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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 (if you have any feedback on the proposed appointments feel free to email Ed Strong on edwyenedalystrong@gmail.com
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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.

The Message: The Twenty-Eight – Mark’s Gospel (1 July 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message

The Bible makes clear that God is our Creator. He is also a God that defies the laws of Science as much as he is one that defines them. In two passages of Mark’s gospel, chapter 6:30-43 and 8:1-21 we read of the feeding of two large crowds using miraculous means. What does this mean for us and for them? What does it tell us about Jesus?

The Message: The Twenty-Seventh– Mark’s Gospel (10 June 2018)

By | Teaching, The Message, Uncategorised

Before the promise of Jesus, God said a type of Elijah character would come. This was John the Baptist. John was bold, courageous and knew what he was about – when people thought of John they thought of Jesus! As a consequence he was both of interest to those who listened and a thorn in the side. In this message we hear about a character call Herod who felt this way about John and all he had to say, but also had other contenders in his life that he wanted to listen to. Text: John 6:12-30.