Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Eve Service

 There is a candlelight Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 7pm
(Come out for Caroling on the main street from 6:30pm leading-up to the church for 7pm Service)

Come bring your family and hear the Christmas Story that brought peace to earth.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Schedule

Family Christmas Service on Sunday 21st at 11am
A telling of the Nativity
by the Children's Ministry of Alva Baptist Church

Christmas Eve Wednesday 24th
Christmas Carolling on the High Street at 6:30pm
Candlelight Carol Service at 7:00pm in the Church

Christmas Day Thursday 25th
Families gathered from House to House
If you have no family and need some love and care,
give us a call, we'll work something out.

We celebrate the birth of the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world!
Come let us adore Him

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

United in Mourning

We mourn the loss to our community of Scott Chiriseri.
and keep his family in prayer at this difficult time.

The Sunday Worship Service is here broken into small portions
We hope that you find consolation and encouragement here.

Scripture Reading
Words of Comfort
Prayer

Children's Address

Sermon
Part 1

Part 2

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Exodus 9 Pestilence, Boils and Hail, Oh My!

God is faithful to keep His promises and demonstrates His strength to accomplish His will on the earth. Is it fair that God hardens Pharaoh's heart and then punishes him?  If God is a good guy (and He IS!), how does that work?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thursday, 28 August 2014

With Distinction: Exodus 8

God is going to free His people Israel
from the Egyptian house of slavery
He brings judgement against them incrementally, eventually distinguishing between His people and His enemies.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Prayer Changes Things

Prayer involves us in what God is doing in eternity.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Part 1
God Works Through Our Prayers in Agreement with Him
Part 2
Does God Change His Mind?

Part 3
Why Doesn't Prayer Always 'Work'?

Commissioning
Sending-out Daniel and Joanna Sturgeon to Ayrshire and Scott Ballantine to Tillicoultry and Farai Chirashi to Alva

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Prayer Works!

If God knows everything, then why pray?
Several reasons presented here over a bunch of podcasts:

Part One
Why Pray if God Already Knows?

Part Two
Prayer Shows and grows our Faith

Part Three
Prayer Draws Us Nearer to God (Intimacy)

Part Four
Prayer Changes Things

Monday, 16 June 2014

Unity

When we read Psalm 133,
or The Gospel according to John in chapter 17,
we begin to see that the powerful witness of the people of God is shown in our unity.

We gather around worship of the God we love,
and demonstrate that love for one another,.

The strength of our witness is established in community.
As we share the historic truth about Him,
people's lives are changed.

Check-out the sermon podcasts below or on iTunes:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Acts Chapter 2 and The Power of the Holy Spirit

On the Anniversary of the Feast of First Fruits, or Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came with Power to dwell inside of women and men who follow Jesus Christ.  The story begins to unfold in the book of Acts and continues through today. Listen below to recent sermons on the subject:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Great Commission

Jesus' parting words gave us some clear instructions about the goals and means of doing God's will on earth.  Listen to this series of messages on the Great Commission found in the last chapters of the gospels according to Mark and Matthew.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
How will you respond to these words of Christ today?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Ascension: the parting message of Christ

The story of the resurrection is marked by the departure of Jesus Christ 40 days after He rose from the dead.  He had some things to say toward the end of His time among His followers.

What would your last words be?
Would you hope that people would hear and listen to your 'parting shot'?
Listen to this intro sermon to what Jesus had to say:

Part 1 The Commission

Part 2 God Works

Part3 Living Actually

Sunday, 18 May 2014

John 21: Resurrected Christ on the Shore

On the beach with Jesus:

True stories of provision and restoration:

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Communion

Worship -
an attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ
"Behold the Lamb of God"

Worship

Psalm 84
The Worshipper on his way to worship, or one who is unable to get to the place to worship.
A person who loves the lord with all his heart gives us this poetry...

Psalm 84 The Worshipper on his way to worship, or one who is unable to get to the place to worship. A person who loves the lord with all his heart gives us this poetry...

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Things That Make for Peace

John 20:19
The story of the upper room when the resurrected Jesus came to the disciples.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Membership Covenant

Membership Covenant is a big term for how we agree to live together.

Still Alive after Easter Sunday

Jesus lived among the believers and was seen by others (as many as 500 at one time) for 40 days after the resurrection on the first day of the week, a day we have come to call Easter Sunday.

