J.I. Packer says ‘The historic [doctrine] of the Trinity…confronts us with perhaps the most difficult thought that the human mind has ever been asked to handle’. C.J. Mahaney talking about difficult questions his kids ask him about the Bible, says ‘There is one question more difficult to answer than the one about the Trinity and that is ‘Daddy what’s a concubine!’ Seeing the wonder of the unique Christian God is essential if we are to see and be part of His big call to change the world. Here, Raj unpacks the gems of a Triune God and why the doctrine of Trinity really matters and makes a difference! He says ‘Jubilee, the Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal, is on you and I. The Lord has appointed you and I for a special purpose. Let’s be willing to be His servants and co-workers!’
Sometimes, I can be overwhelmed by so many things that I find myself missing the main thing. What can we learn from Mary and Martha in this area. Who enjoyed Jesus' company more?
Our friend Michael from Ho, Ghana helps us to understand that we can put things in Jesus' hands through the word, worship and prayer.
"God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals” (Wayne Grudem). God shows his wisdom in unity and diversity both in his creation and his plan for the redemption of mankind.
In this talk Gill unpacks the holiness of God, something which is so central to our Christian faith. Through Jesus we are able to approach this Holy God, not only that however, we are able to have a relationship with him. What an amazing truth.
AW Tozer once said ‘what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’. We can sometimes make God too safe in our eyes by not seeing that He is mighty. Lou helps us to see why it matters that God is mighty, how we can know it and what it means for our lives.
In the first of our short Summer series we focus on ‘God is love’. Knowing that God loves us with a perfect love, truly transforms who we are and helps us to love those around us.
For the last 12 months, Nathaniel Pullan has been on our IMPACT training programme. Here he writes a little bit of what he’s been up to and how it has helped him grow.
How’s life? Easy or challenging? By reading the last two chapters of Acts, we can safely come to the conclusion that Apostle Paul had a difficult time. However, we learn that by the grace of God he turned difficulties into opportunities. Also, the book doesn’t end there, the Acts of the Holy Spirit continues at His Church today.
In this talk we unpack Paul’s various trials relating to his new found faith. The reality is as people we probably won’t end up in a courtroom defending our beliefs, however, have you ever been asked a difficult question about your faith? Or been asked to explain what you believe in? Gavin gives some helpful tips for defending your faith as well as reminding us what our ultimate motivation should be when having these conversations.
If there was ever a manual for Christian discipleship it must be the book of Acts! This breathtaking story highlights, amongst many other things that are important to the spiritual formation of a believer in the context of church community, how we handle our money with grace-filled generosity and godly stewardship, makes a difference.
We all work for God's glory and sometimes that is from the sidelines or behind the scenes or even on the bench. Are we willing to make that important choice to enable God to work through our lives and that of the church?
In Acts, we see that leaders are vital to the church being all it is called to be. Whether it is leading in the church, the home, the workplace or somewhere else, there are lessons we can learn from Paul’s farewell speech to the leaders in this passage.
In the Gospels, we note that Jesus was not the only one who had disciples. but he had an emphasis on disciple making, and like everything else is the greatest example for us. The task of discipleship is the responsibility of the Church. In this talk we’re going to look at the importance of discipleship and it’s generational impact on the Church and the society.
Jesus said, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 11:8). So with this and Jesus’ Great Commission in mind, what did Paul and Barnabas do? They planted churches!
We come to one of the most amazing stories in the book of Acts, in-prisoned, due to be sentenced, in chains and guarded with additional security, all seems lost for Peter. As he sat in his prison cell his church family were reacting in the best way they knew, reaching out to God in prayer. During this talk Gavin unpacks the subject of miracles and challenges us to expect the unexpected. There is then a challenge to be a praying community, taking heart from the early church’s response to hardship.
God’s plan was always that the good news of His Son would go to all nations. In this story of Peter and Cornelius we see that this good news is for everyone, it is enough and it is joyful!
A subject that’s historically been debated by Christians seems to have been practices by the early church with no difference of opinion. The book of Acts provides us with a helpful insight into this commandment given to us by Jesus, and provides a number of examples as well theological basis for it. In this sermon we’ll look at the “what, who, and how” questions around baptism.