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Sunday, 15 October 2017
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 30 mins 48 secs
What does it mean to be a Christian today? Unfortunately, this word has lost a lot of its power and the world would see the word 'Christian' in a number of different ways. Love is another word that has lost a lot of its power. Love, though, is the very foundation of being a Christian and Jesus reinforced this on many occassions. As Christians, we are to love God totally and love others completely. This passage shows the unconditional love that the Samaritan man had for the injured man, by putting the wellbeing of the stranger ahead of his own needs. The challenge for us to today is to do likewise in our daily lives.
Sunday, 08 October 2017
Duration: 26 mins 46 secs
In this passage we see that there are two ways to travel through life - one that leads to heaven, the other leading to hell. The easy road leads to destruction, the more difficult road, with Jesus, leads to eternal life. The question we need to be asking ourselves in our Christian walk is, does our faith in Jesus cost us anything, did our decision to follow Jesus change our life and is this reflected in our life? When we come to stand before God, it is only what Jesus says that will matter in the end. Obedience to God is true evidence that we have faith in the Lord. Do you hear God's Word and then do God's Word?
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Passage: Luke 22:1-27
Duration: 28 mins 11 secs
Jesus was resolute as He set out for Jerusalem, even knowing what was about to happen to Him. Why did He do this? So that we could be saved from our sins and have our relationship with God restored. As Christians, we need to live our lives as servants to others and reflect Jesus' example He showed us whilst He was here on earth.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Duration: 34 mins 9 secs
In this passage, Paul tells Timothy to fight the good fight of faith - something we still need to do ourselves today. As Christians, we face all types of life battles and Paul's recommendation is to flee from all things evil. We can't fight the battles we face in our own strength and so we need to flee into the arms of God and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness as we serve Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Duration: 38 mins 35 secs
In this passage, Paul raises an issue that is still very relevant for us today - the love of money and materialism. We live very comfortably compared to many others. We need to open our eyes to the urgent spiritual and physical needs of so many people in our world. We also need to be content with what God has provided for us and not be proud of our wealth and crave for more. Money is not to be our master. There is only one Master that gets us into heaven, and that is Jesus Christ.
Sunday, 03 September 2017
Duration: 37 mins 53 secs
As a church it is a good thing when the leadership work together in harmony and love. Conversely, it is tragic when the opposite is true. Timothy appeared to be having some problems with the elders of the church at Ephesus. He was a young man and still had much to learn. Ephesus was not an easy place to minister. Only God knows the hearts of everyone. No pastor or church member is perfect, but that should not hinder us from striving for perfection. The ministry of a local church rises and falls with its leadership. Godly leadership means God’s blessing, and that is what we want and need.
Sunday, 27 August 2017
Duration: 49 mins 9 secs
As Christians, we need to be true to God's Word, devote ourselves to Christ and teach what we have learned about Christ with others so that they may fix their hope in God. We need to allow Jesus Christ's Spirit to teach us responsive relationship, responsive support and to learn how to teach others.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Duration: 31 mins 48 secs
Paul is speaking directly to Timothy in this passage, that is of benefit to us all. We need to be prepared in our own lives for Jesus' return. We need to be on guard to false teaching, identified by people's actions in the way that they live and the way that they act. Our responsibility is to be nourished in God's Word so that we can continue to grow in our Christian walk, live out our faith and use our spiritual gifts to build up the church so that we can minister to this world.
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Duration: 34 mins 40 secs
In this passage, Paul list the attributes required of leaders in the church. Leaders must lead under the authority of Jesus Christ and are accountable to Him. Leaders need to be in the right relationship with Jesus and care for the people. Leaders need to know the words of Jesus and live as a good example to others. Paul is not saying that leaders need to be perfect, but they must be disciplined in their life and have the respect of others. Whilst this passage is directed to church leaders, the same applies to all Christians and we need to aspire to the way God wants us to live.
Sunday, 06 August 2017
Duration: 29 mins 50 secs
Paul indicates in this passage that all petitions, prayers, intercession and thankgiving to God is for all people, which is pleasing to Him because He wants everyone to be saved. All authority for the church is from Jesus Christ, who is the head of the church. We need to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ so that everyone has the opportunity to be saved.