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Sun, Jan 31, 2016
Duration: 37 mins 11 secs
Joshua had to exercise a lot of courage to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Jesus had to show far more courage, as He purposely faced death on our behalf with the sins of all the world laid upon him. We also need to step into courage to claim the inheritance God has for us here and now. It’s not about feeling courageous, it’s about acting courageously despite fear. Our courageous acts open doors for others and strengthen them to walk in faith with us. Additional scriptures: Mark 14:36, John 10:27, Nehemiah 1:11
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 40 secs
God commissioned Joshua to achieve three things: lead the people into the land, defeat the enemy, and claim the promised inheritance. Are we ready to follow Joshua’s example? We need to know what God has promised, obey in faith, and remember to be strong and courageous, because God will be with us wherever we go. Don’t give up! Additional scriptures: James 2:18, 1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3-4, Hebrews 4:2, Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:20
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
Duration: 17 mins 1 sec
Why do we support missions as a church? The gospel is the power of God to make dead hearts alive. It’s righteousness from God, by faith in Him. God has already gone before us and spoken into people’s hearts. Deep down we humans know that we have broken God’s laws and need divine intervention. The gospel is good and life-bringing news for everyone. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 9:22, 1 Peter 1:23, Romans 1:32, Romans 1:18, Ephesians 2:8
Sun, Jan 03, 2016
Duration: 37 mins 36 secs
Preparing for Jesus’ return is our highest goal, getting ready by knowing Him better and making Him known. In this message we look at inspiration for New Year’s Resolutions from the lives of Moses, Isaiah, Esther, David, Paul, Peter, John and Jesus, that would help us towards this goal. We prepare by pressing on in God’s presence with growing courage, willingness, worship, hope, faith, and obedience. Ask God what changes he wants to work in you in 2016. “Behold, I am coming soon!” Additional verses: Exodus 33:15, Joshua 1:5-7, Isaiah 6:8, Esther 4:14-16, Psalm 27:4-5, Philippians 3:7-12, 2 Timothy 2:1-6, 1 Peter 1:18-21, 1 John 5:3-5, Hebrews 7:25, John 14:6, Revelation 22:12-13.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015
Duration: 38 mins 4 secs
There is no need for us to lose heart, because God has given us everything we need to live a godly life with Him. God is for us and backs us. We’re made good only through Jesus’ goodness. Now that we’re in His family, we want to reflect well on our family name. How can we do that, and keep our faith vibrant? Acknowledge that God’s power has transformed us from darkness to light. Walk in His promises, starting by reading and studying them, then trusting them. Nurturing our faith will result in fruitfulness, the ability to see farther, and more security in life. Additional scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Thu, Dec 24, 2015
Duration: 16 mins 54 secs
Christmas is not only about hope, joy, love, peace and faith — it is really about Jesus, "God with us," who gives us all these things, by giving us Himself. Our greatest need as humans is forgiveness, so the perfect gift from God to us at Christmas is our Saviour, Jesus. Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man, representing us on the cross. He doesn’t just give us things, He offers us Himself in full commitment, as a husband to a wife.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015
Duration: 52 mins 17 secs
Jesus defends His friends when they are attacked. Jesus not only cares for us and about us, but has also made provision for us, and is able to deliver what He promises, because He is simultaneously Prophet, Priest and King! Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and our Advocate before God the Father. In order for Jesus to stand up for us, sometimes we need to sit down and let Him do it. Additional scriptures: Romans 8:31-34, Mark 2:23-28, 1 Samuel 21:1-6, Hosea 6:6, Colossians 2:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 13:12, Matthew 7:1-5, Hebrews 12:24, Micah 6:6-8, Matthew 5:27-28, Hebrews 10:30, Luke 22:31-32, 1 John 1:9-10, Matthew 12:20, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Acts 7:55-60.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015
Duration: 45 mins 26 secs
At Christmastime we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the peace he brings us — Christmas is not only history, but His Story, and now becomes Our Story as we put our trust in Jesus to bring us true and lasting peace, as prophesied by the angels to the shepherds. From the manger we look on to the cross and Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and his second coming which is now approaching. Only in Jesus can we find real peace, firstly in being reconciled to the Father, and then also in an ongoing way every day as we bring all our worries to Him and let Him guard our hearts and minds from the enemy who wants to steal our peace. Outward peace in the world will not happen until Jesus returns as ruling King, but we can have deep peace in our hearts right now as we trust Jesus for every detail of our lives. Additional Scriptures: Malachi 4:5-6, Luke 1:38, Jeremiah 1:12, 1 Timothy 2:2, John 14:27, John 14:6, Philippians 4:6-8, Colossians 3:15, Proverbs 3:5-6
Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Duration: 26 mins 33 secs
We shouldn’t be surprised when people try to shame us for standing with Jesus and His gospel. People of the world try to avoid shame at all costs, but as believers in Jesus, we will face it at times as we share the gospel with a world that doesn’t want to hear. What does Jesus teach us about dealing with shame for doing God’s will? He purposely endured ultimate shame on our behalf. Hebrews tells us Jesus looked forward to the eternal joy on the other side of the shame, and that we need to keep our eyes fixed on Him. We need to let the Holy Spirit show us, through the Bible, the hope, glory and joy of eternity coming after we run our race here on earth. It’s a spiritual battle and we owe love and grace to the people who would try to shame us. We are not to scorn or despise people, however they treat us, rather respond humbly and hopefully: God is working in hearts as we share His good news. Additional Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 11:23-30, Mark 14:41-42, Mark 14:60-65, Mark 15:31-32
Sun, Nov 29, 2015
Duration: 36 mins 11 secs
God wants us to praise Him with our whole being. Do we have a hunger for God to turn our whole life upside down? Do we have a hunger to praise and worship Him? We can’t impress God, but if we let Him transform our lives and then present them back to Him, that is sincere praise and worship. Psalm 103 speaks of many provisions of God, including the privilege and ability to worship Him from the depths of our soul any time, and forgiveness lavished on us generously. Have you moved into the provision of worship with all your heart? As we step into the full provision of God’s benefits listed in Psalm 103, it opens up our hearts to praise Him more fully. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 13:15, Isaiah 64:6, Acts 13:22, Hebrews 11:1
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