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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Journey into Discernment: Into the Desert

Published: Monday, 10 October 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on Sunday 9 October 2016 and is the first in a series entitled, Journey in Discernment. The ‘journey’ being encouraged at ABC involves Sunday sermons, Group Studies and personal daily reflections. The format is based on the book, Making Life Decisions, which includes forty chapters for personal reflection and weekly studies for personal and group study.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4: 1-11 desert GP 1016

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,

‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

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Grand Final Faith

Published: Monday, 03 October 2016

This sermon was delivered by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 2 October 2016, a day after the AFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs (winners). Notes related to this sermon for personal study and group discussion are posted at this link.

Scripture: Luke 17:5-10 [the sermon focuses on the first two verses] Grand Final GP 1016

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"

17:6 The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

17:7 "Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here at once and take your place at the table'?

17:8 Would you not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'?

17:9 Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded?

17:10 So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"

At the beginning of last week I received an SOS from an Aussie couple in the US. The details of what happened haven’t been spelt out but it seems that their three year old son got into difficulties in the water.

When he was dragged out, resuscitation was attempted, and an ambulance took him to the ICU where he’s been fighting for his life. The parents are keen Christians and they’ve asked hundreds of people to be praying for their little boy.

Unfortunately on Tuesday came a further note to say:

“It is with crippling sadness that we share the news that our little boy has died.”

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