Christ Church Jerusalem

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Sermons, lectures and teachings from Christ Church Jerusalem, founded 1849 as a center of prayer for all nations with worship reflecting the Jewish context of the gospel.

Episodes

  • Deuteronomy 34 - Bible study

    05/05/2021 Duration: 01h23min

    The end of the book of Deuteronomy contains the account of the death of Moses. The Bible in itself does not insist that Moses was the sole author of the Torah. Tradition has it that Joshua penned the final song of Chapter 33 and documented the final moments of Moses’ life. It has been assumed that the whereabouts of the burial place of Moses has been deliberately obscured by God Himself so as to inhibit the possibility of construction of a shrine to Moses. The text of Deuteronomy states that God buried Moses. Later tradition notes that God, who is life, cannot be in the presence of death and thus an intermediary acting on behalf of the Lord undertook the task to actually bury Moses. The tradition that the archangel Michael did the deed is alluded to in the Epistle of Jude. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurch

  • Branches in the hands of the Vinedresser

    04/05/2021 Duration: 32min

    2 May 2021 - Fifth Sunday of Easter - Jesus calls himself the vine, calling on an image recurrent throughout the Scriptures, and places his followers as branches of himself. Jesus tells us that the Father is the vinedresser who meticulously prunes and trims the branches so that they will produce the sweetest fruit. Neville Jones reminds us that we are called to trust the the Vinedresser's discipline as a sign of our sonship and maturing into the likeness of Jesus. Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

  • Deuteronomy 33 - Bible study

    28/04/2021 Duration: 01h34min

    Following his song the next act of Moses is to bless the people before he himself leaves them and this world. The song of blessing has some similar characteristics to the blessing of Jacob in Genesis 49. One major feature of the blessing from Moses is the absence of the tribe of Simeon. Much of the blessing is in the third person, leading many to conclude that Joshua is recorder of the blessing. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • Matter of life and death

    27/04/2021 Duration: 52min

    25 April 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Easter - As a sheep, the choice of which voice you listen to is a matter of life or death. Ezekiel warned the wayward shepherds of Israel that their selfishness was costing the lives of the sheep. The shepherd psalmist writes about having to trust God to survive in the wilderness. Jesus then, in the midst of the pandemic of death, offers the sheep eternal life both before and after death. He offers us divine fellowship and the opportunity to truly know the living God. Sermon by David Pileggi. Readings: Ezekiel 34:1-16 & 23-24; Psalm 23; John 10:11-18 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Photo by Javad Esmaeili on Unsplash

  • Deuteronomy 32:19-43 - Bible study

    21/04/2021 Duration: 01h31min

    The final song of Moses foretells a disastrous future for Israel, one of idolatry, violence and dispersion. The song is a national prophetic warning which does not have to come to pass should Israel heed its words. Israel’s behaviour will elicit emotions of jealousy and anger from God. Jealousy and anger are not sins in and of themselves; they are authentic feelings that God Himself can also feel, an interesting thought! The Israelites were expected to memorize this song in an attempt to avoid the calamities that it includes. The song has positive prophetic promises as well as negative ones. Despite God declaring the people to be a ‘perverse nation and a people without sense’ (32:28), He will also have compassion on them in the future and vindicate them against their enemies, delivering them once more. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or la

  • Life-changing joy

    20/04/2021 Duration: 49min

    April 18, 2021 - Third Sunday of Easter - There is a debate of where specifically the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus took place. For some, faith seems diminished by not being able to pinpoint the exact locations. Our confidence in the resurrection, Rev. David Pileggi tells us, does not lie in identifying the place. The proof is found in 2,000 years worth of lives changed by the joy of knowing the risen Jesus. Readings: Acts 3:12-19; 1 John 1:1-5; Luke 24:36-48 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

