Revelation 2:1-7. Jesus commends the church at Ephesus for her zeal for purity and orthodoxy, but challenges her over her loss of love for the lost. With many similarities between Ephesus in the 1st century and Western Europe in the 21st, we are challenged to hold fast to the truths of the Gospel in terms of Biblical lifestyle and belief, but not at the expense of failing to show God's generous and extravagant love to the world.
Acts 27:7-26. Paul Young CEO of Brighton and Hove-based charity Off the fence, unpacks Paul's experience of storm and shipwreck, reminding us that however storms come (and come they will) God will never abandon us and will continue to work out His purposes.
Revelation 1:9-20. In a vision John sees Jesus in all His risen glory. With echoes of Daniel 7, and Jesus' identification with the 'Son of Man' we are reminded of God's character of love that leads Him to sacrifice Himself on our behalf.
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?