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Philippians - Introduction

Neal Garratt (Sun, 13 Jan 2013)

Neal introduced a series on Philippans, specifically looking at Phillippians 1 vs 1-11

Paul is writing from prison and yet this letter is full of joy and encouragement to the church in Philippi which paul had planted on his first visit to the city.

Paul`s themes in the first chapter are ones of partnership and fellowship – he encourages the church that they are partners in the gospel and grace.

The key verse from the this first 11 verses is verse 6 – “For I am confident of this very thing, the he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

We looked at what God has started in us and how salvation is not something we can ever start ourselves – God changes us from being dead, lost and without God to being made alive and part of God`s family.

What God starts in us through salvation he continues through the work of righteousness in our lives – Not our righteousness but Jesus righteousness credited to us.

To see a map of where Philippi is, click here (PDF format).

Questions:

1. God has started a good work in us - does he start and leave us to do the rest? How does this work out in our lives everyday?

2. We know that God has paid the ultimate price for us by sending Jesus as our sacrifice but do we live as though that is the case?

3. The bible tells us that the enemy is a liar from the beginning – why then do we so often listen and accept his lies?

The passages read from 'God`s Lavish Grace' can be found on pages 34/35 and 36/37 – These may be useful for discussion and further reading.

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What's Your Plan?

Phil Hardy Testimony & Words (Sun, 06 Jan 2013)

Phil spoke from Jeremiah 29 10-14 on Gods plans being specific and purposeful.

All the words from God this morning directly linked to Phil's theme. All the words are included on this audio.

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

To see Phil's slideshow, click here (PDF format).

Questions

• What plans do you have for the coming year to grow in God?
• Are you sensing any plans God has for you?
• How do we know if the things that happen in our lives are God's plan for us or just fate?
• Justyn prophesied about change and advancement of Gods plan and purpose. How did this speak to you?

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New Year's Resolutions

Neal Garratt (Sun, 30 Dec 2012)

Neal spoke about the difficulties that the world has in sticking to New Year's Resolutions that it has made, listing the ten most popular Resolutions.


Neal also encouraged the congregation to consider the areas that we would like see Church in the Peak move forward in during 2013..

Please accept our apologies for the poor quality of this recording.

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Christmas Message

Dave Harper (Sun, 23 Dec 2012)

Dave spoke about the major scandal of Christmas: the lie that you have to be good to be a Christian.


Dave showed a video entitled "No Pressure", the winner of "The Nativity Factor 2012". The video shows Joseph's side of the Christmas story. Click here to watch the video.

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A Celebration For The King

Dave Harper (Sun, 16 Dec 2012)

After showing some photos from the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony (see link below), Dave spoke about how God planned the 'Opening Ceremony' for Jesus. Dave looked at the angels, the star, Simeon and the Holy Spirit. Verses included Matthew 1:21 and Luke 2:25-35.

Further notes and questions may follow in due course.

To see the photos of the Olympics Opening Ceremony that Dave showed, click here.

To watch the video clip of Mr Bean playing 'Chariots Of Fire' at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, click here.

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The Challenges Of Being A Church On Mission

Dave Harper Debra Evans (Sun, 09 Dec 2012)

Dave spoke about 'helping one another on mission'. The commission from Jesus to go on mission is clear whether we look at the 12,(Luke 9:1-2) the 72 (Luke 10), the disciples at Galilee (Matthew 28:18-20) or the early church (Acts 2 on). Jesus' mandate was 'heal the sick and preach that the kingdom of God is near'.

Debra shared how mission felt like a heavy overcoat, inflexible and crushing. She shared how it caused her to look at her own failings and short comings and question her ability and worthiness to be on mission. She then went on to share how she has sought to get free of it by rejecting the lies that seemed to disqualify her and instead choose to believe the truth about her identity and to trust Jesus. She also shared how important being part of the family of the church is in supporting and encouraging her.

Dave picked up on finding our identity in God and spurring one another on to love and good deeds as we meet together and encourage one another. Heb 10:23-25 and 1 Peter 4:10-11

Questions

What was your response to Debra's testimony and shared vulnerability? Did you identify with her at all?

When things get tough do you tend to pull back or do you seek out help and encouragement from others in the church or your community group?

Read Hebrews 10:23-25. How can we put this into practice more than we do?

In 1 Peter 4:10 Peter urges us to use the gifts we have received, Debra quoted this text and sought to apply it to herself. How would you apply it?

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Kingdom Culture

Justyn Pride (Sun, 02 Dec 2012)

Justyn looked at Kingdom Culture and how it is missional. Starting in the Garden of Eden and then at Jesus' own ministry. Justyn looked at a Kingdom culture that Honours People, Relationships, Freedom and that also Empowers.

Questions

1. Sin breaks down culture as seen in Eden, but Jesus came to restore and demonstrate a new Kingdom. It was a Kingdom that attracted those on the edge of Jewish society - the sinners. What do you understand by this? Why was it attractive? How like it are you and us as a church family?

2. The phrase 'You have something that I don't have, and I need what you have' was used as part of this culture of honouring each other. What do you understand by this? Is this something desirable or something with which you struggle? If so, why?.

3. Freedom is a key part of Kingdom (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom). Free to celebrate, free to love, free to live, free to take risks, free to fail and/or succeed. Are there any areas where you don't feel free in? It's good to ask for prayer and help to step into freedom.

4. We're called to be salt and light, to extend the Kingdom of God. Do you believe that us living out a culture as discussed will reach those who don't know Jesus yet?

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Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart

Phil Hardy (Sun, 25 Nov 2012)

Phil looked at Moses' call to the people of Israel to Love the Lord their God with all their heart soul and mind, Phil looked at God's unconditional love for us and how that draws us into loving him and loving others unconditionally.

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

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

Questions

1. What does it mean to Love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind?

2. How's your love relationship, have you lost your the joy of loving Jesus?

3. Is there anyone person or people type that you find hard to show love towards?

4. If actions speak louder than words, what act of kindness can you do this week?

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Caleb And The Promised Land

Neal Garratt (Sun, 18 Nov 2012)

Neal looked at the story of Caleb from Numbers 13 and 14 and what we can learn from Caleb.

His name means wholeheartedness and he was certainly that – Trusting and having faith in God even though the circumstances going into the Promised Land looked impossible (again!).

He remembered that this was the same God that had brought them over the Red Sea and dealt with the hoards of Egyptian soldiers following them – the God of the impossible situation!

Questions:

1. What can we learn from Caleb about heart attitude and what made him “Different?”

2. Do we ‘fully rely on God’ (FROG) or are we more of a ‘partly rely on God’ person (PROG) – if we are why?

3. God says that his burden is light – why does it most of the time feel heavy? How do we find our song in the dark times?

4. God wants us to be honest with him and others and yet we find that hard – why is that?

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