queen's 90th birthday and the EU Referendum Vote - and reflecting on what we can learn about the relationship between our faith and loving service, and between faith and politics.  How do we make our faith relevant to the ballot box? What does the bible have to say about some of the big issues in our society today?

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Spring 2016: 'The Fire'

Pentecost doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Unlike Advent and Lent, the pouring out of the Spirit - the 3rd person of the Trinity - gets a week, not a month or even longer.  To coincide with Pentecost 2016, this mini-series encourages us to reflect on what it means to live Pentecost in our lives today, and to be transformed by the Holy Spirit's 'Fire'.

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