Completing a journey: Terah and Abram

Have you ever set out on a journey, perhaps a walk in the countryside, and not reached your end goal? Perhaps you became tired and turned back, or passed an attractive tea-room and decided to stop there? This may be what happened to Terah, the father of Abram (later known as Abraham). Although we don’t know for sure, it seems that God prompted Terah to leave Ur and set off for Canaan, but he stopped part way, at Harran. Abram picked up where his father left off though, continuing the journey to the land that God had promised him. Of course, Abram got into trouble of his own through deception and not trusting God to protect him, but God still honoured his promises. Click below to listen to the full message Jenny brought to us this morning.

What is worship?

Is worship what we do on Sundays? Or more than that? One definition of worship is ‘adoration’, which would mean total surrender to God. True worship is letting go of ourselves and allowing God to take control in our lives. Click below to listen to the full message Amanda brought to us this morning.

 

Following in the footsteps of the Teacher

We’ve got a double-bill for you today. First is the message Andy brought us this morning, about the kind of person Jesus sought out for his disciples. Disciples were supposed to follow their Rabbi very closely, and do what their teacher did. But Jesus was unlike the other Rabbis in how he treated his disciples…

Second is Bob’s message from a week ago, telling the well-known story of the Prodigal Son from a different angle – that of the Son!

Click below to listen to both of these messages (scroll down for the second one, from a week ago).


Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God

Andrew Hutchinson brought a message to our church this morning, from the book of Micah. It’s incredibly simple really: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. If we are doing these three things, then everything else will fall into place, and we’ll be able to follow Jesus’ command to not worry about tomorrow and to focus on what God has for us to do today instead. Click the link below to listen to the full message.

Guilt has been wiped away

The feeling of guilt serves a purpose, when it is as a result of sin that has not been repented of – it prompts us to seek forgiveness and repent for what we have done wrong. But sometimes guilty feelings persist after we have repented, or we can be made to feel guilty for things that were really nothing to do with us. This is the work of the enemy, and left unchecked can discourage us and make us think we are not worthy and not able to do God’s will. We need to remember that we have a Father who loves us, and that His son Jesus has already wiped away our sin, and with it our guilt. Click below to listen to the full message Richard brought to us this morning.

What can’t you let go of?

When Jesus called his disciples, some of them were working at the time, catching fish. Yet they dropped what they were doing and followed Him. They didn’t gather their nets, store the catch or pop home to pick anything up. They dropped it all and from that point on depended 100% on Jesus to provide for them. Is there anything you couldn’t bear to drop in order to follow His call? Have you ignored His call in the past? Don’t ignore it today, hold onto things loosely, and be prepared to drop them at any moment. Click below to hear the full message from Andy.

Give credit to God!

Daniel chapter 4 tells us what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar, who at the time was the most powerful ruler in the world. He was warned by God in a dream that his majesty was given by God, and not earned, but even after Daniel interpreted the dream for him, and pleaded with him to acknowledge God as ruler over all, he continued in his pride. God humbled him for a time, and eventually the king gave glory to God, and was returned to his throne. Today, we may disagree with what our elected rulers do, but like Daniel, we are still required to honour them, while encouraging them to do right. We can rest in the knowledge that God can humble anyone He chooses to if it is required. Click below to listen to the full message Dan preached this morning, which covers much more!

A new paradigm for 2017?

God ushered in a new phase in Acts 10, when it was revealed that the Holy Spirit was for all believers, not just the Jews that believed in Jesus. It was a paradigm shift, when the the course of human history changed as a result of a few simple events. What might God be bringing us in 2017? Are we again about to experience a shift, does God have something new for His church? Click below to listen to Brian’s message on Acts 10 from this morning.

2017 – time to take stock?

What do you make of the parable of the fig tree in the vineyard? Andy got us doing some of the work this morning, combining small group discussions with his message. In the parable, the keeper of a vineyard persuades the master to allow him one more year to try to encourage a fig tree growing there to bear fruit – if it does not, it will be cut down. The question for us, individually and as local churches, is are we bearing the fruit that our Master would expect to see when He inspects us? It’s time time to stock, and take action where it is needed. Click below to listen to the full message, including congregational participation!

 

The Power of Prayer

Brian brought a message today about prayer, but he shared his space with testimonies from Ros and Jenny, and also Menaka, who was visiting to tell us the latest news about The Coach House in Bexhill, and brought an inspiring testimony at the same time! Click the link below to listen to everyone…