Life FROM God

Date 30th October 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Luke 15:11-32

How do you best relate to God? This is the question we are seeking to answer in our journey through the suggestions made in this book, “WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God”. So far we have looked at the Life Under God perspective and the Life Over God perspective. Today’s topic is Life

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

Date 30th October 2016  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Mark 8:22-30

This week we hit the turning point in Mark. Yet before we get to Peter’s confession we are faced with another healing miracle; this time it’s a blind man. Yet again Jesus saves the day, the man is no longer blind. Yet this miracle is different because Jesus seemingly fails, or at least half fails,

Life OVER God

Date 23rd October 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage John 5:31-40

In our second sermon from Skye Jethani’s excellent book “With” we will deal with the spiritual dryness of a Life Over or Apart from God. Life Over God seems, at first, something that is better applied to others, because it is the posture of atheists. Atheists have no need for God. Their principles for life

Life’s Greatest Danger – NO SERMON

Date 23rd October 2016  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Mark 8:11-21

From time to time, perhaps when we feel reflective, we may wonder: what is the greatest danger we will face in this life? Granted, it’s a somewhat gloomy question to think about. Yet there can be no doubt that it’s answer should be the most decisive in shaping our priorities and values. Surely we will

Life UNDER God

Date 16th October 2016  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Mathew 19:16-30

As Christians, we spend a lot of time thinking about our relationship with God. But do we think about how this relationship actually functions? Is this relationship like all our other relationships? What do we expect? In this new series titled ‘With’ we think about this, our most important relationship, beginning with the first, and

Miraculous Spot the Difference

Date 16th October 2016  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Mark 8:1-10

This week as we continue our walk through the gospel of Mark we come to the feeding of the 4000. Only a few weeks earlier we saw Jesus do something very similar. Why is such a similar story recorded twice? What is the difference? There are so many similarities that it is easy to miss

Be Opened!

Date 09th October 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Mark 7:31-37

John Piper, writing about this passage starts with a riddle, ‘Who is permitted to speak but not able, and able to speak but not permitted?’ The man in this account from Mark who meets Jesus. In what seems like a rather gross story we see another side of who Jesus is and we again glimpse

Escaping Death

Date 02nd October 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Exodus 12:1-28

When Moses was trying to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let them go until the final plague, which killed all of the first-born people and animals. Death was coming, so how could the Hebrews escape this death, this judgment of God? It was not because of prayer or fasting, not because

Faith of a Dog

Date 02nd October 2016  by Ben Peletier  Bible passage Mark 7:24-40

After seeing Jesus challenge the traditions of the Pharisees we move quickly onto a physical application of Jesus teachings. Leaving the Jewish communities for some respite Jesus is quickly confronted by a pagan woman who’s daughter is spiritually oppressed. In this moment Jesus is confronted with a challenge; do unclean people fit into His mission?

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