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While we are unable to meet in person, Rugby Baptist Church's services have gone online. You can find the sermons below, but please see our Video page for a fuller experience. We hope they will bless you, and God be with you in this season.

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The Fortress (Psalm 46)Mell Keenan1st August 202018,246 Kb
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Mell reflects on Psalm 46
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The Downcast Soul (Psalm 42 and 43)Abbie Meacham26th July 20209,605 Kb
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Life ebbs and flows, doesn't it, and we would be forgiven for experiencing a bit of an ebb right now. No better time to read Psalms 42 and 43: 'As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.' In the ebbs of life as well as the good times, let's cultivate a thirst for the presence of God.
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May the Force be with you (John 20:26-29; Acts 2:1-12)Mick Daulman19th July 202016,328 Kb
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What might Star Wars have to teach us about life in the Spirit? A scattered service by the Rugby Girls' and Boys' Brigades.
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What is in the heart (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)Peter den Haan12th July 202014,820 Kb
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'Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.' What might God have seen that made him reject king Saul and choose king David instead, that impulsive and deeply flawed character? And what does it mean for us?
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The Joy of Repentance (Psalm 32)David Higham5th July 202016,696 Kb
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This Sunday we reflect on Psalm 32, that most poetic of psalms from King David. Like so many, David was tormented with regrets and guilt from his embrace with sin. He finally realised that his future peace and joy could only be found in repairing his relationship with God. This joy of reconciliation awaits each one of us. So let’s reflect and remind ourselves how we can secure this lasting joy in our lives.
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Power (Ephesians 6:10-24)Peter den Haan28th June 202016,253 Kb
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The church is engaged in a spiritual battle. It is time to take the armour of God away from Sunday school simplicity into a serious discussion of spiritual warfare in the power of God.
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Slavery and Freedom (Ephesians 6:1-9)Milton Williams & Peter den Haan21st June 202019,011 Kb
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Karl Barth, the 20th century's greatest theologian, once said that preachers should have the bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Two events are shaking our society today: the Covid-19 pandemic, and the outpouring against racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing four weeks ago. It is time to speak to the latter. To see injustice and remain silent is to be complicit. We are the church, called to speak God's grace and justice in a world crying out for both. A conversation with Milton followed by an exposition of the passage from Ephesians.
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A Shepherd in Every Season (Psalm 23)Milton Williams13th June 20206,766 Kb
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Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we are the sheep! As he reflects on Psalm 23, Milton urges us not to confuse a change of scenery or season with the end of the journey. The presence of the Good Shepherd makes all the difference.
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Love (Ephesians 5:21-33)Peter den Haan7th June 202017,956 Kb
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The family is a key building block of the church. Paul speaks in terms of mutual submission, an idea quite alien to our 'do whatever feels right' society. Christians differ in their opinion what to make of the headship language, but whatever your reading, one thing is clear: Kingdom relationships are very different both from patriarchy and from contemporary norms.
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Pentecost (Ephesians 5:5-21)Peter den Haan31st May 202014,413 Kb
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John Stott comments, 'in this section of scripture Paul moves on from models of Christian behaviour to motivation, adding powerful incentives to righteous living.' But how can we live as Jesus did, holy and righteous? The Holy Spirit.
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Purity (Ephesians 4:17-5:4)Peter den Haan24th May 202019,335 Kb
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The church is meant to be rooted in the truth, and walk and talk in purity. This is as important as is unity. Growth in truth and holiness is an essential part of the Christian life. But how does faith turn into obedience without descending into legalism?
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Maturity (Ephesians 4:1-16)Peter den Haan17th May 202020,257 Kb
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A mature faith community is one in Christ, confident in the faith, and living out of God's equipping. What does that look like? Are we on the journey?
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A New Confidence (Ephesians 3:14-21)Peter den Haan10th May 202013,962 Kb
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Paul prays for the church to be rooted in God's love by the power of the Holy Spirit. What is the source of his confidence and ours? What is our experience of that love and power? Listen, receive, and be blessed.
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A New Ministry (Ephesians 3:1-13)Peter den Haan3rd May 202015,747 Kb
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Paul's new ministry was to be used by the Lord to build his church. What is God's (new?) ministry for our church and each one of us as members at this time?
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A New Humanity (Ephesians 2:11-22)Peter den Haan26th April 202015,832 Kb
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The gospel breaks down the alienation between human beings, as well as our alienation from God. The church is one in Christ. What does that mean at a time of coronavirus? Do we manage to live it out?
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A Life of Resurrection (Ephesians 2:1-10)Peter den Haan19th April 202024,932 Kb
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We’re picking the ​'We Are The Church' theme back up. Paul takes us from deep pessimism about the human condition to great optimism about the grace of God. This is as counter-cultural and truthful today as it has ever been, and needed more than ever at such a time as this.
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Wonder at his grace (Luke 24:1-12)Peter den Haan12th April 202014,063 Kb
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It’s Easter Sunday. The tomb stands empty. Bending over, Peter saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. We spend some time in wonder at the empty tomb.
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Lowly and Victorious ​ (Zechariah 9:9–12)Peter den Haan5th April 202011,834 Kb
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It’s Palm Sunday, and we’re reading a key prophecy behind Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. What would it look like for King Jesus to enter the town of Rugby, the streets we live in, at the present time?
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