Revelation 1:1-8 Introducing a new series of talks looking at the letters to seven churches. The questions facing Christians in the first century are the same ones we wrestle with in the 21st - Why is Jesus' return so long delayed? Why do Christians suffer so much for their faith? How do we live in a culture where the prevailing 'religion' rejects Christ as Lord? Where is history headed? Revelation has the answers!
Luke 19:28-44. On this Palm Sunday we focus on the crowd who accompanied Jesus into Jerusalem, worshipping Him for the miracles that they had seen. We reflect on the journey that we must make from loving Jesus for what He does, to loving Him for who He is - the Messiah, the King of Kings. Following Jesus will inevitably lead us into conflict as we come up against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms that are ranged against Him and us. Ultimately we must choose whether to be swept up in the things that Jesus is doing, or be swept aside by Him.
Genesis 4:1-16. The story of Cain and Abel illustrating the terrible consequences of sin and the necessity of an innocent sacrifice to provide redemption and the covering of our shame - all pointing to the future sacrifice of Jesus on the cross - 'The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.'
Genesis 3:8-24 Today we track the consequences of Adam and Eve's decision to do the one thing God had asked them not to do. As we do so we discover the incredible love and mercy of a God who never gives up on us and who is always asking \'Where are you?\'
Genesis 3:1-7 If the God created the world and saw that everything was 'good', why doesn't it look very 'good' anymore? In this talk we unpack what went wrong and how decisions that we make spoil the world that God created.
Genesis 1:26 - 2:4 Our society has bought into the idea that gender is not something we are assigned from birth, but something are free to create ourselves. But the creation account makes clear that being created male and female reflects the image of God. We explore this issue, together with our commission to rule over the earth and also the example of God to work from rest, rather than rest from work.
Genesis 1:1-25 is the statement 'In the beginning God', a reasonable one or the fantasy of the primitive and uneducated as evolutionists believe. We touch on some of the scientific evidence and the probability of life spontaneously appearing on earth from some kind of primeval soup. But we also explore the purpose and meaning of our lives.
John 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-7;9:6-11
Beginning with the example that God Himself sets of giving motivated by love that is generous and sacrificial, we explore the example of the Macedonian Christians so commended by Paul. We all have Time, Talents and Treasure, but why should we give and how much should we give?
Nehemiah 9:22-38; 10:30,31,39b
The Israelites recognise from their history a pattern of rejection and rebellion against Yahweh that leads to disaster, followed by His rescue and redemption; and so seek to put in place disciplines that will prevent a future repeat - they pledge themselves to not compromise with the values of those around them, to honour the Sabbath and to fulfil their obligations to worship.
Nehemiah 9:1-21. The rediscovery of the Book of Law of the Lord leads the people of God to repentance and worship so that they, once again, can become those who change the world rather than be conformed to it.