In this message on the Apostle Paul's powerful words in 1 Corinthians 15 we’re focused on the Christian’s hope of resurrection. We're encouraged that because of this very hope we can be assured nothing we do for the Lord is useless. It is this very hope that fuels & strengthens the Christian to remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [our] labour is not in vain.”
Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:44-58
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
The Christians to whom the letter of Hebrews was written had started out well in the Christian life. However as the newness began to wear off & problems & trials came, they began to lose confidence in their faith. They were likely tempted to look back to their old ways... to focus on the suffering they were facing etc. Yet instead the writer encourages them to look to Jesus. This message helps show us how doing so keeps our faith alive even in the most testing times of our lives.
Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3
In the midst of a book of conquest Joshua chapter 2 zooms in on the story of a local Jericho woman whose faith puts her into the 'Hall of Faith' in Hebrews 11 & into the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1. This message looks at the remarkable story of Rahab of Jericho & how it powerfully points us to the saving work of Christ.
Reading: Joshua 2
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
In this encouraging Good Friday Communion message our thoughts are turned towards the atoning work of Christ. Drawing on Jesus' prayer in John 17 & the book of Hebrews we are shown the sufficiency & superiority of what Christ accomplished & we are pointed to the glorious inheritance it secured for those who believe.
Everyone knows about Jonah & the big fish but when we look at the story we realise there is much more to it. In fact the story isn’t about Jonah & the fish, it’s about God's lavish love & mercy towards an extremely wicked group of people who terrorised the world. We can judge Jonah for running in the opposite direction to God's call but when learn more about what God was actually asking of Jonah, & when we let the story judge us, we realise this famous story leaves us with a real challenge.
Reading: Jonah 1-4
The way a Jewish wedding was done at the time of Jesus is very different to most weddings we've been at. The wedding celebrations could last up to a week. The responsibility for organising everything lay with the groom - so every wedding was a bit like ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’. Also, to run out of wine was very embarrassing for the groom, almost unforgivable. It may even have opened him to a potential lawsuit from the relatives of the bride - not a good start to married life! So the groom in the story of the Wedding at Cana found himself potentially very embarrassing situation before Jesus stepped in and saved him from shame.
Reading: John 2:1-12
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
In this message we learn vital gospel truth from the story of Peter's denial. In the wider story we find hope for all failures. For not only do we learn of Peter's epic fail but also that Jesus forseen & forgave his failure. We are challenged to see ourselves in Peter - we have all like him failed. Yet we also like Peter are offered forgiveness so that the story of our life can be summed up not under the word 'failure' but 'forgiven'!
Reading: Matthew 26:69-75
When everything in life goes wrong does it mean we have lost favour with God or that he has forsaken or forgotten us? The central truth of Psalm 42 & 43 (originally one song) gives a resounding NO & instead declares that even on the worst day of life God is still orchestrating his steadfast love for us! He is not only the LORD of our good days & good times but he is the God of our whole life! This is why his people can have chorus of living hope ringing in our hearts in the midst of all inward & outward trials of life.
Reading: Psalm 42-43
Reading: Nehemiah 3
With all the presents we unwrap on Christmas Day the mystery behind the wrapping paper is revealed in seconds, the paper comes off & the surprise is over. However when God's greatest gift is truly received the wonder never wears off, for there is always more to unwrap, more to comprehend, more to surprise the heart. God's greatest gift is the surprise that never loses its wonder. For this reason after all other gifts are unwrapped, & all the hype dies down & we’re back in the daily grind of life, we can still carry in our hearts the lasting wonder of Christmas!
Reading: John 3:16
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