  • Deuteronomy 32:1-18 - Bible study

    14/04/2021 Duration: 01h31min

    The last act of Moses is to break into song! We always knew he had it in him. The song is formed kike a psalm, using Hebrew-style parallelisms. The song of Deuteronomy 32 assumes that the children of Israel are already in the Promised Land, have succeeded in the conquest but have fallen into idolatry. Thus this final portion of the Last Words of Moses is heavily prophetic. The Song of Moses became very important during the Second Temple period, having some form of liturgical use in the Temple and in some Jewish communities. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • Jesus answers the death question

    13/04/2021 Duration: 34min

    11 April 2021 - Second Sunday in Easter - Death. If death is normal, then why do we have so much trouble with it? It does not feel normal. We are wired to hate death. Many in the world cope by saying there is nothing after death or by holding on to a fuzzy hope of an uncertain eternal existence. The resurrected Jesus gives us another view of death, says Canon Daryl Fenton. Disciples who encounter the resurrected Jesus can live in transforming power, obedience, and even joy in the face of death. Readings: 1 John 1:1-2:2; Psalm 28; John 20:19-31 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem

  • Resurrection's call to the fearful

    06/04/2021 Duration: 44min

    4 April 2021 - What are we to make of Mark's abrupt resurrection account? Is it clumsy writing? Or does it fit right into a narrative that starts abruptly and highlights Jesus as the frustrated rabbi to his fearful and blind disciples? Rev. David Pileggi has us consider the words of the young man in the empty tomb, who offers the frightened women a word of peace and reconciling mercy from the resurrected Messiah. Only an encounter with the Resurrection embodied will heal our blindness, fear, and doubt. Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 114; Mark 16:1-8 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

  • The warning of the fig tree

    30/03/2021 Duration: 52min

    28 March 2021 - On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus' triumphal but humble entry into Jerusalem. Jesus enters not only as a king but as a prophet warning Jerusalem -- not wagging his finger but weeping over his beloved city and his people. Rev. David Pileggi exhorts us to hear Jesus' critique of the corrupt Temple and search our hearts for the same arrogance and compromise that warranted God's judgment. Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-17 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Music Credit: Rise Again by Alexander Nakarada Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4897-rise-again License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

  • Deuteronomy 31 - Bible study

    24/03/2021 Duration: 01h35min

    Moses is coming to the end of his monologue as well as his life in general. God has decreed Moses will not cross the Jordan and that the day of his speech, his 120th birthday, will be his final day in this world, putting in place a tradition that says heroes of God die on the same day as they are born. Moses says God Himself will cross the Jordan with the Israelites. God has been with the people in Egypt, partook of the Exodus with them and has dwelt among them in the wilderness. He has never left them despite their rebelliousness, and that is a comforting thought for all of us. God has led Israel in a joint venture with Moses, God and Man working together, and now both will go in to take possession of the Land. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • Death comes before eternal life

    23/03/2021 Duration: 41min

    21 March 2021 - Fifth Sunday in Lent - To have eternal life is to have God's life. Before new birth, however, there has to be death to self, to the world's definition of life. Rev. David Pileggi encourages us to rediscover that Jesus' life -- his teaching, example, death, and resurrection -- not only saves us but shapes what our salvation looks like. We are invited not just to remember Jesus' death but to participate in it. Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Music Credit: Rise Again by Alexander Nakarada Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4897-rise-again License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

  • Deuteronomy 30 - Bible study

    17/03/2021 Duration: 01h32min

    Moses concludes his retelling of the Torah, the deuteronumos or mishna torah, linking everything once again to the individual's heart and soul. The initial future of Israel, however, was not going to be too promising. The previously mentioned blessings and curses of chapters 27 and 28 were to befall the people of God. The future was exile. In its success of the conquest of Canaan, Israel was going to fail to maintain the covenant. This is an interesting thought, that blessing from God and success can lead to spiritual decline, idolatry and subsequent punishment. If exile is the future, why enter the Land in the first place? Why not just stay where they are and continue to wander the desert? Perhaps a wider question can be asked of ourselves: why is it that revelation rarely seems to change our behaviour? Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or l

