New Relationships

Published: Monday, 13 February 2017

building relationships GP 0217This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound on 12 February 2017 at the Ashburton Baptist Church. The reading in Matthew is one of the lectionary readings as we flexibly follow the Revised Common Lectionary.[1] At the end of the sermon there is a prayer and some questions for personal and group study.

Reading: Matthew 5: 21-37

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. 

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You are Salt and Light

Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017

SaltThis sermon follows our series in the Gospel of Matthew and was presented by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 5 February 2017. Questions for personal and group study follow the sermon script.

Reading: Matthew 5:13-20

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

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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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