Live beyond yourself.

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Obadiah. The central message of Obadiah is a warning against living for ourselves, caught up in our own self-style security and protection. The message is focused on Edom’s confidence in themselves and the strategic location of their territory. They felt good about themselves and looked down on everyone else. Their self-seeking ways gave no space […]

What the Lord requires.

Amos Chapters 1 to 5. The covenant people of God have been given the responsibility to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:5-6), but it’s clear from the message of Amos that what the Lord saw, did not match up with what He had in mind. Amos is tasked with addressing […]

Repent! Turn back to God.

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Joel. Biblical scholars suggest that there is a parallel between the gospel parable of the prodigal son, and the message of Joel. In both, the main emphasis is one of turning back and knowing blessing. Joel 2:12-17 reflects this thought, and in the rest of chapter we have the Lord’s answer: protection (2:20-22, 27), restoration […]

Understand Faithful Love.

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Series Introduction – Throughout the span of the Old Testament, God used different ways of relating to His people to enable them to hold and live by His word. Judges were appointed to hold in place and administer the details of God’s covenant with His people. Kings were to protect the relationship God has with […]

Pray creatively.

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Matthew 6:5-8; Colossians 4:2; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17. As we look back on our teaching series, we need to remember that this isn’t a “pick and mix” list of different aspects of prayer, where we can just choose the things we like or find easiest, and ignore the ones that feel harder! For both […]

Pray for transformation

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2 Corinthians 7: 1-13 Our prayers of repentance do so much more than enable us to say “sorry”. Genuine repentance whereby we don’t just say that we’re going to turn away from something, but we actually do it, is a transformative act. The outworking of repentance is fruitfulness in our lives of faithful witness to […]

Pray with honesty.

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Psalm 139; James 5:13-20; 1 John 1:5-10 Since the Lord knew us before we took our first breath, why would we do anything other than pray with honesty? Prayers of confession restore and renew all that sin has stolen away from us. The Lord encourages us to come to Him openly and honestly so that […]

Pray with delight.

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Psalm 29:2; Psalm 95:1-7; Psalm 136 So many of the Psalms reflect delight in the Lord for who He is and what He has done for us. To be able to pray with delight in the Lord needs us to take time to notice His goodness in our lives, communities and the world. That begins […]

Pray with certainty.

Psalm 13: Matthew 26:36-46. How do we keep praying with certainty when it seems that the Lord is either not listening and so our prayers go unanswered, or when the Lord doesn’t seem to have listened properly and so our prayers are answered differently to how we had intended? Perhaps the clue is in the […]

Pray with joy and thanksgiving.

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NOTE: We apologise, but due to a technical problem this recording does not include the last 5 minutes. Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-7; James 1:2-8 Psalm 100 is an exhortation to joyfully come before the Lord with praise and thanksgiving. It’s an uplifting Psalm that highlights the enduring love and faithfulness of the Lord. Philippians 4 […]