The Father of Mercies

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 2 February 2020
Beginning with God as a compassionate Father over His children, Paul moves to sufferings incurred for the sake of Christ and the Gospel, especially his own experience of 'so great a death', and its spiritual purpose - that of delivering him from self-trust.

Spiritual Participation

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 23 February 2020
An insight into Paul's deep sense of the priesthood of all believers. Shared intercession comes first (he needs them), then shared sincerity, then a shared anointing (not just the preacher), finally shared proving of the Lord (the local church needs no external oversight).

God Keeps His Promises

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 27 November 2016
The Bible is a book of promises. They are the overtures of God to our souls, pointing the way out of alienation from Him and a spiritual living death, and urging us to something infinitely better. Here are God's promises and how He keeps them.

Spiritual Battle Honours

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 1 March 2020
Despite Satan's drive to establish a hold over God's people, the Corinthian church purges out grievous sin (here are the purposes of discipline), achieves restoration for the offender, proves its obedience to the Lord, and defeats Satan's devices (these being named and described here).

The Triumphant Life

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 8 March 2020
Paul reveals his great anxiety for the Corinthians, but hastens to show how he looked also at the overall scene and God's ceaseless blessing in opening doors and making Paul and others the savour of Christ everywhere; truly a model life for us all.

Becoming Spiritually Alive

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 26 July 2015
In the Bible, the 'natural' person is incomplete, lacking spiritual life and experience. By contrast, the 'spiritual' person has heard the call of Christ, and obtained from Him an understanding of life's spiritual and eternal context, and a personal relationship with God. Here is how.

The Greatest Contrasts in History

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 15 March 2020
Learning from contrasts, including that between the law written on stone, and conversion written in the heart; the ministry of the the letter and that of the Spirit; the old and the new covenants; the administration of death and of the Spirit, with the unique glory of the latter.

Liberty and Transformation

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 22 March 2020
The apostle shows where false teachers (promoting Jewish views) went wrong, explaining the veil over their minds and hearts. Then he advances the liberty of true conversion, and here are its components. Finally the question is answered - how does beholding Christ lead to sanctification and glory?

The Glory of Christ in Conversion

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 29 March 2020
The glorious nature of Gospel ministry burdens preachers and witnessing believers to reach every form of unbelief and rebellion against God.  Here are more forms.  Here too is Satan's chief objective - the obscuring of Christ, and the necessity of the Spirit's illuminating work in salvation.

Cases of conscience

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 17 January 2021
The conscience, originally programmed by God, operates in both Christian and pagan societies. Although damaged and weakened by sin, its underlying standards are dramatically revived in individuals by the power of the Gospel, as we see in these major biblical conversions. You May Be Also Interested in… Sermon: Purging the…

Comprehending the Glory of God

— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 31 August 2022
Isaiah was overwhelmed and convicted by it. The four and twenty elders of Revelation fell down before it. What is it like to sense God’s glory – its perfections and attributes? Here is how it is known through Christ, and how it must be honoured.

The Paradox of the Christian Life

The mighty, glorious paradox of the witnessing Christian life is here seen - in weakness, Christ makes us strong; in hindrances and hardships, He provides the escape; when at the end of our resources, He supplies - a lifelong proving of His power and faithfulness to us.

The Soul’s Final Triumph

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 26 April 2020
At death the believer's soul enters its heavenly home, capable of praise, fellowship, love and learning, and awaiting only the resurrection body.  Here is the greatest imaginable incentive to holiness and service and how it should always be in the forefront of our minds.

The Concept of Eternal Life

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Paul outlines the teaching that runs through the Bible about Heaven, showing the way to be accepted by God and also the way God confirms to those who believe in Him that they possess everlasting life. There is surely no greater knowledge than this.

Our Lease on Life

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 22 May 2011
A message for those seeking for God, taken from Paul's great illustration of the body as a temporary tent of the soul. Despite our breaking the terms of the 'lease', Christ has made a way of forgiveness and new life

Expanding Your View of Life

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 20 November 2016
Many think that Christianity gives a narrow, restricted view of life, when it is a materialistic outlook that imposes a limiting cage. Here is the vastly wider view that comes from listening to God's Word, and what it means to know and prove Him.

The Motivation of Believers

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 3 May 2020
The apostle says - all will appear at the judgement seat, saved and lost.  Will the sins of the saved be revealed?  What will be the basis of judgement?  What are the 'good' deeds referred to?  Here also is Paul's concern for the salvation of souls.

Dynamic Christian Living

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— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 10 May 2020
These verses reveal first the means by which Paul sustained his unflagging zeal; secondly the radical change of outlook brought about by conversion, and thirdly the compelling obligation for evangelism which is given to every true believer: are we really saved, and are we genuine witnesses?

Pressed by Christ’s Love

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 3 September 2017
The apostle explains his persistence in service, however arduous, as being driven by Christ's love to him, showing how the power of that love comes from reflecting on it. Here are the elements that awaken and compel our souls, proving also that new life is within.

Exploring the Love of Christ

— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 30 May 2012
A single study showing the nature of Christ's love for His own, which in turn compels, motivates and energises us to love and serve Him. Illustrated by reference to various miracles of Christ, each highlighting a distinctive, precious and heart-warming aspect of His love.

