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 […]
John 13: 31-38. “By this, all people will know that you are my disciples – if you love one another”. The way that we share life together through belonging has the power to be transformative in a world where independence ignores relationship and puts limits on belonging. Note – This recording includes a time of […]
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 […]
Psalm 45; Isaiah 53:1-12; John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41. We come to the end of our brief skip through the Old Testament and focus on the One to whom it all points. Promises of a king to sit on David’s throne are found alongside images of a Suffering Servant. There are also specific prophecies which give […]
Ezra 1:1-7; Psalm 126; Luke 24:13-35; Acts 1:1-11. The old hymn says: ‘God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform’ – like working through a pagan emperor to bring the Jewish exiles home and restore Jerusalem. (The books of Ezra & Nehemiah tell the story, which is also behind several prophetic books.) As wonderful […]
2 Chronicles 36:15-21; Psalm 137; Matthew 5:1-12; 1 Peter 5:1-14. Land devastated, temple destroyed, hopes dashed! What future was there after the Babylonian conquest and exile in a foreign land? Yet God promises to restore His people and works through this key period to refine them. Much of the Old Testament as we know it […]
1 Samuel 16:1 – 1 Kings 2:11; Psalm 23; Mt. 22:41-46; Acts 13:16-39; . David is Israel’s most famous and celebrated king, who gives his name to the promised Messiah (Son of David). However, the Bible doesn’t try to make out that he was perfect and his many failings are set out alongside his famous […]