On the surface the book of Philemon seems to be about a runaway slave, his conversion and then Paul’s attempt to have him reunited with his master. And that is certainly the story behind the letter. But interwoven in this story is so much teaching on the nature of Christian Community. That as the body
So far in our series “Real Community” we have seen the call to love each other as Christ has loved us. But this week we are going to look at an aspect of Christian community that makes it unlike any other we could experience, as we see community forged on the front line of mission.
This service is led by the HSM. The topic for the service is ‘Me, me, me’. Looking at the way our self centred culture impacts us and, most importantly, how Jesus calls us into a kingdom that is about service.
Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at the issues of love and unity within the church. We have been challenged by how living under Jesus, in the church, asks from us a completely different attitude from what we know anywhere else. One that seeks to constantly give, instead of receive. But with
This Sunday evening we have Kevin Rietveld preaching. Kevin and his wife Machi are CRCA missionaries in Solomon Islands. As well as preaching, Kevil and Machi will be sharing about some of their work.
In John 17 Jesus prayed for the church. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. But really, as we look at the church and the pressures that are applied we have to question whether this is
LOVE. It’s sung about, spoken about, written about, acted out in numerous different ways. For different people it can mean very different things- for some people love is equated to lust, for others, a strong liking. But generally our definitions and experiences of love are self focused. But for the follower of Jesus, knowing the
At the moment we are calling for nominations for the office of elder in the church. So this Sunday we want to look at eldership in the New Testament. Who are these people, how are they called, what is their role, and what qualifications should we look for as we nominate men to serve? It’s
No doubt the Redlands is a great and blessed place to live in. It is comfortable, clean, affluent. If you could be born anywhere in the world, few places would be as attractive as here. But the reality is that underneath it all the Redlands is as sick as any other community in the world,
There seem to be so many barriers to people becoming Christians. People are too comfortable, they don’t need God. People love their sin, who would want to give it up (we don’t want to, and we know the grace of God). And giving up a sleep in on a Sunday morning, really? But despite all
Over the last few weeks we have considered the characters around the tomb, the people who stood and watched as Jesus was crucified. Some of these people loved Jesus, some loathed him, yet everyone watched him die. The earth shook as he breathed his last and darkness fell over the land. He was taken downRead More +
The question of who Jesus is and what he came to do is not only a question that is around today, but has been around from the day he was born. It was a question that Matthew was attempting to answer in his gospel. He quotes from the book of Isaiah to show that oneRead More +
In the passage this morning, Paul mentions his thanks for the mother and grandmother of Timothy, his ‘trainee’. They had passed on a huge legacy to Timothy, one that would last for eternity. What was that legacy? The sincere faith that was lived out in their lives. We combine Mother’s Day with a baptism andRead More +
In the church today, we leave a track – footprint. Are we leaving a track that is deceiving or one that is fitting of God’s grace. Is our track showing a loving Christian life style ? In Revelations the angel of God tell us we need to be fearing of God. Todays message will helpRead More +
It’s that time of the year again where we stop to listen to the stories of people to whom God has revealed himself. It is in that sense that their testimonies or ‘life stories’ literally become ‘stories of God’. Stories of how God reached out, who he put in place and what experiences led themRead More +