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Sunday, 19 June 2016
Duration: 32 mins 18 secs
This passage describes the coming of Jesus to earth as someone who might become a merciful and faithful High Priest. One of the requirements of the High Priest in the Old Testament was to be a representative of the people before God. In becoming human, Jesus was made lower than the angels - He was the same as us. Jesus now goes before us and because of His human experience, He is able to be a true representative of us to God. When we fail regularly because of our sin, we have Jesus who will stand before God on our behalf and restores our relationship with Him. Jesus saves us from eternal death.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Duration: 42 mins 17 secs
Whatever the challenges we face in life, as Christians, we must persevere to keep on fixing our eyes on Jesus. In this passage the Jewish Christians were being encouraged to stay strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and not fall back on old practices or rely only on angelic experiences in their lives. Jesus is set above all things and now sits on the right hand of God. We need to be careful to pay attention and not drift away from Jesus, despite what experiences we go through in our lives. What are you fixing your eye on that may cause you to drift away from Jesus?
Sunday, 05 June 2016
Passage: Hebrews 1:1-4
Duration: 32 mins 33 secs
God spoke to people in ancient times through prophets and He continues to speak to us today through His Son, Jesus. God revealed himself progressively through the Old Testament teachings, but when Jesus came to earth the people were able to see the full glory of God, face to face. If we want to understand God, then we need Jesus to unlock what is revealed to us in the bible. Jesus carries the full authority of God, because He is the exact representation of God - Jesus is God!
Sunday, 22 May 2016
Passage: Luke 10:9-12
Duration: 33 mins 47 secs
The seventy-two sent out by Jesus were to tell people that the Kingdom of God was near. There was a warning for those who rejected this news. Nothing has changed for us today. Jesus spent all of His ministry on earth trying to realign the Jews thinking of what the Kingdom of God was about. We often decide what is best for us, and our society allows this. But there is a better alternative as we allow Jesus to be a part of our lives and we follow Him. As Christians, we are called to be ministers as we point people towards Jesus Christ. We need to be committed to share with people the message of Jesus and the Kingdom of God, looking around us for opportunities to do so.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Passage: Luke 10:5-8
Duration: 28 mins 31 secs
In this passage Jesus encourages those He sends to approach each household with the intention of bringing peace. If a 'person of peace' is found at that place then peace will rest on them. If this isn't the case, they will move on to the next house. How do you recognise a 'person of peace'? You need look no further than the life of Jesus. The ministry of Jesus brought peace to people's lives. As we share the gospel of Jesus with others, we need to approach them with grace and peace.
Sunday, 08 May 2016
Passage: Luke 10:4
Duration: 29 mins 10 secs
As Christians, our life's priorities will change as we follow Jesus. We need to recognise that by trusting in Jesus, He will provide all our needs. When we let go of things, there is freedom. We need to let go of the things that stop us from carrying out God's mission for us. By travelling light we need to make space that will allow us the opportunities to share Jesus with others.
Sunday, 01 May 2016
Passage: Luke 10:1-12
Duration: 27 mins 58 secs
Jesus gave His disciples the power and authority to heal the sick and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God. Jesus then went on to appoint seventy-two others to go before Him to tell others about the hope He had to offer. They were few in number and not much has changed for us today. Our mission is to tell the world about Jesus. This mission is not just for trained workers, it is the responsibility of all believers. It is the greatest way in which we can serve Jesus as we proclaim His salvation. The task is not an easy one and the need for more workers is great. Are you looking for opportunities of sharing the gospel of Jesus to those around you?
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Passage: Exodus 4:1-17
Duration: 38 mins 19 secs
Moses' start in life was a miracle in itself - saved as a baby and then raised up in Pharaoh's household. When God confronts Moses 'in the burning bush' to tell him of His plan for rescuing the Israelites from the Egyptians, Moses comes up with excuses as to why he should not be chosen to do the task. Whatever God's plan is for you, He will equip you for the task. Your abilities and skills will not be enough. You need to practice the gifts God has given you, step out in faith and learn on the journey as you move towards the plan He has given you. God wants your character to line up with His character.
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Duration: 34 mins 5 secs
Despite difficult circumstances facing the Jews, the prophet Habakkuk accepts that through any adversity he and the Jews were to face, that he would trust God, rejoice and be joyful in Him. If we place our trust in someone, other than Jesus, and that person goes away, our life can be turned upside down. It is easy to find security in the things we have. We need to take our eyes off the world and focus on Jesus. Happiness is dependant on circumstances. We need to have the joy that Habakkuk showed, one that defies circumstances. We need to trust in God in all circumstances, the One who never changes. God never grows tired and weary - He will give strength to those who need it.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 26 mins 48 secs
David shared about the work of Compassion Australia currently assisting 1,700,000 children world wide with the support of over 7,000 churches and with a target of helping 4,000,000 children by 2020. Whilst the number of deaths of children under 5, from preventable causes, has dropped from 55,000 per day in the 1960s it still remains at 16,500 per day in 2015. Hear how Compassion has helped children like Jane' Alam Sheikh and Christine Uwase.