PART 7 – David Castles preaches on the the aim of the Christian life from 1 Cor 10:31 – “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” The child of God is given the privilege of bringing glory to God – of ascribing the honour and praise due to Him because of His divine being, attributes and actions. David explains that as Christ glorified God on the earth, so we ourselves live…
David Castles speaks on the “Wesley brothers” – John and Charles – the great 18th century preacher and hymn writer. Although deeply religious in their youth, neither John nor Charles Wesley were saved until later in life when they understood that salvation was by grace alone. Some of what they were able to accomplish in their lifetimes by the grace of God is recounted in this interesting presentation (Message preached 27th Sept 2015)
PART 4 – David Castles preaches a message from Ruth Chapter 3 in which Ruth the fatherless, the stranger and the widow, finds all her needs met at the feet of one who was her “near-kinsman”, Boaz the mighty man of wealth. This picture of sinners finding their all in a Saviour who is related to them in his perfect humanity is developed to profit (Message given May 17th 2015)
David Castles preaches on John Mark, the writer of the gospel of Mark, and the companion of Paul. Converted through the preaching of Peter, with a godly mother in Mary, John Mark went from failure to fruitfulness as a servant of God. He then wrote a gospel about the “perfect servant”, the Lord Jesus Christ! The unique features of Mark’s gospel are also helpfully spelt out in this message (Message preached 30th Apr 2015)
PART 3 – David Castles preaches on the uniqueness of Christ, viewing His place in prophecy, society, history and eternity. It takes 4 separate gospels to begin to unfold the greatness of Him who is a King like no other, a servant like no other, a man like no other and a Son like no other. (Message preached 22nd Jan 2015)
Universal access to formal education has been enshrined as a basic human right by UNICEF. Yet despite the obvious benefits of global education, the world’s moral, social, economic and political problems show no sign of disappearing. Scientific and medical advances have not brought the utopia that was anticipated. Head Teacher David Castles takes us through a history of learning and ponders why we seem to be cleverer but not wiser. David relates his own journey through Oxford University and homes…
David Castles preaches on references to the Lord Jesus Christ in the Proverbs. He groups them under three headings: Christ as the Son, Christ as the Saviour, and Christ as the Sovereign. Since Christ is the personification of wisdom, there is much in Proverbs that can be looked at in a Christological light (Message preached 2nd Nov 2014)
PROVERBS Part 5 – David Castles compares the sluggard – the lazy, slothful man – of Proverbs, with his opposite – the diligent man. The sluggard makes excuses, rarely starts anything and never finishes what he does. Applying these characteristics to the spiritual realm, David urges his audience to diligence in study of the Scriptures and in service for the Lord. “Go to the ant thou sluggard”! (Message preached 28th Sept 2014)
David Castles traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the ‘modern period’ in the 1600’s down to today’s postmodern era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of Scripture and the true joy…
David Castles examines “Philosophers and Psychologists” and traces the long downward road of man’s wisdom since the commencement of the “modern period” in the 1600’s down to today’s “post-modern” era. Along the way we come across Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Freud, Maslow and others, whose ideas culminated in the wasteland of the 20th century with its Holocaust on the one hand and pleasure seeking focus on the other. All of this is set over against the absolute truth of…
David Castles expounds 1 Thessalonians Chapters 2 and 3, chapters which highlight the apostle Paul’s concern for the assembly at Thessalonica. David draws lessons for his audience from Paul’s exemplary affection, direction and prayers for protection for the saints (Message preached 27th Mar 2014) (Photo: March of Galerius, Thessaloniki).
David Castles expounds Philippians Ch 4. He traces the theme of “standing fast” through Paul’s epistles and points to the emphasis on “unity” in this chapter. Two sisters who had once been “helping the gospel” were now “hurting the gospel”. The solution? Godly forbearance and right thinking…the peace of God and the God of peace (Message preached 28th Mar 2013)
David Castles tells how, while at Oxford University, he realised he was not truly saved, though he had thought he was for a good number of years. His self-deception was slowly but surely uncovered and he was eventually delivered through the preaching of the gospel and the Holy Spirit’s application of the word of God to his soul (Testimony given in 2002)
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