Sermon #5 – Abimelek: The Man Who Would Be King

The “pattern” in Judges of God appointing a “judge” to deliver Israel is broken by Abimelek who sets himself up as a king, who rules not for God but for himself – with disastrous consequences for all watch/listen to Des Smith as he uses this story to teach us some lessons for church leadership today.

Preacher: Des Smith

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Read the Bible text – Judges 8:29 – 9:21 and Mark 10:35-37, 41-45

English Support Handout – Judges 8:29 – 9:21 and Mark 10:35-27 , 41-45

Sermon #4 – Gideon the weak judge

Many of us “know” the story about Gideon -how he successfully defeated the massive Midianite army, confusing them with trumpets and hidden torches. But do we really understand what happened? Listen to Ken Noakes, has he helps us understand from the book of Judges what Gideon was really like and what we need to learn about trusting in our sovereign God and not relying on human wisdom.

Preacher: Ken Noakes

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Read the Bible text – Judges 6:33 – 7:25 and 1Corinthians 2:1-5

English Support Handout – Judges 6:33 – 7:25 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Sermon – Bold Prayers through a Great Deliverer in Psalm 22

How’s your prayer life? Perhaps you pray “plastic surgery” prayers – that look and sound OK but cover up how you are really feeling. In Psalm 22, Simon Marshman takes us to a ‘raw and real’ prayer of King David, to help us learn to rely upon our faithful God even though we may be struggling through difficult times.

Preacher: Simon Marshman

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Read the Bible text – Psalm 22

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Sermon – #1 After the death of Joshua …

What can we learn from the way God deals with a disobedient Israel? The people of Israel had promised faithfulness to God but they repeatedly turned away to the idolatry of the surrounding nations, nations that were there because of their repeated failure to do what God had directed.

Preacher: Des Smith

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Read the Bible text – Joshua 24:14-28 and Judges 2:6-23

English Support Handout – Joshua 24:14-28 and Judges 2:6-23

Sermon Vision Sunday #4 – What’s Next?

What does the building of Israel’s great Temple have to do with us today? Listen to Des Smith as he explains why we should reflect on the faithfulness of King David and the people of Israel, as we think about our vision for 2019 and our preparedness to support this as we depend upon God to grow his kingdom.

Preacher: Des Smith

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Read the Bible text: 1 Chronicles 29

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