Sermons by Rev. Leo Newell (Page 2)
The message delivered in this service on the fifth Sunday in Lent focuses on the incident of the raising of Lazarus as found in John 11. The whole service is being provide due to COVID -19 meeting restrictions.
Today’s message focuses on the story in John 9 of the man who was blind from birth. Really this is much more than a healing story. It is about those who are blind to the truth; those who are in spiritual darkness. We have moved to online worship as we currently are not meeting physically due to the coronavirus and so this message will link to our YouTube account.
In today’s message which takes the form of a monologue we hear from Nicodemus, the Pharisee who seeks to learn from Jesus. His encounter with Jesus is found in John 3: 1-21.
In this message on the first Sunday in the season of Lent, Rev Leo invites us to consider the temptations we face and the challenges of living in a world that is all about the self. We look at the first temptation of man in Genesis, and Paul’s Letter to the Romans comparing Adam with Jesus, and, of course, reflecting on the temptation that Jesus faced in the wilderness as it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
This message focuses on the nature of the church and the privileges and responsibilities of membership. The Scripture passage which lies behind this message is Ephesians 4: 1-16. What a privilege to welcome five new members to our congregation. The message, of course, was not just for them, but for the whole church.
In this message we look at the Covenant that God initiated with Israel moving to the new covenant we have with God through the action of Jesus. The address was delivered on Covenant Sunday, an annual tradition of renewing our commitment early in the new year.
A message looking at the challenges and opportunities for the church today. Scripture passages: 1 Corinthians 1: 18 and Matthew 4: 17-22.
On this second Sunday in the season of Advent we come face to face with John the Baptist, who delivers a nine word sermon! Read the account from Matthew 3 here. John has a few choice words to give to the religious ‘elites’ who join the throng seeking baptism. Given they were the ones considered faithful and obedient, and that’s what we seek to be, what might John say to us if he turned up at our church meeting? The…
Ready for Christ’s return.
In this message we look to the future based on the prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 65: 17-25) given to Israel. We look at what that means for us. There is also a brief reference to Luke 21: 5-19.
Looking at Jesus’ parable about the unjust judge and the persistent widow in Luke 18: 1-8, we consider what that means for us in our prayer life, especially when it seems that our prayers go unanswered.
At the close of Qld Mental Health Week, Rev Leo presents a message on the QMHW theme, looking at biblical examples from Psalm 22 and 1 Samuel 16. He begins with a story written by Judith Viorst, called Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Some people have Alexander days every day!