Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Romans 1 Servants & Apostles

Part 1
Peter refers to the LAST DAYS in Joel; and Peter points at their present experience… saying 'this is it!'  Paul writes a letter to the church living in Rome at the start of this 'closing era': the last days


Part 2
Paul and Peter embraced each other's teaching about the present age. The things happening at his time… and which events continue into our time


Part 3
2 Peter 3 "...what sort of people ought you to be...?"


Part 4
These are the LAST DAYS (an idea taken from Joel, from Peter and, as we will see, from Paul)
We are to live like it's real.
The LORD is coming back to bring justice, which means judgement.


Part 5
In 2 Pet 3:15-16, Peter confirms that the writing of Paul is scripture.


Part 6
called to be an apostle...called to belong to Jesus Christ

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Matthew 14 "Walking on Water"

All the people walking on the water in Matthew 14, have significant evidence of a living prayer life.

Part 1
Jesus prayed.  Why? Why do you Pray?


Part 2
Are there practical 'elements' that we need to cover when praying???


Part 3
The heart and attitude of prayer


Part 4
Faithful disciples can still freak-out and forget to pray.  When we pray, God meets us there.


Part 5
Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?


Part 6
These guys are seeing God at work and finding it hard to trust Him, just like you.  So PRAY, just like them.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

James 1 Suffering

James, the brother of Jesus, has important things to say about suffering

Part 1
The introduction of the letter written by James.  Why start this way?


Part 2
James doesn't depend on his family ties, but identifies belief and specifically, 'servanthood' as the basis of relationship with Jesus.


Part 3
Why you ARE a Christian is why you STAY a Christian.
The root of your identity is why you endure challenges to a walk of faith.


Part 4
The followers of Jesus, depend upon their identity in Christ, in order to withstand difficulty when trials do come.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Luke 24 The Road to Emmaus

A sad picture of 'Christian' people,
walking-out their paths in life without faith in the power and promises of God.
And the encouragement that comes from God's commitment, to waking us from that stupor.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Easter Sunday

The exact day in history when God demonstrated His power to keep His every promise.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an unparalleled achievement in all of history.
It is a claim to deity, to absolute power, to victory against sin and, ultimately, death.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Palm Sunday

The exact day in history when the promised Messiah
arrived as the Coming King
in the city of Jerusalem

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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Isaiah 6: Holiness, Sin, and Atonement

Isaiah is an excellent prophet to point us towards Easter and the Resurrection

Holiness

 Sin

Atonement



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Part 4


(photo credit: thebibleproject.com)

Sunday, 24 March 2019

The Cost and Value of Christ

As Easter or the Feast of the Resurrection approaches
We do well to remind ourselves about

  • The cost to us
  • The cost to Christ
  • And the value of it all

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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Isaiah 58 God's Chosen Fast

The practice of fasting
is present in both the Old and New Testaments.
Jesus teaches on fasting saying "when you fast..."
and not 'if ' you fast.
There are some practical instructions found in the bible
about the motives and means of fasting...

Part 1
Lent involves a spirit of penitence for some. 
But in light of the sacrifice of Christ, this is unwarranted.
But fasting still has a place in modern Christian practice.



Part 2
What happens to people as they draw near to God? 
There is bad news and there is good news...



Part 3
If we were to consider the bible like a compass: 
A point of reference that demonstrates which way is north,
Then Prayer and fasting may be considered
as 
a means of remembering…

...to take the compass out of our pockets and refer to it...
...to navigate according to true north...
...to adjust our paths.


Part 4
In fasting, as we deny our fleshly desires for food,
we are reminded…




Part 5
Fasting just might be
the lost spiritual discipline of the 21st Century Church


Sunday, 3 March 2019

Ephesians Chapter 4 and Spiritual Disciplines

As an annual remembrance of the significance of Easter comes around, many people begin to speak about the season leading-up to Easter called 'Lent'.  Often we will hear a friend or neighbour ask a question something like: 'What are you giving-up for Lent'?

In the Christian church since the reformation, there is a recognisable resistance to religious acts that claim to bring reward or benefit.  After all, the bible does teach in the Letter to the Ephesians: "we are saved by grace through faith and not by works."

And yet James admonishes us to live out what we believe, to live differently because of faith, when he writes: "...be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

What is the significance of exercising any practical discipline in the pursuit of a spiritual goal?  Is there any realistic benefit, spiritually, to our efforts to live life a certain way?

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Part 6

Thursday, 28 February 2019

1 Corinthians 13 From the Heart

The distance from the head to the heart can be a long, tough journey.

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Acts 28 The Final Act

The last leg of Paul's journey takes our friends across the Mediteranian Sea,
through a shipwreck on the shores of Malta,
and onward to Rome...

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Part 5

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Acts 22 Testimony

As the book of Acts closes we observe three different opportunities that Paul has to share his testimony about God's work through him on earth.

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Acts 22 Identity

Paul shares his testimony three times from chapter 22, up until the end of the book of Acts.
His identity is bound-up in:

  1. Who he was
  2. The realization about what God has done for him, in the person of Jesus Christ; 
  3. And who he has become, as he follows his LORD.


How have you changed, since you became a Christian?
What about your identity is different?
The people who knew you then, what would they say about the person you are now?
What about you now, is different than who you were last season of your life?

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Acts 20 Receiving and Giving

Paul completes his visit with the Elders/Overseers/Pastors of Ephesus on his third missionary journey to Asia. He highlights how these leaders of the church receive from God; and demonstrates that disciples must be pouring-out what they have received, in the service of others.

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Acts 20 Grace and Love

Some ideas on how the Holy Spirit might be speaking to us as a church, through the scripture about leadership; grace; and love.

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Sunday, 6 January 2019

"Connected" Matthew 2 The Magi Disciples

The Magi know about,
watch for,
prepare for,
seek-out,
and worship,
Christ, the King of the Jews

Intro

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Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Communion