Embracing Change

Sep 2018 - Oct 2018
Sermons in this series
Sun, Sep 30, 2018

There are serious benefits to be had when you’re connected with someone who is a mover and shaker. Not only do you get to bask in the reflected glory of another’s work, you get an open door to some good things yourself simply by virtue of who you know.

I’m not saying that the relationship of any Christian to Christ is like a business transaction – that’s far too pragmatic – but don’t forget the benefits of being connected and remaining connected. Setting it up is all Jesus’ work – that’s why it’s called grace – and the benefits are clear: growing up and spreading out.

But it will only happen if we stay connected to the source.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.

As we look at Hannah's prayer (1 Samuel 2: 1 - 10), we'll have the opportunity to share our own experiences of God and to pray with expectation for what God will do.

Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Whether we praise God with our hands raised or with our arms firmly at our sides, worship is the natural reaction of the believer in response to God’s nature and grace.

But what does it take for the King of Glory to come in?

Worship is personal and also costly. Our resolve to worship “in spirit and truth” will reflect both our relationship with God and the nature of our own heart. If we are thankful we will want to show it – and if we really mean business with God, we’ll do anything to make sure we are in the right place to express it. Our outward approach (clean hands: integrity) will reflect our inward attitude (a pure heart: holiness).

Sun, Sep 09, 2018

Things can change depending on how you look at them.

A close examination of a piece of porcelain can reveal delicate brush work or hairline flaws. Instead of a minor windfall you can be left papering over the cracks.

A transformed life helps us to see God, others, the world and ourselves in a very different way. The cracks may be clearer but the way to wholeness is brought into sharper focus as we understand what barriers Jesus has really broken down.

Sun, Sep 02, 2018

Why choose me? What have I got to offer? Who will listen?

Transformation is dependent on relationship. A relationship can only begin and then grow if we are prepared to find common ground – to come together. In calling us God demonstrates how much he loves us.

The opportunity is here for us to realise the extent of that love: God is reaching out to us. But, we often settle for less than second best because we are afraid or somehow can’t really believe that God loves us so much.

It’s a battle we’ll fight on several fronts but we must first overcome the conflict or the struggle within. We are worth it – just believe it!