What Jesus Says to a Complacent Church
Beautiful Resistance -    REST MUST RESIST EXHAUSTION Sunday 14th February 2021

Beautiful Resistance - REST MUST RESIST EXHAUSTION Sunday 14th February 2021

February 14, 2021

This Sunday our teaching series ’Beautiful Resistance’ continues as we consider God’s call to sabbath rest. The sabbath is a weekly reminder that we are not what we do - rather, we are who we are loved by.
We will consider how Jesus will never be seen as beautiful or desirable if his followers are stressed-out and worn-out in the exact same way as the rest of the world.

Beautiful Resistance Sunday 7th February 2021

Beautiful Resistance Sunday 7th February 2021

February 7, 2021

'In a time of compromise and disillusionment, God is calling his people to a movement of beautiful resistance’ says Jon Tyson on the back of his new book of the same name.
Over the next couple of months we will be following Jon’s insights gleaned from many years leading a flourishing church in New York City. In the midst of our permissive western culture, we will learn how to be a joyful, distinctive community as we follow Jesus together and offer hope to our world.  

A Clash of Kingdoms - 31st January 2021

A Clash of Kingdoms - 31st January 2021

January 31, 2021

When Jesus begins his public ministry by teaching with great authority, opposition quickly makes its presence felt. Still today we can expect to face opposition when proclaiming Christ and the freedom that he brings. However if we are resolute in following him, we can be assured of ultimate victory in Christ.   

Following Jesus: the ultimate adventure - 24th January 2021

Following Jesus: the ultimate adventure - 24th January 2021

January 24, 2021

Just as Jesus called a bunch of ordinary fishermen to leave everything to follow him, so too he calls us today to a life of radical selflessness and discipleship.
The price for being a follower of Jesus can be high, but for those courageous enough to respond to his call, an abundant life of eternal meaning & purpose awaits.

Three Signposts for Ministry and Induction Service for Peter Chapman 17th January 2021

Three Signposts for Ministry and Induction Service for Peter Chapman 17th January 2021

January 17, 2021

Today’s lectionary readings give us some useful signposts for ministry, relevant as we celebrate today the beginning of a partnership in ministry between the congregation of CMP and Rev Peter Chapman. I want specifically to highlight a commitment to voicing uncomfortable truths, a willingness to be personally transparent with God and others, and a focus on introducing people to Jesus.

This Little Light of Mine and I’m Gonna Let it Shine 10th January 2021

This Little Light of Mine and I’m Gonna Let it Shine 10th January 2021

January 10, 2021

A new year always brings a sense of hope.
Year 2020 with all its tragedies, problems, disappointments, darkness, and sadness is now behind us, and a new year 2021 lies ahead. As we embark on this new year, embodied so well in the spirit of Epiphany and the reality of life moving on, a fair question for us to ask is, “how can we move on?”.
The prophet Isaiah tells the people of Israel to “Arise, shine; for your light has come…”  They no longer have to live in darkness – nor do we.  Rise and shine, get up, begin again – there is more to come!  There are new roads to travel upon in this new year. Each of us has a new road ahead of us in the new year.  It’s another road, a different road than any we’ve travelled on before (Genesis 32:22-32). 
As we step off down that road, not knowing what we may find, not knowing exactly where we’re going, we can be comforted in knowing that for sure, the light goes with us, leading us, guiding us, showing us the way. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). God will be with us on our journeys down that new road ahead.  Even now God is calling to each of us, whoever we are, whatever our circumstance, calling us to get up off our hands and knees, to stop creeping, and rise and shine, and continue on the journey, giving God our praise, and sharing the Good News with others along the way (Matthew 5:13-16).

It’s a New Thing - Sunday 3rd January 2021

It’s a New Thing - Sunday 3rd January 2021

January 3, 2021

It’s 2021! It’s a new year, it’s a new start, it’s a new beginning.

2020 proved to be a crazy year, it has been absolutely life changing for so many people. People have died, people have lost their jobs. Businesses have shut down.

But Jesus remains the same yesterday, today and forever. As we start this year, I encourage all of us to hold fast to the promises of God and to let go and let God. 

Shaken - Sunday 27th December 2020

Shaken - Sunday 27th December 2020

December 27, 2020

If you were asked what word or words have been uppermost in your mind this year how would you respond?

Covid-19? Financial stress?  Physical stress? Emotional stress?

What is the word or words that best express 2020?
I want to suggest to you that the word is “SHAKEN”.

This week starting with Hebrews 12 v25-29 & Haggai 2 v6&7 we will look at what, who & why things have been & are still being shaken at the end of 2020 and our Christian response.

The Christmas Story - Sunday 20th December 2020

The Christmas Story - Sunday 20th December 2020

December 27, 2020

The message of the Nativity of Jesus has never been one of complete joy. The story, like our own existence, has strains of darkness and of light. It is into this human reality that God becomes incarnate.

Hope the Message of Christmas - 25th December 2020

Hope the Message of Christmas - 25th December 2020

December 25, 2020

Where is your hope this Christmas?

This year has proven to be a difficult time considering the effects of a global pandemic.

Everybody hopes for things at Christmas time. I know I’m hoping for a gift of some sort this year. But more than getting presents, Christmas is about the hope we find in Jesus.

As the Gospel of John tells us, the word became flesh - God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He came to save us, and restore our relationship with God. We can put our hope and trust in Jesus.

Join us this Christmas as we celebrate hope in this world.  

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