“What is the end of all church-order, assemblies, and worship? What is a church? Is it not a company of sinners gathered together, according to God’s appointment, to give glory and praise to him for pardoning grace, for the forgiveness of sins, and to yield to him that obedience which he requires from us on the account of his having so dealt with us? This … Continue reading Romans 6 – True Freedom – Praise and Preaching from St Peters
This weeks Ecclesiastes column in Christian Today – perhaps appropriate for your worship tomorrow? Solomon has identified many of the problems that we face in life today – the meaninglessness of it all – and he has shown that all of our solutions don’t bring real meaning. He had visited the courtroom, the marketplace, the travellers’ way and the palace. Now, in Ecclesiastes 5: 1-7, he … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship?
Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching on the North Coast of Northern Ireland – the preachers in St Peters were David Meredith and Craig Anderson. David is one of the best preachers of Old Testament narrative I have heard – he preached a great sermon on Esther… Songs – Before the Throne; Ps 139 (New Scottish); You are the Only One; Psalm 85; … Continue reading Esther, Ephesians and Worship from St Peters with David Meredith and Craig Anderson
I am currently in Portrush Northern Ireland to speak at a unique occasion – eight churches have got together and are cancelling their individual services and all meeting together this morning in the University of Coleraine. It’s encouraging that they are willing to do this (Presbyterians taking risks is unusual!) although it’s kind of a shame that its just the Presbyterians! The weather is atrocious … Continue reading Portrush, Romans 5, Ephesians 3 – The Advance of the Gospel and the Church
Last Sunday we had a phenomenal Lord’s Day – it was a time of celebration, joy and hearing from the Lord. I thought the sung praise was especially powerful. We now make the whole service (apart from the pastoral and mission prayers) available online. You can subscribe to the podcast (or we also have one that is just the sermon) or listen to it on … Continue reading Psalm 81 (What God requires and gives in worship), Ephesians 3 and Praise, Prayer, reading and preaching from St Peters
(An edited edition of this article was first published on Christian Today here – ) Since the government is the highest authority known to secular man, it must be the solution to every problem. Including the problem of loneliness. Thus Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to a report from the Jo Cox Commission, has appointed a minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch. Loneliness is not a … Continue reading The Cure for Loneliness – the Cord of Three Strands – (Ecclesiastes 4:7-12)
After our experiment last year recording the whole service we have decided to do that permanently. Everything is recorded except the pastoral prayer and the missions prayer (for reasons of confidentiality). I prefer to listen to the whole service – the recording is excellent and its great to join in the praise (led by John Cooper). If you wish to get the sermons only you … Continue reading Praise, Reading, Prayer and Preaching (Romans and Gospel of John) from St Peters – 21st January
For some reason the morning sermon did not record but the evening one from Sinclair was absolutely stunning….it was on John 11: 1-16 and entitled ‘Jesus Cunctator’ (if you want to know what it means listen below! ) In the morning I preached on Romans 5:1-5 “Peace, Hope, Glory and Love”. Here is one of the quotes from it… “And by the word stand, he … Continue reading John 11:1-6 – Jesus Cuncator; O the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus
Happy (Calvinist) Christmas! https://www.christiantoday.com/article/a-merry-calvinist-christmas-to-one-and-all/122087.htm If you are reading this on Christmas Day – Happy Christmas….now get off your computer/phone and go and do something less boring instead – like eating turkey, watching the Queens speech or washing those dishes! Maybe the computer isn’t such a bad option? Christmas is not universally celebrated. If you are a Jehovah’s Witness then today is just a normal Monday. … Continue reading Happy (Calvinist) Christmas
Last Sunday we looked at two different passages: The first was from Romans 3:27-31 – The Faith that Justifies The second was a look at the Virgin birth – several people have asked about this being online….Why is it such a stumbling block for some people? Al Mohler “Must one believe in the Virgin Birth to be a Christian? This is not a hard question … Continue reading The Faith that Justifies; The Importance of the Virgin Birth; Silent Night.