• Bible,  In the detail,  Preaching Notes

    Jonah in Luke’s Gospel

    We recently had Luke 8:22-56 preached at Christ Church Hemel, and it struck me that Luke alludes (quite strongly) to Jonah in the first section (Luke 8:22-25). Just consider the similarities: Jesus, like Jonah, falls asleep on the boat. (Luke 8:23, Jonah 1:5) Shortly after a storm rises, threatening to sink the boat. (Luke 8:23, Jonah 1:4) The disciples cry the same thing as the captain (Luke 8:24, Jonah 1:8) The response of the disciples and sailors is fear. (Luke 8:25, Jonah 1:16) There is a striking difference though. Jesus actually went and offered salvation to the Gentiles, whilst Jonah did not want to. And if Jonah was meant to…

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    Notes on preaching Hosea

    Here are my findings as I preached through Hosea at Christ Church Hemel between January and April 2020. This is a live page, so I plan to keep this updated with further research as time progresses (and allows). To hear my sermon series on Hosea, please visit the sermon archive. Big picture Below is the big picture structure for the book of Hosea. This will be fleshed out further on in this page: Passage Theme Hosea 1-3 Hosea and Gomer’s marriage is a picture of God and Israel’s relationship Hosea 4:1-3 God lays out his charges against the people of Israel Hosea 4:4-6:3 God has a charge against Israel because…

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    The gospel in the linen

    Dave updated his thoughts on this post in 2020, and preached a sermon on it. Hear it here! Happy Easter! I don’t know whether you went to an Easter service today, but if you did, you may have come across a book referred to as ‘John’s gospel’. It is read in many churches over the Easter period and no doubt will be heard many times more today. The author tells us that he wrote his book “[so] that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”. (John 20:20) Now, if you were to give John a chance to tell his…