Sermons by Rana Khan (Page 2)
On the way to Capernaum the disciples argue amongst themselves about which of them is the greatest. Rana looks at the place greatness and ambition have in life today.
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus as the bread of life is a well known phrase. Here Rana explores some of the themes of sharing and justice associated with it, and how Jesus is just as essential to us as the very food we eat.
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.