Pastor Barry Robinson

Letters to the Camberwell Congregation from Pastor Barry Robinson

March 2008 - Easter to Pentecost

March 2008 - Easter to Pentecost

Easter to Pentecost Sermons

Dear Church Family,

The season between Easter and Pentecost, the “Great Fifty Days”, is a time for us to celebrate that Christ has risen, ascended to the right hand of God, and has sent the Spirit at Pentecost.

We are called to faith along with the women at the empty tomb, and the disciples on the road to Emmaus, locked behind closed doors, or fishing on the Lake. We are also invited to enter into the story of Thomas, and to grow through our doubts and fears into the life of Christian discipleship.

Our celebration of Easter is not simply a looking back to an empty tomb in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago, it is about sharing in the risen life of Christ, and in turn sharing the faith and life we have in Christ, with others. He is risen! He is risen indeed! - Is the glorious shout of Easter Day.

The ascended Christ is to be Lord of the church, and Lord of our individual lives.

There are to be no other rulers – all others are merely pretenders. But this ruler of our community and personal life is also sympathetic and compassionate, interceding on our behalf. Christ reigns supreme as our loving High Priest, is the message of the ascension.

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes real freedom and the power to live for and speak about Jesus. No longer are we slaves, but are children of God empowered for the Christian life, as the Spirit of Christ lives in us. That’s the joy of Pentecost.

During this season, we’ll be reflecting on a number of these themes – The sermon schedule for this period is below.

Please take time to meditate on these topics, and may God bless your study.

With love in Jesus' name,

Barry Robinson

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Sermon Details

Easter - Pentecost 2008

  1. Faith in Christ (Various Scriptures including: Gal 3:1-14; Rom 3:9-30; Rom 4:1-17; 6:13-22; Jas 2:14-26; Phil 3:1-9)
  2. The Task: You must be witnesses (Luke 24:36–53)
  3. Three Dimensional Worship (Various scriptures including: Rom 12:1-2, Acts 2:42, Heb 13:15-16, 1 Pet2:9, Heb 10:24-25, Col 3:16, Eph 5:18-19, Psa 95:1-2, 6 Eph 5:19-20)
  4. The Lordship of Christ (Various Scriptures including: Lu 2:8-39; Isa 45:18,23; Phil 2:9-11; 1 Cor 1:8-10; 2 Cor 5:10; Eph 5:5; Rom 8:9; Rom 1:1-7; 1 Cor 8:5-6)
  5. James' Letter - The Tongue Guest Preacher: Annette Woods (James)
  6. God’s Ascended High Priest (Various Scriptures including: Heb 12:29; 9:22; 5:1-9; 4:14-16)
  7. The Spirit of Freedom (Galations 5:1,13-26)
  8. The Power of Pentecost (Various Scriptures including: Acts 1:8, 2:1-13, 36-41; Ezek 37:1-14; Exod 3:1-6; 40:34-35; 1Kings 8:10-11)

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