Friendship is a gift from God - this is never more clear than when viewed from the perspective of scripture. In Jesus' commandment to 'Love your Neighbour', the bar is raised in terms of friendships. In this talk, we look at the value of 'True Friendship' and the sacrifice that it often requires. Fortunately, in Jesus, we find the perfect friend - from that place of security, we can go on the journey together.
Refugees have been a hot topic in the media for as long as one can remember, however, in recent years, there are more dividing opinions on them than ever. This also includes the Church, and how she responds to the issue of those who have had to leave their home and loved ones behind and seek sanctuary elsewhere. But we’re all refugees of something; from persecution for political opinion, religious belief, or ethnicity, to secularism in many Western nations. In this talk, we’ll look at the what it means to welcome and care for the sojourners as well as first-hand stories of those who have had to flee their home.
As I think about 2018, one of my prayers is that we continue to be a people who are filled with the Holy Spirit and who draw ever closer to God through reading, understanding and putting into practice all He has revealed to us in the Bible.
700 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied that the birth of a child would bring in God’s rescue plan for his people. Christmas reminds us that His rescue plan would involve entering our space in the most amazing way.
It’s usually this time of year when people reflect on the past year, their successes and challenges, and everything else that comes with them. However, this article is not going to be that.
According to British Medical Journal, death rates are falling in the UK. The more I think about this, surely this isn’t right - as far as I’m aware 100% of people still die! With a lot of death all around us, with death approaching us day by day, how does Christianity offer something radical, unique, phenomenal compared all other worldviews and beliefs? How can The Apostle Paul say with full confidence that in the midst of persecution and death, ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’? How can that be? What does Jesus offer that's so different? Has death, ‘the last enemy’, really been beaten once and for all?
We live in a world where singleness can be viewed very negatively. There is a strong pressure to be in a relationship with a partner. The challenges of singleness can also be great. But the Apostle Paul and Jesus himself lived the single life….a life that Jesus described as 'Life to the Full'! How are we to encourage each other in the church and address all the benefits and all the challenges that go with being single? How does God’s family step up to the mark of biblical teaching? How can single men and women lead a life of purpose against the cultural tide of the times? Rob Earl and Lou Watts today unpack some of these issues from personal experience and a biblical viewpoint.
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.
As we celebrate our gift day, we look at Jesus words to His sheep upon His second coming. In this talk, we take a closer look at what Jesus meant by saying "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (v40) within the context of pastoral care.
In this amazing encounter with Jesus and a woman living out her normal day, collecting water from the Jacobs Well, her whole life is turned around. This ordinary day becomes an extraordinary one - A Moment of Grace. Jesus bridges all the cultural, racial, social and religious barriers and reaches out to this outcast lady saying, ‘Can we be friends?’. As we take our gift day collection, Raj Saha unpacks some of the areas that we are going to prioritise this year as we declare Jesus Welcome to All.
Open Door is giving out gifts this Christmas, to those who are in need.
As we continue the short series about Grace, Gavin unpacks the subject of Grace for the Nations. What does it mean to have grace for the nations? Why is this important to God? As we celebrate the nations God has called us to it's important to remember that we all have a part to play!
In the first of our short series on grace, we look at how the grace of God affects our community life together. Acts 11 tells us that when Barnabas visited the growing church in Antioch he ‘saw the grace of God’. What did this look like and how can it help us to be grace-filled communities across Teesside?
Parenting is hard. Period. But Jesus brings His life here too! God understands that parenting will be challenging - remember he has difficult children too! Having a biblical vision for nurturing our kids to adulthood is a responsibility of the whole church family. What we make our focus will ultimately shape their hearts. In the end, we cannot bear the total responsibility. If our children are to have real faith we must lead them on a journey of grasping, receiving and experiencing it for themselves. We need help… lots of help! Jesus brings life to the full.
In this Letter, Gavin encourages us in our worship, both personal and congregational. When we live a life actively choosing to magnify God, it changes everything!
In today’s world, the word ‘temptation’ does not carry the significant weight that it has in the Bible. The concept of temptation is evident from the very first pages of the Bible. In this talk, we look at how Jesus responded to temptation, and how we can learn to battle through temptation by looking at the perfecter of our faith.
How do you think about marriage? Outdated, unimportant or sometimes as worse, the goal of Christian life? Our view of marriage is radically transformed when we understand that God uses it as a parable to point to the passionate, faithful love Jesus has for the Church.
Letting God be God and allowing his Gospel to shape us, results in a life sent with purpose and meaning. The church is God’s glorious plan to reveal His grace and hope to a world in need. Jesus declared His manifesto as He read out these famous words from an ancient scripture as he kicked of His ministry on earth. It was a foresight into what the Kingdom of God could look like through the church. They were life and breath to people who heard…..They still are to us! As you listen to this sermon please consider your part in Gods great jigsaw, your role in the adventure ahead. Thank you Jubilee. You are amazing!
Our God is the most generous, and just like everything else to do with His character, His generosity is holistic and in full measures. This is evident in every page of the Bible and revealed in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to follow this great example. But how do we bring Biblical truth to the culture of “don’t tell me what to do with my money”? In this talk, we’ll take a look at how the earliest followers of Jesus lived generous lives, filled with the Holy Spirit, and lead by their conviction to preach the Gospel and serve the poor.