Life’s Most Essential Crisis

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 27 November 2011
The most important 'if' in the Bible is here - 'If any man be in Christ' he is a new creation. How do we come to be 'in Christ' - united with Him? And in what way is our life newly created? What exactly do we experience?

Put Off the Old Man

— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 21 August 2016
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The Re-Creation of Life

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— Dr Peter Masters | 6:30pm | Sunday 17 March 2019
The Bible describes the necessity of conversion to God. In this verse it is presented as something radical, sudden, a complete event accomplished in an instant by God, and not by us. Here are the great features, and how we may come to it.

God’s Terms for Blessings

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 17 May 2020
The apostle gives inspired and essential conditions for instrumentality in Gospel work.  Beginning with a strong plea to avoid fruitlessness, he stresses the necessity of a consistent life, resilience through all hardship, and five positive qualities which must be exhibited, by the Spirit's help.

The Example of a True Minister

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 24 May 2020
Paul is a model for all believers, especially preachers.  Here he lists our weapons, such as preaching and witness, to be maintained regardless of our reception, even despite great violence, and through lows and highs - making many rich, and though having nothing, yet possessing all things.

The Unequal Yoke

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 31 May 2020
Fellowship with false teachers nearly ruined the Corinthian church, leading to this passage on the utter incompatibility of believers being united with unbelievers (as churches or as individuals entering into marriage).  Here are God's reasons, and the command to stand apart from apostate churches or denominations.

The Necessity and Blessings of Separation

, , , — Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 20 March 2013
The Lord's binding commands (in a series of texts)to stand apart from doctrinal unbelief and from sinfully conceived aspects of worldly culture. How in the case of worldly methods "the medium the message". The result of disobedience, and the place of secondary separation.

How Believers Repent

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 7 June 2020
Believers may, like those of Corinth, make serious mistakes and need to repent and reform.  Here the apostle chronicles the Corinthian readiness to change, highlighting seven distinct components of a believer's repentance, so that restoration to full blessing and fruitfulness may be experienced.

The Graces of the Christian

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 28 June 2020
Six graces are listed: faith (conviction), witness, knowledge, diligence (earnestness), love for the cause and stewardship.  Then follow seven aspects of such graces that challenge the heart and show the spirit in which they are exercised.  This passage uniquely defines dedicated spiritual living.

Gifts: Sowing and Reaping

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 5 July 2020
The apostle's instructions for giving have often been found surprising, being chiefly spiritual matters.  The priority of the Gospel is emphasised even in relief offerings, and a precious list of aims and attitudes is given, bringing a reward of spiritual not fleshly enrichment.

The Battle for the Mind

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 12 July 2020
Beginning with Paul's apostolic authority, this passage presents his reliance on God's power rather than human schemes, showing how strongholds of human thought void of biblical foundation may be thrown down by the truth.  Here also is the need for true submission to Christ.

Defending the Church

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 19 July 2020
How superficial the Corinthians were in letting false teachers get in!  They only had to claim to be Christian preachers and no questions were asked.  When good people lay aside discernment the result is Satanic conquest.  A similar war faces sound churches today.

Paul Our Pattern

— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 25 July 2012
Aspects of Paul's God-given example, including his simplicity, courage (only he could reform the church at Jerusalem!), loyalty to his calling, great feelingfulness, and spirit of sacrifice - body, heart and mind. What an inspiration, challenge and aim is his life, yet speaking across the centuries.

The Life of Paul

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 26 July 2020
Paul speaks reluctantly of his life and work to defend his standing, so attacked by heretics.  Here is his level of commitment, contention for the truth, and faithfulness through labours, privation and persecutions.  Is our commitment diluted by the affluence, comfort and self-care of our age?

Why Paul Suffered

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 23 August 2020
Paul's labours and sufferings 1) added to his authentication 2) revealed his love for Christ and souls 3) showed his human limitations 4) preserved his humility 5) equipped him to comfort others 6) exposed human hostility 7) deepened desire for glory 8) set standards for consecration.

The Fall and Rise of an Apostle

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 2 August 2020
The harrowing list of pains, pressures and trials, endured by Paul as a continuous authentication of his ministry as an apostle, starts at Damascus, with his ignominious escape. Here is the first of the purposes of Paul's many sufferings and how it applies to us.

Strength for Servants

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 30 August 2020
The apostle discloses how he experienced in mysterious manner entry into paradise, to prepare him for all rigours he must endure.  He speaks also of the affliction given him to maintain humility, and to show him and us that every achievement is the Lord's doing.

Testing Ourselves for Faith

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 6 September 2020
First, the problem when believers reform their behaviour but without any depth of repentance. Here is vital counsel. Then Paul tells us that if Christ is in us, it is fairly plain to see. Here are the signs of His dwelling in true believers.

Securing the Presence of God

— Dr Peter Masters | 7:30pm | Wednesday 6 June 2018
Far more than 'sundry' good wishes, here are Paul's five conditions for the presence of God: the maintaining of joy; living a full-spectrum Christian life; knowing how to gain comfort in trials; being of one mind with believers; and being a peace-maker.

The Presence of God

— Dr Peter Masters | 11:00am | Sunday 20 September 2020
Paul's closing counsels set before us the duties of Christian cheerfulness, keeping spiritual perspective and faith alive, being of one mind as a church family and maintaining harmony.  Here are the steps to be taken, and the great reward of God's presence in our midst.