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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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Victory (John 19:16‒22, 28‒30)Peter den Haan15th September 201914,259 Kb
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The cross: the ultimate defeat turned to the ultimate victory. It is finished . The long-awaited victory of God’s Anointed One has come to pass, even if it perhaps didn’t quite look the way we expected. Key themes are Redemption, Substitution, and Covenant.
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Prevailing in prayer (James 5:14‒16)Abbie Crawford15th September 201923,722 Kb
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'Your kingdom come... forgive us our sins.' The James passage encourages us to both extend and seek forgiveness, which is not just something we do with each other but explicitly in the presence of God (Romans 12:17‒19; cf. Deuteronomy 32:35).
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Fulfilment (Mark 1:9‒15)Peter den Haan8th September 201922,047 Kb
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The laws and prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures come to fulfilment at the start of Jesus’ ministry. Key themes are Kingdom, Covenant, and Redemption.
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Power of prayer (John 16:16‒24)Peter den Haan8th September 201917,428 Kb
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We think about prayers of petition for ourselves. 'Give us this day our daily bread.' Putting our needs before God is part of prayer, but we cannot presume the answer (traffic light analogy: green, amber, red). In the prayer, in the answer, in the struggle, we are changed.
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New Creation (Isaiah 65:17-25)David Higham1st September 201919,291 Kb
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Late Isaiah uses language that is picked up again in the book of Revelation. Key theme is New Creation: one day everything will be made new.
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Purpose in prayer (Luke 10:38-42)Peter den Haan1st September 201920,562 Kb
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Adoration of God. 'Hallowed be your name'. Prayer starts in an attitude of recognition who God is and worship of him. It helps us to realise that he is central and we are not. The purpose of prayer then is not to treat God as a celestial supermarket to whom we submit our shopping lists, but as the infinitely good Person around whom we seek to order our lives, affections, and fruit.
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Overcoming by the Gospel (Romans 12:9‒21)Peter den Haan25th August 201919,460 Kb
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Paul illustrates the transformed life (12:2) with love & service in the church (12:9‒13) and compassion & peace in the world (12:14‒21). Picking up from last week’s sermon, we will consider the implications for our life today.
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Transformed by the Gospel (Romans 12:1-8)Peter den Haan18th August 201920,092 Kb
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There is no such thing as an unchanged Christian. With Paul, we reflect on our response to what God has done for us.
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The first place Jesus takes his disciples (John 2:1-11)Alan Thomas11th August 201914,510 Kb
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Alan reflects with us on Jesus' first sign in the gospel of John, the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Enjoy the life that is given to you.
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What is love? (1 John 3:16-24)Nancy Cervantes4th August 201915,338 Kb
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Nancy reflects on what we can learn from God about love. 'This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.'
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All’s Well That Ends Well (Esther 6:14‒7:10)Garry Bosworth28th July 201916,594 Kb
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And so the story unfolds to its logical end. Haman’s worship of power overwhelmed him; Esther’s acceptance of the possibility of death (4:16) allowed her to find strength in her weakness. We, too, are called to lose our life in order to find it.
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Resurrection (Ezekiel 37:1‒14)Peter den Haan21st July 201913,047 Kb
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The famous vision of the valley of dry bones is not just about Israel, but also a sign of God’s power over death: as so often, the Hebrew scriptures offer a foretaste of what is to come.
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The fate of injustice (Esther 5:9‒6:14)Peter den Haan21st July 201919,622 Kb
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Haman plots for Mordecai’s downfall and his own exaltation—and the author of the book spells it out with glee, making sure that we, as readers, already spot how the tables will be turned. Justice is not always done as easily as this, of course, but our righteous God will see to it that, no matter how fallen our world, justice will emerge victorious in the end.
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The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53)Peter den Haan7th July 201922,256 Kb
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Scholars argue who Isaiah’s servant is, but the church has never been in doubt that we see here a foreshadowing of Jesus’ ministry.
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Courage in the Throne Room (Esther 4:15-5:8)Peter den Haan7th July 201916,820 Kb
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Esther displays both bravery and cunning as she engineers her way out of the predicament. Perhaps we are reminded of the way Jesus encourages us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
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Son of God (Hebrews 1:1-14)David Mann30th June 201918,789 Kb
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In Hebrews 1, Jesus the Son stands revealed as 'the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.' David explored with us what that means.
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I will give you rest (Matthew 11:25-30)David Mann30th June 201917,007 Kb
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David reflects on Jesus' call for us to lay down our burdens and find rest in Jesus Christ.
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King David (2 Samuel 7:4‒17)Peter den Haan23rd June 201918,253 Kb
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We are still going through the big story and consider this, the greatest king of Israel—until the last King in his line hundreds of years later, that is. Him is promised a throne to be established forever.
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