Whether it's Palm Sunday or not, we need to welcome Jesus into our lives. Mark 14 shows us 3 ways we can do this: through sacrificial worship, like the woman who poured perfume on Jesus' head; through submissive worship, like the disciples who trusted Jesus' words; and through sacramental worship, as seen at the Last … Continue reading Welcoming Jesus
This is a sermon preached at St Peter & St Paul Shepton Mallet on Mark 11:27 - 12:17. Jesus enters our lives, as he entered Jerusalem, with authority. Our response should be submission. We should find our identity in him, the anchor in the storm, defining ourselves first and foremost as children of God. We should … Continue reading Jesus’ authority
Or: God, our ultimate superhero This is a sermon I preached at St Aldhelm's Doulting, focusing on James 4:11-17. Superheroes are everywhere in today's culture. In some ways we're a bit like them, in that we often judge each other, comparing our own skills and achievements against other people. James points out that this is … Continue reading The sovereignty of God
This is a sermon I preached at St Peter & St Paul Shepton Mallet, looking at James 2:14-26. James writes to young Christians in churches across the Middle East, telling them that faith without works is dead. At first glance, that seems contrary to Paul's teaching, so we need to take a closer look at … Continue reading Sermon: Living faithfully
Following a discussion with a learned friend recently, it became painfully apparent that my personal definition of "Church" was quite different from his. He challenged me to explore this further, particularly to look at the New Testament to see Biblical evidence of Church. This document is an analysis of this research, which will hopefully point … Continue reading What is Church?
In this sermon, preached on Sunday 19 February at St Peter and St Paul Shepton Mallet, we look at different types of fear, the importance of keeping our fear in the context of Jesus's power, and the assurance that fear is conquered through faith in Jesus. Mark 4:35-6:6 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/wp-content/audio/sermon-2017-02-19.m4a
Another sermon, preached at St Aldhelms Doulting on 5 February. Many people think they are entitled to the Kingdom of God, but Jesus's message is that it is only by grace that we are saved. Mark 3:7-35 https://www.matthewdawkins.co.uk/wp-content/audio/sermon-2017-02-05.m4a