In this message, Pastor Dom speaks into the whole area of praise and why it’s so essential to the life of the local church and the life of a believer. Raising a Hallelujah goes way beyond responding to a feeling, it is a decision that you make in both the good times and the bad because not only is God worthy of it regardless but because praise often precedes victory. In this message, Dom explores the Hebrew understanding of praise and how it postures us for a life of blessing, breakthrough and impact.
In this message Pastor Dom speaks into the area of maturing in your faith. Too many believers remain as spiritual infants when God’s desire for them is to grow up into being spiritual giants. Maturity is less to do with how ‘serious’ or ‘sensible’ you are and it’s more to do with how secure you are. Knowing who you are in Christ is essential to you advancing in your Christian faith. This message offers 4 insights that will help you grow up and move from where you are.
In this message, Sunnyhill's Lead Pastor, Dom Bird talks about beginnings looking at the account of Zerubbabel and the re-building of the temple.
We often hear the old adage: "all good things must come to an end". Whilst in some cases that is true, there are some things that don't. There is in fact another way of looking at this: "all good things must come to a beginning". Every great thing we see whether it be a marriage, a career, a church or anything else, at some point has a point of conception and we must learn to see beginnings the way God does.
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We are entering a game changing season and God invites us to be game changers. God is doing a new thing. We can’t take yesterday’s mindset into today’s challenges. We can’t use yesterday’s strategies to reach today’s people. ‘We may like the bridge over where the river used to flow but the river has moved and there is a new flow.’
In this message, Pastor Sam explains the 4 things you need to do if you want to change the game.
In this final message in our Movie Month series, Next Gen Pastor, Sophie Parker unpacks the classic movie "The Lion King". Taking various clips and themes from the film, she asks us...'How do you know when it's time to step up?' and 'What do you do to make that step?'
In one of the most intense and dramatic visions recorded in scripture, Isaiah discovered some things about God that left him shaken to the core. In this sermon Pastor Phil opens up Isaiah chapter 6 to explore the nature and character of God, and shows how a genuine encounter with Christ will never leave anybody unchanged.
Jacob struggled for years with an identity complex; a battle that was powerfully captured in his wrestling match with God in Genesis 32. In this message, Pastor Phil reflects on how we too often struggle with identity issues, and how victory in these battles can only come through a face-to-face encounter with God.
In this Pentecost Sunday message Pastor Dom talks about how the growth gene is built into the Church and how it’s activated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. There are things we can learn from the early church that could posture us for a future of growth and power.
So often we see life as a journey between point A and Point B, the place we’re leaving and the place we’re heading. Our ideal is to move from A to B as fast as possible but God’s ideal isn’t always the same. In this message Pastor Dom speaks about living in the in-between, the place between A and B and how God uses process which some times looks like difficulty and hardship for our growth and maturity. Nothing is wasted.
Our destiny is unlocked when we get 2 yes’s- The yes from God and the yes from the doorkeeper to our destiny. But between these 2 yes’s there are an abundance of no’s. Richard helps us to think about how we get our 2 yes’s and urges us to keep enduring through the no’s.
In this message, we are reminded of God's deep desire to bless his people. Pastor Phil helps us explore how we can enjoy the fullness of God's blessing, and how we can use it to transform the world around us.
In this day and age more and more people are suffering with worry and anxiety - research shows this. Either life is getting more stress inducing or as people we’re getting worse at handling it. Even the church is filled with people who worry first and pray second. The problem is that worry stops us living the blessed life. In this message Pastor Dom shows us how Jesus, Paul and Peter teach us that worry is a choice and how we are to cultivate a worry free life. ‘You are too blessed to be stressed!’
We often think happiness is something that you have or something that you don't have and that its not something that you proactively work to achieve. In the second message of the series 'The Blessed Life' Pastor Loo Bird unpacks how we can build a life of happiness based on principles found in Psalm 1.
In the Bible the word 'Blessed' is used to speak of many things. It speaks of happiness, it speaks of divine favour, prosperity and success. Living the Blessed Life is available to all - it's part of our inheritance as children of Abraham. In this opening message of our new series, Lead Pastor Dom Bird explores the promises of blessing found in Deuteronomy 28 and how we can apply them to our own lives.
In this Easter Sunday message Pastor Dom talks about how much God loves us and to what lengths He will go to bring us back to Him. Even the grave wasn’t considered too far and because Jesus conquered death we can now know true life.
In the message Pastor Dom talks about how faith has to be outworked through activity. We don’t work to get saved we work because we are saved. In our work and efforts what limits are we willing to go to to help people encounter Jesus. ‘Whatever it takes’ is a mentality that faith demands of us.
If you are happy with the house, you’ll have a heart for the house. In this message Richard Garton talks about God’s desire for us to be happy and helps us see some of the choices we can make to become happier.
