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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.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Duration: 32 mins 59 secs
It doesn't matter who we are, one thing we all have in common is the amount of time each of us have each day. How do we make the most of this time? We focus on things eternal, not the temporary things of this world. There is a balance to be had, but when "time-wasters" become the priority in our life, then it is time for some changes. When our life is filled with God's Spirit we can't help but reflect to others the love God through our words and action. When we spend time in God's Word, the Bible, God can reveal, and allow us to understand, what His will is for us in our life and how we can serve Him. What are you doing in your life to serve God?
Sunday, 08 February 2015
Duration: 30 mins 45 secs
As Christians, when we made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ, we made the decision to change our worldly ways and live a life worthy in God's eyes. In this passage Paul tells the Ephesians to avoid the worldly ways they have been used to and encourages them in how they should now live. In our Christian lives today we need to allow the Holy Spirit to have access to all of our life. In this way our life will reflect to others the difference God can make by having Him dwell within us. The challenge for us today is the same as it was for the Ephesians. We need to say things that are helpful in building one another up, be kind, compassionate and forgiving of each other. What choice of living will you make - submitting to self or submitting to Jesus Christ?
Sunday, 01 February 2015
Duration: 30 mins 38 secs
The purpose of the local church is not to exist but to grow as a church in Jesus Christ. God has given us all we need to have unity in the church and to grow in Christ. We all need to mature and get stronger as a church so that we can obtain unity in the faith and be equipped to encourage each other. Jesus is the foundation of our life. How are you connected to Jesus? Are you a participator or a spectator?
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Duration: 33 mins 6 secs
As a Christian, unity is not an option for us. In this passage we see how God would want to work in the church. Unity does not just happen - it takes affort, sacrifice and submission to each other. Our actions should match what we believe. Being humble and gentle is having your strength under control. Unity requires us to show patience with each other. If we try for unity in our own strength we will fail. It is only through God's Spirit that allows us to obtain true unity. Living a life worthy of our calling, humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with each other in love. Which of these do you find the most difficult to apply in your life?