We need to know that our Father wants to bless us, that He has the best for us, and that we need to turn to Him and be welcomed home into the arms of our Father. He is the God of the Second Chance, and we are never too far to return to Him.
God of The Second Chance
How you can come good after doing bad
October 28, 2018 • Jon & Hayley Stevens
What Christians Must Remember About The Jews
Remembrance Sunday 2019 • November 10, 2019 • Pastor Wes Richards
On Remembrance Sunday, as we remember the brave sacrifice of many to defend freedom, and the atrocities wrought against the Jewish people in particular in WW2, let us also remember the singular importance and role of the Jewish people – in history and today. God loves the world but chose one people that would be a light to the nations. Through them all nations would be blessed. Israel is the first-born son, and it is only through God’s grace we can now also be adopted as sons and daughters; as children of Abraham. Whatever our background, we all owe our entire spiritual inheritance as Christians to the Jewish people. We must remember. Key Points & Scripture: We Must Remember… #1. Our Debt To The Jewish People (Romans 9:4-5, John 4:22); #2. God’s Promises To The Jewish People (Galatians 3:26-29); Love Them Eternally (Jer. 31:3, Isa. 54:8-10); Bring Them Back Home To Their Land (Lev. 26:42, Isa. 11:10-12, 66:7-8, Amos 9:14-15); #3. To Pray For The Jewish People; For Peace (Psalm 122:6); For Salvation (Rom. 10:1, 9-12); #4. To Bless The Jewish People And Stand With Them In Their Time Of Need (Genesis 12:2-3) Apply The Word: Do you pray for the Jewish people? Do you pray for Israel? Do you bless and speak well of the Jews and Israel? We must pray for the Jewish people. Pray for protection from the ongoing threat of antisemitism, war, and terrorism. Pray for God’s solutions and provision for the Israeli nation; in border disputes, housing and water shortages, incoming refugees, and other troubling internal issues. The Bible is clear; if you want God’s blessing, then be sure you bless God’s ancient people (Genesis 12:2-3). Don’t put yourself in line for curses; as the Bible makes clear those who despise, hate, or curse Israel do. Have you witnessed the rise in antisemitism in the United Kingdom? Have you been a part of it, consciously or unconsciously? The Jewish people, so loved of God, are once again under threat both in Israel, around the world, and now here in the UK. As Christians we should do all we can to affirm, strengthen and protect the Jewish people. We cannot ignore the increasing antisemitism in our nation. We must not say nothing and do nothing as so many church people did in Germany when they could have stopped Hitler’s rise to power. It’s time to wake up and stand up with our Jewish brothers and sisters – and pray and vote so that antisemitism and darkness in all its forms will be overcome and that light will break through.
Taught By The Holy Spirit
November 3, 2019 • Mike and Natasha Airey
There are many teachers through which the world offers instruction. You can be taught by your boss, your teacher, your parents, a close friend, a colleague. Some of the most influential teachers in the world today are the media, social media, music, films, and adverts. These things teach us the way the world says we should look and live if we’re to be loved and accepted. Our opinions and habits are formed, informed and transformed by what we are taught. While we can have many teachers in life for good and for bad, Jesus taught that the primary teacher we need to have in life is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the best teacher and you can be taught by Him every single day. Let’s discover how. The Holy Spirit Teaches Us About… 1. Jesus (…the Spirit of truth…will glorify me); Who Jesus Is (1 Cor. 12:13, John 15:26); We Are Children Of God (Rom. 8:14-17); How To Live For Jesus (Mark 13:11) 2. The Future (...and he will tell you what is yet to come); Of The Church (Matt 16:18); Of The World (Dan. 2:21); Your Future (Acts 16:6-7, 19:21, 20:22) 3. Everything (...he will guide you into all the truth); About People (Matt 9:4, Luke 9:47); About The Ways & Thoughts Of God (1 Cor. 2:13-14, Isa. 55:8-9); About Prayer (Rom. 