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Remember The Poor

Jim Harper (Sun, 14 May 2017)

Jim Harper from Hope Church, Worcester, shared his passion for reaching the poor with the gospel and explained some of the things that they have been doing in Worcester.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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God In The Dark Places

Peter Williams (Sun, 07 May 2017)

Peter spoke from Psalm 22 about hearing from God in the dark times.

To view Peter's slides (in PDF format), click here.

To view Peter's full notes (in PDF format), click here.

When on the cross, Jesus quotes Psalm 22. We can copy Jesus’s pattern of communication with God when we feel forsaken.

● Recognise your separation
● Express your angst, where are you God?
● Recognise who you are
● Recognise who God is
● Tell the facts of the situation
● Seek prophecy
● Request in faith
● It is finished
Questions for Groups

In your experience, where is God in your dark places?
How do you struggle to get perspective when it's dark?
Does the pattern of Psalm 22 help you?

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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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Old Testament Prophecies

Dave Harper (Sun, 23 Apr 2017)

Dave outlines some of the Old Testament prophecies.

Please note that not all of Dave's preach was recorded.

Isaiah 19:19-25 Isaiah prophecies of a day when God will do a remarkable thing among the peoples of the Middle East turning them to the Lord and bringing unity through worship.

Question

Using Isaiah 19:19-25 we can find a number of prayers we can confidently pray for the Middle East since they come straight from God's word, the bible. What are some of these prayers?

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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 Last Supper Hospitality and Community

Peter Williams (Sun, 09 Apr 2017)

Peter talked on Jesus and the last supper, and looked at how we could live out community and hospitality.

To view Peters' notes (in PDF format), click here.

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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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Discernment

Phil Hardy (Sun, 26 Mar 2017)

Phil continued our series on Spiritual Gifts preaching on discernment.

We apologise for the poor quality of this audio file.

To view Phil's notes (in PDF format), click here.

This gift of discernment is for every believer and is necessary for everyday living that we would not be blown about by every wind of doctrine, that we would know when our enemy is trying to deceive us.

That as we minister the kingdom to others we are more effective because we are able to discern and deal the root cause of any issue rather than just try to ease the symptom.

Paul when writing concerning spiritual gifts encouraged us to desire the best gift, he was not setting up one gift as more important than another, he was saying what’s the most appropriate gift for the situation that will deal with the root cause bring truth, healing, Freedom and deliverance.

Questions
1. In what ways can we test the spirits as described in 2 Timothy 2 v 15
2. Paul writing to the Ephesians “Our fight is with the unseen realm” how do we recognise these attacks and how do we resist them?
3. Is discernment only to be used when praying for some one? At what other times do we need to be able to the gift of discernment?
4. Paul encourages us to desire the best gifts? How are we to know what the best gifts are?

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Glory

Nick Grayshon (Sun, 19 Mar 2017)

Nick Grayshon from Holy Trinity Matlock Bath spoke on God's glory.

To view the bible verses Nick referred to (in PDF format), click here.

John 17:1-5
Jesus prays to be glorified
After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

1 John 1:1-3
The incarnation of the Word of life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

Questions

1 Nick talked about us being those who God has chosen to show his Glory in, how does God show is glory in us? And how does his glory shine through us that others may see.

2 All that Jesus did was to bring Glory to his father the father always glorified his son. How do we understand this relationship? If we are sons of God what should our relationship with the father be like?

3 how do we keep ourselves humble when God shows his glory through us to others when they praise us for what he did through us.

4 John 15:8 "This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples"
How is it to the fathers Glory when we are fruitful? What is the fruit that brings glory to God?

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Heart For The Lost

Dave Wade (Sun, 12 Mar 2017)

Dave Wade continued our series on spiritual gifts, speaking on the gift of evangelism.

To view Dave's slides (in PDF format), click here.

Heart for the lost. Mt. 9:35-38

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mat 28:19

Gift of the evangelist. ... The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to readily share the gospel with unbelievers in such a way that men and women often become Jesus’ disciples and responsible members of the Body of Christ. This gift is a practical gift.

The task of evangelism is an important spiritual exercise that all Christians should be involved with; God gifts certain members with an ability to have unusual sensitivity to when someone is ready to accept Christ, and will generally have greater success in leading people to Christ than other Christians. People with this gift should be active in training others to share their faith.

Acts 8:5-6, 26-40; Eph 4:11-14; 2 Tim4:5.

Jesus was the best evangelist around, he demonstrated his love for the lost and he equipped his disciples and then sent them. Today he wants to send us.

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38

I. Jesus Went To the People (vs. 35)
My question is; are we doing the same as Jesus did because he wants us to do?
How will we help to take Gods word to Gods world? We are called to be on a mission.

II. Christ Really Saw them
Today how do we see people?

III. He Had Compassion On Them
What is our compassion like for people compared to Jesus compassion?
How can we have compassion for people?

IV. Then He said
When was the last time you shared your story or told his story?
When was the last time you led someone to Jesus? It's exciting.

Further Questions

What equipping do you or the church need to help reach the lost?
What stops us today from seeking Gods heartbeat and saying send me?
Going out into this world to sow seeds for eternity and reaping.
We all have gifts to work together to advance the kingdom of God here in the Peaks
This is our season our time make the best of it for God.

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