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Sunday, 21 October 2018
Passage: Acts 3:1-4:4
Series: Acts
Duration: 31 mins 26 secs
For the disciples, holding onto the name of Jesus was going to make life difficult for them. The healing of the lame man in this passage by Peter and John was through the name of Jesus, not because His name is magical, but by power and authority that Jesus had through the grace of God. The lame man's trust in God allowed him to be healed. We need to allow Jesus' power and authority to work in our lives and submit ourselves daily to Him to allow Him to work in us as we serve others.
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Passage: Acts 2:1-47
Series: Acts
Duration: 29 mins 54 secs
"We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God." In this chapter of Acts we see the disciples waiting expectantly for the arrival of the promised Holy Spirit. When He comes in power it is in a way that none of them could have predicted, and even the people around them wonder what has happened and what it means. Peter responds to them with different types of evidence for who Jesus is, which is something all of us need to answer for ourselves today. As Peter pleads with them they respond with remorse and repentance and the church is unified, magnified and multiplied.
Sunday, 07 October 2018
Passage: Acts 1:1-26
Series: Acts
Duration: 20 mins 31 secs
The end of the gospel of Luke reads like a happily-ever-after story, but Jesus isn't finished with His disciples. Although His salvation work is finished, He now declares them to be His witnesses and commissions them to proclaim His good news to all nations. The book of Acts also finishes without a real ending, because until Jesus returns our job as witnesses is not yet done.
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Passage: John 3:14-18
Duration: 25 mins 5 secs
John 3:16 is probably the most well known passage in the Bible, but what is the context in which it comes? As Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus He reminds him of when God instructed the Israelites to look in faith to the bronze serpent in order to be saved from physical death. He then compares it to His own death and resurrection and the eternal life that comes through looking to Him. Charles Spurgeon was one man who was confronted to look to Jesus and it changed his life forever.
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Duration: 28 mins 56 secs
In Ephesians 4 Paul begins by identifying the commonality we all share as Christians - one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God and Father of all (v4). This gives us a basis for natural connection with the Church, both locally and globally. In this morning's passage Paul then goes on to describe how we differ in areas of gifting, but that these are given with the common goal of building up the body of Christ and giving glory to Jesus. How are we using these gifts and abilities to love the Church?
Sunday, 16 September 2018
Passage: John 20:19-23
Duration: 26 mins 23 secs
We know that God loves our community, but does our community know that God loves them? In today's passage we find the disciples hiding behind locked doors for fear of the Jewish leaders when they have an encounter with the risen Jesus, who then blesses them with His peace before commissioning them to go out and love the world as He has done. If Jesus showed up in our community today, where would He go? Who would He help? What would He do? We can't do everything, but we can do something.
Sunday, 09 September 2018
Duration: 21 mins 54 secs
Who are the most difficult people in your life to love? In today's message we are reminded of the love that God has shown to us, and that if our actions are not underpinned by that same love then they cease to have any value. Try inserting your name in verses 4-7. Do these things hold true for you? God's love never fails and if we claim to be those who follow Him, then ours cannot either, no matter how difficult it might be.
Sunday, 02 September 2018
Passage: John 15:9-17
Duration: 35 mins 42 secs
Sometimes those closest to us can be the most difficult people to love. The more we know someone, the more vulnerable we are and more likely to both cause and feel hurt. Today's message looks to the way Jesus responded to the failings of His friends (the disciples) to give us practical ways we can love those who are close. After all, "we love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
Sunday, 26 August 2018
Passage: Mark 12:28-34
Duration: 34 mins 48 secs
What does it look like to love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength? Theology that is not lived is theology that is not believed. Today's message encourages us to live out in practical ways each of these four aspects of loving God.
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Duration: 14 mins 59 secs
We live in a world of separation and conflict. As Christians, we know that God is for us in all things, no matter what we do. Paul reminds us earlier in Romans that we are adopted childen of God, making us co-heirs with Christ. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ despite how we might feel through any of our sufferings - even death cannot separate us. We need to hold onto the promise of this as we serve Him.