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Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Passage: John 17:1-26
Duration: 38 mins 39 secs
God gave Jesus His glory, and Jesus gives that glory on to us. This shows itself in 5 ways. 1) sonship, because we have been adopted as children of God with all the rights of the 'natural' son of God. 2) freedom and access to God the father; salvation is the entry point to a life with God. 3) the presence of God, in the form of the Holy Spirit living in us; the more time we spend with him, the more obvious that presence is. 4) the expression of God on earth, which is a radical responsibility. 5) rulership, as God gives us the right to rule over the earth in a reversal of the falI. Additional Scriptures: Galatians 3:25-27; Ephesians 3:10-12; Ephesians 1:13-14; Genesis 1:26
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 34 mins 11 secs
The world needs our joy: our colleagues at work, our families and our friends. Where does that joy come from? It comes from God and his Holy Spirit. Does that joy depend on circumstances? No! It grows as we learn to trust God through our suffering, as we have courage to face the messiness of real life. "The joy of the Lord is our strength", as He fights for us. We are not alone: Jesus understands our suffering, because he suffered and was tempted, just as we are. Others, too, have gone through, or are in the middle of, the same sort of suffering. Additional Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:6-7, James 1:2-3, Joshua 1:6-9, Romans 8:31-34, Hebrews 4:14-16
Sun, Aug 14, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 33 mins 6 secs
Where do we find joy? Paul, even while in prison and facing possible death, found joy in serving God and His people. While we are here on earth, God has called us to serve, with whatever unique gifts He has given us. We are not meant to look like the person next to us, but rather to take courage to be ourselves as God has made us, for His glory. In the church we need unity in diversity, with grace, as we step out from playing it safe and go ahead with the part God has written for each of us, to build up His church and share His good news. Can you truly say, along with Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain”? Embracing this eternal perspective gives us joy for today. Additional Scriptures: Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 4:4-7
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 34 secs
Do you know that God really, really loves you? He invites you to rest from your work and enjoy His passionate love for you. He is eager to spend time with you, in a relationship not based on hard work, but on the joy of simply being together, as two people in love. As we have an intimate daily relationship with the risen Christ, we can experience His true rest even in the midst of the busyness and stress of life. The Word of God helps us to find Jesus our great High Priest and enter His throne room of grace, where we find new mercies every day. Rest from your work and let Jesus carry you! Additional Scriptures: Philippians 2:13, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:6, Isaiah 40:31, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:6, 1 Corinthians 13:4-6, Romans 8:14, Jeremiah 17:9
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 50 secs
Joy thrives when we walk in our God-given purpose, even in the midst of trials and challenges. Additional scriptures: Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 5:5
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Series: Philippians
Duration: 40 mins 49 secs
We really need joy, but how do we find it? Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians from prison, yet he mentioned a form of the word “joy" on average every 7 verses. He had great joy right in the face of tough times, trials and challenges. How is this possible? Biblical joy is an supernatural emotion present in us through the person of the Holy Spirit, as a result of our salvation, and not dependent on circumstances. This joy is a part of the fruit of the Spirit, which flourishes and grows as we invite and trust the the Holy Spirit to live in us and act through us more and more. The climate in which joy best thrives is an atmosphere of God’s grace, encouragement, peace and abundant love, along with our thankfulness and discernment to love the right things, namely God before all else. The more we know the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the deeper our joy will become. Additional scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 4:4, John 21:15-17
Sun, Jul 10, 2016
Duration: 34 mins 55 secs
Do you believe God sees you and cares for you? Do you believe He is interested in your life? He sees you and cares for you when you are worshipping and desiring to please Him, but also when you have been mistreated like Hagar, when you are needy like Jerusalem, when you’re in dark distress like Isaiah, and even when you’re hiding in sin like Adam and Eve. He’s looking for us, not to condemn us, but to invite us to be reconciled to Him. He is the God of all seasons. Not because we’re wonderful, but because He is wonderful and has bought us with the precious blood of Jesus. Do you see the Lord? Additional scriptures: Luke 19:41, Isaiah 6:1-5, Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 7:55-56, Genesis 3:8-13, John 3:16.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Duration: 30 mins 50 secs
Facing trials and temptations? Jesus did it first, and He overcame on our behalf. He showed us how to wield God’s Word to fight through and come out victorious — and He has already won the battle for us. Our own abilities are not enough — we must rely on God, calling out to Him for help, as our first reaction. When we recognise our neediness, God is eager to minister to us, whether through His Word, through angels, or through His Holy Spirit. Persevering through trials with God’s strength is part of maturing as Christians. Only He can truly satisfy us and help us in the ways we really need. Additional Scriptures: 1 Cor 10:13, Mt 11:28, 1 John 5:3-4, Revelation 2:7, 11, 26, Revelation 3:5, 12, 21, 1 John 4:4, Lk 22:43, Heb 1:14, Acts 27:23-24, James 1:2-4, Isaiah 55:6, James 1:12
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 7 secs
Just as Jesus was tempted by the devil when He was very hungry in the desert, Satan tempts us at our weakest moments, and questions our identity in Christ. And just as Jesus modelled for us, we can fight back effectively by using the powerful weapon the Lord has given us: His Word, the Bible. We can overcome the devil’s attacks in Jesus’ name by standing on the authority, power, and presence of God’s Word. To use this weapon, we must study it regularly and know it. In this world of passing fads and unstable times, God’s Word lasts forever and is our rock to keep us steady. Additional scriptures: Isaiah 55:6, Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, John 1:1-5.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Duration: 39 mins 36 secs
Anger is a powerful emotion, which can be justified or unjustified. Even Jesus felt anger, but in His case it resulted in good actions promoting life, truth, healing and purity. This is because He was completely yielded to the Holy Spirit, walking in step with the Spirit, and He demonstrated self-control and good judgment even in the midst of anger. In the book of James we are commanded to be slow to anger. As we are not perfect like Jesus, we need to address our anger immediately, before we let it turn into sin. We need to be prepared to reign ourselves in with the self-control provided by the Holy Spirit working in us. God’s Word is more powerful than our anger, and can help us be set free from it. We must be honest, acknowledge if we have a problem with anger, confess it and receive (and give) forgiveness and restoration, with the help of the Holy Spirit and godly friends. As Proverbs says, self-control is better than conquering a city! Additional scriptures: Genesis 4:6-7, Ephesians 4:26, Psalm 4:4, Mark 3:1-5, Proverbs 14:17, Hebrews 4:12, 1 John 1:9, James 4:6, Proverbs 19:11, Galatians 6:1, Proverbs 16:32
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