Jesus is mocked

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Luke 1: 26 – 56

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Text: Luke 1: 32 – 33

He will be great


  1. The uniqueness of his person:

Man of man:

God of God:

  1. The depths of his humiliation:

The servant of God:

The judgment of God:

  1. The glory of his kingdom:



  1. The devotion of his people:




Jesus’ Ministry

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Mark 2: 1 – 12

(verse 12) And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” (ESV)

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  1. The elements of Jesus’ ministry

a) Preaching

b) Doing good

c) Bringing the Kingdom before people

2. The nature of Jesus’ ministry

a) Patience

b) Knowledge

c) Challenge

d) Power

e) Forgiveness

f) Incomparable

3. The fruits of Jesus’ ministry

a) Restoration

b) A foretaste of The Kingdom

c) Glorification

Reformed worship – 2) Singing

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

James 5

(verse 13) Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. (ESV)

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The purpose – to glorify God

The way – regulated by scripture

The content – God has prescribed Psalms


  1. The Psalms are the Word of God – Spirit inspired, infallible, sufficient, powerful
  2. God is central
  3. God is revealed as the only Saviour
  4. They are all about the Son of God – we sing to Jesus, we sing about Jesus, we sing with Jesus

Jesus Heals a Leper

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Mark 1

(verses 40 – 45) And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter. (ESV)

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  1. A man in terrible situation
  2. An example of earnest faith
  3. A moving response
  4. A common experience
  5. A beautiful picture


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Timothy 3

(verses 8 – 13) Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

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1. Responsibilities

2. Qualifications

3. Rewards

Reformed worship – 1) Preaching

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Acts 20: 7 – 38

(verse 27) for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. (ESV)

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Worship has to be – Scripture based, God revealed and regulated (we are only permitted to do what God asks us to do).

Worship is according to

  1. God’s appointment
  2. God’s Spirit
  3. God’s Word
  4. God’s Son
  5. God’s glory
  6. God’s kingdom
  7. God’s will

Jesus Heals Jairus’s Daughter

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Mark 5: 21 – 43

(verse 39 ) And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” (ESV)

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  1. Solemn reminders
    Sin brings illness
    Sin brings misery
    Sin brings death
    Sin brings fear
    Sin brings judgement
  2. Exemplary faith
    Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet
    He implored Jesus earnestly
    He believed
  3. Visible unbelief
    Laughter was the manifestation of unbelief
  4. Divine compassion
    Jesus comes with Jairus
    The parents were allowed in the room
    Jesus took the girl by the hand
    He gave her bread

David Spares Saul’s Life

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Samuel 24

(verse 10) Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ (ESV)

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  1. The protection of God
    David seems almost unkillable
    Nothing will stop the Lord’s plan
  2. The providence of God
    Is easy to misread
    Is testing
    Is always good
  3. The man of God
    He is tempted
    He repents
    He persuades others against evil
  4. The will of God
    His revealed will
    His secret will

Perseverance of the saints

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

John 6: 22 – 59 & John 10: 22 – 30

(John 10: 27 – 30) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (ESV)

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The Father has given Christ a people which He died to save.

Meaning – once saved, forever saved.

Sometimes referred to as the preservation of the saints. Two terms can be used, both go together.

Despite our failings and sins we are still saved. It is impossible for any saved by Jesus to be lost. God’s honour/glory is at stake.

  1. The Father

a) He gives (6: 27, 10: 29) – the Christian is someone given by the Father to the Son.

b) He draws (6: 44) – to the Son.

c) He wills (6: 44) – for us to have eternal life/salvation.

d) He teaches (6: 45) – about coming to Christ, God fills us with faith.

e) He holds (10: 29) -we are safe in God’s hands, no one can snatch us.

2. The Son

a) His mission (6: 39) – to lose nothing of all given to Him, ie. us.

b) His welcome (6: 37) – we are a gift of the Father, He will never cast us out. We will be received, no one is rejected.

c) His feeding (6: 56, 57) – this could partially be a reference to the Lord’s Supper but it is more of a spiritual reference. Jesus abides in us. We are united to Him. How could God send someone to hell when Christ abides in Him.

d) His promises (10: 28) – eternal life. It is impossible for Jesus not to keep His word. It is like a double lock – bother the Father and Son are holding us.

e) His knowledge (10: 26) – He knows us. He is united to us. He loves us. Nothing changes His mind.