Sermons by Richard Kidger (Page 2)

Empires and Exiles

Empires & Exiles – Part 1: Exiles

Have you ever experienced homesickness, the longing for your home away from home? In the book of Daniel, we read about a people that were experiencing much more than homesickness. They had been removed from their homeland, culture and everything they held dear, and thrust into exile in a foreign place and culture. Yet, despite the challenges, they thrived. What was the key?

Over the course of the next 7 weeks we are going to be diving into the first half of the book of Daniel. Daniel is full of great narratives and vivid imagery, that tell the story of God’s works in the midst of the most difficult of circumstances. It’s an encouragement in faithful living in exile.

Unfiltered

UNFILTERED: Big Questions. Honest Answers – Part 4

Christians talk a lot about the love of God – about a good God – sometimes to the point where it becomes difficult to comprehend how a good God can send people to hell – a place of eternal suffering. Didn’t Jesus accept everybody – tax collectors and prostitutes? The question of whether hell is real or whether God sends someone to hell or whether we make that choice ourselves – is not an appealing one. No one likes the idea of many people suffering judgment in the life to come. Why talk about it at all? Over the past few weeks we’ve been tackling some big questions with honest answers. We’ll conclude the series with this very question ‘How can a loving God send people to hell?’

Unfiltered

UNFILTERED: Big Questions. Honest Answers – Part 1

Asking questions plays a crucial role in a child’s development as it helps them gather information needed to develop problem-solving skills and broaden their understanding of how the world works. What about in our adult life? Is it good to ask questions about God or the Bible? Does it show a lack of respect, or faith or trust? Good questions! We’re going to encourage these kinds of questions and explore some answers in our new four-part series “UNFILTERED.” We start this week with the question “Aren’t all religions the same?”

Grace Changes Everything

Grace Changes Everything – Part 12

There are certain events in our lives that change us – some maybe for a little while, like coming back from a vacation with great memories and a needed break from day-to-day routines and responsibilities. Other events may have a more permanent impact on our lives, like starting a new friendship that leads to marriage, or moving to a new country that opens up a new world of opportunities. There are difficult circumstances that can also change us, like failing to get that job that you thought was perfect for you, or experiencing an unexpected injury, or seeing a relationship fail seemingly beyond repair. This summer we’ve been looking at something that can be a real game changer in our lives – God’s Grace – understanding what that means and involves, and how experiencing God’s Grace for ourselves can change us – forever! What does that look like – in a practical way? We’ll go deeper into this topic from the book of Galatians throughout the month of August.

Grace Changes Everything

Grace Changes Everything – Part 9

We often hear the word diversity used to describe the culture of our country. It is popular to support diversity… of thought, of people groups, and ways of doing things. It is often viewed as a requirement for a mature society – to be able to embrace what is different from our views or background. And it’s used as a means of generating original fresh new ideas – a result of bringing people together with different perspectives and life experiences. But reality is, diversity often produces disagreements and tension in relationships. Left to our own devices, we can use our differences to make comparisons of who is superior to the other, or who is more highly regarded in another’s eyes. But grace changes everything. Grace never produces this kind of pride. Why is that? What can we learn from the book of Galatians in the Bible, that will change everything? Join us as we continue looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Galatia.

Grace Changes Everything

Grace Changes Everything – Part 7

We often hear the word diversity used to describe the culture of our country. It is popular to support diversity… of thought, of people groups, and ways of doing things. It is often viewed as a requirement for a mature society – to be able to embrace what is different from our views or background. And it’s used as a means of generating original fresh new ideas – a result of bringing people together with different perspectives and life experiences. But reality is, diversity often produces disagreements and tension in relationships. Left to our own devices, we can use our differences to make comparisons of who is superior to the other, or who is more highly regarded in another’s eyes. But grace changes everything. Grace never produces this kind of pride. Why is that? What can we learn from the book of Galatians in the Bible, that will change everything? Join us as we continue looking at the apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Galatia.