Sermons by Richard Kidger (Page 2)


Workplace – Part 4: The Rest From Work

he plane was about to land and you could sense the excitement as these wary travelers were anticipating a few weeks of uninterrupted sunshine and leisure time on the beach. Two friends were overheard making a vow – they would shut off their work mobiles and lock them in the hotel safe until they landed back home. Sound radical? There is a new market for remote travel destinations that help guests become “unplugged” from the daily grind – totally unplugged…meaning no Wi-Fi. Why, in a world where you can access anything, anytime, at your fingertips, are people realizing the importance of disconnecting? Let’s explore this as we complete our series on Faith and the Workplace.


Workplace – Part 3: The Gospel At Work

When we hear of taking the gospel to work, we often think it means sharing our faith at work. That could be a part of it. But what if it was so much more? What if the impact of the gospel – the message of Jesus – totally reshaped our perspective of work, our purpose in work, and our attitude towards work?

We need a view of the good news of Jesus that shows how every career can be a calling, and every workplace a place of worship. So, how does that happen? That’s what we’ll be exploring. Join us for Part 3 in our Faith and the Workplace series.


Workplace – Part 2: The Pain In Work

When was the last time you put the words “work” and “fun” in the same sentence? In your view, does “fun” only happen after your work is done? Is “fun” considered superficial or optional when you’re doing housework, or working on a school project or an important presentation? Are you more inclined to join the words “work” and “pain” together?

If work is supposed to be a good thing – a God-given need within each of us – why is it that so many people feel frustrated, disillusioned or swallowed up by work? That’s something to think about as we tackle Part 2 in our series on Faith and the Workplace.

The Resurrected

Encounters with Jesus – Part 7: The Resurrected Jesus

Do you remember meeting someone important to you and what you said or experienced in those few moments? It might be a great story that you enjoy telling to friends and new acquaintances when the opportunity presents itself. In the weeks leading up to Easter, we have been telling the stories of some of the people who had an encounter with Jesus during his time on earth, and their stories continue to be told throughout the centuries. A few moments with Jesus changed their whole outlook on life. One morning, people had an encounter with Jesus unlike anything they could have ever dreamed of or imagined. He had just been put to death on a cross and buried. The thoughts that were running through their minds must have crushed all their hopes for the future. This is one encounter with Jesus that makes all the difference to our lives and our faith.

The Condemned

Encounters with Jesus – Part 6: The Condemned

“He gets me.” Have you ever said something like that? It’s that sense of satisfaction that someone knows you and understands you. Maybe you’ve said the opposite. “I don’t know why she would say that about me! She just doesn’t get me at all.” There was a woman who met Jesus and he understood her completely. To be more accurate. She did not come to him willingly. She was dragged there. By people who sought to embarrass her and see her suffer for what she was caught doing. To see how Jesus treated her, and dealt with her accusers, is a story worth telling and remembering. Find out what this woman learned from her encounter with Jesus, and why we need him in our lives, too.

The Outscast

Encounters with Jesus – Part 4: The Outcast

We do not know her name. We can only guess her age. But she probably had the longest one-on-one conversation with Jesus recorded in the Bible. It happened at high noon on a hot day. Jesus met her at a rest-stop where he waited while his disciples went into town to get some food. So far so good. Until the exchange began. Have you ever had an occasion to meet someone in a position of power, maybe the president of a corporation, or an official in government? Chances are you might exchange a few pleasantries. Likely you would not challenge that person in a first encounter. Not this woman. She challenged Jesus. In turn, Jesus challenged her. What was the big deal? That’s what we’ll talk about as we continue our series in Encounters with Jesus.