8:26-27); About Living Righteously (John 1:29, 5:14) Apply The Word: Today, who is teaching you? Have you learnt the ‘right way to be’ from a teacher or a TV show? Do you look to the news, to social media, to popular culture, to find what has value or what the future holds? There are many voices in the world but only one which will reveal Christ to you. He doesn’t speak how we speak, and his wisdom is not human wisdom – the Holy Spirit reveals spiritual realities that can only be revealed to us when we are living by the Spirit and being taught by Him. We must make a decision to ask the Holy Spirit to be our main teacher in life. First, we must ask & receive Him into our lives, then choose to live by the Spirit each day. How much importance do you place on quality time with the Holy Spirit every morning? Or on being in church, attending a small group, growing in the Spirit through our courses Life Class and Destiny Training? The Spirit will teach you what to say and how to live for Jesus in every circumstance. To have His insight though, we must prioritise Him and spend quality time with Him. To live for Jesus, you need to simply stay close to the Holy Spirit. He will help you live out your faith at all times and in all situations. He is your helper in life, as Jesus promised! If you’ve been a Christian for a long time, is your life showing the evidence of having the Holy Spirit as your teacher? Or is there more evidence of another teacher? Do you need to renounce wrong teaching in your life? With the Holy Spirit as your teacher, you will bear good fruit. With wrong teachers, you will bear fruit of a different kind. Looking at the evidence of your life, outline the areas where you see bad fruit. Consider what teaching or worldview led to that result and come before God to turn away from wrong teaching from the past. Make a decision from this day forward to seek only the right guidance of the Holy Spirit and to walk in it.
Live Differently By The Holy Spirit
October 27, 2019 • Pastor James Richards
Living life by the Holy Spirit is not an ordinary life. It is not business as usual. It is beyond our imagination and expectations. It doesn’t leave us the same; it brings transformation. The life of the Spirit is different from living the world’s way and to be a Christian is to be countercultural. The Bible makes it clear that there is no middle ground. You either live the way of the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of the light. In this message, we expound on the passages found in Galatians 5 and Colossians 1 to see how we can live differently by the Holy Spirit. #1. Live A Life Of Contrast (Galatians 5:17) …either Life By The Flesh (Gal. 5:19-21, 1 John 2:16, Gal. 6:7, Jam. 2:14-26), or… Life By The Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23, 1 Cor. 9:11, John 7:38, Matt. 7:16-18, Rev. 12:10-11) #2. Live A Life Of Conquest (Galatians 5:16-18, and 2 Tim. 4:7, 1 Tim 6:9-13, 1 Cor. 9:25-27, 1 Peter 5:8, 2 Cor. 10:3-6, 2 Peter 1:3-4) #3. Live A Life Of Choice (Galatians 5:16-18, and Rom. 12:2, James 1:5-9, Acts 2:28, Prov. 3:5-6, Luke 9:23, 1 Peter 2:9, Prov. 4:18) Apply The Word: Do you fight to live life in your own strength or do you without fail seek to live by the Spirit? Read Gal. 5:19-21 to see what the life of the flesh looks like, and Gal. 5:22-23 to see what the life of the Spirit looks like. Further scriptures are also found in the points above. Colossians 1:9-13 tells how the Spirit helps you live your best life and strengthens, qualifies, and rescues you. Take stock of what needs to change in both the actions you take and evidence you exhibit of a life lived by Spirit or flesh. Does your walk with the Holy Spirit give you the confidence to live in conquest over whatever you face? Living differently by the Holy Spirit means you have a fight on your hands. You can’t be passive or neutral about this because the flesh and the Spirit are in conflict. Both cannot be in charge; one will rule supreme in your life and you need to understand the flesh and the spirit are at war with each other. But the good news is that we have the victory! Study the scriptures found under points 2 & 3 of this week’s message to see how you can choose right and conquer.