Today's sermon is about how from Egypt to Easter God has been coming to people and sought to interact with them.  Our hearts full of grief and sorrow and sometimes just busy-ness can distract us from God at work in our lives even today.

have a listen to these two 15-minute podcasts:
Part 1

Part 2

Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Road to the Cross

Daniel Sturgeon our Associate Pastor preached this sermon pointing us toward Palm Sunday and Good Friday and, ultimately the Resurrecton

part 1

Part 2

Monday, 24 March 2014

Baptism



(Click here) for Baptism scriptures in the Bible  that show what baptism was in the time of Jesus and the Apostles

Here is a recording of a recent baptism class on the subject of "Salvation":

(Click here to see) The image drawn for the group with Romans 6:23

(Click here for) Another diagram about salvation

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Exodus 4 What is UP with circumcision?!!!

The end of Exodus chapter 4 has some odd points that bear discussing. 
In a manner you may never have heard before in a church.
(in bite-sized chunks)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Exodus 4 Near to God Through Prayer

Moses has met with God and God has revealed Himself.  Moses has spoken with Him and is working-out his direction in life, in light of What God has directed him to do.

How is YOUR prayer life?

Part 1
God Who does magnificent things interacts with people He cares about

Part 2
The presence of God repels other things contrary to God.

Part 3
Through prayer, God cultivates in us, faith in God's ability to overcome our shortcomings.


Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Name of God

Moses, at the burning bush, asks God
for a way to proove that He has met with the Almighty.
He asks for a name.
God's response is to declare His nature; His history;
and He shares a name so essential to who He is,
that there are Jewish worshipers, even today,
who refuse to utter that name with their mouths,
out of respect.
The name has become known to the world as Jehova or Yahway
which is the same word with different pronunciation
because that name went so long un-pronounced,
that people forgot which vowels go where.

Still, even in the Christian printings of the Jewish scriptures
(the Old Testament) this name is translated LORD
where the Jewish tradition would say "Adonai"
rather than pronounce YHWH.

There's more to the story you can read in Exodus 3
and have a listen to the podcasts below:

Part 1: "I am who I am" ~God

Part 2: What's in a name?

Part 3 'Born this way'

Part 4 God invites us all

Communion Address

Monday, 10 February 2014

Exodus 3 That Burning Bush

God sees, and hears, and knows what people are going through,
He has come to deliver us, and bring us to Himself, through relationship, through Jesus Christ.

The presence of God makes things holy.
We have fellowship with God when we respond to the fact of forgiveness of sins in Jesus' name.


Isa and Jimmy Bryden
on the occasion of their 75th Wedding Anniversary
Jimmy's 100th Birthday is 17 May!
Pray for Jimmy in Hospital recovering from an infection.

Moses stopped to notice something unique
and it changed his life.
When he stopped to look at THAT burning bush,
he encountered the living God.
Moses responded to God in faith: knowledge, belief and trust.

hear the story told in the bible here:

Part 1 Intro and Prayer for Jimmy Bryden


Part 2 Moses in the wilderness at a place called 'Waste'


Part 3 The Angel of the Lord: God makes the difference


Part 4 Where are you with God;
on the spectrum between Waste and Worship?


Part 5 Not because we are good, but because God is good!



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Moses in Egypt: The Setting, The Unique Voice, The Calling

We are reading God's words to know God's thoughts
To adjust how we think, in order to reflect the ideas of God
We want to be like Jesus.

The 8th Century BC writer Isaiah wrote this:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 'For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.' "

We find these words included in the anthology of historic literature called "The Bible"

In Chapter 1 & 2 of the Exodus story (Part of an aural tradition, written down by Moses) we read the circumstances associated with the first 80 years of Moses' life.

Part 1 The Setting:
Egypt sometime around the 15th Century BC

Part 2 The Unique Voice
Moses identifies with the oppressed people: Israel

Part 3
The Calling evidenced in Moses' life

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Book of Exodus

As we look to the historic reports of the relationship between God and humanity, we begin a season of exploring the book titled Exodus in the bible.  This second book in the 66 book anthology of literature, is called the bible points to the deliverance of the nation Israel from bondage in Egypt.

This Sunday was an intro to the ongoing story about God and His friend Abraham, who believed God at His word and trusted Him.  And the descendants of Abraham, who trust and follow God.

In relationship to Christ and His death as sin, His burial and His resurrection, according to God's word, these ideas also accrue to our benefit, when we trust and follow God.

So we begin our study of the book of the Exodus...

Opening Prayer

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Communion

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Bulletin for 12 January 2014

Click here to see this week's bulletin with weekly schedule, prayer points and contact info.