Steve Robinson

Role: Minister
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Sun, Jun 09, 2019
09-Jun AM; All age worship
Sun, May 19, 2019

Isaiah (whose name means “God saves”), lived through the reign of 4 Kings (1:1). He began his ministry in 740 BC, the year King Uzziah died (6:1).

The people in Isaiah’s time had arranged their life in 2 separate boxes marked “religion” and “life.” They were good at celebrating the temple rituals but their practical faith stopped at the temple gates. They ignored the poor and the widowed, the neglected and the vulnerable

Serving God and following His call involves many choices; one of them isn't the distinction between "faith" and "life" - the two go together. When they are separated, as they were in Isaiah's day, it becomes more about us than it is about God. This ultimately brings judgment but that's not God's intention from the beginning - with Him there is always a way back.

Sun, May 19, 2019

For us to be able to see Jesus for who he really is, is not simply a word thing.

True discipleship consists of those who continue the journey of the cross Jesus began. The retreat to the safety of talking about Jesus is simply an exercise of arms length faith: it’s easy then to get bogged down into what someone else says!

Seeing Jesus, knowing him is beyond safety for it is experiencing the power of God for ourselves. True discipleship is seeing Jesus and following him, wherever he leads, irrespective of what we do or do not understand – we are to be, first and last, Jesus followers

Sun, May 05, 2019
05-May PM; Isaiah 6
Sun, May 05, 2019
05-May AM; Matthew 4:12 - 22
Sun, Apr 21, 2019

How would you like to be remembered? Well, an American company based in Utah have come up with an ingenious suggestion- get mummified. The owner of the company says that his clients don’t want to be ‘covered with dirt and forgotten’. They want to be remembered after death: to live on in some way.

When you think about it, what that company has tapped into is a deep seated instinct that there must be something more to life than death. That if death really is the end, then all our achievements in life are ultimately rendered meaningless.

But what if it could be shown that life can come out of death? What if it is the grave that is made a mockery of by someone leaving it like a prisoner breaking out of the confines of his cell? Then maybe life isn’t so meaningless after all, especially if the person who does is to be an example for the rest of us

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

Reading the right books and coming to the correct conclusions will only take you so far.

To believe is to understand why Jesus had to die. Then, as now, people concerned about their reputations and status and struggled to make sense of the work and nature of Christ. It all becomes clearer as our heart are moved and our minds engage with the reality of God’s plan.

Sun, Apr 07, 2019

What’s it like on your front line today?

Paul leaves us in no doubt that our resolve, as well as our faith, will be tested. Whether we can readily identify the issues we face or if they crop up without warning, there’s no doubt that being committed to Christ will provoke a reaction.

Whether it’s a conflict over the way we behave or a direct assault on our faith we aren’t left to our own devices. We have the means to confront the worst of enemies with the promise of God’s presence and power.

Sun, Mar 31, 2019
31-Mar PM; Proverbs 3:1 – 10
Sun, Mar 17, 2019

Waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want: waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.

Jesus tells His disciples to sit and wait for the power God has promised. They are not simply hanging around with no0thing to do at this point but are being prepared for the next step. Without the preparation and the power, their mission to spread the Good News would have been totally ineffective.

Sun, Mar 17, 2019

The whole of our life should be directed by what is taught by Christ, what is pleasing to him and what is right and proper for his people.

Our witness and ministry to this community is not to be determined by a chart or a set of rules but from living with Christ, and following the way he guides us. We can only be light when we live out the truth of our own relationship with Christ.

Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Passage: 1 John 1

What about it? Surely I can’t be forgiven for that? (Whatever that might be).

The good news is that, yes you can. Be forgiven; have the slate wiped clean; find your relationship with God restored. If we doubt that, then we are calling God’s ability into question.

It all begins with honesty: seeing where (not if) we have done wrong – sinned as the bible puts it – and thereby broken our relationship with God and others. It also involves confession (recognising our sin) and the big step of seeking to deal with any consequences that follow from what we’ve done.

Sun, Mar 03, 2019

I realise now that there’s something I should add to the sermon title. It might not be plain to everyone but it’s clear to me that I’ve missed a word out.

When …. (just add it after “God” and before the question mark).

Thinking about the power of Grace in drawing us to God is one thing. It’s a bigger picture, though, when we consider (as the Psalm writer and Paul both do), the pressures on us to conform to other thinking, finding our reference points from culture rather than them being given by God.

True discipleship reflects the character of God being lived through the believer. As verse 6 tells us, when we are committed to holiness (right living) we’ll find real satisfaction, not just temporary relief.

Sun, Mar 03, 2019

Paul begins his letter by giving his readers a theological perspective or framework for their faith. Faith is not just a matter of belief, it has to be expressed (lived out). It’s inclusive, built on Christ (2:20 – 21) and open to all (Jews and Gentiles) who believe & recognise Christ as Saviour and Lord

Moving onto practical considerations, today’s message considers the essential character of the church if it is to be considered an authentic example of a Christian community. We begin with the church’s call to unity – how we get it and how we maintain it.

Sun, Feb 17, 2019

Church is not a building nor a particular denomination. Church is people, church is you and I, whenever, wherever and however we meet.

The bible tells us that the church is like a body: there’s infinite variety in its make up but unity in the way it all fits together. We are part of something special (God’s church); we’re connected for a common purpose (serving the world); we’re growing up (directed and refreshed by the Holy Spirit).

Sun, Feb 10, 2019

Hanging on to faith, persevering in the face of trials, temptation, struggles and suffering is not easy. But, as James illustrates, if our attitude to the way we use our material resources is not right, then our perseverance is in vain.

These verses are a corrective towards selfishness, a selfishness that apparently manifested itself in an extreme form in James's experience; so keen were some to get wealth and keep it, in that they were prepared to do anything to achieve their goal (v.4).

It all boils down to a question of attitude - a matter of what we are inside, that affects the way we deal with and how we respond to the needs of others.

Sun, Feb 03, 2019

We all suffer from conflict at some time or another and it often appears that it is really part and parcel of our everyday lives. After all there are so many things or situations that can trigger it off aren't there? Workmates, other car drivers, members of our families, others within the church fellowship and even from within ourselves?

In these verses – having recognised the need the for Godly wisdom (3:13 – 18) James again looks at the uglier side of human nature. This is the conflict that exists between our desires and God's will.

What is the source of this conflict? What is its substance? Where does it lead and how can we resolve it? These are the questions that James addresses and, in doing so, provides us with a solution to the spiritual conflict that is at the very heart of our human condition.

Sun, Jan 27, 2019

Words are part of our day to day communication; they can build and maintain or they can destroy relationships. They can cement or they can fracture confidence and trust.

Words have power; they can communicate love or hatred, acceptance or rejection. Words can just as easily libel people's reputations and spread false information as much as they express praise or encouragement.

To maintain the bond of peace, before we speak let’s first think – is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind?

Sun, Jan 20, 2019
20-Jan PM; James 2: 14 - 25