The Way of Peace
This sermon is based on the Gospel reading for the day (19 February 2017) in the lectionary and was given by Geoff Pound at the St Kilda/Elsternwick Baptist Church on the occasion of the farewell of Alan and Jenny Marr and the Sunday that marked Alan’s retirement from pastoral ministry.
Reading: Matthew 5: 38-48
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.
This 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. 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.
You are Salt and Light
This 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.
This 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:
This 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.”
This 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;
Isaiah Insights - The Gift of Goodness
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
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.
Isaiah Insights - The Gift of Peace
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’.
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.
2 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.
3 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;