Sermons by Rana Khan

Sermons by Rana Khan

Wrestling with God

Jacob wrestles with God as he waits to cross the Jabbok River. Sometimes God plants a vision in our hearts and we have to wrestle with God and with our own doubts when we consider how to respond.

Fire, not Peace

Although we refer to Jesus as Prince of Peace, in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 12:49-53) he says he has not come to bring peace but fire and division. How does this apparent contradiction stack up with what we know about Jesus?

Living by Faith

Abraham is commended for his faith in believing, in his old age, that God would provide him not just with an heir but with so many descendants that there would be too many to count.

Hospitality in the Bible

The story of Abraham meeting with the angels shows the importance of hospitality expressing God’s welcome, not to friends and those we know well but to the stranger, the incomer.

The Good Samaritan

What I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you … the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Deuteronomy 30:11-14 The story of the good Samaritan is so familiar that we can easily miss its challenge to us to confront the biases and prejudices we aren’t even aware we live with.

God makes everything new

In the early days of the book of Acts, everyone assumed that Jesus had come only to save the Jews. But it soon became clear that this was something entirely new, something for everyone regardless of background, status, religion or ethnicity.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Jesus is the Good Shepherd as we all know. To understand the imagery better we need to know a little more about how shepherds worked in biblical time.

Resurrection Hope

The book of Acts sees the disciples of Jesus transition to being apostles, those who are ‘sent’ as messengers of the gospel. It also shows the fledgling Christian community changing from being a group of fearful people to those who preached the word of God boldly. Their hope was in the resurrection of Jesus, and although there was pressure to downplay or even deny that it happened, the resurrection is at the very centre of our faith.

Easter Day 2019

As we celebrate Jesus’ rising again on Easter Day, we reflect on the different responses of the disciples.

Change Your Focus

… from earth to heaven, from down to up. When we are faithful to our citizenship of heaven then we can fulfil our mission on earth.

The Temptations of Jesus

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness are often seen as generic classes of temptation: material needs, power, immortality. But they are much more than that. Satan was attacking Jesus’ mission by trying to misdirect him into changing his priorities and shifting focus away from the Kingdom.

Ash Wednesday 2019

The prophet Joel issues a challenge to Israel and to us to repent and return to the Lord with all our hearts.