Steve Robinson

Role: Minister
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Sun, Aug 11, 2019
11-Aug AM; Luke 15: 11 - 32
Sun, Aug 04, 2019

Parables are stories Jesus told which refer to everyday events where you'd expect the circumstances (if not the players), to be familiar to the audience.

What makes parables different is that the story has specific spiritual implications. Drawn into the story, we have to recognise our need to act, to believe or to change.

Today's story has two interlinked outcomes - the reality of God's judgement and our responsibility to lead fruitful lives for the Kingdom. God has great expectations so us but will always provide the mans to fur us to get involved.

Sun, Aug 04, 2019

The invitation is extended — and accepted.  The guests arrive on the appointed evening, and as they recline around an impressively laden table, Simon settles in for a few hours of good food and lively conversation.

Enter the woman with the alabaster jar.  In Luke's account, the woman is unnamed and unwelcome — "a woman in the city, who was a sinner."  How exactly she crashes the party, we don't know, but she manages to get in the door, approach the table, kneel quietly behind Jesus, and let down her hair. 

The contrast between her and the home owner is only too clear. But, they both share one thing - they both need to be forgiven although only one of them knows it and will show love in an unforgettable way.

Sun, Jul 28, 2019

In the last of our series from the book of Isaiah we reach a point where the consider both the end and the beginning.

Isaiah restates the nature and values of the new Kingdom which God will usher in. This will be a return to Eden once harmony has been restored through the work of the Saviour God has sent.

We are invite to move beyond a vision and to participate in a real experience of what life will be like for God’s faithful people.

Sun, Jul 21, 2019
21-Jul PM; Isaiah 25
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
21-Jul AM; Proverbs 27:17
Sun, Jul 07, 2019

We all hope, we all dream, for all kinds of things. Some dream of a changed world, a world where we are not judged by others for the colour of our skin, nor by the money in our bank account, nor by the accent we use nor even by the nature of our theology, just by the quality and the extent of our character.

Which among us does not long, hope, does not dare to look for a world that is vastly different than the one we now live in? Which one of us does not dare to hope that today will be something special, far better than it has ever been?

Isaiah was right about the tender shoot. We do not base our lives on a vague hope, but a rooted one in Jesus Christ. It is concrete and real, and personal. For the Christian, hope is not simply a luxury, or an option. It is a duty. A way of life. To be a pilgrim on the journey of faith means we are always moving from desert to Promised Land, from exile to the kingdom, from wilderness to the manger, from the cross to the empty tomb, from hopelessness to possibility, from ordinary time to eternity.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019
30-Jun PM; Isaiah 8:11 - 22
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
30-Jun AM; Ezekiel 36: 24 – 28; 2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 18
Sun, Jun 23, 2019

Who can I really trust? My bank manager, my boss, my minister or my hairdresser?

Some might argue that only the last named is really trustworthy although even that relationship can be strained on occasion … a bad hair day? Trust is fragile – tough to build but all too easily broken by words or events.

Our trust as Christians is closely linked to our conviction, lying as it does at the heart of what we believe. As The Message puts it “we can be sure of our ground” because will take care of everything – both our needs and our trust.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019

How do I understand the times in which I am living? What might my life look like as a result of that reflection?

However bad things are, there is always hope - even when we have been the authors of our own problems. God's invitation is always available and accessible to all.

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