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.

Please join us each Sunday at 12:15p.m. for the rest of that week's sermon!

view:  full / summary

GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.



 


"GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD" ( JOHN 3:16).

 

16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

 

The word "love" that John uses comes from the Greek word " Agape" which refers to God's unconditional love. It is God's nature to love " for God is love." ( 1 John 4:8).

 

If you replace the word "the world" with the word "me" then it would read: "For God so loved "me" .........

 

God loves you unconditionally no matter who you are, where you come from, what color you are or what sin you might ever have committed.

 

We read in Romans 5:8: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this While we were still sinners Christ died for us."

May God help us to love our family members and all other people unconditionally as God in Christ loves us. May God bless you with your family and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus. Christ our Lord God and Savior.

 

Please, kindly, zoom in on Sunday at 12:15 pm to join us in worship to God .

 

Brother James.

GOD RAISES HIS TEMPLE.

Posted on March 7, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


GOD RAISES HIS TEMPLE.

After clearing the temple courts in Jerusalem, Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” (John 2:19).

 

No matter what people do to destroy the Temple of God, the Church, do not worry or fear, for God will raise His Temple again.

Jesus says: "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." (Mathew 16:18).

 

May God help us to stand firm in the midst of trials and temptations and to rust in Jesus the eternal Solid Rock of our Salvation.

 

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

 


 

 

 

Brother James.

God listens

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

OUR GOD LISTENS:

 

What does our God listen to?

 

Psalm 22:24 says:

 

.."He has not despised or scorned

the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

but has listened to his cry for help ."

 

God listens to the cry of his people.

Abraham cried to God for a child in Genesis 15: 2.

: " Sovereign LORD,

what can you give me since I remain childless....? " .

God listened to his cry and promised to give him a son:

" Then God said , " Yes , but your wife Sarah will bear a son ,

and you will call him Isaac."

 

God still listens to the cry of his people even to the cry of a baby

in his or her mother's womb and comes down to save those in distress.

 

Therefore do not give up crying to God for he will listen and come down to

help you.

 

The LORD God says to you:

11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you

hope and a future.

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and

I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with

all your heart." ( Jeremiah 29:11-13).

 


 

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

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Brother James.

February 21, 2021

Posted on February 21, 2021 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

CONQUERING THE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

 

Today is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent is the forty day period before Easter Day . During Lent period we follow the foot steps of our Lord Jesus Christ in fasting and prayer as he did in the wilderness when he was being tested by Satan.

 

Mark 1: 12-13 says: "At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him."

 

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil immediately after his baptism in River Jordan.

 

We read in Luke 3:21-22: "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'”

 

As Jesus was praying at his baptism , the Holy Spirit descended on him and and after baptism , the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the Satan.

 

What did Jesus use to conquer Satan in his temptations?

 

In all the temptations Jesus used prayer , the Holy Spirit and the written word of God to conquer Satan. ( Mathew 3: 13- 4:11 ; Mark 1: 12-13; Luke 3:21-22 ; Luke 4: 1-13.).

 

Consequently, we can only conquer Satan in all his temptations in the name as Jesus did by:

1. prayer and fasting,

2. being filled by the Holy Spirit and

3. correctly applying the whole written word of God in all the temptations of Satan.


 

May God help us to follow Jesus in prayer and being filled by the Holy Spirit and as we read the whole holy word of God daily in order to conquer Satan in the name of Jesus..

 

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

 


 

Please, kindly , zoom in tomorrow at 12:15 and join us in worship of the

LORD God our maker in the name of Jesus.

 

Brother James Kibe Karanja.

Gift of the Spirit

Posted on February 14, 2021 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GIFT OF THE SPIRIT.

 

If God told you to ask what you would like him to do for you, what would you ask Him to do for you? It could be that some people would ask God to give them a lot of money, power or great name. King Solomon once asked for wisdom.

