Reading: Luke 15:11-32
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.
The world tells us that success is 'going up in the world', 'the first step to success requires one to get their foot on the first rung of the success ladder and to climb it!' Be ruthless in your dealings with others, you got to think of number one! However the principles and teachings in the word of God turn this thinking upside-down. This message walks us through the words of Philippians 2:5-11, which is an early Christian hymn or poem, & encourages us to have the same mind-set of Christ.
Reading: Philippians 2:1-18
In Christ we've been blessed with the full benefits & blessings of redeemed children of God. This is what we discover as we explore this amazing exaltation by Paul in Ephesians 1:1-14. This message especially considers verses 3-6 & asks: 1. Do we know the day-to-day impact and significance of Ephesians 1:3-6 in our lives? We've been chosen in Christ before the creation of the world (v.4), predestined to be adopted as God’s children (v.5), accepted in the Beloved by God (v.6)! 2. Have we grasped that 'blessed assurance' of salvation? 3. Do we really know what we’ve become – the truth of our salvation ‘in Christ’? God has ‘set us aside in Christ’ for his great purpose & wants us to embrace the Gospel truths in these verses for our lives today.
Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14
In a culture were almost everyone has been baptised as an infant the sight & idea of believer's baptism - of people being immersed & lifted out of water - can appear strange. By looking at baptism in the New Testament this message aims to respectfully shed some light on why many Christians & churches around the world practice believer's baptism instead of infant baptism.
Just as the foundation or footings of a building need to be solid and well laid in order to withstand the load exerted on it by the building, so it is true in the spiritual sense. Luke's account of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, ends with Jesus telling the parable of the two builders. As he does, we see the builder who believed and obeyed Jesus and whose foundation goes back to the 'Rock', their house withstands the flood. The builder who believed Jesus, but did not obey and whose foundation did not go back to the 'Rock', inevitably their house fell in the flood. The challenge here is how deep is your foundation? And does it go back to the 'Rock' who is Jesus and His teachings?
Reading: Luke 6:20-49
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.
The whole Bible is a book about God engaging with people & the world... We see this from beginning to end, God engaging with people & people engaging with him! In a very real sense we wouldn’t have the Scriptures if God had never engaged with people. This idea of engaging with God ranges from powerful life altering encounters with God to everyday participation with him in the world through love, obedience & faith.
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.
The story of Zacchaeus at the beginning of Luke 19 is a story about how repentance begun in his life - about how his heart was totally transformed & reorientated. However the story does not start or end with repentance, nor does it reach its climax with repentance. Instead it reaches its climax with a demonstration of costly love & profoundly teaches us something very important about the nature & power of Christ's amazing grace towards even the worst of sinners.
Vision is less to do with plans, programmes & events & more to do with the perspective we live everyday with. True gospel vision colours every aspect of our lives & ables us to envision ourselves, one another & others through the eyes of God's grace.
In this message through the call of Moses & then the story of Elisha and the Widow's Oil we're encouraged to simply bring what we have to God. To give him what is 'in our hand', to bring to him what is 'in our house', & trust him to work powerfully. Like Moses & the widow we can see our simple obedience connecting to God's awesome power. Nothing is too hard for him when we simply trust him with 'what's in our hand'.
Reading: Exodus 4:1-17; 2 Kings 4:1-7
This inspiring message looks at Jesus sending out the twelve to proclaim his kingdom, cast out demons & cure diseases. He told them to bring nothing with them so they would learn to trust in God as their security & provider of all they need. In a similar way Jesus calls us to leave behind the things we make our security in order to follow him into the exciting future he has for each of us.
Reading: Luke 9:1-6
This message unpacks Jesus' parable of the Wedding Feast & points to our need to respond to God's invitation so we can be ready for his Kingdom. The gospel is a great invitation which goes out to all! The challenge is will we repsond to God's invitation or we one who "would not come", "paid no attention" & is found "without a wedding garment."
This message from our Good Friday service looks at what took place on the cross - what it achieved for us who believe & why it is a symbol of faith & hope to Christians - & how Jesus is presently living to intercede for us at the right hand of God the Father.
Reading: Luke 22:39-43
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