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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
Advent is about the arrival of Jesus, but this isn’t just an event in history, it’s something that can be real for you today. You don’t have to get cleaned up before meeting Jesus, He’s prepared to get his hands dirty. So are you ready to allow Christ to come into your life, your situation? Click below to listen to the full message.
Church was ‘café style today’, with lots of time for sharing in small groups about how much we have to be thankful to God for. Below is a short message Rob gave us part way through the service – it’s really important to retain a thankful heart, and sometimes this is a deliberate choice, as we might not feel like doing it.
Today was Remembrance Sunday, when we took time to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in our armed forces, and also to remember the destruction caused by war. If you’d like to watch the video we used you can see it here:
We also shared communion, which Jesus commanded us to do in remembrance of Him until He returns again. Finally, Brian shared a short message about sacrifice with us – we’d been remembering those who sacrificed their lives in the military, and the infinitely larger sacrifice God made to save us from our sin. But this leads us on to consider what God might be asking us to sacrifice in order that we can better do His will? Click below to listen to Brian’s message.