What is the most precious thing you have? In this talk Grant explains that our faith in Jesus Christ is more precious than gold. By faith we are made right before God and live the rest of our lives in obedience. We should therefore do everything we can to guard and grow this precious faith, as well as greatly use and share it with the world.
The goal in life for many people is happiness. Happiness is great but more important is Blessedness. Blessedness is not so much about how you feel about yourself and your life but how God sees your life. A blessed life depends on righteousness and obedience. It is marked by God’s favour, fellowship and fruitfulness. None of us are righteous enough to earn God’s Blessing . We are all sinners in need of mercy. But in Christ, by faith, we can inherit every spiritual blessing. The blessed life is not trouble free but is the best life we can possibly have!
We find that the Bible is a story that speaks into the importance of consistency – and one that explains the human condition and also defines God’s divine response.
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 and Psalm 1:1-3.
In this message Robin speaks to the church about recent events they have experienced and how we can learn from these about the nature of what it means to belong to a local church and the worldwide church.
In this talk by Ed Strong, he reminds us that every Christian is a priest, connecting people to God. Taking the analogy of priesthood from the Old Testament he goes on to describe how every Christian is a person of water, a person of linen, a person of blood and a person of oil. Understanding these truths will transform our relationship with God and how we are to help connect others to God.
In this final talk of the series, Grant talks about how important it is that we not resist, or quench the Holy Spirit. (Or, as another translation has it, to ‘not put out the Spirit’s fire’). He looks at 6 ways whereby it is possible for us to suppress, or resist, what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us and through us. Conversely, we should welcome the Holy Spirit; being open to His working and fanning into flame what He wants to do among us.
What is it?
Why do we show it?
How do we do it?
Who is it for?
Concluding his series working through the book of Philippians, Dan explores Philippians 2:3-11. The value of humility and the cost of pride.
What should be the evidence that we are known to be full of the Holy Spirit? As Grant explains in this talk, it may not only be through using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also in demonstrating the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Part of this means that we need to recognise behaviour in our lives that is not the fruit of the Spirit. We need to spot it, kill it, and invite the Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus!
In this talk, Hannah takes a brief look at the life of Eric Liddell, a 400m Olympic gold medallist who chose to put God first no matter the cost. Be inspired, challenged and encouraged by the example he set and hear him shouting out his encouragement to us as we run our own race.
We all need comfort from time to time, as we go about life and deal with challenges that come our way. In this talk Grant explains that we can seek comfort in 3 different ways – some things should be avoided completely, others can provide some momentary comfort, but ultimately our comfort should come from the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised to us.
Father God has a plan to make us like Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely central that plan. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come to bring conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement. Conviction is a work of grace. Conviction leads to repentance, which in turn, brings salvation and blessing to our lives. We need to get rid of the sinful things in our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to develop holiness and the fruit of love, joy and peace.
Jesus came proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God and He healed the sick. He commissioned the disciples to do the same. The Holy Spirit is still healing today through faith in Jesus’ name. We need to be honest; there are no formulas and we don’t see as much healing as we would like to. We need to pray with compassion, humility and respect. But we should not doubt Jesus’ words that ‘all things are possible’.
God is a speaking God. In the Old Testament He used prophets to proclaim messages to His people. Jesus was called a prophet by many as he was recognised as one teaching and proclaiming messages from God, though we know that He was more than a prophet, being the Son of God. In the New Testament we find that there is still a role for prophets in the church. And though we may not all be prophets as explained in Ephesians 4, we are encouraged by Paul to eagerly desire and participate in the prophetic as a gift of the Holy Spirit.
What do you desire? What is desire? How important is it?
In the final part of our series looking at Paul’s letter to the Philippians we search scripture to find Gods desire for his church. Desiring God is our goal, but it isn’t always easy.
We NEED God. More than we need oxygen, food or water, let that truth be life changing, allow it to transform your walk with Christ. Let his peace guard your hearts and minds.
In this 3rd part of the series, ‘Come, Holy Spirit’, Grant talks on the gift of speaking in tongues, or other languages, and the gift of interpretation as taught in scripture. Speaking in tongues was common when the first Christians were baptised in the Holy Spirit, as recorded in the book of Acts. It continued in the early church and we believe it is still a gift for the church today, both for personal use and for the purpose of building up the local church.
This talk is a combination of Hill family news and developments combined with an unpacking of some principles that are the foundation and responsibility of a healthy church.Text: 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:11; 12:26; 15:1; 15:58
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Dave kicks off the series by talking about the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The PROMISE – all Christians can be filled with the Holy Spirit – we see the pattern in Acts; Believe the good news, repent, be baptised, receive the Holy Spirit.
The RESULTS of being filled – A deeper awareness of God’s reality and presence, of joy, love, and faith.
HOW to be filled – Ask! God is good and wants to give us his best gift. Anyone who is thirsty can come to Jesus to receive and drink. It is not a one-off experience – ‘go on being filled!’
Bible Texts: Acts 1:1-9, 2:1-6, 2:15-17, 2:32-41