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Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration: 22 mins 47 secs
John 15:5-7: We need to focus ourselves in Jesus and for his words to be alive in us. Matt 6:33: Our focus is Jesus' kingdom and his righteousness, then everything else will happen. Rom 12:1-2: Our focus is to offer ourselves to God, to live in a way that pleases him. If we try to please God, we will find his perfect will. We stay focused by investing in key relationships. We stay focused by prioritising what matters to God first: mercy triumphs over judgement; it is more blessed to give than to receive; be faithful with little; be generous to the poor.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Passage: John 15:5-7
Duration: 32 mins 57 secs
God has a plan for all of us, as individuals, families and as a church. In God, everything we do is spiritual as God wants to be first in everything. We prioritize good things, but Jesus wants us to prioritize God things. If we seek God's kingdom and righteousness, he will sort out the good things. How can I stay focused? By investing in key relationships, first eternal (our relationship with Jesus -- and those we try to influence for eternity), next enduring (family and friends), and finally strategic (which are important for now). Listen to the message to get much more.
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 48 secs
We need to stay focused on God's word for our lives. It shines light on where we are going and tells us when we are in the right place. We also need to aim high while trusting God. When we worry, the things we worry about become much bigger; worry is useless! Jesus tells us to seek God's kingdom and righteousness first, and he will take care of the things we worry about. We need to pray in faith, not out of unbelief. We need to seek our 'well done!' from Jesus.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Passage: John 1:1-8
Duration: 35 mins 13 secs
The primary emphasis of Christmas is that Jesus is God. The secondary emphasis of Christmas, as shown by John the Baptiser, is that God wants us to testify to Jesus, to show him off to the world. We do this through the Holy Spirit in us, who gives us the truth and the burning zeal to share it. Sometimes it is small things, such as goodness and kindness, that open the door for Christ. Even John had doubts about whether Jesus was the Christ, but he still testified to who he is.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Duration: 30 mins 15 secs
Jesus' love for the church is seen in John 17, in his name for it (his bride) and in his sacrifice for it. Jesus helps us love the church, and the church helps us love Jesus. The devil tries to separate us from the church so that we are vulnerable to his attacks. Jesus sees all those who serve in his church in any way, and rewards them. We can take 4 actions to help make the church function as Jesus intended: 1) keep our eyes on Jesus and not on people; 2) when in conflict, go to the Word; 3) always give people the benefit of the doubt, believing the best of them; 4) when in conflict, speak only to the person involved (to stop infection spreading). The church is a gift from God.
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
Passage: Mark 6:30-44
Duration: 30 mins 28 secs
Jesus acted to meet the eternal needs of the people, who were like sheep without a shepherd, not his own or his disciples’ needs. God has given us the task of the disciples, to 'give them something to eat'. Lift is here so that people can find Jesus; we feed people so that they can meet Jesus. Little is much in Jesus' hands, and more than enough. Whenever Jesus asks us to do something, he will always do far more than he asks of us.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Passage: Psalm 73:1-28
Duration: 26 mins 17 secs
When the Psalmist looks at his world, he sees that the ungodly have health, wealth and happiness, while he has trouble, and he wonders why he should be godly. But then he spends time with God and his people and sees the eternal reality. A life without problems is not proof that God is present. Jesus is all the abundance we need (life, truth and love), and at the end he will sit in judgement.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Duration: 31 mins 56 secs
Are you serious about growing up spiritually? We mature through overcoming our challenges, with God’s help. Speed is not important; patience is needed to manage challenges well, and overcome them. The Holy Spirit will show us what we need to overcome if we ask, so that we are mastered by nothing but Christ. How we overcome our challenges is key to our maturity in Christ.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 20 secs
When we are born again, we become a child in God’s family. Children have fun and trust, but they are vulnerable. We need this first stage of our Christian walk to prepare us for the next stage of growth. Young people want to take risks, but want to do things their own way; facts and adventure are important. In this stage, we talk about what God is doing, not just what he has done. In maturity, we want to know God, not just about God. At this stage, we have confidence, security, humility and strength because we know God. We know how to love, because the Father is love.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 26 mins 45 secs
Jesus was the perfect example of a servant: becoming a man and humbling himself to die a criminal’s death, subject to public shame. Afterwards, God reversed that, exalting him so that everyone should bow to Him. Humility is: having a serving attitude; strength under control; being under the Holy Spirit’s control; not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. As with Jesus, serving costs something – time, effort, misunderstanding; it cost Jesus his life. We are called to serve from a life that is full of the Holy Spirit, to bless those in the places we spend most of our time. Serving in Church is a training ground for that service.
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