In a sudden turn of events, Jesus faces betrayal, arrest, hostility and violence. The High Priest, Caiaphas, abuses his position of power to condemn an innocent man to death. The Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, is indifferent to the plight of a random Jew facing obvious injustice. Jesus maintains his courage and dignity in face of it all. He continues to stand for Truth through it all.
This conversation was with Victor and Rachel Fredlund who have served Jesus Christ in South Africa for 37 years. Victor originated from Swansea and Rachel from Bath. During this conversation we hear about the basic foundation for any service, how to learn from others and appreciate the differences in culture. Two memorable gems from this conversation were “Life is more colourful when you have people in your life from different backgrounds” and “Be prepared to be foolish in other people’s eyes if you want to learn”. The Fredlunds are very active in their community with hospital, clinics and schooling.
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 email@example.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
John records Jesus’ final prayer for his disciples. He prays for three things:
1. Protection from the evil one, by the power of the name of the Lord
2. Holiness – kept clean in a corrupted world by the Truth of God’s Word and the blood of Jesus
3. Unity – One with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and living in harmony with one another – helping the world to believe the gospel.
In this final session of the Unashamed series, and a couple of weeks before the Alpha Course, Grant and Dan encourage us all to put making disciples at the top of our ‘to do’ list, as important and urgent.
Just as Jesus spent His life in redeeming people, so we as the Church are called to do the same, unashamedly inviting as many as possible to come into the kingdom of God. Not only should we work hard at doing so, like a hardworking farmer sowing seed, but like a farmer we will have incredible joy at seeing a harvest of people coming to Christ.
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
How do you explain your belief to someone that Jesus Christ was the son of God, that he died for the sin of the world and was resurrected three days later? The easy answer is to say “because the Bible says so”. And although that’s true it probably won’t make much headway with a generation increasingly less likely to see the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. Dan explores how we can combine Scripture along with solid historical facts and evidence outside of the Bible to provide a compelling argument for Christ’s existence, his crucifixion and his resurrection.