New Dawn

Published: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

DawnThis sermon, ‘New Dawn’, was presented by Geoff Pound on 22 January 2017. It is the fourth in the ‘New’ series in the new year of 2017.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:12-23

 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

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New Discoveries

Published: Tuesday, 17 January 2017

discoveriesThis is the third in the ‘New’ series in January 2017 at the Ashburton Baptist Church. ‘New Discoveries’ was presented by Geoff Pound on January 15 2017.

Scripture: John 1:29-42

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 
30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 
31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 

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New Season

Published: Monday, 02 January 2017

New SeasonThis sermon, ‘New Season’, was given by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on New Year’s Day, 1 January 2017. It is the first in a new series entitled ‘New’.

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

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Isaiah Insights - The Gift of Goodness

Published: Monday, 19 December 2016

This sermon, ‘The Gift of Goodness, was given by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 18 December 2016. It is the fourth in the Advent Series, ‘Insights from Isaiah’. Sermon scripts can be found at this link and the audio at this link.

Reading: Isaiah 7:10-16 Emmanuel GP 1216

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, 11 Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. 13 Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

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Isaiah Insights - The Gift of Peace

Published: Monday, 05 December 2016

This sermon, ‘The Gift of Peace’, was given by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 4 December 2016. It is the second in the Advent Series, ‘Insights from Isaiah’.

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Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-10

11 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
    the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the spirit of counsel and might,
    the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide by what his ears hear;

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Isaiah Insights - The Gift of Light

Published: Monday, 28 November 2016

This sermon was given by Keren McClelland at Ashburton Baptist Church, on 27 November 2016. It is the first in our Advent series – Insights from Isaiah. Isaiah 2: 1 - 5

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The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.

Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." 

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! 

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Discerning the Way Together

Published: Monday, 14 November 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 13 November 2016. It is the fourth in the ‘Journey in Discernment’ series. The first sermon in the series is posted at this link(with the podcast), the second in the series is a podcast at this link and the third script is here with a podcast. The format for the series is based on the book, Making Life Decisions.

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:6-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) closed door GP 1116

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

Before the Second World War a man was strolling among the tulip beds in some public gardens in England. He loved the ‘riot of colours’ as he admired one flower bed after another.

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The Surrender in Discernment

Published: Monday, 24 October 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 23 October 2016. It is the third in the ‘Journey in Discernment’ series. The first sermon in the series is posted at this link (with the podcast) and the second in the series is a podcast at this link. The format for the series is based on the book, Making Life Decisions.

Scripture Reading: Romans 12: 1-8 archaeological dig GP1016

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 

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