What Jesus Says to a Complacent Church
The Promise of Rest

The Promise of Rest

November 8, 2020

For many a Christ follower life seems to be falling short - well short - of all that Jesus promised. Where He promised an abundant life, things seem, well, flat. Something’s missing.

This week we’re kicking off a 3-part series called “Alive+Active” … because that’s what God has planned for us. And we begin in a surprising place … we begin by talking about the rest, the peace that God promises His people. 

Baptism

Baptism

November 1, 2020

Baptism is a really significant event.
 
Whether we were baptised as a child and our parents and the church stepped in for us and made some commitments that we picked up for ourselves later.  Or maybe you were baptised as an adult.  Doesn't matter.  Baptism is lining our lives up with God.  Baptism is saying "yes" to Jesus. And in the world we live in today, that's a pretty awesome thing to do.
 
Because the message of Jesus is a message of love, and redemption, and hope, and grace, and mercy, and compassion.  Many of us have experienced that love of Jesus.  And we know what it's like to a part of His family. But there are lots of people and many are our neighbours who don't know that message; they don't understand who God is and they've never experienced the grace and forgiveness of Jesus. 
 
So, what does that mean if we're baptised.  Jesus last words to his followers in Matthew 28:19-20 gave this charge: “God authorised and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.”
 
Now there’s the challenge.  
 
Let’s do it!!

Faith over Fear

Faith over Fear

October 25, 2020

Join us this Sunday as we explore faith over fear. In the current state of the world, there are many things that instil fear. We are alive in the middle of a global pandemic that has completely changed the way we do things. It can be easy to fall into fear, but as followers of Jesus Christ we are called to have faith. We will be exploring what it looks like for us as believers to put our trust and to have faith in Jesus. 

Sunday 18.10.20

Sunday 18.10.20

October 20, 2020
Today's verse evokes and describes the sense of the spiritual experience. It’s almost as though the Spiritual experience is best described with a body of water and a boat. In the beginning the spirit of God hovered over the waters, the story of Noah, the story of Jonah, of Paul and his shipwreck, off Jesus asleep in the back of the boat calming the sea and also in this story, the treacherous possibilities of the sea provide a portrait to frame what faith really is. 
 

In this story faith is a lot of things. Faith is obedient. The disciples got into the boat and started out the other side even though it was already late at night.
Faith is persistence. Sometimes it feels like you’re rowing all night for no reason against the wind and the waves that keep hindering you. Faith fights the negativity that can seep in when you cry out thinking, Lord why did you lead me into this futile situation. But faith pushes on.
 

Faith is courageous. Courage isn’t something you feel when you’re not afraid, courage is not letting your fear stop you or hinder you. Courage is a force of its own and Jesus wants us to have it when we hear him say, "it’s me."

Faith in Jesus enables us to thrive in harsh environments.
The New Normal

The New Normal

October 11, 2020

2020 has been full of surprises. who would have thought that there would have been a global pandemic?

I have heard a lot of theories about why all these things have been happening, maybe God is judging us? Maybe the end is near? Maybe Jesus is coming back?

Join us Sunday 11th October as we explore the scriptures and look at what Jesus is saying to the church at this time.

Luke 4:14-30

..and they lived happily ever after… musings on Mark

..and they lived happily ever after… musings on Mark

October 4, 2020

We’ll take a look at the book of Mark, including its surprise ending.

We will be checking out some things that are in this book, and some things that have been left out ot it, to explore how Mark speaks to us as Jesus’ followers today.

It has a special message for people who are battling with difficult life circumstances.

Being Christ Centred in Changing Times

Being Christ Centred in Changing Times

September 29, 2020

Moving forward into God's future for us, with readiness to:

  • Honour God
  • Honour each other
  • Reflect Christ's example

Trusting, hoping and loving

How to Stay Strong When You Feel Weak

How to Stay Strong When You Feel Weak

September 21, 2020

Philadelphia was a growing church.  They were doing some things OK.  The city was founded about 150 years before Jesus and was named Philadelphia because an early prominent leader had been so loyal to his brother that people had nicknamed him - “brother lover”.  So the Greek name combining the two ideas of ‘brother’ and ‘love’ came together to give us the name … Philadelphia.

The city was poised right at the crossroads of different cultures.  It was built to influence travellers and those who would come through that crossroads in Greek ideas and Greek thought.  This church also faced open hostility from a ‘sect’ of people who considered themselves to be a higher “level” of Christian. 

Jesus message to the Philadelphians, and to us, is that regardless of the culture, regardless of the increasing secularisation of the society, regardless of increasing anti-Christian sentiment, regardless of the opposition, regardless of the odds, God can do things through us, and through us as a church that are unstoppable. 

What Jesus Says to a Complacent Church

What Jesus Says to a Complacent Church

September 13, 2020

This letter gives us another secret to growth and change to those of us who are feeling a

little bit complacent.  Maybe we feel a little more bored than blessed when we connect with church …  Perhaps we feel a lot more attached to this world than we’d like - (who doesn’t struggle with that?) and looking us straight in the eye Jesus says - “I want you to see your need as you never have before. Then I’d be able to meet your need as I never have before.”

 

John writes this way to the church in Laodicea - “To the angel of the church of Laodicea write,  ‘These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds that you’re neither cold nor hot … I wish that you were one or the other … But you don’t realise you’re wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  I counsel you get from me gold refined in the fire so you can become rich and white clothes to wear so you can cover your shameful nakedness salve to put on your eyes so you can see.”

(Revelation 3:14 ff) 

 

Not easy words from Jesus but they end with his remarkable promise - “Look!  I am standing at the door and I'm constantly knocking. If anyone opens the door I will come in and I’ll fellowship with him; I’ll relate to him, I’ll dine with him and he’ll fellowship with me.”  (Revelation 3:20 – Message)

How to Bring Faith Back to Life

How to Bring Faith Back to Life

September 6, 2020

“I know your reputation.  I know your deeds, that you have a reputation of being alive.  But you are dead” (Revelation 3:1).  Jesus had some pretty tough words for the church in Sardis to hear.  But if they were going to grow and if they were going to change, they needed to hear some tough words. 

Sometimes we do too!  And there’s a secret to growth and change in this letter to the Sardis church that we can appropriate - “don't give up, wake up!" When we feel like we’re at a dead-end, that's the time in life to wake up and see God's new direction in our lives. It’s a time to “… strengthen what remains and is about to die”.

When we’re at a “dead-end” we can pray –

Lord, help us see the gaps in our lives

Lord help us close the gaps in our lives, and

Lord, with you, thank you that we will overcome.

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