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Neal Garratt (Sun, 12 Aug 2018)

Neal re-told the story of the loaves and fishes... complete with visual aids.

Unfortunately, the is no audio available from this morning. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This morning we looked at the story of the feeding of the five thousand from John 6 vs 5-14

We started by talking about sharing our “things” and how some us may find that quite difficult –

We hear phrases like
I might never get it back
People forget about things
Things get lost
It will come back damaged or broken
People don’t treat things the way I do and more….

What don’t we like to share? We looked at the following as examples,

Clothes, food, money, cars, books, Garden Utensils, Our house, Our time

We then looked at the story from the boys point of view and told the story as though he was coming home from the day and telling him mum what had happened! Starting with “mum you are not going to believe what happened today!

We looked at God’s provision which is always more than we think

Ephesians 3 vs 20 “ Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think …”

Five points to note about the story and what can we learn?

1. The boy had to share his lunch – without that sharing there would have been no miracle!

2. Don’t try and work it all out in your head as it will not compute! Phillip tried to work out how they would feed all the people and stated it would take eight months wages to feed everyone! Impossible! Yes – God does the impossible! We are prone to trying to work out everything in our head and do the maths – God does not work like that!

3. We need to give God the little we have and let him use it for his glory- In God’s hands it can be multiplied into abundance!

4. No matter what you bring trust God that he can use iot for his glory. You are never too young to bring your gift to God.

5. Don’t hold onto things so tightly that they cannot be a blessing to others – God owns it all anyway!

God does impossible things! Faith is believing God for the impossible -whatever the situation!

We looked briefly at the Widow of Zarapeth from 1 Kings 17 and saw how she had to trust Elijah and give him the first bread she made – then God multiplied the oil and flour so she had enough – We are called to trust and have faith in God so he can provide plenty for everyone and there be 12 baskets left over as well!!

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Trust In The Face Of Uncertainty

Dave Harper (Sun, 22 Jul 2018)

Dave spoke on having trust in the face of uncertainty.

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

Losing control anxiety! How would you explain this idea (see quote in slides)

Questions

Do you think vulnerability is weakness? How can it be the way to greater strength? (2 Corinthians 12:10)

How does the Holy Spirit help us to be strong (comforter meant to make strong, to fortify)

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CAP Sunday - Everyone Needs Compassion

Charles CAP (Sun, 15 Jul 2018)

Today is "CAP Sunday". Charles from Brirmingham Central Baptist Church spoke from Acts 3 on having compassion.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

Vicki Mottram (Sun, 08 Jul 2018)

Vicki spoke from 1 Samuel 15 about Saul and the Amelekites, but not in the way that God had told him to do.

Saul and the Amekalites (1 Sam 15)
Moses at Meribah (Numbers 20)

Sometimes the God we see in the Old Testament can seem harsh or petty. This is partly because He wants to get across the message that He is in charge, and we alter His instructions at our peril. When we tweak His instructions, we are taking charge, and saying to God that we know better than Him.

The OT has several overarching themes. One of them is the repeated cycle of the people slipping into meaningless ritual, and God, through the prophets, calling them back into relationship with Him. He has made us for relationship, but it is a relationship which we bring nothing to other than ourselves.

We can slip into 3 particular traps when it comes to dealing with obedience / sacrifice.
1. Trying to make it up to God when we have sinned by sacrificing, when Jesus has already paid for it all.
2. The repetitive cycle of sin and repentance, without change.
3. Slipping out of relationship and into meaningless ritual.

Questions

How does the OT portrayal of God differ from our own experience? Why is this?
What does “the fear of the Lord” mean to you?
Sometimes we are so uncomfortable with the absolute power imbalance between us and God that we do daft things to feel the gap has lessened? Can you think of any examples either from scripture or your own experience?

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What Is The Message Of The Church?

Dave Watmore (Sun, 01 Jul 2018)

Dave used lessons from Jonah to show thta the message of the church is about forgiveness.

Jonah hated the Assyrians because of their violence towards the Israelites.
He did not want the Lord to relent from judgement because be felt he had a genuine reason for their destruction.
The Lord however loves the whole of his creation not just his people but those who don’t know him yet.

Question: What is your view of the Lord? Are you working your way toward showing those around you what God is like? Slow to anger, full of compassion and mercy.

We see at the end of the story of Jonah that the Lord supplies a plant for shade but then takes it away. This is a prophetic picture of Jonah. He wants mercy and grace for himself but his bitterness and unforgiveness (the worm) means that the Lord has to show him justice (something he deserves)by taking away the shelter of the plant.
The story of the cricketers shows the everyday effects of our sin.

Question: The story you might regard as an extreme for them and not you of revenge because of humiliation. Do you wish to see others fail or suffer because of hurts they have inflicted on you? (Schadenfruenden)Be honest because it is a very human reaction. We however have one who has set us free from the sinful nature. We have to apply that.

