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The Thirty-Four – Mark’s Gospel (20 January 2019)

By | Band of Brothers, Teaching, The Message

The Bible, history and The Hill Church is committed to presenting an extraordinary God that loves and equips ordinary people. Peter, James and John, Moses and Elijah were all ordinary people just like us. Peter recorded a remarkable encounter with Jesus Christ. Two things become clear through this encounter. Firstly, that Jesus Christ is who the Bible says He is. Secondly, that even when we are spiritually at our lowest and darkest, God invites us to dwell with Him at his highest and brightest.
Text: Mark 9:2-13

The Thirty-Three – Mark’s Gospel (13 January 2019)

By | Teaching, The Message

The Bible plainly speaks about many topics that are not popular in the age we live and, if we are honest, are not always popular with our own hearts. How do we embrace the internal struggle that goes on when we read something that causes us to react against it? This is not a new problem and we see some answers in the book of Mark and in the lives of those who have gone before us.
Text: Mark 8:27-38

BONES “The God of the curve” (6 January 2019)

By | Bones

As we begin a new year it is good to ask ourselves, who is the God we are looking for and how do we increase the chances of spotting Him at work?
Texts: Luke 5:1-3; Proverbs 16:9; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6; Matthew 25:44; 2 Timothy 2:1-7; Romans 12:1-2

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

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

The Thirty-Two – Mark’s Gospel (16 September 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message

History is full of men and women who have been either irritated, interested, intrigued and even impressed by Jesus of Nazareth. But the destination of all the entire Bible and early Christian witness is that the identity of Jesus is the intended destination. Mark recalled the specific accounts in his record to make the point that Jesus is the Christ, the saviour, the anointed one, the answer to the God we are looking for. This breathtaking view of the otherwise, the chasm and the bridge to reach it – Jesus, who is the Christ! Texts: Mark 7:31-36, 8:22-26 and 8:27-30

The Message: The Thirty-One – Mark’s Gospel (9 September 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message

The message of Jesus Christ and the work of his life and death broke down barriers of status, systems, societies and flipped the idea that to please God it was more about avoiding people “not like us”, whereas in fact to please God and to reflect Him it was about the acceptance of people not like us. This idea does not deny the importance and necessity of faith in Christ Jesus, the bread of life, for a relationship with God, but it has life-long impact on how we treat others especially those not like us. Text: 7:24-30

The Message: The Thirtieth – Mark’s Gospel (2 September 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message

Every story has a pivotal moment when everything changes. The story of history, the Bible and even Mark’s gospel features many such moments – but often is a selected few that really stand out and make a critical impression which changes everything. Jesus breaks into a world of religion, performance and pretence. He challenges the reasons and motives behind the status quo. Things that we used to help us so often end up hindering or hiding the original purpose. Church history, and our own personal histories, are dominated by the damaging impact of a religious mindset. Jesus came and stayed to change everything. Text: Mark 7:1-23

The Hill Bones “Squeeze it for ministry” (12 August 2018)

By | Bones, Teaching

There are three ways that we can appeal to people to ‘Come back to God’. The first is evidence. The second is experience. The third is example. Yet how can we can be consistent as an example when our lives experience so much inconsistency? Is it possible to model something in the turmoil and mess that shows people that God is at work in us and that we are true servants of Jesus Christ with a message worth hearing. Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:13

The Message: The Twenty-Nine – Mark’s Gospel (22 July 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message

The difference between a created being and the Creator is significant. Whilst we are like God, we are not Him. However, the real wonder about the Christian faith is that God became like us. In this account of a creation miracle we are left asking have we understood the significance of these stories in Mark and what is our understanding of Jesus Christ. Text Mark 6:45-52.