It's no surprise that love is the first kind of fruit mentioned in the Apostle Paul's list. The relationship between God and his people is defined by love. God's amazing love for us, from which our love for him and our love for others springs from. The video mentioned by Raj at the end of this talk can be watched here.
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As we move to doing church slightly differently over the coming weeks, Gavin introduces our new Sermon Series on the book of Galatians. During the difficulties that we are facing at the moment we are seeing many different responses from people around the world What should our response be as Christians? How do we shine our lights during this time? Most Christians will have some awareness about this passage but what exactly did Paul mean when he talked about the fruit of the Spirit? How does this develop? What is the alternative to a life that produces this fruit?
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Far from a 'warm and cosy' picnic, Jesus' miraculous feeding of 5,000 is a vision of what his unexpected kingdom looks like. Raj continues our series on our second value 'We Welcome' and shows that Jesus is welcoming us all into his revolution!
There are people in our communities who, just like Zacchaeus, are on the edge and unable to make their way through the crowd to Jesus. How do we welcome people like this into community and ultimately into encountering the power that comes from the life-changing welcome that Jesus offers?
In an age of Love Island, The Voice, The Greatest Dancer, The X Factor and Strictly, everyone wants to be famous. Everyone wants to be known. Everyone wants stardom. Nonetheless, Jesus pips them all. He is the most famous and influential person in all of history.
'Born again' is a phrase that can mean different things in our culture. However, to Jesus it meant a spiritual birthing in our lives that is from God and that changes us forever. Raj explores the impact of Jesus' teaching on how we welcome people and the role of God the Holy Spirit in our lives.
As we continue our series looking at what it means to be a welcoming church we come to one of the more well-known passages in the bible where Jesus tells three stories about things being lost: a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son. In each of these stories we see different examples of God searching for and welcoming the lost. How will this change our view on those around us?
When we suffer, experience pain or live with an illness, there can be times when it feels as is if God doesn't care for us. However, we see that Jesus welcomes people in the midst of their suffering and sickness.
Simon kicks off our new series, looking at our second value, 'We Welcome'. Before we consider how we can welcome those around us, we need to know that Jesus welcomes us. This is the place from which we can be channels of God's love and welcome to others.
It sounds too good to be true, but this has happened throughout history since the first church in Jerusalem was persecuted. Those scattered believers planted new churches in the places where they settled.
Jesus talked regularly about money and possessions. Paul talked about them too yet we can sometimes be embarrassed. In our final talk on Philippians, Raj shows us how rejoicing in God will affect the whole of our lives, including our wallets and our stuff.
Even from prison, the apostle Paul could say that he was 'pressing on' in life and all that Christ had taken hold of him for. Soroush helps us to see from this passage that there is a glorious future for us and we can rejoice in it.
As we celebrate Baby Thanksgivings Gavin challenges us with one of Jesus' most famous parables. In this story, Jesus talks about two different builders, both looking to build something significant and lasting. From the outside, the buildings probably looked very similar. It is only when the storm comes that we see the fundamental difference between things built on firm foundations and things build on sand. What are you building your life on?
The Bible teacher John Stott once said, 'pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend'. In this outstanding and challenging passage from the letter to the Philippians, Paul tells the church that they can look to the example of Jesus in order to know what true humility looks like in the Christian life.
It's passages like this that remind us that the New Testament was written by real people in very real-world situations. In the Christian life, friendship is neither an optional extra nor a waste of time. Here we see three friends on a mission together, serving others and knowing Jesus more.