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Sunday, 03 June 2012
Passage: Acts 18:1-11
Duration: 31 mins 32 secs
This message is an account of lives transformed when a church is born. Scripture is here to inspire us and to imagine what God might do through us. Like the church at Corinth, we matter to God and we are to work together to achieve our common purpose of reaching the lost with God-based courage.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Passage: Acts 2
Duration: 38 mins 44 secs
We should love the church because Christ, its head, loves the church. We cannot approach church or God as consumers. Meaningful local church involvement is not an optional spiritual discipline, but the essential context in which believers are to grow in Christ. Therefore, God wants His church to be a learning church, a caring church, a worshipping church and an evangelising church.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Duration: 38 mins 16 secs
Today's message focussed on three less well known mothers from the Bible and their encounters with God through His prophets. Their stories challenge us to reflect on the depth of our connection with God. Do we have a real relationship with Jesus? Do we allow God to use us no matter how 'little' we think we have? Have we made room for Jesus in our life?
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Passage: Mark 12:28-34
Duration: 46 mins 24 secs
Living out whole Christianity means embodying the greatest commandment. There are three postures that describe what this looks like: standing firm - using all our mind; kneeling - using all our heart and soul; and running - using all our strength. We need to stand in truth, wisdom, our thought life and choices. This is foundational. We also need to kneel before God in surrender and intimacy. Finally, we need to serve our neighbours, engaging our tithe, time and talents to reach the unloved, unreached and unknown.
Sunday, 08 April 2012
Passage: John 20:1-23
Duration: 31 mins 7 secs
Easter is our celebration of sure, lasting hope, that as Jesus came to Mary in a bleak and hopeless situation, so He comes to us - in a personal way and speaks our name. There are three aspects of hope: hope of forgiveness, hope of growth and hope of resurrection. Jesus makes all these possible.
Sunday, 01 April 2012
Passage: Luke 19:28-44
Duration: 30 mins 1 sec
Jesus didn’t fit preconceived expectations. He spoke of heaven and God’s kingdom, but the disciples heard only God’s people Israel. The Pharisees heard Jesus’ every claim as blasphemy because they saw only His questionable origins and the people wanted a military king. Jesus confounds our wrong expectations of Him also. We miss out on all God has for us when we put Jesus in a box or see Him as punitive or make our own plans expecting Him to bless them. Are our expectations of Jesus too small? Do we recognise when He comes to us wanting to do a new thing? He wants to use us to bring the kingdom of peace into the world.
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Passage: Daniel 6:3-28
Duration: 33 mins 59 secs
The lion’s den is not a one off event, but the culmination of a life of obedience to God. What character qualities and consistencies can we learn from Daniel? - Exhibit excellence in every environment - Insist on integrity at all times - Devote yourself to spiritual discipline - Turn to your track record of trust in God These are some of the things it takes to be used by God. But when we slip up, God wants to remind us that He’s on our side and wants to make us into a person with qualities like Daniel so we can seize those divine moments today and into the future.
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Passage: 1 Samuel 20
Duration: 28 mins 44 secs
It is a risk to be authentic and real, but otherwise we have to settle for superficial relationships. Jonathan shows what good friends looks like. They are loyal, they love, they’re honest and they share faith. At the centre of our lives we need spiritual encouragement that can only come from a trusted friend who accepts us, sticks by us but challenges us. Even then our best friends can let us down, but we have Jesus, who will never let us down. We know how much He loves us because He gave up everything for us. We can’t leave love like that on the table. We must respond to it.
Sunday, 04 March 2012
Passage: Esther 4:9-16
Duration: 33 mins 52 secs
Like Esther, God has a purpose for each one of us. We are here by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training for His time (Andrew Murray). But 'hero moments' don’t announce themselves, rather we have to be alert and faithful in the small things so we don’t miss the opportunity. Also, like Esther, we enjoy privileges and have opportunity to speak up for those who are voiceless. Perhaps there is only one person’s voice lacking for justice to come into the world - yours! Finally, we must put our trust in God. To act without relying on God cannot achieve success. Esther said “Yes” to God and changed the course of a nation. God invites us to do the same. One person can make a difference.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Passage: Psalms 23
Duration: 21 mins 40 secs
There is much to fear in the world, but “Here is God” sums up Psalm 23. The psalm expresses a trusting relationship with God from the perspective of a sheep’s helplessness and need. David knew God as his Shepherd and expresses a reliance on a God who had been faithful in the past and will be into the future. Our society promotes discontentment, but the Shepherd provides all we need and shows us how to make the right choices. Even in the deepest shadow He protects us and promises we’ll never be alone. God gives us every blessing and is totally committed to us.