  • Look up & be restored

    16/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    14 March 2021 - Fourth Sunday in Lent - In Numbers 21, the children of Israel sin and bring a plague upon themselves. God in his mercy allows them to restore their relationship with him through a strange device, a bronze serpent on a pole. One thousand years later, Jesus tells Nicodemus he is the one who will restore relationship between God and his people. Canon Daryl Fenton reminds us that relationship cannot be restored by a mere transaction; repentance, a change of heart, is required. Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem

  • Deuteronomy 29 - Bible study

    10/03/2021 Duration: 01h25min

    As Moses’ speech draws close to its end, he once again reiterates the sacred history of the people following the Exodus from Egypt leading up to a reiteration of the Covenant of God. The opening verse almost reads as though there were actually two covenants given to Israel, one at Mount Sinai(called Horeb) and the other here on the plains of Moab. Some Jewish commentators, like Rashi, say that Moses is adding to the previous words at Sinai while others say that this is a reiteration to the new younger generation of Israel, as the majority of those Sinai have passed away. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • Holy zeal for God's house

    09/03/2021 Duration: 52min

    7 March 2021 - Third Sunday in Lent - As we consider Jesus' cleansing of the temple, Rev. David Pileggi cautions us not to dismiss the temple as unimportant or merely a picture fulfilled in Jesus. The temple was a divine institution where heaven met earth, where God came down to dwell among his people. Jesus was zealous for this special place and is similarly passionate for the holiness of the Church. If we are the royal priesthood, we also should have a love and passion for the holiness of God's people and for our witness in the world. Readings: 1 Kings 8:1-21; John 2:13-23 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem

  • Giving and Getting

    02/03/2021 Duration: 29min

    28 February 2021 - Second Sunday in Lent - In the the second week of Lent, Deacon Aaron Eime reminds us that we practice spiritual disciplines -- like fasting and alms giving -- to get more of God. When we give, God gives us himself and his blessings. Yet, this getting of blessings creates a tension so that we struggle to give more. So in our giving, Jesus invites us to suffer with him in the way of the cross. The paradox is that when we give our lives away in this way, we gain Jesus and resurrection life. Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Mark 8:31-38 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Music credit: The Train in the Darkness by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7240-the-train-in-the-darkness License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

  • Purim Lecture: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    01/03/2021 Duration: 01h24min

    Sharon Alley discusses humor and irony in the book of Esther. As many might know, Esther is the only book of the Bible where God is not mentioned by name. Sharon helps us unpack this nuanced book further and shows us how, through different elements, we can see the footprint of God's redemptive work in Esther. Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • Deuteronomy 28 - Bible study

    24/02/2021 Duration: 01h25min

    Chapter 28 continues the pattern of blessing and extreme curses that has been prevalent throughout the Torah. Other nations had covenants that included blessings and curses as well. The difference with the Torah is the covenant is not between a human king and his people but with God and Man. Because Hebrew has no punctuation in its sentence structure, Moses uses a double sh’ma (that is he says the word twice) to give the word emphasis. Moses wants Israel to fully hear and obey the commands of the Lord. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at http://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/study-last-words-of-moses-deut/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

  • The Wilderness: God's Seminary

    23/02/2021 Duration: 53min

    21 February 2021 - First Sunday in Lent - As we begin Lent, we remember that the Spirit of God thrust Jesus into the wilderness to test him. This is a real test of Jesus' trust and of his identity affirmed by the voice of God at the Jordan. God tests the righteous, Rev. David Pileggi tells us, to show us who we really are. Satan and the world want us to fail. God wants us to succeed and sends us into times of testing to learn to trust that he is sufficient. Readings: Deuteronomy 8:1-18; Psalm 11; Mark 1:9-15 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Music credit: The Train in the Darkness by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7240-the-train-in-the-darkness License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

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