Sermons

Each week, the Very Rev. James Karanja emails parishioners an introduction to the upcoming sermon. You will find these posted here.

You will also find sermon summaries from our Associate Priest Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard.

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September 25, 2022

Posted on September 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

GOD AND WEALTH.

Where does your wealth come from?

In James 1:17 we read: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

God is the giver of all good wealth. People therefore should trust in God who is the Giver of all good things.

Psalm 146:5 says: 5 "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:"

No matter what God has given us we should always know that we are stewards of God's wealth and we should share it with other people who are in need.

The rich man in Luke 16:19-31 went to suffer in hades not because he was rich but he did not give food to Lazarus who was in need.

Jesus says in Mark 8:36: " What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"

Let us trust in God and share what He has given us with those in need as God's good stewards. God is the Giver of all wealth and we are His stewards.

 

May God bless you with all your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

September 18, 2022

Posted on September 19, 2022 at 12:05 AM

Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

 

Have you ever experienced the power of prayer?

 

Prayer makes people live in peace and godly lives.

 

In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 we read

 

1." I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,

intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people

— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may

live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

4 who wants all people to be saved and

to come to a knowledge of the truth."

 

God forgives and heals his people through prayer:

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves

and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then

I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

(2 Chronicles 7:14)..

 

God is waiting for the prayer of his people:

 

15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears

attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

 

May God help us to pray peace and godly life both in our families

and the world at large.

 

In Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 


September 11, 2022, Sermon Notes from Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard

Posted on September 11, 2022 at 3:15 PM

14th Sunday after Pentecost-The Cure

 

Readings:

Exodus 32:7-14 ‘The golden calf’

Psalm 51:1-11 Miserere mei, Deus

1 Timothy 1:12-17 ‘Paul, worst of sinners’

Luke 15:1-10 Parable of the 99 and the ten.

 

Additional:

Rom 8:1-4,13,14. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 

 

 

Collect: O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The Diagnosis: We are sinful and broken categorically

 

● Iniquity: The Psalm born/in our nature a bent toward sin

 

● Poor Character: The Golden Calf; when faced with challenges, fear, unknown, discomfort—we choose poorly. Despite a knowledge of God and experience of His power we turn to empty things. Short term pleasures.

 

● Foolishness: biblical definition confusion of good with moral failure. What is evil seems good to us.

 

● Pride: Saul the Pharisee: the certainty of being right or better than others profoundly blinds us to what IS right. Pride can make the sincerely religious foolish. True righteousness only exists in the context of great humility.

 

The Prognosis: suffering, isolation, destruction, death.

 

● This disease is not something that afflicts us, or sits apart from us. The disease is ourselves, our desires and choices. To find a solution we first take responsibility for it. While there are many things that influence our souls, it is ultimately our own choices that bring death.

 

The Cure: knowing the problem is a start, but like the Mosaic law, there is no healing in the knowledge, only assurance of our condemnation.

 

● The Cure: 1st lesson from the Gospel reading. We have a relentless God who pursues us in compassion and through the sacrifice of Christ works to change us through the operation of His Holy Spirit.

 

Work of the Spirit

● Regeneration: life breathed in our hearts. It gives us ears to hear and eyes to see truth and the very Gospel.

● Transformation:

● Recognition of His person and work and asking for His work in your life,

● Submission—choosing to wait, listen, learn, and do His work.

● Faith/Expectation —believing in His work and that it is better than what we can imagine

● Empowerment—power to be and do according to God’s plan for His Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 4, 2022

Posted on September 5, 2022 at 12:05 AM

Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

YOU ARE THE CLAY, GOD IS THE POTTER.

What does God say to you?

" “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand. "

( Jeremiah 18:6 b).

The potter shapes the clay into the shape that seems best to him. God shaped you in the shape that seemed best to him. Therefore never let anyone despise you. You are God's workmanship.

In Ephesians 2:10 we read:

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus

to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

May God bless you with your family and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

August 28, 2022

Posted on August 28, 2022 at 11:40 AM

 

 

 

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.

 

Have you ever felt forsaken by God?  Though there are challenging times times in life when God's people feel as if God had forsaken them God has promised and said:

 

"God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you."

(Hebrews 13:5).


 

This promise was given by God to the Children of Israel through Moses in Deuteronomy 31:6.

6" Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or

terrified because of them, for the Lord your God

goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


 

In Joshua 1:5 God said the same to Joshua as He says to you today:

 

5" No one will be able to stand against you all the days

of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;

I will never leave you nor forsake you."


 

Therefore no matter what you are going through never worry or fear but trust in God for He has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

Jesus says :

 

18 Then Jesus came to them and said,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Mathew 28:18-20).

 

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

August 14, 2022

Posted on August 15, 2022 at 12:30 AM

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

"THE SIGNS OF THE TIME."

 

In Luke 12 54-56 we read:

Interpreting the Times:

54 "He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?" 

 

Once the disciples of Jesus asked him about the signs of the end of the age.

1.Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

14.In the midst of this discourse Jesus said in Matthew 24:14

: ―"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" What signs do you see today that point to the second coming of Jesus?

Mathew 24:15 says:

 

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation, ’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand:"

God has been speaking to us through many signs such as COVID 19, wars, wild fires , floods ,mass shooting and even moral decay in the whole world. God's people are warned to understand that these signs call upon us to repent and preach the gospel of salvation as we prepare for the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

"THOU ART WORTHY ......

Fr. James.

 

August 7, 2022

Posted on August 7, 2022 at 2:50 PM

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD CLEANSES ALL SIN.

 

In Isaiah 1:18-20 we read:

8 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”

says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.

19 If you are willing and obedient,

you will eat the good things of the land;

20 but if you resist and rebel,

you will be devoured by the sword.”

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

The name Isaiah means " Salvation."

 

No matter what sort of sins you have committed,

God will forgive you if you are willing to repent and obey Him.

Obedience brings God's blessings.

 

1John 1:8-9 says:

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and

just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


 

May God bless you and protect you with your families and friends in the

name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James .K Karanja.

July 31, 2022

Posted on July 31, 2022 at 3:10 PM

Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

PUT GOD FIRST.

In Luke 12:19-21 we read:

19 " And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years.  Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’  20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life will be demanded from you.  Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Is there anything wrong in getting rich and enjoying yourself?  What was the problem with the rich fool.  The rich fool was rich for himself but not rich toward God.

Jesus says: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Mathew 6:33).

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fr. James.

 

July 24, 2022

Posted on July 24, 2022 at 9:30 AM

Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

 

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we read:

14. If my people, who are called by my name, will

humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn

from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and

I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."


 

When God's people repent of their sins and pray God in his mercy and grace forgives them and heals their land.  Why has Covid -19 Continued and so many shootings and fires are consuming people?


 

1 Timothy 2:1-4 says:

 

" I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving

be made for all people—

2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives

in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."


 

May God help us to repent and pray.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

 

July 17, 2022

Posted on July 17, 2022 at 9:25 AM

Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD'S PROMISES.

 

Do you remember any of God's promises to his People?

 

In Genesis 18:10 God made a promise to Abraham and said:

" I will surely return to you about this time next year,

and Sarah your wife will have a son."

God fulfilled his promise to Abraham and gave him a son

" For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age

at the set time of which God had spoken to him." (Genesis 21:2).

Our God is faithful to his promises.

Whatever He has promised His people in the Bible He will do it.

" Great is His faithfulness." ( Lamentations 3:23).

 

Jesus says : " If you shall ask anything in my name , I will do it." ( John 14:14).

 

May God bless you and protect you with your families and friends in

the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.


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