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 […]
1 Samuel 16-17; Psalm 23; Luke 1:26-33; Romans 1:1-6. In 1 Kings 11:4 & Acts 13:22, David is described as being a man with a ‘heart after God’. It’s a beautiful expression and reminds us of the love Israel’s most famous king had for the Lord. Not that David was perfect – far from it! […]
Exodus 1-2; 15-16; Psalm 78:12-29; John 6; Hebrews 11:23-29. The dramatic story of the Exodus is the single most important event in the Old Testament and a powerful image of salvation through Jesus Christ in the New. God rescues the Israelites from Egypt, guides them to the Promised Land and provides for all their needs. […]