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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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.
Being In Christ
Neal Garratt (Sun, 11 Sep 2016)
Neal spoke about what "being in Christ" means.
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This week we looked at being “ In Christ” and what this means for our Christian Lives and the truth that this should bring to our thinking- Moving head knowledge to heart truth being the key – we looked at lots of scriptures so we can base these truths in scripture and I have listed them below so you can re-read them in your own time. These are important as the truth sets us free.
Ephesians 2 vs 4-10 – This was where we started looking at the promises God has made to us about being “In Christ” and the difference it should mean to our lives.
We looked at seven truths regarding being in Christ
1.God chose us before the foundation of the world, to redeem us and forgive all our sins.
Ephesians 1 vs 4-8
Romans 8 vs 29
2.In Christ we are a new creation – Sons and Daughters of the King!
2 Corinthians 5 vs 7
Galations 4 vs 4
3. In Christ we are justified before God and the righteousness of Christ is given to us.
2 Corinthians 5 vs 21
1 John 4 vs 10
Propitiation - meaning “A sacrifice that turns away God’s wrath and turns it to favour”
4. In Christ we are being sanctified or made Holy.
1 Corinthians 1 vs 2
Galations 5 vs 22-25
5. In Christ you are loved by God with an everlasting Love
Romans 8 vs 38-39
Ephesians 3 vs 17-19
6. In Christ we have peace
Phillipians 4 vs 6-7
John 14 vs 27
7. In Christ we are seated with him in heavenly places and have eternal life with Him.
Ephesians 2 vs 6
Romans 6 VS 23
All these promises are from God and are fulfilled in Christ
2 Corinthians 1 vs 20
and all our needs are met in Christ!
Phillipians 4 vs 19
1. Being “ In Christ” should make us secure in our faith and walk with God and yet so often we feel insecure – why do you think this is the case?
2. Which verses mentioned above have helped in your understanding of what being “In Christ” means for the Christian?
3. Peter said last week “Fear, worry and concern – all these things don’t define me because I am in Christ – Joy comes when we move that knowledge from our head to our heart.
What do you feel defines you and what can change that perception?
4. How do we move head knowledge to our hearts – what works for you – perhaps share with your group what works for you as this may help other people?
Neal Garratt (Sun, 24 Jul 2016)
Neal preached the gospel from Ephesians 2.
Further notes and questions may follow in due course.
Neal Garratt (Sun, 08 May 2016)
Neal continued our series looking at the early church in the book of Acts, looking at the roles and responsibilities of elders and our duties to them.
At the start of his preach, Neal showed the "Class Sketch" from "This Was The Week That Was".
This morning we looked at the early church from Acts and how elders were initiated and their role as outlined by Paul in Acts. We also looked at how the eldership works in our own Church, particularly now that Dave has stepped down and we have three elders leading the Church and lastly we looked at the Church’s responsibility towards the eldership team.
We started by asking what is your view of Elders – are they Christian super Heroes with a hotline to God – with amazing wisdom and super spiritual beings? Actually they are normal guys with normal fears and doubts that have been chosen by God for a specific task – that of leading and protecting the Church.
We looked at Acts 14 vs 23 and Acts 20 vs 28 about the appointment of elders in the early Church and then went on to look at the attributes of an elder from the following scriptures; Tits 1 vs 5-9, 1 Peter 5 Vs 1-3 and 1 Timothy 3 vs 2-7 – They should be above reproach, the husband of one wife, not arrogant or quick tempered, a drunkard or violent, or greedy for gain. But hospitable,a lover of good, self controlled,upright,holy and disciplined- They must hold firm to the work of God and be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and rebuke those contradict it.
1 Peter 5 vs 1-3 – Shepherd the flock, exercise oversight not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples, clothe yourselves with humility.
I told the story of the Church in Aldershot with Derek Brown and how that has always stayed with me.
“The credibility of leadership in Christ rests not on the colour of my skin, nor eloquence, nor gifting or charisma, nor any external matter. Its rests on the internal character of the leader” - Its all about Character.
Clearly Elders are to Pastor or shepherd the church and this view is helpful in our understanding of the role – Four main areas:
1. Leading – Giving direction and leading by example
2. Feeding – With the work of God. Through sound doctrine and teaching and correction if needed.
3. Protecting – From those who would seek to disrupt or destroy the Church – From within or without.
4. Caring – Through encouragement, prayer support and pastoral care if needed.
Elders also bring authority – Not in a heavy handed authoritarian kind of way – but rather one that brings security,peace and real joy in the Holy Spirit. This authority has to be handled with great care and must always be backed by grace.
Galations 6 vs 1- Brotgers if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness- keep watch on yourself lest you too be tempted
. We looked at Jesus washing his disciples feel as their servant and this servant heart is so important in leadership – we are elders not for the title but by the calling of God. If you only want the title then I venture to suggest it will be in vain.
“ Our pursuit of the qualification for Eldership is primarily that we may conform more and more to the image of Christ, not primarily to attain eldership status. Our sanctification in Christ is the key and that makes us more eligible as leaders!”
Lastly we looked at the Church’s response to our elders.
1 Thessalonians 5 vs 12 – Now we ask you brothers to respect those who work hard among you , who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live at peace with one another.
Hebrews 13 vs 7 – Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
1 Timothy 5 vs 17-19 – The elders who direct the affairs of the Church well are worthy of double honour especially those whose work is preaching and teaching!
Double honour means chocolate biscuits or rich chocolate cake in my translation!!
Do we always get everything right – Of course not! Please forgive us, pray for us and honour us as try to lead with humility and grace – Leading, Feeding Caring and Protecting. God has promised shepherds after his own heart – May we who seek to lead you be the fulfilment of that promise.
PJ Smythe - “The credibility of leadership in Christ rests not on the colour of my skin, nor eloquence, nor gifting or charisma, nor any external matter. Its rests on the internal character of the leader” - Its all about Character.
What do you think about this quote and do you agree? What builds character?
Did the story of the Church leader in Aldershot help in your understanding of a servant hearted leadership style or did you think they would have been better getting on with the spiritual stuff and let someone else clean the toilets?
Perhaps the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet helps?
3. Perhaps before this morning you didn’t realize that you have a role to play in supporting the leadership? Now you know what can you practically do to help and support?
4. What do you think double honour means from 1 Timothy 5 vs 17-19? Chocolate biscuits and rich chocolate cake are acceptable answers!