John 15:1-17 The Greatest Love

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) As we pause and reflect on the sacrifice made by all those in our armed services in the Great War and in conflicts over the 100 years since, Richard speaks about how Jesus Christ gave his life for […]

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Adoption Sunday

In this sermon, Richard Wardman ponders the meaning of adoption, and how, in a spiritual sense, it is a picture of our relationship with God. In the same way, adopting or fostering a child is a great way of sharing God’s love with another person. It requires love, sacrifice and sharing of all that you […]

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Genesis 22: 1-19 Loving God Most

Sometimes, we follow God because we love Him and want to do his will. At other times, we may be at risk of believing His word not because we love Him, but because we love the blessings we get from God. To find out what really motivates us, love for God or love of blessing, […]

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Colossians 4:2-6: Praying for our Mission

The Church’s Mission is to go into all the world and make disciples. But how do we do that? Often, reflecting on why we are not better at passing on the gospel, it seems that we need to pray for more opportunities, to be clearer (and more enthusiastic) about passing on the good news, and […]

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1 Corinthians 12: Praying for our Minstry

  As the second part of our 2018 “Season of Prayer”, we look at 1 Corinthians 12, in order to consider how we can pray for the gifting that is necessary for us to serve God. We can pray for folks who don’t yet know their gift(s), those who don’t think that they have a […]

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Philippians 1:1-11 Praying for Maturity

Today, Richard Wardman talks to us about Gospel-driven prayer: praying for other people out of love, that they might grow into maturity in their following Christ, and praying for fruitfulness as Jesus’ love works in us to produce the fruit of the spirit, as well as bringing others into the  knowledge and acknowledgement of Jesus. […]

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Genesis 18:16-33 Praying for Justice

When God and Abraham debate what might happen to Sodom, was Abraham wrangling with God for concessions to prove that God is a righteous and just God? That’s the traditional view. In this sermon, we hear what it is to be just and righteous – and full of compassion and mercy, as we see God […]

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In Genesis 18: 1-15, Richard shows us how God dealt with Sarah, the wife of Abraham. She doubted God’s promise, by laughing; why did she do that, and what did it mean? How do we – and God – respond to the paradox of wanting to believe God, but at the same time doubting His […]

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Genesis 16 – Running into trouble

Have you ever made a huge mess of life? A life-changing mess that can’t be undone? Meet Sarai, a woman who ran straight into a horrible mess of her own creation. She hadn’t yet got what God had promised, so she tried to fix it in her own way and caused complete chaos in her family […]

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