See, I am doing a new thing!

Last Sunday Colin brought us a timely message. When we’re in a time of turmoil, whether personally, nationally or globally, we need to focus on God. He says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18). He needs us to listen to Him, not to panic – we should go to Him for understanding, as He knows us better than we know ourselves! Click the link below to listen…

 

Dealing with sin

Bob brought an important message on Sunday. Sin is never a popular topic to talk about, but the fact is that it is important. Sin is rebellion against God, it is total depravity, nothing good can come from it, and all of us have inherited it. Thankfully God has provided a solution through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. But how do we react to sin after becoming Christians? Click below to find out more…

Resurrection and Kingdom

This morning Mike shared a message inspired by a book by Tom Wright, “Surprised by Hope” (see a review here). He packed a lot into a short time, so it’s good to have a chance to listen to again with the option of a pause button! The fundamental point is that Christians often focus on going to Heaven after they die, forgetting that there’s a physical resurrection to come later. Understanding what this really means, and how our ‘good works’ in this world will feature in the ‘New Earth’, can give a new hope and a new motivation to announce the arrival of God’s Kingdom in the world today. Click below to listen to the message – it’s only 15 minutes!

The Good News

Here’s Brian’s message from Sunday – what do we know about Jesus from the Bible? He was there at the beginning, He holds all things together, He’s the good shepherd, the Way, the Truth and the Life. And amazingly, he enables us to become children of God! Click below to listen to the full message.

 

 

Double-bill: A House of Prayer, and Judgement

Here’s the messages from Sidley Baptist from the past two weeks. Yesterday, Brig shared a message about how Jesus regarded the purity of the temple as important, and cleared it of traders and money changers. For us as Christians, our bodies are regarded as temples for the Holy Spirit, and it is important that we keep them clean from sin and pollution, both physically, mentally and spiritually. We also have Dan’s message from the week before, covering what the Bible says about judgement. Click below to listen to the messages.

 

 

Who do you say I am?

Jesus asked his disciples who people said he was, and the answers were varied: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. But when Jesus asked his disciples what they themselves thought, it was Simon Peter who gave the answer: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus asks the same question of us today, and our answer is important. If we acknowledge who He really is, then we cannot walk away – like the disciples, we must follow. Click below to listen the the full Easter message that Andy and Ros delivered to us this morning.

 

Strength in weakness

Does God need strong people? It would seem that the opposite is in fact true – in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Paul boasts of his weakness, because it is only then that the power of Christ can truly be shown in him. Real strength comes when we go beyond our own strength, when we do things for God that we know are not within our own ability. When we go past our limit, that’s when God steps in. Click below to listen the inspired message that Andy Hutchinson brought us this morning.

The desires of your heart?

Psalm 37:4 says “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” If we accept Jesus as our Lord, then He lives in us, and our desires will be progressively more in line with His. Given that Jesus refers to us as His friends, and we are the children of God, why would He not give us the desire of our hearts, when our desire is to do His will anyway? Let’s not accept the world and our lives as they currently are, let’s ask God for our hearts’ desires! Click below to listen to the full message Richard brought us on this today:

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.