Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-23. Perhaps most of us rarely question the divinity and uniqueness of Jesus, but instead simply believe that He is because that’s what we’ve been told in church. What if He wasn’t? Would Christianity have enough to base its claims on to survive? Alistair McGrath asks “Is the idea that Jesus is […]
Luke 4:14-30; John 8:48-59. Who is Jesus? Who did he claim to be? What questions might we need to ask? What kind of evidence is there? Questions like this give us a good starting point for apologetics. Not only do we need to understand the kinds of questions about Jesus that people will ask, we […]
Now, as we hold all that we have discovered through “Signs of hope in the Bible” and “Signs of hope through Belonging, Growing, Serving”, we’ll be spending time “Finding Christmas”. We want to make sure that we find the fullness of Christmas and fully understand it as another of our “Signs of hope”. Aside from […]
Ephesians 4: 1 – 16. Church doesn’t exist to offer “just another alternative”, but to transform lives through the power of the gospel. There is no other “sign of hope” that we can, and must, offer! The sermon included a video from CoffeeChat – see http://www.coffeechats.org/video/you-don-t-got-to-church for the full experience.
Acts 1: 1-11. We have no excuse! The church is empowered through the Holy Spirit to proclaim the truth about Jesus to “the ends of the earth”. We’re part of that, whether we like it or not!
Galatians 5: 16 – 26. A disciple of Jesus is someone who is learning to allow the fruits of the Spirit to grow in their life. We don’t do that in isolation, but as we’re “doing life together”
Philippians 2: 1-18. If our attitude isn’t the same as that of Jesus, we won’t grow more and more into His likeness. Unless that is happening, then what we reflect of Jesus will be limited. Music and spoken words at end of sermon used by permission through CCL licence 709. Tim Hughes & Rob […]
Acts 2:42-47. The story of the early church is one that demonstrates clearly to our watching world, that the values of the church are attractive. A demonstration of true belonging draws people in to be the church fully. “Christ over all, our undivided aim”.
1 Cor. 12:12-27. Belonging doesn’t mean that we all have to be, do and think the same, but for belonging to be optional within the church, is not a biblical principle! “The body of Christ” only holds together through “belonging”.
Hebrews 13:8. As we think about the start of a new school year, with all the changes that brings, our link back to “Signs of hope through the Bible” will be Jesus – “the same yesterday, today and forever. All may change, but Jesus never, Jesus is the same”. God’s unfolding signs of hope carry […]