This week we continue you look behind the curtains at the Throne room of God and we ask with John, 'who is worthy', we discover that the lion who is a lamb is the only one who's worthy and what that means for us now and into eternity.
When you compare the letters to Smyrna and Laodicea it becomes clear that wealth is a far more dangerous position than poverty and persecution! We look at what it means to be Luke warm, and the hope that Jesus offers in repentance as he stands at the door and knocks!
This week we examine the letter to the church in Sardis, a church whose greatest danger was no danger at all. We'll also see that we face the same danger, living in a culture where it's relatively easy to be a Christian.
The most dangerous enemy doesn't always come with a frontal attack, rather we find the danger in the temptation to compromise, we examine the letters to Pergamum and Thyatira to see what the danger of compromise looked like for them and we'll question where might we be tempted to compromise today.
The church in Ephesus in many ways is a model church, they've laboured and endured and haven't tolerated evil, working hard against false teachers, but in this crucial letter from Jesus to the Ephesians, he tells them he has this one thing against them they've abandoned the love they had at first. As Jesus presents them with a choice we too need to come along for the ride and make sure that we listen to what Jesus has to say to this church.
Here we see John (and us) come up close to a bigger and more incredible picture of Jesus than we've seen before, and in doing so, we're forced to acknowledge the significance he needs to have in our lives.
Our very first in our series through Revelation. As we kick off the series we think about how we go about understanding what is a typically difficult book to wrap our heads around, and we'll see the blessing that can come from spending time in such a great book!
Our final sermon in our Matthew series and here we're challenged with the proof of all that Jesus has said along with the simple application that should drive all we do as Christians. It's a passage we know well, so it's easy to let it's vast significance pass by us, so hook in and be changed by these important truths!
In our second last week of Matthew we get a close look at Jesus' final moments on the cross, this monumental moment in human history. And we'll ask how important was this moment and what did it really achieve?
This week Jesus arrives on the cross via many hands, but who is responsible and who are we most like? We ask hard questions of who's responsible as we grapple with the trauma the Jesus endured on the cross.
In this passage we see two trials play out, one official with Jesus, one unofficial with Peter, though each have lots of similarities they have very different outcomes. These trials helps us to think about how will we stand firm when pressure comes to our faith.
We take a deeper look at this scene that so many of us are so familiar with and notice the depth of the anguish that Jesus experienced and as we do, we'll contrast his resolve with the disciples and ultimately all humanity's failure.
We look at a shorter section this week and see a simple but incredibly extravagant act by an unnamed woman. How will you respond to this lavishing on Jesus? The disciples think that the woman's behaviour was over the top and in doing so show us the danger of not seeing the value that rightly belongs to Jesus.
What does the future hold for those who follow Jesus? This is a passage that's had many different interpretations and divided many churches. But what does Jesus really say about the future and how should that affect our lives?
No one like hypocrisy and here after a number of heated exchanges with the Pharisees, things culminate here in Ch23, with Jesus scathing rebuke of the hypocrisy that has been so present in their lives. But what about us? What tendencies do we have toward hypocrisy and how can we make sure we never act the hypocrite.
Jesus often gives warnings to those who reject His offer, but what about people who’ve RSVP’d yes to heaven? Here in Matthew 22 Jesus gives a chilling warning, and also shows us how to secure our spot.
This week we see a series interactions through Matthew 20, and see more of Jesus back to front, first is last take on the world, and as we do it, we ask the question 'is God fair'? The answer may surprise you!
This week we see Jesus engage with two very different kinds of people, one a bunch of kids the other a wealthy, upstanding and moral man. But only one has the kind of that belongs in the Kingdom of Heaven. This week we'll see what each of the two look like when we see them through Jesus eyes instead of the worlds.
We kick off our final section of the Matthew Series in chapter 19, where Jesus answers a question regarding divorce. in this passage we examine Jesus response and look to understand God's heart for marriage.
This week we look across the first two chapters in Ruth to see what we can learn about suffering. We see Naomi hit rock bottom and so ask when those lows come where is God and how do we hold on and keep going.
This week we wrap up our 'Vision & Values' series by getting practical when it comes to our treasure. Talking about using our money for the kingdom is often something we try to avoid, but the Bible won't let us get away with it. The mature Christian thinks wisely about how they use the treasure God has given them for the Kingdom.
We've made it to our last value, this time we look at Holy - 'Becoming Gods children means taking on our Fathers Characteristics. God makes us Holy, and calls us to live Holy lives as His people, as we put sin to death and take on the likeness of Jesus.'
We're up to our second last value, this time we look at Joy - 'Belonging to Jesus means becoming God's children and gaining an eternal inheritance! With joy we receive it, work, suffer and live for it, and long for it!!'
But what is this elusive joy and how do we hold on to it even in the midst of tough times, we look to the Bible to find the answer.
Our next value in our values series is that we live a 'Life of Love', that we consider others better than ourselves, practically serving using the gifts that God has given us. We'll look at 1 Peter 4 to examiners what the Bible says about living this life of Love.
Our next value in our values series is that we are 'Relentlessly Missional', this week we explore what it means when Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that he has made himself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible, and what it means for us today.
In our final look at 1 Peter, we're warned about a danger that prowls, the devil who wants to devour us, a warning we need to take seriously, but we also see that he is resistible, that God gives us weapons to help us stand firm against his attacks.
In the midst of a hostile world, the people inc church are like sheep, prone to wander, and so here Peter shows us the need for a structure to keep church solid so we can stand firm as exiles in this world.
Peter tells us that we shouldn't be surprised when we suffer for Christianity, even more than that we should rejoice when we do! Here we ask the question the christian life worth the suffering it costs us?
It's a new year, and the world tells us to make resolutions to transform into a 'new you', but the most important transformation of all comes when we follow Jesus. This passage helps us to see what the transformed Christian life looks like.
It might be hard to accept, but God calls us to do good, all the time, even when it means suffering. But though it's hard now, there's no doubt that it will pay off, and we have an incredible example to lead the way in Jesus.
Our next look at the book of 1 Peter, this week we see instructions for wives and husbands that are very different to what your world often tells us, here we have a chance to listen to what God has to tell us about marriage, and see the joy that can come when we listen to Him.
The Podcast of our weekly Sermon - this week we continue in 1 Peter and in this passage we find a hard teaching about suffering that we’re to endure it, even in unjust and unfair circumstances, but we also see the incredible example of Jesus, who suffered more than we ever could, all for our sake.