Sermons and Talks

As you'll see from the list below, I've preaching from time to time for a number of years in a number of places. My first real outings were at Greyfriars Church in Reading when we were members there, and more recently at our current church, Woodley Baptist. There are also a few of the preaching exercises I did for the Cornhill Training Course, and I've lately been getting out and about a bit to other local churches.

Although I use pretty much a full text it doesn't in general correspond exactly to what was actually preached. On the day, I've added things, left things out and rephrased things in almost all cases, as seemed right to me and as the Spirit led. They would no doubt benefit from being revised as a result of feedback I've had, and those inevitable "I really should have/shouldn't have said that..." regrets, but I've resisted doing that.

Please feel free to make use of the material as you wish, whilst respecting the copyright notices attached.

The title links to the sermon or talk itself, and the text reference links to the Bible passage. Clicking on the "Text" or "Date given" header will re-sort the table.

Date given Title Text Place
6 April 2014Six questions about following JesusMark 8:34-37Woodley Baptist Church
16 February 2014Life in Christ and in the WorldColossians 2:6-8  "  "
15 December 2013Joseph's first ChristmasMatthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:13-15, Matthew 2:19-23  "  "
27 October 2013Confidence in Jesus1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5  "  "
29 September 2013Confidence in Jesus1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
18 August 2013The Bride and the BridegroomEphesians 5:22-33, Song of Songs 2:3-13Thatcham Free Church
28 July 2013The Bride and the BridegroomEphesians 5:22-33, Song of Songs 2:3-13Bradfield Methodist Church
21 July 2013The Bride and the BridegroomEphesians 5:22-33, Song of Songs 2:3-13Woodley Baptist Church
12 May 2013Mission creepMatthew 28:16-20Boyn Hill Baptist Church
5 May 2013Mission creepMatthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:6-11Woodley Baptist Church
3 February 2013Re:focus 2 - Recovering your focusMatthew 22:33-40  "  "
18 November 2012Worthy or Unworthy?Luke 7:1-10Crowthorne Baptist Church
21 October 2012One way or another, God humbles the proudDaniel 5Woodley Baptist Church
1 July 2012Economics of the KingdomLuke 12:13-34  "  "
17 June 2012Being KnownPsalm 139Boyn Hill Baptist Church
22 April 2012Desiring GodPsalm 63Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
4 March 2012The power of humilityJames 4:1-12Woodley Baptist Church
29 January 2012Religion: worthless or priceless?James 1:19-27  "  "
22 January 2012Jesus reveals his gloryJohn 2:1-11St James, Woodley
24 December 2011But Made Himself NothingPhilippians 2:5-11Woodley Baptist Church
30 October 2011A Mission MasterclassActs 20:17-38  "  "
2 October 2011Jesus: the controversy he caused!John 14:6  "  "
4 September 2011Why is it so hard to be good?Galatians 5:16-21Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
31 July 2011Will you be part of it?Esther 4Woodley Baptist Church
24 July 2011Sayers, Hearers and DoersMatthew 7:21-29St John's, Shottesbrooke
24 July 2011Sayers, Hearers and DoersMatthew 7:21-29St Mary's, White Waltham
15 May 2011Jesus at Prayer - His Pattern and PriorityMark 9:29, Luke 5:15-16Woodley Baptist Church
1 May 2011The Cure for Performance-Related Prayer1 Chronicles 29:10-13Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
17 April 2011King David1 Samuel 16:1-13Woodley Baptist Church
20 March 2011News of a TragedyLuke 13:1-9, Revelation 6:12-17  "  "
6 March 2011Letter to ThyatiraRevelation 2:18-29  "  "
27 February 2011Sour GrapesIsaiah 5:1-7Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
30 January 2011Jacob & Esau — the Battle for the BlessingGenesis 27:1-40Woodley Baptist Church
5 December 2010Working for the Coming KingMatthew 24:36-51  "  "
21 November 2010A Christian Work–Life Balance  "  "
14 November 2010Proved by Persecution2 Timothy 3:10-13Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
17 October 2010Gain friends for yourselvesLuke 16:1-13Woodley Baptist Church
12 September 2010Excellent Love1 Corinthians 13  "  "