Corrie Ten Boom.
https://www.guideposts.org/better-living/positive-living/guideposts-classics-corrie-ten-boom-on-forgiveness
Please see the link to the story of forgiveness.

I recommend that you read this. What struck me was the analogy of the church bell ringing.
Remember you will wait for ever if you are waiting for the feeling to come and forgive someone. You need to make the choice
Do not say “God help me to forgive”. He has done this already by dying on the cross and giving us his word to be obedient and forgive.

Application
Can you help each other pray and choose to forgive people brings to your mind.
Pray, I choose to forgive ....... they made me feel ....... (angry, humiliated rejected for example).
Then ask for the Spirit to come and heal you all.

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God Sets Us Free

Phil Hardy (Sun, 24 Jun 2018)

Phil continued to look at Exodus and how God sets us from from fear.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

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The Need for Spiritual Fathers and Mothers

Justyn Pride (Sun, 17 Jun 2018)

On Father's Day, Justyn looked at the the need for the church to be spiritual fathers and mothers and to demonstrate the spirit of sonship rather than orphanship.

Unfortunately, there is no audio from this morning.

Sundays talk was based upon 1 Cor 4:15 where Paul is writing to the church in Corinth about how they are lacking in spiritual Fathers & Mothers in the church, but have many guides/teachers.

It’s easy to be one who tells others what to be doing, but harder to be a Father or Mother. A guide has followers, but a Father/Mother has children, and walk the journey.

God has revealed himself as a Father, and sent Jesus so that we could be reconciled to him, and be adopted into his family. He has done it all for us!

Fathers bring many things which include:
• Unconditional love, that brings amazing security and freedom. We don’t perform for love, but operate out of being loved.
• Our identity as dearly loved children. We are children of the King - royalty. How amazing is that! Fathers aid their children’s growth to maturity and to fulfil who they are. They ‘call out the gold’ in their children.

Sons are always sons, but grow and have sons and daughters of their own. They need to keep honouring their fathers and mothers, and be learners from their fathers and mothers.

The opposite of a son is an orphan. We can have an orphan spirit/heart which can be independence, always looking at the lack, operating for love, and not from love, or living in fear not freedom. We are not made to be orphans, but sons and daughters of God.

Questions

1. Have you had, or still have spiritual mothers and fathers in your life. What impact have they had?
2. Are you a spiritual parent to someone either in the church or not? Ask God to put someone on your heart.
3. Are there areas in your life where you feel more than an orphan than a son? Do you know what caused this? What is the truth that you need to believe, and any actions needs to operate in a different spirit?

Baptism Service

Phil Hardy (Sun, 10 Jun 2018)

Phil spoke on journeying with God at our baptism service.

Further notes and questions may be available in due course.

Sue's testimony and baptism

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Relationship With The Holy Spirit

Andy Davies (Sun, 03 Jun 2018)

Andy explained that we needed a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Our reaction to the Holy Spirit is often like how four different animals react to water:

(i) Cat - hates water and tries to avoid it;
(ii) Baboon - doesn't like water but is prepared to use it in certian situations;
(iii) Human - goes to the seaside on a hot day and then talks about it afterwards;
(iv) Hippo - gets in the water first thing and stays in there all day.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

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Royal Priesthood

Peter Williams (Sun, 20 May 2018)

Peter spoke about the fact that we are a royal priesthood.

End of an era!
Last time in tent or mobile home
Moving in.
30 years

Tension, presence of God and moving on
Key is knowing who we are and what we are here for.
Accomplish our purpose
Enjoying the presence of God is essential in us being complete
When we are in the right place, we will see God's purpose accomplished

That's what Moses is telling Israel

Deuteronomy 7:6‭-‬9 and 7:12‭-‬15

Some responsibilities (keep rules, old covenant)
Many blessings mentioned

They only knew God in this way because they came into his presence and had relationship. Out of that came incredible blessing.

Royal wedding. Who could identity with what it must be like to be royal?

Who here is royal?
Who here is a priest?

Old covenant, new covenant.

1 Peter 2:4‭-‬10

Exodus 19:6

Priests had access to the temple, and thus God.
Priests were the intermediary between the people and God.
Priests had no possessions

We are the priesthood of all believers,
so we have full access to God….
We can be an intermediary for the non believer...
and we have no possessions….

How do we live in response to what/who we are?
Do we live in the knowledge of this?

Ephesians 4:1‭-‬3

All about identity.
Do you know who you are?

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Do you know who we are?

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Questions
What have you achieved in the last 30 years?
What do you want to achieve in the next 30?
What are your dreams for the church in the next 30?
What is your place in that?

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