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Sunday, 21 October 2012
Are we 'Christ only' Christians or 'Christ and’ Christians? How we see Jesus will answer this question. We need to decide if He is sufficient for all we need. Colossians 1:15-20 shows Jesus is supreme, pre-eminent; all things were created by Him and for Him; everything in the universe depends on Him. He is also the reconciler of all things, the defeater of death, the head of the church...Jesus is in control of all things, big and small. If all this is true, then what else is needed?
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Passage: Psalms 63
Duration: 42 mins 45 secs
Our lives may be shaped around God, but this is not the same as spending intimate time with Him. Does our soul ‘cleave’ to God like David’s? Would we refuse to go anywhere without God like Moses? Do we love and long for God with everything we are? Joyful intimacy with God needs to be woven into every corner of our lives and built into the rhythm of our day. It needs to be at the core of who we are.
Sunday, 07 October 2012
Passage: Philippians
Series: Philippians
Duration: 35 mins 10 secs
What have we learned from our study of Philippians? What have we actioned? How has God changed us? How will we hold ourselves accountable? Bible teaching is not just an intellectual exercise. We need to move what we have learnt from our heads to our hearts and our hands. As we begin a new series, let us not forget what God has already taught us.
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 31 mins 19 secs
What stops us from finding contentment in a world that is so affluent? The more we strive for the less we have. Paul concludes the letter to the Philippians by unlocking the the secret of contentment. It is not about detaching ourselves from this world but attaching ourselves to Jesus Christ. We have everything through Him.
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 33 mins 14 secs
Our citizenship is in heaven, but this life is more of a reflection of who we are at present. However we need to be moving in the direction of reconciliation. Firstly we need to have reconciliation with God. If we do not have peace, we need to change focus and find God’s desires not our own. And if we have conflict with others, we need to take the initiative to reconcile. When we move in God’s direction, that is when rejoicing comes because it is not bound by what happens in this world.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 25 mins 47 secs
There are two ways you can walk in life: as one of the many enemies of the cross whose god is their own personal satisfaction, justify their undisciplined desires and set their minds on earthly things, or as imitators of Christ, allowing Him to set our direction and values. The answer is determined by where our mind is set.
Sunday, 09 September 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 36 mins 15 secs
Anything not of Christ is a loss and we need to give up all earthly things in order to obtain the heavenly treasure that Jesus offers. We are to carry our cross and this call to follow Jesus is not some things or sometimes, it is always and everything every day.
Sunday, 02 September 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 31 mins 28 secs
What does it mean to be a man? We see examples from this passage of Paul, Timothy and Epaphroditus who had different gifts, different characteristics and different temperaments, but they all had come to resemble one person - that of Jesus Christ. These guys may have been examples of the model Christian, but Jesus is the Christian model that we need to reflect our lives upon.
Sunday, 26 August 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 30 mins 4 secs
Paul tells us how we achieve a Christlike attitude. There is a balance between what we are to do and be and become, and what has already been done and is being done by God. The mark of a true Christian is obedience. We are to take responsibility for what God has placed in us. We need a self feeding program to grow in Christlike actions and character, not wait to be fed. We should view our salvation with healthy respect and fear to disappoint God. We are to be different from this world, as both our actions and words should reflect Christ. We are to commit ourselves to this, no matter what. We can not do it alone, but God enables us.
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Series: Philippians
Duration: 41 mins 29 secs
Like Paul, we too can be bound in chains, even though they may not be physical. Paul reminds us to keep our eyes on Jesus, because this brings the deepest quality and meaning to our lives. No matter what happens around us, Paul calls us to stand firm in Christ. It is when we can not do any more that Jesus comes in His mighty power and does what we can not. Our attitude is to be like Christ’s, who emptied Himself for us and did everything for God’s glory. As we seek Him and live in intimacy with Him, He will work amazing things in us and bring His plan to completion.