8 August 2010Faith EncouragedHebrews 11:1-16St Mary's, White Waltham
8 August 2010Jesus reveals his gloryJohn 2:1-11Woodley Baptist Church
1 August 2010Jesus reveals his gloryJohn 2:1-11Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
27 June 2010Honouring God in Singleness and Marriage1 Corinthians 7Woodley Baptist Church
30 May 2010The views of a spiritual church1 Corinthians 3  "  "
16 May 2010It's Not Broken!1 Kings 19:1-18Basingstoke Baptist Church
9 May 2010Proverbs: God and ManProverbs 21:1-3Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
11 April 2010Does God love sinners?Romans 5:8, Psalm 5:5Woodley Baptist Church
4 April 2010Why do you look for the living among the dead?Luke 24:1-12  "  "
21 February 2010The most important ProverbProverbs 4:20-27Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
7 February 2010The Miracles of JesusLuke 8:22-56Woodley Baptist Church
10 January 2010Fear not, for I am with youIsaiah 43:1-7St Mary's, White Waltham
8 November 2009A Radical Commitment to the Bible2 Kings 23:1-3Woodley Baptist Church
1 November 2009The Inclusive, Exclusive KingdomLuke 13:18-30Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
25 October 2009Abiding and AbundanceJohn 15:1-17St Mary's, White Waltham
6 September 2009It's Not Broken!1 Kings 19:1-18Woodley Baptist Church
9 August 2009News of a death2 Samuel 18:1-33St Mary's, White Waltham
2 August 2009What's in a name?John 1:42, Matthew 16:18Woodley Baptist Church
12 July 2009Number your daysPsalm 90  "  "
5 July 2009The value of Jesus in the cost of followingLuke 9:51-62Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
3 May 2009"How foolish you are..."Luke 24:25Woodley Baptist Church
19 April 2009Three false claims; One true remedy1 John 1:5-2:2St John's, Shottesbrooke
19 April 2009Three false claims; One true remedy1 John 1:5-2:2St Mary's, White Waltham
16 April 2009Three false claims; One true remedy1 John 1:5-2:2Woodley Baptist Church
12 April 2009Resurrection Power: past, present, future1 Peter 1:3-5  "  "
5 April 2009The Day of AtonementLeviticus 16:1-19Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
8 March 2009The destruction of SodomGenesis 18:16-19:29Woodley Baptist Church
8 February 2009God Cures the IncurableJeremiah 30:12-17  "  "
25 January 2009The Strongest Glue in the WorldGalatians 1:11-17, Matthew 19:27-30St James, Woodley
18 January 2009Are you a Jellyfish or Dolphin?1 Timothy 6:11-16Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
16 November 2008What the church is for1 Timothy 3:14-16  "  "
9 November 2008The Heart TransplantEzekiel 36:26Woodley Baptist Church
12 October 2008A World Without Hope?Ecclesiastes 1:1-14  "  "
14 September 2008Love from the inside out1 Timothy 1:3-11Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
10 August 2008Are you fit to follow?Luke 9:57-62Woodley Baptist Church
20 July 2008The Joy of TheologyPsalm 100  "  "
8 June 2008Certain Security in an Uncertain WorldPsalm 61Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
1 June 2008Big-hearted Barnabas and the Whole-hearted ChurchActs 11:19-26, Acts 13:1-3Woodley Baptist Church
4 May 2008The day of the Lord will come2 Peter 3:3-14  "  "
9 March 2008How good people do evil2 Samuel 11Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
2 March 2008Can you see clearly?Mark 8:22-38Woodley Baptist Church
17 February 2008God Justifies the UngodlyRomans 4:1-17St John's, Shottesbrooke
17 February 2008God Justifies the UngodlyRomans 4:1-17St Mary's, White Waltham
20 January 2008Images of a Kingdom2 Samuel 5Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
6 January 2008Don't be chaff; don't be bonsaiPsalm 1Woodley Baptist Church
11 November 2007How to be God's EnemiesJames 4:4-10Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
28 October 2007The SubstituteIsaiah 52:13-53:12Woodley Baptist Church
21 October 2007Justice and JudgementLuke 18:1-8St John's, Shottesbrooke
21 October 2007Justice and JudgementLuke 18:1-8St Mary's, White Waltham
23 September 2007The limits to Christian mission1 Timothy 2:1-7  "  "
26 August 2007Building, Belonging and Believing1 Peter 2:4-10Woodley Baptist Church
19 August 2007Becoming a Fisher of MenActs 2:14-4:22, 1 Peter 4:11Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
