Phil Hardy (Sun, 04 Nov 2012)
Phil started a series of preaches from Deuteronomy. Today, Phil looked at Israel’s journey.
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Going On A Summer Holiday
Andy Sewell (Sun, 28 Oct 2012)
As part of our All Age Service, Andy spoke about how God has made it possible for us to enter heaven. Andy looked at:
Vaccinations and Inoculations;
the Arrival Party.
Peter Williams (Sun, 21 Oct 2012)
Peter spoke about “Daddy God”.
Questions 1. Do you wake in the early morning? And what preoccupies you?
2. How was your experience of an earthly father? Do you have any problems as regards relating to God as a father?
3. How does this affect your mission?
Can't Ignore The Poor Part 2
Phil Hardy (Sun, 14 Oct 2012)
Please note that due to microphone problems, the first couple of minutes of the preach were not recorded.
Phil continued his message from Isaiah 58, speaking from Isaiah 58 v6-14
Phil looked at the yoke of oppression that Jesus came to free people from. He looked at the oppression that can be on the individual, in a community (Society) and on a nation.
Jesus came to break the yoke of oppression and part of our mission as the church is to do the same through our social action.
. What oppression are we aware of in our communities, if any?
. How can we affect the community to bring change?
. If you could do anything what would it be? (What’s in your heart to do?)
Can't Ignore The Poor
Phil Hardy (Sun, 07 Oct 2012)
Phil looked at Isaiah 58 and Gods heart being revealed towards the poor and needy.
• How is the Gospel Good news for the Poor?
• Who are the Poor?
• Do we know people who would be in that list? what can we do to help them?
• Are we eager to remember the poor, if not how can we change?
• In what ways can we further engage with the poor and needy?
What Is Our Mission
Dave Harper (Sun, 30 Sep 2012)
Dave spoke about our mission statement, what we are here for, what is our purpose,why we exist. This is the statement: ‘We exist to worship God and encounter his presence, committed to advancing his Kingdom through local church communities caught up in mission both here and to the nations’.
Do you find the idea of being a church on mission exciting, frightening, challenging or what?
Not everybody is an evangelist, in what ways can you be missional?
Read Bill Hybel’s extract from ‘Just Walk Across the Room’ called Seed Sowing Fools. He ask this question:’Do you really believe that someday the seed you sow will fall on the right soil and produce fruit?. Why or why not?”
How would taking Christ at his word that you will produce fruit encourage you to get engaged in the work of evangelism?
Vision Sunday 2: Your Kingdom Come?
Dave Harper (Sun, 23 Sep 2012)
Dave continued his Vision Sunday message, preaching from Matthew 11:1-19.
How did Jesus answer John’s question of whether he was the one who would bring the Kingdom of God into this world?
If Jesus does not meet our expectations of what he should do, are we tempted to be offended by him?
We may be offended because of some of the costs of following Jesus and being in his kingdom. Eg Matt 10:25 or Matt10:35-37. What does Jesus teach us to do when faced with such challenges? (10:38 & 39 give the best answer!)
Vision Sunday: The Kingdom Of God
Dave Harper (Sun, 16 Sep 2012)
Dave spoke from Matthew 13:31-33 (2 Parables of the Kingdom).
We are called to mission to extend His kingdom with confidence. As we sow seeds, however small and apparently insignificant, it is a principle of the kingdom that our small contribution will grow and eventually have a wide effect. This may be to share our faith with a friend, pray for the sick, extend an act of kindness, work against injustice….
We are called to seek first the kingdom of God I concluded with a quote from David Devenish in his excellent book ‘What on Earth is the church For?’
“The kingdom is to be our top priority. Jesus said ‘seek ﬁrst his kingdom and his righteousness’. The kingdom is to have far greater priority in our lives than concerns about material things or anything else. It has to be top priority for the church in its mission today.”
The parable of the mustard seed is about the kingdom of God. What is it telling us about that Kingdom? How can this kingdom principle encourage us to be seed sowers for Jesus?
Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God. Please read David Devenish’s quote above. Would you say the Kingdom is your top priority?
The Kingdom of God is growing and bearing fruit all over the world (Col 1:6). How can we enjoy this reality here in the Peaks?
Dave Harper (Sun, 09 Sep 2012)
Dave spoke from Acts 8:26-40, introducing our baptism service. 11 people, of all ages, made a pulic declaration of their decision to make Jesus their Lord and Saviour.
In this story we have a God seeker coming to saving faith in Jesus. He already is on a journey towards God having been to Jerusalem to worship but he does not yet understand the gospel
Two things help him . One is Scripture where God can be found by revelation since he wrote the book! The other is through the help of a friend or a believer , in this case Philip.
Philip is both available and aware of the Spirit’s prompting and follows the leading of God. He takes the initiative in asking if the Ethiopian understands what he is reading from Isaiah then explains the gospel when given the opportunity.
- Was your experience similar to the man in the story where both Scripture verses and the help of a believer brought you to faith?
- If someone asked you to explain the verses in the passage quoted from Isaiah 53 , how would you do that? (It says Philip told him the good news of Jesus, that’s a clue!)
- Philip was available to go and aware of the Spirit’s prompting. Pray that we can be more like that ourselves and lets encourage one another to ‘go’
Phil Hardy (Sun, 02 Sep 2012)
Phil spoke from 1 Timothy 1:18-20 about the need to hold on to the promises that God has made to us.