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?
The Psalms give us permission to Lament. In Psalm 13, David shows us how, in the depths of our Lament, to lift our eyes to Jesus to rejoice in his Unfailing Love.
We may think our pit of destruction is too deep to climb out of but we need to wait and have faith in God. Elham shows us from this psalm that it is God alone who is our helper and deliverer.
It is said that in other books of the Bible, God speaks to us, but in the Psalms, God speaks for us. The Psalms help us to express the ups and downs of life. We'll explore a different psalm over the summer and in this talk, Simon gives a brief introduction to the Psalms and why they are such a great treasure to us!
The gospel writer Luke records that some of the first people that Jesus chooses to reveal himself to following his resurrection, are two disciples that were on their way out of Jerusalem. Andy helps us to see that Jesus comes to those who are downcast and have lost hope. The transforming message of his victory over sin and death changes us and sends us out into the world.
Jonah's mission to Ninevah was a success, yet this was not down to the effort of Jonah. God uses an imperfect person to turn a nation and he still uses imperfect people today. Lou wraps up our Jonah series and encourages us to consider what it is to know God, how we can bring our prayers to Him and how we can freely receive the grace He has for us.
I couldn’t possibly write an Elders’ letter this month without at least making reference to that amazing night in Madrid on June 1st and Liverpool FC’s historic sixth Champions League trophy. Non-football fans…please don’t switch off!
Revival is on the lips and hearts of many Christians in our day.
Jonah reluctantly preaches just eight words of doom to the Ninevites and all of them repent and cover themselves with sackcloth and sit down in the dust, from the highest to lowest (animals included!). What can we learn from the multitude of God's revival waves through history? What can we learn from bible revivals? What do revivals look like? Be filled with faith and expectation as we explore some key features of Christian revivals.
As Jonah finds himself washed up on dry land after his time in the belly of the fish, he is met not with judgement and rebuke but with a second chance. This time Jonah followed his calling and went to the city of Nineveh. In this talk Gavin unpacks what this might have meant for Jonah, and what we can take from this as individuals today as we go into the cities around us. What does it mean to 'go to the city'? How can we do that practically? Is this a calling just for individuals or a greater call for us as a church?;
Running away from God has brought Jonah to a low and desperate place. There can often be moments of despair in all our lives, yet it's often in these moments that we discover the depth of the love of God. Simon reminds us that it is the grace of God that we need to keep receiving as we walk through the highs and lows of life.
Why are there so many people outside the church who are seemingly 'better people' than churched people? Why haven't Christians got it more together than non-Christians? How can we believe in a faith that seems to have sanctioned war, violence, racism and injustice over the years? And what about those ‘religious fanatics’?
What do we say to these very valid questions.? How does the Jonah narrative help us critique Christianity and indeed ourselves? Let's delve deeper!
Birthdays usually mean presents and so as we approach Pentecost Sunday, the day many Christians would mark as the birth of the Church, do we see the Church as a gift to the world? What does this mean for Church unity and the mission God has called us to?
When we read the Bible, we can sometimes be quick to identify with heroes, like David or Joshua. Yet, how often do we identify with someone like Jonah? God planned to bless the whole world, yet when Jonah was called to play his part in this mission, he ran. We are like Jonah when we choose our way, instead of God's. However, God will have His way and when our identity is secure in Jesus Christ, we find we're enabled to live for him and even to bring our big questions to God, rather than simply running away.
As we move on in the story of Jonah we see Jonah caught in a great storm along with the rest of the people on his ship. As people, we often face various storms in our own lives as individuals; difficulties, illness or suffering. We also see great storms which face us as a society - the world can be full of storms! In this talk, Gavin looks at what the different reactions in this story can teach us about our reactions to some of the storms in life that we face. Should we deal with them in the same way that Jonah or the Sailors did or is there an even better way?