15 July 2007God who SpeaksHebrews 1:1-2Woodley Baptist Church
24 June 2007The presence of GodExodus 33Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
29 April 2007Living GodJeremiah 10:1-16Woodley Baptist Church
11 March 2007An attitude of gratitudePsalm 50Fifield Christian Fellowship
4 March 2007An attitude of gratitudePsalm 50Woodley Baptist Church
25 February 2007That you may know that I am the LordExodus 6:28-10:29Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
4 February 2007Holy GodPsalm 99Woodley Baptist Church
10 December 2006DivisionMatthew 7:13-29Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
12 November 2006Getting your righteousness rightMatthew 6:1-18Woodley Baptist Church
19 October 2006Unveiled faces2 Corinthians 3:12-18, Exodus 34:29-35  "  "
17 September 2006The letter to LaodiceaRevelation 3:14-22Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
10 September 2006Fear of the LordPsalm 112, Acts 9:31Woodley Baptist Church
13 August 2006From Despair to HopePsalm 130Fifield Christian Fellowship
25 June 2006Why does God permit evil?Genesis 45Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
21 May 2006Sorry, Thank you, Please.Psalm 131, Luke 18:9-17Woodley Baptist Church
30 April 2006Jesus and the SpiritJohn 16:5-15  "  "
16 April 2006Baptism Testimony  "  "
9 April 2006His love endures foreverPsalm 118Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
12 March 2006Where does your help come from?Psalm 121Arborfield Christian Mission
5 March 2006Judging JesusJohn 7Woodley Baptist Church
29 January 2006Heavenly heartednessPsalm 84  "  "
22 January 2006Heavenly heartednessPsalm 84Arborfield Christian Mission
11 December 2005Joseph's first ChristmasMatthew 1:18-25Blenheim Free Church, Maidenhead
13 November 2005Worship when life is toughPsalm 42-43Woodley Baptist Church
20 October 2005The significant lifePsalm 1  "  "
2 October 2005Where does my help come from?Psalm 121  "  "
11 September 2005The Secret of HappinessPsalm 32Arborfield Christian Mission
26 June 2005The Secret of HappinessPsalm 32Woodley Baptist Church
13 May 2005Transplant SurgeryRomans 5:6-8Cornhill Training Course
3 April 2005How long, O Lord?Psalm 6Woodley Baptist Church
4 March 2005Come to meMatthew 11:28-30Cornhill Training Course
17 February 2005LentMatthew 4:1-11Woodley Baptist Church
6 February 2005Can't help speaking about JesusActs 4:1-31  "  "
21 January 2005God is faithful to His covenantMalachi 2:17-3:12Cornhill Training Course
24 October 2004Getting free and staying freeGalatians 5:1-26Woodley Baptist Church
8 October 2004Gospel TruthEphesians 1:11-14Cornhill Training Course
8 August 2004Trust in the Lord with all your heartProverbs 3:5-6Lower Earley Baptist Church
4 July 2004The missionary heart of GodIsaiah 66:18-24Woodley Baptist Church
25 January 2004Is it worth it?Matthew 19:27-30, Acts 9:1-22Greyfriars Church
28 December 2003A gospel for allActs 10:1-48  "  "
2 November 2003Hearing and DoingJames 1:19-27, James 2:14-26  "  "
5 October 2003DivorceGenesis 2:18-24, Mark 10:2-16  "  "
6 July 2003An approved workman2 Timothy 2:14-26  "  "
15 June 2003Holy, holy, holyRevelation 4:1-11  "  "
25 August 2002Suffering and SovereigntyGenesis 45:1-28  "  "
28 July 2002Patient EnduranceGenesis 40:1-23  "  "
9 June 2002Facing TemptationLuke 4:1-13  "  "
12 May 2002Another CounsellorJohn 14:15-27  "  "
10 February 2002AdulteryExodus 20:14  "  "
14 October 2001No Second ChanceDaniel 5:1-31  "  "
19 August 2001The Rich FoolLuke 12:16-21  "  "
24 June 2001David, a Forerunner of Christ1 Samuel 16:1-13  "  "
13 May 2001Abraham and IsaacGenesis 22:1-24  "  "
18 February 2001Everything is permissible1 Corinthians 6:9-20  "  "
1 October 2000Rahab and the SpiesJoshua 2:1-24  "  "
20 August 2000Jonah's PrayerJonah 2:1-10  "  "
16 July 2000The Cost of CommitmentLuke 14:25-35  "  "
20 February 2000Eternal AccountabilityMatthew 25:31-46  "  "
23 January 2000Accept the InvitationMatthew 22:1-14  "  "
5 December 1999Managing AngerJonah 4:1-11, Ephesians 4:26-27  "  "
24 October 1999The Centrality of the CrossGalatians 6:1-18  "  "
14 February 1999The Coming Jesus1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11  "  "
17 January 1999A Pastor's Character1 Thessalonians 2:1-16  "  "