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Sunday, 26 April 2015
Passage: John 21:1-22
Duration: 41 mins 14 secs
As a Christian, following Jesus can be hard. We make bold claims about our commitment to Christ, but how often have we failed Him when put to the test in our everyday life. Where does our dependence lie - with ourselves or in Jesus Christ? We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and run the race He has planned for us as we go out and let others know about Him. We need to have a love for Jesus that surpasses all other things and we need to be committed to Him in all aspects of our lives, taking up our cross and following Him.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Duration: 19 mins 22 secs
Everyone of us at some time has given in to temptation. When Jesus was here on earth one of the things He did continuously was to get the people listening to Him to understand that giving in to temptation is more than doing or not doing, but is a state of being. In this passage we can see some of the ramifications that people faced after falling to temptation. Obvious temptation that we know is wrong can be easy to avoid, but the world can provide more subtle temptations. We need to be faithful to God and allow Him to work in our lives. We are told that will not be tempted beyond what we can bear. Only through Jesus will we be able to overcome any temptation that causes us to stumble in our Christian walk with Him.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Duration: 30 mins 28 secs
Death – the final frontier. The unexplored territory where many have gone but none returned. The great unknown at the end of this life. Or is it? What are the logical and practical implications of the Easter story for you and I? Paul argues in 1 Corinthians 15 that it is solely on one event in human history – the death and resurrection of Jesus – that the Christian faith rests. If it falls, then everything else goes with it, including Jesus’ teachings and promises about the life to come which form the basis of Christian hope.
Sunday, 05 April 2015
Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Duration: 24 mins 53 secs
The two disciples travelling on the road to Emmaus appeared discouraged because God had not done what they wanted Him to do - they had hoped that Jesus was the one who was going to redeem Israel. They could not reconcile what had happened over the past few days. They saw the glory of the Kingdom but failed to see the suffering of the King. There was proof that Jesus was alive, but they were not able to see it. Even when Jesus came along side them on the road they did not recognise Him and it was only after He shared a meal with Him that there eyes were open to see Jesus. The words Jesus had spoken to them on the road made their hearts burn. When was the last time that the Word of God burned in your heart? If we are to experience Jesus then we need to spend time with Him. We need to witness to others the great news that Jesus is not dead, but alive for us all. The disciples saw Jesus in their ordinary day life. We need to see Jesus in the same way.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
There are many people in this world who don't openly reject God. They live a life that appears OK to others and if their good outweighs the bad, then they are satisfied with that. Jesus came to save these people! In this passage, Jesus tells a number of parables that are still relevant and a challenge for us today. In our life circumstances we need to show humility to others in all we do, an example of what Jesus showed whilst here on earth. When we connect with people it is easy to look at what we can gain or lose from the relationship - we should consider what opportunities there are for sacrifice and service instead! Jesus has given us the ultimate invitation - an eternal life with Him. We need to accept this invitation and let others know of what Jesus offers. Jesus wants us to be completely committed to Him and be prepared to surrender ourselves to God's will. Is there are fakeness in your life that does not allow you to be fully committed to Jesus?
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Passage: Luke 19:1-10
Duration: 39 mins 25 secs
Some people saw Jesus as a prophet while others saw Him as a king who would rule on this earth. In this passage we see the real reason for Jesus coming to earth - to seek and to save those who are lost. People saw Zacchaeus as a cheat and an unworthy person because of the things he did as a tax collector, but Jesus saw Zacchaeus as a precious person. How do you see people around you? We need to realise that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and cannot be saved without Jesus, who is still seeking and saving the lost. Are you saved or are you lost? We need to live a life that allows others to find Jesus.
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Passage: Luke 15:11-32
Duration: 31 mins 23 secs
The prodical son in this parable that Jesus told is foolish with the wealth that was given to him by his father, but when things turn bad for him, he showed humility and repentance when he returned to his father, not expecting to be anymore than one of his father's servants. We live in a world where rebellion is shown in all areas of life with people challenging authority over them. God is the ultimate authority for this world, so what is the price in showing rebellion towards God - we miss out on the fullness of life that God can offer us here on earth. Are you caught up in the world so much that you don't have time for God? God came to save the rebellious. When we turn our lives over to Him, God welcomes us with open arms.
Sunday, 08 March 2015
Passage: John 4:1-38
Duration: 33 mins 53 secs
Jesus tells the woman at the well that there is water she can have that will never allow her to be thirsty again. At the conclusion of their conversation, Jesus reveals who He is to the woman - the Messiah she expected to come! Through her faith and testimony to others, many people believed and were saved. We know the message of Jesus and the living water He can provide to others. Is our life reflecting the difference Jesus has made to us and are we sharing the message and hope of Jesus with others when the opportunity presents itself to us?
Sunday, 01 March 2015
Duration: 33 mins 28 secs
What is church to you? Is it like a petrol station, where you come and get filled up and then move on; or is it like a movie theatre where you come to be etertained; or how about a chemist where to come to get fixed; or even a supermarket where there is a great service at a low price that offers the programs you want. We need to move away from this self-centred thinking. The bible paints the true picture of the church - a body of people with Christ as the head. Jesus chooses to work through us as a church. Every member of the church needs to be connected to the head (Jesus), but we also need to be connected to one another, encouraging and supporting each other. How are you connecting with the head and each other?
Sunday, 22 February 2015
Duration: 30 mins 53 secs
As Christians, whilst we face physical challenges in our life, the ongoing battle we face is in the spiritual realm. We are constantly in a spiritual battle, being led away from God by worldly influences. We cannot fight this battle without praying. We need to be in constant communion with God, not only in asking for His help and support, but by also praising Him in all the things that He has done and will do for us. Prayer is the power to victory. Paul also reminds us that we are to be ever watchful for other Christians and be in prayer for them. When we take the time to be in prayer to God, it is then that He can work in us, rather than trying to do everything in our own strength.