Sermons by Paul Sampson (Page 3)

Sermons by Paul Sampson (Page 3)

Do you believe I am able to do this?

Jesus’ question in Matthew 9 is a fundamentally important one. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Mt9:28) Jesus explicitly asks this question of the two blind men. The same question is implicitly asked of the dead girl’s father, and the woman with the chronic bleeding, and the demon possessed man. Jesus’ question and actions make clear that people need to…

See, Understand, Respond

See, Understand, Respond. If you don’t see correctly, or understand correctly what you see, it is very difficult to make a correct response. Indeed, someone could easily make a catastrophic response if they fail to see or understand accurately. In Matthew 8:23-9:13 Jesus wants us to see accurately who He is, so that we can understand fully the implications of who He…

Easter Sunday- Believing the Unbelievable

Aussies tend to be sceptics. We don’t believe things simply because someone in authority says them. We are particularly reluctant to believe that impossible things happen! Matthew 27:57-28:20 focuses our attention on one central event- the physical, literal, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. The first and fifth sections, and the second and third…

Make your choice

You cannot serve both God and money. Jesus instructs His disciples in Matthew 6 to not love money. But, most of us are inclined to love money. And we have lots of it! Australians generally, and residents of North Epping in particular, are among the wealthy elite. So, how do we who are Christians deal with Jesus’ words that seem so counter-cultural? Surely, given…

Jesus’ Meritocracy?

Jesus’ Meritocracy In Matthew 6 Jesus seems to indicate that different rewards will result depending on the way disciples live now; specifically how they give, pray and fast. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1) How do we reconcile Jesus’ words…

Jesus’ Code of Conduct

The world continues to modify it’s Code of Conduct and typically it moves further away from Jesus’ Code of Conduct. What are disciples of Jesus to understand by Jesus’ assessment and instructions in Matthew 5:17-48? Jesus provides us with instructions which call for radical righteousness and what appears to be calls for self-mutilation for breaches of…

Are you blessed?

Nine times in as many verses Jesus says that various people are “blessed“. If being blessed is a good thing how can Jesus suggest that, “Blessed are those who mourn” and “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me”? Matthew 5  demonstrates that the world only makes…

Jesus or Satan?

There have been some extraordinary one to one battles over the years. Great 1 to 1’s all have some things in common; both competitors are highly capable, both combatants are motivated to win, and either competitor could win. Matthew 4 shows us: The epic contest between Jesus and Satan The results of the contest The implications Matthew 4 provides an account of the…

God’s Gift

Christmas is a time when we think about gifts – giving and receiving gifts. Trouble is, many of the gifts we give do not have the value to the recipient that was intended by the giver. Are we on the right track when it comes to gift giving? Research has shown that Australia wastes million if not billions of dollars at Christmas time on unwanted gifts. How might we…