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God's Heart For Us

Neal Garratt (Sun, 26 Nov 2017)

Neal looked at Exodus chapter 19 and God’s covenant promises to Israel, understanding that God’s heart was for his people and how that same heart affects us today.

Questions:

1. God says that we are his treasured possession – We don’t always feel like that – sometimes we feel more like a burden than a blessing but how can we believe this not just with our mind but also our heart?

2. Who or what has the throne of your heart? There is often a battle for the throne and we have to ensure God has the rightful place? How can we ensure that happens?

3. We talked of us being God’s temple and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us – What responsibilities does that put on us? Do we need to be more careful than we are?

4. In Hebrews we read that we can have confidence to enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. What so often holds us back from doing so and how can we overcome this?

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Jigsaw Project

Neal Garratt (Sun, 22 Oct 2017)

Neal and team present the various activities of the Jigsaw Project

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Adopted Into God's Family

Neal Garratt (Sun, 13 Aug 2017)

Neal spoke about the importance of our adoption into God's family and what it means for us.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Giving

Neal Garratt (Sun, 04 Jun 2017)

Neal introduced our upcoming Gift Days for the building project outlining our giving response and ways of identifying the Devil's lies.

To watch the J John video on doughnuts in its own window, click here.

Also included is the audio from the Catalyst Offering video. To watch the video in it's own window, click here.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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The Vision and practicalities for The Lime Tree building

Phil Hardy Neal Garratt Justyn Pride Graham Kemp (Sun, 30 Apr 2017)

In our first formal Sunday meeting at the Lime Tree Building, Phil, Neal, Justyn and Graham outlined both the vision for the building and the activities of the church and design modifications that will be made to the building.

Please note that the questions in the Q&A session were not given through the mic. Hopefully you can work out what the question was from the answer that was given!

To view the slides about the Elder's vision (in PDF format), click here.

To view Graham's slides in relation to the design and layout of the building (in PDF format), click here.

The Church meeting at The Lime Tree building

The Lime Tree Design Ideas

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Burglar Bill And The Easter Story

Neal Garratt (Sun, 16 Apr 2017)

Neal read the story of Burglar Bill and explained how it fitted into the Easter Story.

Jesus Is Risen. Praise The Lord.

Thank you Jesus

Thank you Jesus

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The Gifts Of The Spirit - What They Are And What They Are Not

Neal Garratt (Sun, 02 Apr 2017)

Neal concluded our series on Spiritual Gifts by summarising what they are not and what they are.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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Worship

Neal Garratt (Sun, 05 Feb 2017)

Neal continued our series on Spiritual Gifts looking at worship.

We apologise for the poor quality of this audio recording.

This morning we looked at the difference being Baptised in the Holy Spirit makes to our worship. We started by looking at Ephesians 5 vs 18-20 where we are encouraged to be filled with the Holy Spirit and make music to the Lord. Worship is about Jesus, For Jesus and to Jesus and Chris Tomlin says this
“ Worship centers our minds attention and our hearts affection on the Lord. Its not something we do out of obligation but rather is a response to who God is and what he has done – It’s a heart Response.”

What does the bible say about worship?
Psalm 149 vs 4 – The Lord inhabits the praise of his people
Psalm 16 vs 11 – In thy presence is fullness of joy
Psalm 22 vs 3 – The Lord is enthroned on the Praises of his people
Matthew 18 vs 20 – Where two or three are gathered in my name – There I am in the Midst
John 4 vs 23-24 – Worshipers worship in spirit and truth – The father is looking for those that will worship him that way.

We looked at how our worship comes together on a Sunday morning – Led by the Holy Spirit and not by us!

We start with praise that is generally about Jesus and for Jesus which will lead to worship which is more intimate and is us singing TO Jesus – This is personal and intimate and we looked at the difference between the two – Me talking to Pamela about Julia and the me talking directly TO Julia – what a difference! This personal intimate worship comes out of relationship and is just us and God – no-one else can do this for you – it’s all about your heart attitude and love for God. So often we thing a time of worship is for us – What can I get out of this? We have preferences about particular songs or a style of worship which can hinder us worshiping Jesus as fully as we should – Time of worship are primarily for Jesus and to Jesus – The fact that when we worship he speaks to us and encourages us shows his heart and how he longs for a people to worship him in spirit and in truth. As we worship we rekindle relationship with God which is what he has always wanted from his people since the fall in the garden of Eden – He longs for his Church to rise up and worship in spirit and truth.

So what changes in worship for us as the people of God?
It brings joy –
It brings strength
It beings perspective
It brings truth
It reveals Gods heart towards us
It brings peace
It brings increased intimacy – It makes your soul well!
It brings restoration
It brings Power and Gods presence back to the Church – This is not an option but a necessity!
It transforms us from earth to Heaven – To be lost in wonder love and praise gives us a glimpse of heaven!

Questions:

1. Terry Virgo says on his book The Spirit Filled Church – “ God is seeking those who will worship him in spirit and in truth, not in temperament and preference”
What do you understand by this statement and do you think we miss out sometimes because we rely on temperament and preference?

2. Does intimacy with God in worship seem a long way off, does it concern you that you don’t feel like that? – How can you change this and increase your relationship with God?

3. Bill Johnson says “ When we encounter his divine presence , transformation then occurs which goes beyond the reach of merely good ideas – This is transformation that first takes place within us, that we might cause transformation around us” - This transformation is vital for the Church and our communities around us – How can we play our part and how can worship help us in this?

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The Holy Spirit Is Essential For The Church

Neal Garratt (Sun, 16 Oct 2016)

Neal started our new series on the Holy Spirit.

This morning we looked at the Baptism in the Spirit and why being Baptised in the Spirit is so important for ourselves, our Church and the community we live in. We looked at 1 Corinthians 12 and made reference to Ephesians 4 and Romans 12. We talked about having potential and making sure we realized that potential in Christ. Being Baptised in the Holy Spirit helps is to fulfil our potential in ourselves, to the local Church and to the wider community we live in.

Let’s not be described as having made “Fair progress” or “Having potential” – let’s realize both and enter into all That God has for us and the Church!

Questions for Groups

1. There are undoubtedly things that hold us back from getting all that God has planned for us – we mentioned some this morning – I hope these resonated with you? Can you think of others that you struggle with? How can we overcome those things that hold us back?

2. Having looked at 1 Corinthians 12 and the kind of Church God wants for us – can you see how important each role is and how we should all work together to make one functioning body? If this happens what would have to change?

3. Think of Peter and Jesus - Are you personally prepared to step out of the boat – out of your comfort zone and walk on the water with Jesus- no matter the risks?

4. What potential difference will this make to our Church Life and the community we live in?

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Baptism Service at Holy Trinity Matlock Bath

Neal Garratt (Sun, 02 Oct 2016)

Today we had a great joint service with Holy Trinity Matlock Bath during which six of our young people were baptised.

There is no audio available of Neal's preach about Thomas the Tank Engine's friend Henry, who needed the right coal to make him work to the best of his ability.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

Baptisms collage

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