Reading: Numbers 13
Based on the story of the 12 Spies who went in to check out the Promised Land in Numbers 13, guest speaker Paul Dunn challenges us to ask three important questions. What’s in your mouth? What do you see? What’s in your heart? The message encourages us to be those who carry good news, whose perspective is based more on God’s promises than the challenges we may see in front of us.
Songs for the Journey: Sermons on the Psalms of Ascents
Reading: Psalm 126
In this message visiting speaker Paul Cullen unpacks & applies Psalm 126. The Psalm is a lament that recalls a previous time of God's mercy on his people while asking for fresh mercy today. The Psalmist desires to be like a stream bed, that while dry for a season is restored to its original purpose & fruitfulness by God's intervention. That as God's people sow in tears they will reap with shouts of joy as God answers their prayers for restoration.
In this inspirational message guest preacher Mark Dunagan from Origen in the USA encourages us to devote ourselves to the Word of God & prayer. He uses both Scripture & personal testimonies from his own life to inspire us to this end. 1. He challenges to devote ourselves to God's Word by meditating on it. 2. He challenges us to pray effectively & fervently with faith. On both points he gives examples of what this looks like in practice order to help teach us how to grow in being devoted to God's Word & prayer.
Reading: Deuteronomy 17:18-20; James 5:16-18
The idea of Temple, which helps symbolise God's presence with his people, is one of the themes which builds throughout the story of Scripture & therefore helps us understand God's great redemptive story. In this inspiring message we're taken on a journey from Genesis to Revelation (Eden > Tabernacle > Temple > Jesus > ___________ > New Jerusalem & earth) & then shown where we are as the Church in God's story today. Helping us to see our mission to carry God's immediate presence where we are everyday.
This message was recorded at one of our Celtic Fire evenings. Celtic Fire is an opportunity to invite different speakers ministering in Ireland so we can connect with other churches & ministries & hear what God is doing across the Irish Church . This time we had Jeremy & Lesley Burke who are planting a brand new church in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Here Jeremy shares a bit about the reality of church planting in Ireland as well as encouraging us to be patient in the work God has called us to.
In this message we are encouraged to be faithful in sowing the seed of God's word while trusting God to bring the harvest. The parable of the sower teaches us that not all seed will fall on good ground. However it also teaches us that being faithful in sowing the seed is always worth it because there is good soil to be found.
Reading: Matthew 13:1-9
This week we enjoyed having Roddy & Terry Gallagher from Healing Waters Community Church in Ballina ministering to us at Amazing Grace. As well as sharing personal testimonies of God's power working in & through their lives Roddy reminded us that the gospel we've been entrusted with is one that brings salvation, deliverance & healing to those embrace it. It is good news for the whole person.
Reading: Mark 16:14-20
This week we were delighted to welcome Pastor Cathal Duffy from Castlebar Christian Fellowship to minister the Word. He's currently studying & teaching through the Old Testament book of Hosea. Cathal preached on chapter 3 of the book at Amazing Grace, bringing a powerful message on God's love for his people. Unfortunately the message wasn't recorded, but you can listen to THIS RECORDING from the Castlebar website where you can also follow the whole SERIES.
Reading: Hosea 3
Reading: Nehemiah 3
This message looks at the Apostle Paul's prayer in Ephesians chapter 1 & encourages us to realise & reflect on all we already have in Christ. In his prayer Paul prays that believers would have deep spiritual understanding of the hope they have been called to, of the riches of their glorious inheritance & of the immeasurable greatness of Christ's power which backs the believer no matter what they have to face.
Reading: Ephesians 1:1-23
This message is from our second Celtic Fire event. Celtic Fire is all about us as a local church connecting with other churches & ministries & hearing what God is doing across Ireland. The idea being to invite four speakers each year, one from each province in Ireland. This time we invited Daniel Malone. Daniel works with the youth & students as one of the pastors at St Marks Church in Dublin & is also the National Youth Director for AGI (Assemblies of God Ireland). In this inspiring message he asks us who we are carrying & encourages to be prepared to make sacrifices & overcome obstacles in order to help bring others to Jesus.
Reading: Mark 2:1-12
In this moving message Lacey Steel from Church On The Rock, Alaska talks about what it means to be a good friend. By blending the story of the men bringing their friend to Jesus in Luke 5:17-26 with her own real life experiences & struggles this message powerfully encourages us to be good friends to one another while trusting in Jesus to be enough.
These are the first messages in a new quarterly event called Celtic Fire in which we invite four speakers each year, one from each province in Ireland. The vision being to connect with other churches & ministries, hear what God is saying to the Irish Church & be set ablaze with his heart for this Island & the world. In these message Pastor Nick Cassidy from Cork Church shares what the Lord has shown him in his Word about the New Covenant secured in Christ.
This message is based on Paul's ministry & letter to the Ephesians. The message begins by pointing out the context this church was birthed in (Acts 19) & then goes on to give us three thoughs from Ephesians about how to impact our community for Christ. 1. By walking in our new identity. 2. By walking in unity. 3. By walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
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