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Sunday, 16 June 2019
Passage: Amos 4:1-13
Series: Amos
In this passage we see that the Israelites have fallen way short of the commandment of loving God and of loving others. Through Amos, God is highlighting the selfishness of the Israelite people as they have turned their backs away from God and have been self indulgent to their own needs. Today, we need to rely on God who will provide us with all that we need. God wants us to have an attitude of generosity as we acknowledge that everything we have has come come from Him. [RECORDING NOT AVAILABLE]
Sunday, 02 June 2019
Passage: Amos 1:1-2:16
Series: Amos
Duration: 37 mins 26 secs
God had brought His people to the promised land and had provided them with security. But some generations later, we see in these opening chapters of Amos that God is not happy with the people and their sinful ways. The prophet Amos now tells the people of God's judgement that is to come. The sins of the surrounding kingdoms are highlighted first but ultimately God draws His attention to the Northern Kingdom of Israel focusing on their injustice, immorality and idolatry. Today, we need to come before God to repent of our sins. If we fall into the hands of God we will have to face His judgement, but if we place ourselves into the hands of God then we will find forgiveness.
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Series: Acts
Duration: 29 mins 15 secs
Paul's life was full of selfless acts as he shared about Jesus to others. We see in Acts 27 that Paul is heading for Rome to stand trial before Caesar. He did not travel alone and we are reminded that the Christian life is not meant to be traveled alone. Paul showed that whatever circumstances he faced, particularly in the difficult travel circumstances to Rome, he always trusted in God. Paul also continued to share the good news of Jesus and was an encouragement to others. Today we to need to have these same characteristics that Paul had as we move through life and witness to others about the love of Jesus.
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Passage: Acts 26:4-23
Series: Acts
Duration: 34 mins 15 secs
Nearing the end of Paul's life, we see him continuing to defend the gospel as he shares about the love of Jesus. In this passage, Paul's response to King Agrippa starts off with a reflection of what his life was like before committing his life to Jesus. All of us have a past that has been apposed to God. As Paul did, we need to continue to share the gospel at every opportunity, so that people's eyes will be opened from the darkness of Satan to the light of God.
Sunday, 05 May 2019
Passage: Acts 24:1-27
Series: Acts
Duration: 29 mins 26 secs
After Paul's arrest he was taken to Caesarea to answer the charges that the Jews had brought against him in Jerusalem. They argued that he was troublemaker on civil, state and religious grounds. Paul was none of these things, and in fact forfeited some of his rights so he may show that he was man of peace, trying to persuade these people about God's salvation through Christ. We should also be trying to live peaceful lives with those around us, because that is one of the ways that Jesus works in us. We can do that by remembering what he has done for us and treasuring it. Accept him if you don't treasure him already.
Sunday, 28 April 2019
Passage: Acts 23:11-22
Series: Acts
Duration: 19 mins 13 secs
Paul's ministry to the Gentiles continued as he entered into Jerusalem, but he was met with a lot of hostility to the message he was presenting about Jesus and was ultimately put in prison. All Paul had to do was stop talking about Jesus and he would be set free from prison. Paul did not want people to pity him because of his situation, he just wanted them to know about what Jesus had done for him and what he could do for those who followed Jesus. How can we live a life that is worthy of Jesus? We need to give our whole life over to Jesus and let Him direct us in His ways.
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Passage: Luke 24:1-12
Duration: 17 mins 9 secs
Christianity has at its heart the belief in the resurrection from death of Jesus. If Jesus wasn't raised from the dead then the Christian faith would be futile. We see in this passage how the disciples and friends of Jesus had their eyes opened to the reality that He had been risen from the dead and was alive again. When we look at Jesus today, is it as a historical figure or as a reality that He is alive in our lives. As Christians, we need to open the eyes of others to the reality of Jesus.
Sunday, 14 April 2019
Passage: Acts 20:1-38
Series: Acts
Duration: 31 mins 54 secs
In the final stages of Paul's third missionary journey he took the opportunity to share with the church leaders about the aspects of his ministry, testifying to his past, present and future ministry. The message that Paul shared with others was not his own, but what God wanted him to share. Paul was faithful in doing this no matter what personal attack he faced. As we share the gospel with others we need to strive for the dedication that Paul had in sharing the good news of Jesus.
Sunday, 07 April 2019
Passage: Acts 19:8-20
Series: Acts
Duration: 31 mins 43 secs
In this passage Paul's message of Jesus was falling on deaf ears in a lot of cases because the Ephesians had forgotten what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. It is easy for us to move into the same situation as the Ephesians where we fall away from the enthusiasm we had when we first became a Christian. We need to continue to work on our relationship with Jesus and rely on Him in all things and not do things in our own strength.
Sunday, 31 March 2019
Passage: Acts 18:1-22
Series: Acts
Duration: 32 mins 21 secs
Paul's missionary journey did not go as planned and he faced many personal challenges on the way. Paul had many opportunities to give up and quit, but he surrounded himself with supportive people and do not give up the task of sharing the good news of Jesus to those he came across. As we take the opportunities of sharing about Jesus to others, it is important to recognise the support and encouragement of fellow Christians and not try and go alone. We may never see the fruits of our efforts but need to recognise that we need to be ever faithful in sharing the new of Jesus.