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
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
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
This is a word in season for the church. It is about how we handle season of change, particularly involving loss and saying goodbye. Where do we find our security? Where do we find our stability? What is the scaffolding around which we must build our Christian faith? Text: John 15:1-17