How do you fight your battles? (9 December 2018)

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When faced with the challenges, trials and heartache that life will inevitably throw at you, who do you turn to? How do you fight back?

Jesus warns us that we will endure many trials and sorrows while on earth but encourages us to take heart, as he has overcome the world. Dan introduces four practical steps we can take to overcome our daily battles, start fighting back, and march to victory in Jesus name.

John 16:33 and Psalm 91:9-16

Good Grief (2 December 2018)

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One of the most difficult, if not the most difficult experience a person can go through is the painful process of grieving, particularly with the build up to Christmas underway and this being a vulnerable period for many. Grant explores, through the Scriptures and from his own experiences, how we can grieve well and know hope both for the present and the future.

Fresh Eyes (18 November 2018)

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The disciple John wrote a letter to the Church, encouraging the Christians to not only acknowledge Christ as Saviour, but also as Lord. Someone once said, “if He is not Lord of all, then he is not Lord at all!”
In this talk Grant teaches how we should have fresh eyes to see whether Jesus is Lord in all things and at all times in our lives and to try to walk as Jesus walked, as we see written in 1 John 1 v 1-6.

Full of Grace and Truth (John 19) – Part 15 – The Cross (Pt.1)

By | Grace and Truth, Teaching

Exactly 100 years after the First World War, we remember the sacrifice of those who fought and gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. 2000 years ago, Jesus, the Good Shepherd laid down his life for the flock. The message of the Bible in a nutshell is ‘Sin is the Problem (Truth), Jesus is the Answer (Grace). At the Cross, God’s infinite love and infinite justice were satisfied when God substituted himself and took our place.

What are people saying? (4 November 2018)

By | Guest Speakers, Teaching

In Luke’s gospel (Luke 7:22) we are told of a moment when John asks Jesus if He is who everyone says He is. The reply from Jesus was to ask what people are saying? Jesus knew what His reputation was amongst the people. In this message, Ed Strong, a visitor from South Africa and a dear friend of The Hill Church, asks the question as to what our reputation as a church is – a reputation for an authentic Jesus, with the truth, full of grace and a high priority for love.

BONES “Be like Phoebe”(28 October 2018)

By | Bones, Teaching

What sort of person would you entrust to hand deliver a very precious document? What would be the characteristics that you would look for? Phoebe was a person entrusted with the safe delivery of the letter to the Romans. Her faithfulness, reliability, willingness and availability were used by God in a hidden way, but also in a significant way. She had a reputation amongst the believers as someone who would help and serve whenever, whatever and for whoever it was necessary. Phoebe is an excellent example of someone regarded as a deacon in the local church. We can aspire to be like her. Text: Romans 16:1-2

Full of Grace and Truth (John 18) – Part 14 (21 October 2018)

By | Grace and Truth, Teaching

In a sudden turn of events, Jesus faces betrayal, arrest, hostility and violence. The High Priest, Caiaphas, abuses his position of power to condemn an innocent man to death. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, is indifferent to the plight of a random Jew facing obvious injustice. Jesus maintains his courage and dignity in face of it all. He continues to stand for Truth through it all.

Conversations – Victor and Rachel Fredlund (14 October 2018)

By | Conversations, Teaching

This conversation was with Victor and Rachel Fredlund who have served Jesus Christ in South Africa for 37 years. Victor originated from Swansea and Rachel from Bath. During this conversation we hear about the basic foundation for any service, how to learn from others and appreciate the differences in culture. Two memorable gems from this conversation were “Life is more colourful when you have people in your life from different backgrounds” and “Be prepared to be foolish in other people’s eyes if you want to learn”. The Fredlunds are very active in their community with hospital, clinics and schooling.

BONES “Put what remains into order and appoint Elders” (7 October 2018)

By | Bones, Teaching

The church is God’s initiative not a human invention. Similarly, the public appointment of Elders in the church to lead is also God’s instruction and not just a good idea. The Bible makes clear that such appointments are essential to establishing a healthy vibrant Spirit-led local church. In this talk we address the process and provision for this in The Hill Church.

The Biblical texts to referred to in this talk are as follows: Acts 13:1-2; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 3:10-11; Titus 2:14; John 10:4; Acts 14:21-23; Acts 20:17; Acts 20:28-31; Ephesians 3:10-21