God's Presence Came

(Sun, 02 Jul 2017)

There is no recording from this morning. God's presence came powerfully during the meeting this morning. Various church members had powerful words.

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God's Kingdom

Phil Pierce (Sun, 25 Jun 2017)

Phil Pierce spoke about God's Kingdom.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Prayer: Authority and Intimacy

Chris Spear Carly Spear (Sun, 18 Jun 2017)

Chris and Carly continued our series on prayer, looking at Ephesians 2: 1-7.

Chris shared his story of how God has been revealing to him the position he has as a child of God through a series of pictures. His story follows the line of the verses from Ephesians, describing the journey of us all when we were dead in our sin then made alive in Christ. The ‘But God…’ verse.

If you weren't there Sunday morning, hopefully the main points of his testimony can be remembered and shared between you!

The development of understanding has been in the areas of our authority from and with God, and how this comes out of a place of intimacy with the Father.


1. Why do some people feel like they are not worthy to live on the ‘41st floor’? (Do you?)

2. What does it look like to pray with authority?

3. How do we develop intimacy with the Father, both individually and corporately?

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Faith Filled Praying

Phil Hardy (Sun, 11 Jun 2017)

Phil continued his preach about praying.

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

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

I guess it’s would be easy if there were some simple formula or step by step simple guide to prayer to follow and if you do that all your prayers will be answered

Just check off the steps and we’ve done our duty

Prayer doesn’t work like that though, God wants us to engage with him, it’s about relationship and our hearts been in tune with him.

Praying was never meant to be a duty or a chore, it is a privilege and essential to our developing and strengthening our relationship with our father.

God loves to answer our prayer, he doesn’t ignore he’s not being difficult or awkward, he wants us to find him to know him to partner with him.

He wants us to know his heart that we might pray with faith and expectancy.

We need to:
(1) pray faithfully
(2) pray decisively
(3) pray forcefully
(4) pray lovingly
(5) pray truthfully
(6) pray earnestly
(7) pray authoritatively


Prayer is a journey that is unique for everyone. Just as each of us has a different calling or job to do for God, each of us will travel a slightly different road in understanding what prayer really is. God will speak to each of us in different ways, and the way God speaks to one person can be markedly different from the way He speaks to another.

God isn't interested in getting us to learn rules and requirements and living life merely by following the dictates of a rule book, but He wants us to come to Him that we might know Him for ourselves. He wants a unique relationship with each of us just as He created each of us as unique individuals.

He wants to partner with us in our journey and live it out with us day by day. It's why He created humans, and it is His great joy when we come to Him without doubt or compromise to wholeheartedly get to know Him and let ourselves be fully known by Him. God is all about relationship, and the key to it is masterful prayer.

Faith filled payers are needed for seemly impossible tasks
For our nation to turn back to God
To see the Gospel penetrate every tribe tongue and nation
To see strongholds pulled down in the Name of Jesus
To see his kingdom rule and reign in every sphere of society

God majors in doing what is impossible with man
He loves to break through when all hope seems gone
So what are we going to do with prayer ?
If this is a new day for us then it has to be in prayer and through prayer


• What’s your prayer journey?
• What’s been your best prayer success and your worst?
• How would you like to see your prayer life grow?
• How can we be more effective in our praying ?
• What are the breakthroughs you are praying for at the moment?

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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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Family At Prayer

Peter Williams (Sun, 28 May 2017)

Peter continued our series on prayer looking at the church family at prayer, focusing on Luke 18:1-14.

A modern take on the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18).

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


The aim of prayer is not to change the mind of God, but to bring our hearts into line with Him.

7 prayerless days makes 1 weak.

"Your expectation is God's invitation." Julian Adams

"He had been desperately hoping that the lion would say yes, he had been horribly afraid it might say no. But he was taken aback when it did neither. He thought of his mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came in his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out: 'But please, please won't you, can't you give me something that will cure my mother?' Up until then he had been looking at the lions great feet and the huge claws on them; now in despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own (wonder of wonders) great shining tears compared with Digory's own that for a moment he felt as if the lion must really be sorrier about his mother than he was himself."
C S Lewis, Magicians Nephew p159 and 168

Exodus 17:11‭-‬13 NLT

1 Timothy 2:8‭-‬10 MSG


Tell everyone about your prayer life - highs and lows - trust me you’ll be encouraged!

