Sermons by Pastor Peter Mitchell

A Very Human Story

Luke 15:11-32 — “And he said, A certain man had two sons…” Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the famous parable He gave. Most Christians know it very well and even young children can understand its message. In this sermon, we reflect on the human dimensions of the story and how Jesus intended…

Parables for Pharisees

Luke 15:1-10 — “The Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” This sermon covers the Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Parable of the Lost Coin. We are careful to think about these familiar stories in their context because we want to know what Jesus was getting at. When…

Salt and Apostasy

Luke 14:34-35 — “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out.” Jesus closed His sermon to the multitudes with this illustration about salt losing its taste. He used this illustration…

This Is Serious

Luke 14:28-33 — “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” What did Jesus mean when He made this bold declaration to the multitudes who were following Him? Why did He speak so strongly? And what is the message for us today? The Bible is clear that…

Good News for Gloomy Days

James 1:2-4 — “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Our community is living through a difficult season. We’re continuing to deal with the impacts of major flooding and COVID is still causing sickness and disruption. It’s easy to become frustrated and discouraged. In this short message we’re given some positive news. Even…

The LORD’s Great Supper

Luke 14:15-24 — “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many…” The Parable of the Great Banquet is one the most well-known in the New Testament, but have you ever thought about what prompted Jesus to give it? Have you ever thought about the message Jesus was intending to communicate to His original…

Authentic Hospitality

Luke 14:12-14 — “When thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind…” Jesus was invited into the home of a leading Pharisee for a meal on the Sabbath day. When Jesus saw who had been invited to this meal, He was prompted to say some words to the host. It’s…

Choose To Be Humble

Luke 14:7-11 — “When thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room…” When Jesus was invited to lunch in a Pharisee’s home, He noticed how the other guests were behaving and that prompted Him to give us some very wise counsel. Jesus illustrated what happens when we are proud, and He reminded…