In this message, Pastor Dom talks about overcoming the victim mentality. In John 5 Jesus challenged someone who considered themselves a victim by asking them ‘do you want to be made well?’ The first step to overcoming our victim mindset is having the desire to be made well. We can’t stay where we are, we need to leave the comfort of our dysfunction in order to get up and walk in all that God has for us. This is what it means to apply faith - to believe that we have already received the breakthrough we’re looking for. We are not conquered, we are more than conquerors! We are not victims, we are victors! We are not overcome, we are overcomers!
Continuing our 'Type A Faith' series, Pastor Dom Bird helps us build an atmosphere of faith. Looking at the healing of Jairus's daughter, Dom encourages us to 1. Stop singing our 'woe is me' songs. 2. Put our unbelief outside the door. 3. Be around people who stand with us in faith.
In this second message of our 'Type A Faith' series, Discipleship Pastor Phil Coleman encourages us to have an attitude of faith. Calling out in others and in ourselves the good that we can see in faith rather than simply describing or addressing current failings.
In this message (Pastor) Dom kicks off our ‘Type A Faith’ series by speaking about the importance of developing the accent of faith in our lives. Christians should have an accent that is different to the world, an accent that is faith filled, hope centred and life giving. Our words carry a creative power and as we speak we create a pathway for our minds and lives to follow. It’s time to stop speaking death and start speaking life over ourselves and each other.
This week Richard concludes our ‘Smashing It’ series at our Poole Campus by helping us see that success in our finance is about a shift in behaviour and lifestyle along with the need to say that we have had enough of living in debt.
In this message, Lead Pastor Dom Bird talks about breaking the ‘poverty mindset’ that so easily keeps us living by fear rather than faith, that keeps us championing greed rather than generosity. God wants to pour blessing into our lives so that we can pour blessing into the lives of others but if he can’t get it through us, he won’t bring it to us. Dom gives us two principles that empower us to walk with a ‘blessed mindset.’
Pastor Wayne Swift (National Leader of ACTS Global Australia) is our guest speaker this morning.
We all have rules over our lives that need breaking. What rules? Rules that we or other people have put there that compromise our thinking and limit our potential. It’s time to start breaking the rules that hold us back.
Continuing our New Years series - 'Smashing it'. Looking at equipping ourselves with the tools we need for a better life. In this fifth message of the series, Lead Pastor Dom Bird give us more great principles that will help us thrive in our workplace.
Continuing our New Years series - 'Smashing it'. Looking at equipping ourselves with the tools we need for a better life. In this fourth message of the series, Lead Pastor Dom Bird give us great principles that will help us thrive in our workplace.
Continuing our New Years series - 'Smashing it'. Looking at equipping ourselves with the tools we need for a better life. In this third message of the series, Lead Pastor Dom Bird give us great principles that will help us thrive in our family relationships.
At the start of this new year, we are in a great series - 'Smashing it'. Looking at equipping ourselves with the tools we need for a better life. In this second message of the series, Pastors Dom & Loo Bird give us great principles that will help us thrive in our marriages.
At the start of this new year, we begin a new series - 'Smashing it'. Looking at equipping ourselves with the tools we need for a better life. In this first message of the series, Pastor Dom Bird gives us helpful principles to apply in all our relationships and encourages us to address (rather than 'dress') our insecurities.
Looking at the story of Mary and Martha, Discipleship Pastor Phil Coleman (with Operations Pastor Richard Garton) encourages us to focus this year on the one important thing in our walk as Christians - spending time with Jesus.
In this, the first message of our Christmas season, Pastor Dom Bird unpacks chapter 9 from Isaiah - a prophecy that begins with the great word - 'Nevertheless...'
Although this was written 700 years before Jesus was born, this was a message saturated with hope. '...for unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given...'
In this message, continuing our series looking at our 'Next Generational' value, Sunnyhill's Next Gen Pastor, Jake Parker looks at the character of Hannah in the book of Samuel. She poured out her heart to God, she was persistent in her prayers and she brought about kingdom change. The Spirit of Greatness was outworked through her into the next generation.
In this great message, Pastor Dom Bird, expands on one of Sunnyhill's Values - 'Next Generational'. After looking last week at the importance we give to our kids and youth ministry, this week Dom encourages all ages to be a generation that embraces and champions 'the next' - the next and new thing that God is calling each of us towards.
In this continuation of our Values series, Pastor Dom Bird highlights our 'Next Generational' value. One of our greatest callings as a church is to bring on the next generation to be more, achieve more and build higher and greater than we can.
Lead Pastor Dom Bird continues our series on prayer with a inspiring message - 'Purposeful Prayer'. Focusing on two key Spiritual weapons - 'with divine power to demolish strongholds' - prayer and fasting.