What encourages you the most regarding prayer (to get you praying)?

What has been your best answer to prayer?

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Partnering With God In Prayer

Phil Hardy (Sun, 21 May 2017)

Phil spoke about the importance of partnering with God in prayer.


• We are encouraged in scripture to
o Pray Scripturally
o Pray Strategically
o Pray Systematically

• Sometimes it’s hard
• Sometimes there are barriers, distractions and our minds wonder, our praying on detours
• God has told us he wants us to strengthen our prayer muscle, to be stronger and more effective in our praying, He said we could have this building but we would have to fight for it in prayer
• Prayer is a key factor in any advancement of the Gospel and the church
• Prayer should precede any kingdom activity
• God wants our future / your future to be better than our / your past

God wants us to have influence in every sphere of our life, workplace, where we live in our community,

Prayer has been the Key to our Past History right back from the beginning in Genesis

Old Testament
Right back in our history we find prayer in the Old Testament is in Genesis 15 - God reveals his plan and purpose to Abram

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”

Gen 25:21
Isaac praying because Rebekah was barren and so she had Jacob and Esau. The promise made to Abraham his Father would be fulfilled because of this prayer, and continues to be fulfilled

New Testament
Jesus obviously prayed – Obviously!

 On the day of Pentecost what were they doing?
 When the early church were being persecuted what did they do?
 When Peter was imprisoned how did they respond?

Prayer was the key in the Old Testament and the New Testament church
The point is Prayer was the key to our past, our heritage.

As a nation we once prayed and it was prayer that once made this nation great

Prayer: CitP
We are where we are
We are who we are …..Because of prayer
Over the years there has been much prayer in the church for the church to bring us to this point

Prayer was important, it still is important, even of greater importance maybe; it always will be until Jesus comes again, and it’s the key to our future – to yours and mine

3 points about Prayer

• Prayer expresses our trust in God and the means whereby our trust him can increase as well as a way of expressing our love to him and fellowship with him
• Prayer changes the way God acts
James 4:2 you do not have because you do not ask
Prayer not only does us good but also affects God and the world
When we ask, God responds
Luke 11: 9-10 for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks the door will be opened.
There is a clear connection between seeking things form God and receiving them
When we ask, God responds

• Pray in accordance with Gods will
1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Wayne Grudem:- It’s appropriate that we should have great confidence that God will answer our prayer when we ask him for something that is in accord with a specific promise or command of scripture

What’s your prayer life like – occasional, when we remember? when its convenient? , when we’re in need? Is it passive?

Does it go something like this -?
Good morning God please help me today or Good night
Bless me and mine
Look after my house and family

Just maybe what he means for us to strengthen our Payer muscle maybe we need to adopt a lifestyle of praying
Continuous, Effective, Hell destroying, Bondage breaking, Stronghold crushing, Life generating, Soul saving and power releasing spiritual intersession

Conclusion & Application

There is much God has planned for you and us to do, God’s not done with you or us yet, his purpose for the Peak District and this church has yet to be fully fulfilled

Prayer is the key to seeing it all happen

Maybe if you don’t already set aside just some time say 15minutes every day to pray with and in the spirit like that and see what change God will bring about.

Chris Spear – Prayer Room
We have opportunities in church life to pray together, I want to encourage you to strengthen your own prayer life and that we continue to strengthen the Prayer life of the church.

Questions for Groups

• What’s your prayer life like? What obstacles hinder prayer?
• How can you strengthen your payer muscle?
• What do you think hinders people from getting together for prayer?
• What would church life be like if we prayed more and prayed like this - Continuous, Effective, Hell destroying, Bondage breaking, Stronghold crushing, Life generating, Soul saving and power releasing spiritual intercessory prayer

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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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