We often encourage children to be more confident, yet equally, are put off by people who are confident in an arrogant way. What we choose to put our confidence in really matters! In this part of Paul's letter to the Philippians, he is passionate that this new community of Christians puts and keeps their trust in their new relationship with Jesus Christ
What do Candy Canes have to do with Christmas and the birth of Jesus? Read about this free gift given out across Teesside this Christmas time.
Joy and happiness are craved by our society and how to get them is fast becoming an industry in itself! Raj continues our series on Philippians and considers how joy and happiness in life are possible. Even from a first-century prison cell, Paul's letter speaks powerfully to us today about Jesus, the source of true joy.
As we continue our series on the book of Philippians, we find Paul writing from his prison cell rejoicing in the opportunities presented to him by his stay in prison. Out of the difficulties, he sees a major opportunity. As Christians we all face hardships - this is an inevitable part of life and we have a choice to make. Do we, like Paul, look for the opportunities presented to us or choose to focus on the difficulties?
How can Paul write about such joy and affection whilst he's in prison? As we begin a new series on the letter to the Philippians, we see how Paul starts his letter with a thanksgiving, confidence and a prayer that this church would be full of the love of God.
In the final session of Awaken, Gavin explores why character, humility and nurturing our relationship with God are so important when we're learning to prophesy.
As we conclude our series on the Jubilee Values, Gavin unpacks the final value: We Go, because God is light. Isaiah had a powerful encounter with God which led him to a place of awe and wonder and acceptance of his flaws. The result of this encounter was a clear and obedient response from Isaiah, 'Here I am, send me!'. What can we learn from Isaiah about being a 'going people'? How can this affect our everyday lives? If we are to be a people who truly do respond to God's call to go, we need to understand that this affects all of us - we all have a part to play!
Harold gives us a whole load of practical guidance on how we hear God and how we can develop the gift of prophecy in our lives.
Soroush speaks on the third of our 'We' Values, We Inspire. The role of a parent has more to do with inspiring a child how to live than simply teaching them to 'obey the rules'. We have been blessed so much by our heavenly Father that we can now live to inspire others in all sorts of ways!
In the second week of our Awaken training, Raj explores the role of the prophetic gift in the church.
In his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus finds a welcome and acceptance that he has not experienced before. It totally transforms him! Raj looks at the second of our values, 'We Welcome, because God is love' and shares how we can reflect this love to those around us as we welcome people in all sorts of ways.
In the first talk of our Awaken training series, Simon looks at prophecy in the Bible and that God still speaks to his people today!
The Christian life is not ultimately 'doing things for God', rather living a joyful and thankful life in response to all that Jesus has done for us. In fact, it's in our very name, Jubilee; a time in the Bible of celebration and joy! Simon looks at the first of our new values, 'We Rejoice'. Why? 'Because God is our strength and song'.
As we start our new sermon series on values, Raj asks the question, 'Who are we?' Over the next few weeks we will look at each of the 4 'We' values and what they mean for us.
As Christians we are called to share the joy-news of Jesus with those around us and whilst they are not the primary motivation, there are benefits that we receive through doing this. Adrian helps us to see five benefits that will, ultimately, bring us to a fuller understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
What does home mean to you? Jill helps us to see from Psalm 84 that if we've chosen to follow Jesus, our home is with God. This is a truth we need to know, even when the journeys of life take us into times of 'weeping' or difficulty. It is at these times that we're to dig into God and his goodness.
When we consider that God made every one of the countless stars and planets it is easy to think of ourselves as insignificant to him. In this talk Jonathan and Angela help us to focus on our significance to the God of creation, if we truly are known my God what should our response to this be?