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.
The letter to the Philippians teaches us to rejoice in hope. Christians have a hope that is outside of themselves, which means we can be even more confident. Lou helps us to see that rejoicing in hope means a personal choice, firm foundations, vision and our thought life.
With Christmas Day almost here, Raj looks at what we celebrate during this festive period. In the midst of parties, presents, food and family, the Christmas message is that God came to be with us and made a way to have friendship with him.
For Paul to write from his prison cell the words, 'Do everything without grumbling.' is quite amazing and reminds us that we can be content in knowing Jesus, serving others and being a light that shines in the darkness. Soroush helps us apply this truth to our lives, to the church and to Teesside.
The age old question of whether Christmas gets earlier each year. Perhaps it points to something deeper than we think.
Jeremy and Ann encourage us from this amazing Old Testament promise and help us to see how we can joyfully live in the light of it. How will we 'enlarge the place of our tent'?
Jeremy and Ann speak about apostolic ministry. What does it mean to be an apostolic people? In what kind of ways are we sent into the world?
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!