What’s the one thing that makes life worth living? There are so many things that grab our time and attention in our busy world and hectic lives. We live in a world where people are looking for the one thing that will make them truly happy; the one thing that gives life meaning and purpose.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at the concept of growing and going. We tackled themes such as the heart, personality and fear of growing and going. This morning we’re going to look at the cost of church growth. Let’s be honest with each other and acknowledge that this church cannot
One of the words Christians are highly familiar with is the word: ‘gospel’. The word basically means ‘good news’ or in verbal form ‘announcing good news’. In other words, the gospel has to do with a message. It’s news. Essentially it is the news that God is restoring his kingdom peace in our world through
What were you afraid of as a child? Spiders, the dark, heights, teachers/principal? Fear isn’t just a reality in our childhood. What are you afraid of now? Of all the things you might be asked to do in the church which is the scariest? Teach a Kids@Church? Read the Bible in church? Sing a solo?
When you preach through a book of the Bible you get some interesting challenges. Today we come across a genealogy that seems to be inserted is a random place that breaks the flow of the story. The temptation is to skip over the list of names, because it doesn’t make for very good reading, and
Last week we kicked off a new series on church growth as we dealt with the theme: the HEART of going and growing. We highlighted the importance on God’s agenda of bringing new people into the church and we explored the reasons for that importance. This week we’ll explore the theme: the PERSONALITY of church
This short passage from Exodus brings out what God is going to do in response to Pharaoh’s rejection of the request to let his people go. God has told the concerned Moses that he ‘remembers’ his covenant, he now tells Moses what that remembering looks like. In two verses there are 7 ‘I will’ statements
Bishop J.C. Ryle once commented of the three parables in Luke 15: “There is probably no chapter of the Bible that has done greater good to the souls of men.” This Sunday we are starting a new series dealing with the implications of wanting to grow as a church. The foundation of these implications,however, must
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.Read More +
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activityRead More +
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and doneRead More +
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem andRead More +