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Sunday, 20 January 2013
Passage: John 15:21-25
Duration: 27 mins 26 secs
Jesus calls us as individuals although His plan for salvation includes the whole world and He wants to impact our lives. Like Peter, we can try to live up to what we’re called to do, but often we feel like we’re failing. It’s when we stop trying to do things in our own strength that God can begin to use us. The biggest discourager iscomparison. Like Jesus told Peter, we just need to do what He calls us to do. The most important question Jesus asks is, “Do you love Me?” His simple statement to a “Yes” answer is, “Follow Me!”
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Passage: John 4:1-42
Duration: 27 mins 22 secs
John’s gospel about spiritual insight and going beyond the physical. In John 4:27-42 the Samaritan woman is focused on the physical but Jesus wants to reveal something to her on a deeper level. Similarly we get caught up with the physical and miss the greater depth that Jesus has for us. We can’t see this without the Holy Spirit. We can be part of Christ’s work to bring about God’s kingdom if we open ourselves to God and others.
Sunday, 06 January 2013
Passage: John 1:35-51
Duration: 31 mins 32 secs
We did not choose Jesus, He chose us. No matter what happens in 2013, we can hold onto this truth. In John 1:35-51, we see the response of several people to Jesus. Their stories show us that despite how we may think or feel at present Jesus knows, and has still chosen us and loves us. Jesus lives with us so He knows exactly what we’re going through and can sympathise perfectly with us.
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Passage: John 1:1-12
Duration: 28 mins 3 secs
In an increasingly biblically illiterate world, people still know the Christmas story. Jesus is what makes Christmas meaningful. In John 1:1-12 we are reminded that Jesus was there in the beginning. He is the Word, light and life. Just as we can not exist without physical light, we need the spiritual light Jesus gives. You can blindly miss Jesus if you are not looking for Him, but those who believe and receive get to become children of God.
Sunday, 16 December 2012
Duration: 25 mins 53 secs
What is the real truth about Christmas? Truth is more than a series of propositions or a majority opinion of people, it is about knowing Jesus Christ because He is the truth and if you do not know Him you will miss the truth and the understanding of what it means to have a relationship with Him. The wise men travelled a great distance in search of the truth and to worship the true King - Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 09 December 2012
Passage: Luke 2:8-30
Duration: 20 mins 47 secs
Luke 2:8-20 records the reaction of the shepherds to the birth of Jesus. God ordains all things for His purposes. The Christmas story is something to wonder at anew every time we hear it.
Sunday, 02 December 2012
In a world more united than ever before by technology and transport, people are more divided than ever. If you remove God from the picture this is inevitable. It is Jesus who draws all people to Himself and to His body the church, whom He sends out into the world to draw in more people. The church is where unity and peace should be seen, because that is what God has done for us and in us. It is not uniformity because God has made us each different, but unity is a byproduct as we work collectively on what God has called each of us to do.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
We need to not just talk and plan about loving people and fulfilling our mission, but actually do it. It would seem easier for God to just do it Himself, but He has made us His ambassadors. He works through us as His witnesses. If Jesus is the most important thing in your life, does your conversation, and life, reflect it? We need to create curiosity arousing lives so others will ask us questions that are an opening to share about Jesus and our motivation for what we do.
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Passage: Acts 2:41-47
Duration: 33 mins 46 secs
Our individualistic world makes us think that faith is like that, but God calls us into a community. Jesus said that the quality of our community is to be the most attractional and distinctive thing about His followers. We know it does not tend to look like that, yet the church in Acts provides a model. It was a learning, sharing, worshipping and growing community. Our values at EPCBC are sound, but we need to make sure that we show them in practical terms.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Duration: 29 mins 50 secs
God commands us to be holy, but we do not need to feel overly burdened that holiness depends on us, because it does not and can not. God is leading us and enabling us to become all that He has called us to be. The paradox is that although we can not do anything to achieve holiness, we must actively engage in seeking it. We are to possess traits such as those Peter lists in 2 Peter 1 in increasing measure. We need to take hold of our faith and live the way God wants.