 

In 2 Kings 2:1-12, Elisha asked Elijah to give him a double measure of his spirit. "When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, 'Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?' 'Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,' Elisha replied." (2Kings 2:9).

 

Elijah had the Spirit of God.

 

The Spirit of God brings order out of creation full of darkness and chaos.

"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."

 

Heavenly Father, we beseech you to give us the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of your Son Jesus Christ and to help us to bring order out of our world full of darkness and violence.

 

Jesus asks: "How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 

The bulletin for Sunday, February 14, 2021 is linked on our home page.


 

Brother James Kibe Karanja.

Waiting for God

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

PRAYER

by Nikola GULEV



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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

WAITING ON GOD.

 

Have you been waiting for God to answer your prayers or to do something for you?

Do not give up.

Wait on God.

 

In Isaiah 40:30-31 we read: "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

 

Our God is faithful and He will answer every prayer at his own perfect timing.

 

God's help is always on the way.

 

Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24).

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 


 

Fr. James.

God is in control.

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 



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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GOD IS IN CONTROL.

 

Who is in control of your life ?

 

God is in control of all the powers in heaven and earth.

 

In Mark 1: 21-28 Jesus manifests his authority over all spiritual powers. by casting out a demon saying, "Come out of him," and the demon came out. ( Mark 1: 25-26)

 

In Luke 10 19 Jesus says: "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."

Jesus has given us power over all our enemies and has sent us out to heal all kinds of diseases and cast out demons in his name. Therefore we should not fear or worry about the future as Jesus is in control. "In the name of Jesus we we the victory."

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.

 


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

"....WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?" (PSALM 121:1)

Posted on January 24, 2021 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)



 

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

 

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

"... Where does my help come from?" ( Psalm 121:1) 

Where does your help come from? The source of our help gives us hope and security. In Psalm 121:1-2 King David says that the source of his help was the LORD God, the maker of heaven and earth.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth."

 

Our help comes from the LORD God who holds authority over heaven and the earth. Therefore we do not fear or worry if we trust in the Lord God the maker of heaven and earth. Mathew 28:18-20 says: "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

 

In the name of Jesus we have the victory, may God help us to trust in Jesus our Good Shepherd who holds authority over heaven and the earth .

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,

and to present you faultless before the presence

of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise

God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion

and power, both now and ever. Amen."

(Jude 24-25).


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 17, 2021

Posted on January 17, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 


"PRAISE THE LORD!"

 

Why should you always praise the Lord?

 

We all have our own reasons why we should praise the Lord.

 

What does the Bible say?

 

We read in Psalm 139:14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

 

Have you ever looked at yourself on a mirror and thanked God because you are so fearfully and wonderfully made.

Do you know that there is no other person like you in the whole creation?

God created you in such a wonderful way and you are the only creature that was created in the image and likeness of God.

 

 

Genesis 1:26-27 says: "Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

 

We were created in the image and likeness of God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Everyday we are being transformed from one degree of glory to another to be like Jesus the Son of God.

 

1 John 3:2-3 we read: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has

not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

 

John further says: "All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure:" ( 1John 3:3).

 

May God help us to purify ourselves in repentance and confession of our sins to God and to one another as we await the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

May God be with you and protect you with your families and friends by the precious blood of Jesus.

 


 

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 10, 2021

Posted on January 10, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)

 

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.




 

THE POWER OF PRAYER

 

In Luke 3:21-22 We read: "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.'”

What happened when Jesus prayed at his baptism? When Jesus prayed at His baptism great miracles happened:

 

1. Heaven was opened.

2. The Holy Spirit descended on him in a bodily form like a dove.

3. A voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." The Holy Trinity manifested Jesus as the Son of God.


 

God tells us to pray and He will do great things for us.

 

God says  "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which you do not know." ( Jeremiah 33:3)..

 

May God help us to pray without ceasing .( 1Thessalonians 5:17).


 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.


Rss_feed