Good News of Jesus in a Nutshell

Published: Monday, 12 March 2018

PeanutThis sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on 11 March 2018. This occasion was only one week after the funeral of the Rev Dr. Billy Graham so the service and the sermon had several references to his life and ministry. The sermon manuscript is followed by questions for personal reflection and group study.

Scripture Reading: John 3: 14-21

After last Sunday’s Vietnam-flavoured service, we went into Melbourne’s inner city. Watching people flow into Flinders Street station, it seemed a United Nations. People dressed in burqas, saris and turbans. Diners eating Japanese sushi, croissants from the French-styled café, Baguettes, people snacking on Spanish donuts and two Indian guys sharing some French fries.

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Taking up the Cross

Published: Monday, 26 February 2018

This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at ABC on 25 February 2018. It is part of the ‘Journey with Mark’ series following the lectionary readings. Questions for personal reflection and group study are posted at the conclusion of this manuscript.

Reading: Mark 8:31-38

In 2004 Frank Warren had a crazy idea.[1] He printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards. They were blank on one side and had instructions on the other. He asked people to anonymously share a secret they’d never told anyone before. He handed these out randomly, not knowing what to expect. But soon the idea went viral. People from all over the world bought their own postcards and sent them to Frank. He posted them on his web site called PostSecret.com. It’s become one of the most visited blogs in the world. Frank has received more than half a million secrets.

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The heavens are torn apart

Published: Friday, 23 February 2018

This sermon was delivered by Keren McClelland on 18 February 2018. It is part of the 'Journey with Mark' series towards the cross.

The sermon contains text with images, and is followed by questions for personal/group reflection. 

Up and Down the Mountain

Published: Monday, 12 February 2018

This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound at ABC on 11 February 2018. It is the first in the ‘Journey in Mark’ series. Following the lectionary readings, the occasion was Transfiguration Sunday. The service contained reports on Small Groups and included a commissioning of some of our young adults departing for overseas. With Ash Wednesday happening on 14 February, this sermon concludes with an invitation to take the sign of a dusty cross on the forehead or arm.

At the end of the sermon manuscript there are some questions for Personal Reflection and Group Study.

Reading: Mark 9:2 - 9 

If you’ve ever visited an IKEA store you’ll know the IKEA experience. You may go only to get some tea lights and they’re probably in a room close to the entrance but by ropes and signs you’re led for a couple of hours on a wild goose chase through this never-ending building. They take you from one floor to the next through curated rooms. From the kitchenware rooms, to bathrooms, everything is all decked out with the latest furnishings, and then you’re taken through bedrooms, lounge rooms, balconies, the lot!

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For Such a Time as This

Published: Monday, 29 January 2018

This sermon was presented by Geoff Pound on 28 January, 2018.

Reading: Esther 4: 1-17

Study Guide

Today’s study comes from a book of the Bible that we seldom dip into. This little book is sandwiched between the popular books of Nehemiah and Job. There was controversy over whether this book should be included in the canon of Scripture. Christian leaders like Martin Luther argued that this book should be snipped from the Scriptures. Their argument was that the book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that never mentions the word ‘God’. It doesn’t contain any prayers or hymns so how can such a godless book have any spiritual nourishment?

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The Hands of God

Published: Monday, 22 January 2018

This sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at the Ashburton Baptist Church on the 31 December 2017.

Reading: Matthew 8: 1-4; 14-17

Think of all the ways in everyday conversation that we mention hands. We decline an invitation because we’ve got our hands full. We take matters into our own hands. When we ask for help we say, “Can you give us a hand?”

We talk about acting high-handedly. We speak about someone who gave us a real backhander. We throw up our hands in horror. If a cricketer has a safe pair of hands they’re put into the slips. All week at the cricket we’ve wondered, ‘Which team has the upper hand’?

In the Sydney to Hobart yacht race when you’ve got strong winds, you need all hands on deck. By the way, were all your Christmas presents new or were some second hand?  When President Reagan was asked for changes to his defence policy: “Don’t tie my hands on the arms issue.”

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Living the Dream - Study Guide

Published: Monday, 22 January 2018

Living the Dream

This is a study for Small Groups based on Geoff Pound’s sermon (see the manuscript and listen to the podcast) delivered on 21 January 2018 at Ashburton Baptist Church.

Readings: Genesis 37: 2-11; Acts 2: 16-17

I Have a Dream

“One of the great gifts is to be captivated by a God given dream. To receive a compelling picture of the work to which we need to be giving our lives.”

Martin Luther King Jnr was able to articulate clearly and with colourful pictures his dream.

What are some of the words and pictures you’d use to portray your greatest dream?

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Living the Dream

Published: Monday, 22 January 2018

This sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on Sunday 21 January 2018.

Readings: Genesis 37: 2-11; Acts 2: 16-17

Study Guide

The third Monday of January in the United States is a holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Junior. Last Monday was the day this year, for encouraging people to advance the achievements of that Baptist preacher.

Some years ago, our family toured the American South, to retrace the steps and the story of King and the civil rights movement.

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