Sermons by Rana Khan
Amos brought God’s word, his call for justice and equality, to the kingdom of Israel. But they were a kingdom with wealth, influence and military might and they did not listen.
Mark’s gospel tells of the disciples trying to send away children being brought to Jesus, and Jesus reminding them that the Kingdom of God belongs to children such as these.
With the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the Christian church was born and great commission started to be enacted.
Jesus said “I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.” – John 10:16 In today’s reading we hear Jesus explaining that the Kingdom of God is not an exclusive club but one which is open to all and which welcomes all.
Thomas, forever known as Doubting Thomas, often seems to be one of the weaker disciples. History tells a different story as we hear how Thomas went on to become one of the greatest evangelists of his time.
Rana examines some of the reasons put forward for doubting the reality of Jesus’ resurrection.
So many of the attributes of God are expressed by our mothers and those who care for us.
Jesus heard God’s voice: ‘this is my son with whom I am well pleased‘. Saul also heard God’s voice: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?‘ but it was a voice which transformed him. God still speaks today and if we will only listen we too can hear his message and be transformed.
Paul was accompanied at the start of his Ministry by Joseph, nicknamed Barnabas or Son of Encouragement. Rana looks at the ministry of Barnabas and the qualities that made his quiet and unassuming work so important to the early church.
The parable of the wedding banquet is one of the more difficult to understand, seemingly creating more questions than answers. Why were the guests so unwilling to attend? Why was one guest thrown out for not coming with the right clothes? And what does all this say about the kingdom of God?
Peter asks ‘how many times must I forgive my brother?’ and the book of Genesis tells no less than five stories of sibling rivalry. We need to look carefully at our relationships with our families and within our Christian family.
God’s invitation is to everyone. There are no exceptions, all are invited. Who are we not reaching out to as He would wish?