Weekly sermons from St. Judes Mission, an Anglican church in Huntersville, NC
That you may know God – May 24th, 202024/05/2020
Growing up in the Church and experiencing ministry outside of the Church (Young Life, College ministries like Reformed University Fellowship, Summer camps, etc) I have heard many people pray. Hearing powerful and beautiful prayers has left a deep impression on me. Thanks to the Apostles, we are able to hear Jesus pray! The 17th chapter of John's Gospel records Jesus' high priestly prayer. In it we catch a glimpse of what is eternally brought before the Father on behalf of the people of God in the world. This sermon was preached by Clay Thompson for the people of God at St Jude's Anglican Church on Sunday, May 24th.
Catechism with John Nerness – May 17th, 202024/05/2020
In this recording, John Nerness teaches questions 36 through 41 from the Catechism of the Anglican Church.
Abide with me – May 17th, 202017/05/2020
To abide is to remain. My 7 year old neighbor asked me yesterday, "How long do you think we will be in quarantine"? He wants to know how long these restrictions will remain. How long will he have to clean handles, switches and counter tops? How long will social distancing measures remain. How long will the fear of contamination remain, which is really the fear and suspicion of our neighbor? In the Gospel of Jesus Christ there is a safe place to abide; we are invited to remain in the love eternally shared between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today, where do you abide? This sermon was preached by Clay Thompson for sake of the Lord's Church at St Jude's in Huntersville, NC.
The Greater Work of the Gospel – May 10th, 202010/05/2020
Live long enough and you will see a pattern in the choices you have made throughout your life; you acted in accordance with your beliefs. Not only do we all have beliefs, but at some level and usually more deeply that we would like to admit, we believe into those beliefs. Hypocrisy is when we say we believe something but our history proves otherwise. Hypocrites still believe into something, its just different than what they told you. The great struggle seems to be the object of belief, the search for truth. Jesus came to testify to the truth. He is the light shining in the darkness, calling us from darkness into light. To be a Christian is more than believing that God exists, it is living life in the light of the love of God. Jesus lived in the light of the Father's love. Accordingly, he did the work of the Father. Jesus encouraged the disciples not to be troubled, but to believe in God and in himself (John 14:1). The disciples would realize over time that to believe in this way would be to love, trust and f
Catechism with John Nerness – May 10th, 202009/05/2020
In place of the regular Zoom meeting at 10am, John as prerecorded a session here. We will return to normal routine next week.
Good Shepherd Sunday – May 3rd,202003/05/2020
Few images provoke such tenderness and care as that of Jesus, the Good Shepherd. But the best way to understand the early portion of John 10 (vs1-10) is in light of Jesus' resurrection and appearance. Prior to the resurrection the disciples struggled to understand the significance of Jesus as our Shepherd and as the door of the sheep pen. But as the resurrected Lord now appearing to his disciples, the way has been made clear. Jesus has gone before us triumphant over death. Accordingly, he can rightly speak of everlasting life. And so he calls his sheep by name and they know his voice because they are his, and he goes before them in a triumphant procession of everlasting life. Joyfully restored by the person and work of the resurrected Jesus, the Good Shepherd of the sheep, let us rest and rejoice in the fullness of life that is and is to come. This sermon was preached by Clay Thompson in isolation for the benefit of the saints at St Jude's Anglican Church in Huntersville, NC on Sunday, May 3rd.
The manifestation of Love – Sunday, April 26th, 202026/04/2020
"You are precious in my eyes and I love you" - God (Isaiah 43:4) That is one of the most tender verses in all of Scripture. Yet this assurance was spoken to Israel in one of the most severe trials of her national life, or lack thereof, as exiles in Babylon. And God's assurance of love and favor to disgraced Israel goes deeper still; Fear not...I love you...and you shall be my witnesses. In the appearance of the resurrected Christ we behold the love of God that drives out all fear. And all who bask in the light, joy and freedom of the love of God, will testify that there is no God like our God! This sermon was preached by Clay Thompson for the scattered saints of St Jude's Anglican Church in Huntersville, NC.
Jesus appears to Thomas, and to you – April 19th, 202019/04/2020
Let the world give thanks for the record of Jesus' appearing to Thomas! For when Jesus appears to Thomas, answering each protest with the evidence of his suffering and love, he appears to you also. Many of us wish that Jesus would appear to us as he did Thomas. The point is that he did! He appeared to Thomas for our sake, that we may believe. In fact this is the purpose of John's writing of the Gospel, that world may know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and have life in his name. This sermon was preached from the isolation of my home, in union with the body of Christ around the world join in Spirit and Truth on Sunday, April 19th, 2020.
Christ is Risen! – April 12th, 202012/04/2020
Today the world is secluded in isolation and plagued by uncertainty. Likewise the disciples were scattered in fear and the women were gathered in grief. It was the end of the Sabbath day. They had to wait until the first day of the week before they could run to the tomb to mourn the death of Jesus. They made haste in their grief only to discover that "He is not here...He is risen"! Rejoice with us in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! It is Easter Sunday. Christ is risen, let the people rejoice! Hope has been unleashed in the world. This sermon was preached from my coronavirus closet on Easter Sunday, April 11th, 2020, for the saints at St Jude's Anglican Church in Huntersville, NC.
Brought near to God on Good Friday – April 10th, 202010/04/2020
Today is Good Friday. Good Friday is God's answer to separation and suffering. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed that those who were distant and far off may be brought near to God. Every longing that we are experiencing is a gift from God to each us of the greater longing that groans in the hearts of all peoples; to be reconciled to God. This sermon was preached in isolation...from my closet, for the sake of the saints at St Jude's Anglican Church, with whom I hope to be reunited soon.