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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.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Passage: Joshua 2:1-24
Duration: 29 mins 18 secs
Rahab’s story represents the promises of God when we come to Christ: our past no longer matters. As a Canaanite prostitute and idol worshipper, Rahab was not an ideal candidate to be a hero of faith. Yet, through faith and grace, she was grafted into God’s family. She demonstrated her faith by obeying the instructions she was given. God chose to include her, not only in his people, but also in the lineage of Jesus. God has grafted us into his family, too. Through faith in Him, we can approach God with freedom and confidence. And we demonstrate our faith through what we do. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 11:30-31; James 2:24-26; Ephesians 3:4-6; Romans 11:17-18; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:15-16.
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
Today a great testimony showed how God is at work today. A couple's experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment brought them blessings they would never have expected: a living relationship with God; miracles in their own lives; miracles in other lives through their prayer; friendships; a new mission; and knowledge that God is bigger than any circumstances. We need to give God time; if we think we are too busy, he may find a way to give us the time.
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
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