Sermon discussion (and review)

I’ve created this page to list summaries of the sermons I preach and as a place where comments and discussion can happen about them. Click on the coloured/underlined text to go to another page and read some summary notes (that is the page it is best to make comments from). It seems you need to hover your mouse over the text to see that it is a link. 

Addition April 8th. When all goes well I update this page on Sunday afternoon, but some weeks I won’t get to it until Monday or Tuesday.

Additional note Sept 29th: I have discontinued preparing reflection questions for the time being, and will only pick it up again if a few people indicate continued interest. 

Sermon 39 Dec 15, 2019

  • Series: “With God all things are possible” (aka “Expect the Unexpected”)
  • Readings: Luke 1:36-45
  • Focal Texts: Luke 1:37,44,45 (quoted below
  • Sermon: “God’s possibilities bring spiritual joy”

… Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” …

44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Sermon 38 Dec 8, 2019

  • Series: “With God all things are possible” (aka “Expect the Unexpected”)
  • Readings: Luke 1:26-38
  • Focal Texts: Luke 1:25 & 26, 37 & 38 (quoted below) 
  • Sermon: “Disgrace removed & Disgrace borne”

25 & 26 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

37 & 38 For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”

Sermon 37 Dec 1, 2019

  • Series: “With God all things are possible” (aka “Expect the Unexpected”)
  • Readings: Exodus 30:1-10; Luke 1:1-25; 
  • Texts: Ex 30:6; Lk 1:11 (quoted below) 
  • Sermon: “The Advent (coming) of At-one-ment”

Put the altar in front of the curtain that is before the ark of the Testimony–before the atonement cover that is over the Testimony–where I will meet with you.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

Follow this link to be taken to a preview page for reflecting on the passages ahead of Sunday.

Follow this link to see Pastor Pete’s summary notes.

Sermon 36 Nov 24 Exodus 15:22-27 “Learning to Live in God’s Order” Transitions Series

Sermon 35 Nov 17 Ex 14:21 to 15:21 “Israel is free, enemy is swallowed” Transitions Series

Sermon 34 Nov 10 Exodus 13:17 to 14:20 “Finding Freedom Frightening” Transitions Series

Sermon 33 Oct 27- Exodus 12:1-12:42 with 29 to 32 the focus. from bondage to freedom, with a price” Transitions Series

Sermon 32 Oct 20 – Ex 7:2-4, 13, 22; 8:15, 32: 9:7, 12, 34, 35; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10 “Who really is Almighty?” Transitions Series

Sermon 31 Oct 13 – 1 Cor 10:16-17; Ex 12:12-17; text Rev 19:6-9 “The Supper ties past present and future together”   Thanksgiving service

Sermon 30 Oct 6 – Exodus 5:22 to 6:12 “God’s promises stand, our listening changes” – Exodus Transitions Series

Sermon 29 Sept 29 – “High Expectations” Uturn church series book chapter 7

Sermon 28 Sept 22 – “The cultural captivity of the church ” Uturn Church series book chapter 5

Sermon 27 Sept 15 – Matt 21:13; Acts 1:14; Romans 8:22-27l 1 Thess. 5:16-18 “Prayer” Uturn Church series book chapter 4

Sermon 26 Sept 8 — Matt 20:25-26; 1 Peter 2:4-10 “Leadership” Uturn Church series book chapter 7

Sermon 25 Sept 1 — Acts 16:6-10; Matt 15:8,9,15-20 “Vision, Mission and the danger of lip service” The U-Turn Church series book chapter 3.

Sermon 24 Aug 25 — Jonah 1:1-3; Rev 21:5; 22:17,20; Matt 24:45,46 “Holy Thirst Quenching” The U-Turn Church series book chapter 2.

Sermon 23 Aug 18 — Revelation 2:4-5; Ephesians 4:13 “Holy Zeal” The U-Turn Church series book chapter 1.

Sermon 22 Aug 11 — Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-14 “Unravelling the Babble of Babel” 

Sermon 21 Aug 4 — Luke 4:43; Acts 1:3,6; Col 1:13; Rom 14:17 Two Kingdoms” 

Sermon 20 July 28 — John 17:14-16; 18:33-38; Phil 3:18-21; Rom 12:1,2 “In this world but not of it’s ways

Sermon 19 July 21 — Acts 2:5-7; 10:23-35; 17:22,23 “Culture Gap

Sermon 18 July 14 — 1 Cor 11:17-34 “Re-membering — not dis-membering — the body

Sermon 17 June 30 — Exodus 4 :29 – 5:21 “From Impressed by God’s Signs to Doubly Oppressed by Fearful Pharaoh.

Sermon 16 June 23 — Ezekiel 36:26-28; 2 Corinthians 3:2-6 Matt 23:25-28 Introducing “Heart Change”

Sermon 15 June 16 Exodus 3:16-4:20 “From Shepherd with Staff to on God’s Staff

Sermon 14 June 9 (Pentecost). “The untamable Spirit

Sermon 13 June 2: Exodus 3:1-10 – Transition “From Solitary Shepherd to Sent Savior

Sermon 12, May 26: Exodus 2:11-25 – Transition “From Fierce Freedom Fighter to Fearful Foreign Fugitive

Sermon 11, May 19: Exodus 2: 1-10 Transition “From River Rat to Royal Rug-rat”

Sermon 10, May 12: Exodus 1:1-15 “From Family Fleeing Famine to Flourishing Family without Freedom”

Sermon 9, May 5: Genesis 3:1-5; Galatians 5:18-26 “From Forbidden Fruit to Bidden Fruit”

Sermon 8, April 21: Romans 3:20; 8:1-8: Galatians 3:23-27 “The Law as Ten Posts”

Here’s a great quote that is relevant to the lost Son sermon and the Ten Posts one:

The farther I run away from the place where God dwells, the less I am able to hear the voice that calls me the Beloved, and the less I hear that voice, the more entangled I become in the manipulations and power games of the world. — Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Sermon 7, April 14: Luke 15:11-32 “The Joy of Being Found” 

Sermon 6, April 7: Mark 12:13-17 “Who’s Image?” 

Sermon 5, March 31: Luke 10:25-37 “Neighbouring”

Sermon 4: Luke 11:37-41; with Mk 7:1-8, 20-23 as background reading. “Cleaning the Inside.”  

Sermon 3: Psalm 95:8-11 – Expect God to speak change into life


Sermon 2: Psalm 95:1,6,8 – Three ‘movements’ “Cheer, Cherish, Change”

Sermon 1: Psalm 95:1,2,6 – The threefold “come along, let’s go” and meet with God.

3 thoughts on “Sermon discussion (and review)

  1. Hi Pastor Pete,
    Hopefully you will still continue to post the sermon reviews, as these are excellent recaps for those that may be away and wish to get caught up on what they missed. It is also good for those that wish to reflect further on the messages they heard and need a gentle reminder of the wisdom and ideas you share from the pulpit ….


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