Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: Mark 8:1-26] 27-38
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Texts: Isaiah 63:7-9; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23]
All three texts speak of suffering, Ian addresses that topic and the reason for the Incarnation as the writer to the Hebrews explains it.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10]
Second Corinthians is largely a defence of Paul's ministry. He suffered terribly for the faith but through it all was sustained by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Texts: John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43]
The crucifixion looks like the greatest disaster but ;that is not the whole story. The eye-witness accounts of the following Sunday morning change everything. The final outcome - Love Wins!
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 ]
Casting our cares onto God - because he cares for us; reframing suffering in the light of Christ's sufferings; submitting to God; resisting the enemy; stones which are fashioned to form a living temple.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text 1 Peter 3:13-22]
The Apostle Peter continues telling us not to be afraid giving us the assurance that Christ is the Victor over evil powers. He goes on to teach about baptism. The power of baptism lies in the resurrection of Jesus.
Preacher: Ian Hardcastle [Text: 1 Peter 2:19-25 with Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; John 10:1-10]
How we struggle with submission! The flesh hates it. Peter gives us a rationale and an example to follow. None other than the Shepherd of our souls!
[Preacher: Ian Hardcastle. Texts: Isaiah 63: 7-9; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23]
We don't like the prospect of suffering but it is part of life and the Christian is not exempt.
[Preacher: Ian Hardcastle. Text: 1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-11; Luke 7:11-17]
It seemed impossible - her son had died. Yet God made a way where there was no way.
1 Samuel 29:1-30:6
David faces disaster - his base has been raided and all his party's families and possessions have been taken; his men are ready to kill him, but "David strengthened himself in the Lord!" What was his secret?
Stephen was a man full of the Holy Spirit. We too are called to be filled with the Spirit of God. He was a man St Stephen and Ahimelech - they both suffered and died. Yet Jesus says we should rejoice when we are persecuted...