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
Did anyone really know on that first Good Friday, what was going on? Did people understand the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross? While at the time it might not have been clear, God left some pretty powerful signs for the world that this death was more than just an ‘injustice’ or a ‘mistake’
Romans 1:16-17 have been called the themed verses of Paul’s letter to the Romans. There Paul declares that the gospel is God’s power for salvation. In other words, it’s through the gospel of Jesus Christ that God will change the world. But what does it look like to believe that? How would believing that shapeRead More +
In Romans last week we were reminded that the gospel is God’s power to bring salvation to all people. As we speak it to other, God will transform lives. Not only will people change their destination (hell to heaven), but God will change the way they live. The question is, why is that such goodRead More +
This whole passage contrasts Adam and Jesus, each of whom fixed the future of all the people in the age they initiated. Adam brought in the age of sin, and all who are descended from him have found themselves trapped in sin and death. Jesus brought in the age of grace, and all who traceRead More +
This week we begin a short series looking at some of the big truths the Bible teaches us about God. Perhaps one of the most well known, but not always well understood truths is that God exists as Trinity, three in one. But why is that even important? Sure the Bible tells us, but doesRead More +
As foreigners in a foreign land followers of God will often find themselves under pressure to conform. At times, threats will be made and we will face loss of some kind if we don’t. How will we face that fear of loss? Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego give us an insight into how we can continueRead More +