Spot it, Kill it, Say – Come Holy Spirit (14 July 2019)

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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!

The Thirty-Ninth – Mark’s Gospel (07 July 2019)

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Peter asked Mark to record memories of his time with Jesus for one primary reason – so that we might know that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. In this message we cover the overall teaching of the Bible on divorce, and then focus in on the topic as it is covered in Mark – but we finish with the true reason it was included in this gospel letter all along. Text: Mark 10:1-12

The Thirty-Eighth – Mark’s Gospel (23 June 2019)

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The disciples have just left the mountain where Jesus was seen at his best. However a better mountain awaits where God will be seen at his weakness – The cross. On route Jesus teaches his followers not to miss the mission and the message and the moments that really count along the way. The message of Jesus and what his life, death and resurrection means changes everything! Not just at the start but also along the way. Text: Mark 9:30-50

Come, Comfort Us (16 June 2019)

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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.

Come, Make Us Like Jesus (09 June 2019)

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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.

Come with Gifts of Healing – Come, Holy Spirit (12 May 2019)

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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’.

Come, Let Us Prophesy – Come, Holy Spirit (26 May 2019)

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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.

Desire | A Letter Addressed to You | 19.05.19

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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.

Come, Give Us a New Language – Come Holy Spirit (07 April 2019)

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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.

BONES “What is our heart rate?” (28 April 2019)

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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

For the above reason is it produced and available only to those who consider The Hill Church to be their local church. If you wish to hear a recording of the talk please email us at hello@the-hill.co

Come Just as You Were Promised | Come Holy Spirit | 07.04.19

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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

The Cloud – Gladys Aylward (14 April 2019)

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A snap shot look in to the life of Gladys Aylward and her journey too and in China. We look at her trust in God throughout the many obstacles that stood in her way. Gladys was seen to be “not qualified” to do the things she did, but through her trust in God and his provision in her life, great things happened. Listening to this, you will learn that “God’s provision is AWESOME! We just need to trust in him!”

Come, Holy Spirit (27 January 2019)

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In the previous week’s talk Robin referred to us all being temples of the Holy Spirit. In this talk, Grant explains the importance of being temples filled with the Holy Spirit, the gift that Jesus promised His early disciples would receive, and who we believe should fill and empower all believers today. We should not view the infilling and activity of the Holy Spirit as the ‘icing on the cake’, but an essential aspect for victorious Christian life and ministry.

Starting Point

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Have you been a Christian a while but feel like you could grow more in your faith or have a refresher? Have you ‘moved into’ the Hill and want to know more about us, what we believe, where we’re headed and what part you can play in it all? 

 If the answer to any of these is ‘ Yes!’ then you are invited to come along to Starting Point! 

 Starting Point is an 8 week foundations course, where you can learn more about the vision and values of the Hill church, as well as receive practical teaching to help you become a stronger disciple of Jesus Christ, and prepare you for more of the exciting journey of faith!

Each evening will begin with a simple meal of soup and rolls to satisfy any hunger, as well as an opportunity to simply eat together and get to know one another better. This will be followed by a different teaching each week by leaders in the Hill Church, followed by a time to talk about the material and ask any questions! 

 

Session 1

24th January

Session 2

31st January

Session 3

7th February

Session 4

14th February

Session 5

21st February

Session 6

7th March

Session 7

14th March

Away Day

16th March

Session 8

21st March

Alpha

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Find out about The Alpha Course at our Alpha Introduction Evening at Matthew’s House

Thursday 11 October From 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Matthew’s House, 82 High Street,Swansea, SA1 1LW

Dinner provided
Vegetarian and vegan option available

For more information about Alpha visit Alpha.org

Proverbs Day Thirty-One | Listen to the Baboon

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It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. Proverbs 31v4-5 (NLT)

Aside from having to watch The Lion King film too many times when my kids were young, I actually rather enjoyed it.

One of the most moving scenes is where Rafiki, the wise Baboon, walks Simba, the foolish Lion cub, to a watering hole and encourages him to study the reflection in the water.

Rafiki says the reflection shows Simba’s father (the late King) but all Simba sees is himself. Rafiki makes Simba look harder and then Simba sees the image of his father. Rafiki says You see? He lives in you”. Then Simba hears his father’s voice saying “Simba, you have forgotten me… You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become”.

Being wise, focused and responsible like a king is not meant to be an optional extra. It is who we are meant to be. We are our Father’s children and must seek to remember that and respond to that. We are not meant to surrender our responsibility and duties for the “fleeting pleasures” or “tough times” in Egypt.

As I conclude my 31 day journey into Proverbs I am reminded to start again. Every day, every month and every year… because only by wisdom can I do what I have been born to do, and foolishness will harm me and hurt others. None more so than the Father who made me.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Proverbs 31v4-5 (ESV)

Proverbs Day Twenty-Nine | Love criticism!

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Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. Proverbs 29v1 (NLT)

I love these kind of Proverbs. The reason is simple, because criticism is painful and hard to take. I guess it is for most people.

Last night my daughter was discussing personality types and she concluded that I don’t take criticism personally. I am not sure that is true! Whilst I take a degree of comfort that I may have a degree of resilience to criticism which helps me, but the other side of that coin is that it can make me stubborn and unyielding. Over the long haul that is dangerous territory. Key to criticism acceptance is identifying a core of people who have free reign to criticise you. You must know, before the criticism begins, these people are for you, love you and want you to win. Don’t let the criticism change your perception of that. I have seen too many people confidently declare a trust in people, only to distrust them when the criticism comes.

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. Proverbs 29v1 (ESV)