5pm Church Spiritual Health Check August 2018

Dear 5pm Church Family Member,

Each year on the first Sunday in August we have been conducting a ‘Spiritual Health Survey’ across our 5pm Church Family.

IF YOU FILLED THIS OUT MANUALLY IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY 12th AUGUST, THERE IS NO NEED TO DO THIS ONLINE SURVEY – Thanks.

For those who have not yet filled out this Survey – your voice is important and so I would like to invite you to quickly fill out this survey. It will not take long at all.

The point of this survey is to help assess the spiritual health of 5pm – it is one of the ways that the leadership team gathers information to enable more focused teaching, training and pastoral care. Together we want to encourage one another in our walk and ministry of the gospel.

This is anonymous.

General Guidance – please mark the selection that best describes you or what you do

    • Regularly – means every opportunity (noting that sometimes we miss due to illness, travel etc.)
    • Often – means at least half of the opportunities
    • Sometimes – means sometimes

Thank you again for filling this out. And thank you for all you do to serve Jesus and his people in our Church family.

 

Sermon – Good Sex (Song of Songs#2)

In this, second of five sermons, Des Smith shows how Song of Songs vividly endorses God’s positive view of sex within the context of faithful heterosexual marriage. He also explains how God is “pro-creation” – that everything God created is good if it is received with thankfulness.

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Read the Bible text: Song of Songs 4:1 – 5:12 , 1 Timothy 4:1-5

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Sermon – True Romance (Song of Songs#1)

In this, the first of five sermons, Des Smith explores “the strangest book in the Bible”. In what appears to be a graphic and intense love poem Des explains how human romantic love points to a bigger love story for the whole world – between God and people. Song of Songs is indeed about one man and one woman, as well as men and women, and way they love each other. But that reality – romantic love and life-long commitment that is reflected in marriage – is a picture God placed in world to point towards the ultimate reality of his love for us. A love shown in the gospel as His Son died on a cross. In this sense Song of Songs is book for everyone because it ultimately points to the love of God for everyone.

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Read the Bible text: Song of Songs 1:1 to 2:2 , Genesis 2:15-25

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Sermon – Comfort, my people

 

In this final sermon at Trinity City, Chris Jolliffe shows from Isaiah chapter 40 the extent of God’s comfort to his people, with forgiveness of sin through Jesus’ death.
Then we are shown more of God’s wonderful promises in Isaiah and reminded of God’s sovereign power and faithfulness – our God will keep every one of his promises. One of which is that our God will come (as Jesus) in power to save and bring peace and that he will also be our perfect shepherd, caring and loving.
Next Chris looks to the second part of Isaiah 40 to remind us that God knows our weaknesses, that we so easily doubt him. So we consider this series of rhetorical questions that point to God’s sovereignty and power; so that we can be fully confident that he does keep his promises, to save and ultimately to take us to be with him for ever.

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Read the Bible texts: Isaiah 40

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Sermon – Gospel-driven guidance: God’s Work in You

In this, the third of three sermons on Gospel-driven guidance Geoff Lin explains that the Bible teaches that God is more interested growing in our character and convictions than in our current circumstances – God is in the business of growing us in holiness, making us more like Jesus. Watch or listen to the sermon to find out how God will do this.

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Read the Bible texts: Romans 8:18-30, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

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Sermon – Gospel-driven guidance: Discovering God’s Word to us

In this, the second of three sermons on Gospel-drive guidance Geoff Lin shows us what the Bible has to say about how we can find out how God wants us to live (God’s moral will). Geoff explains how the Bible should be the primary way we discern this and reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:14 we read that the “holy Scriptures are able to make us wise for salvation”.  Geoff then provides sound advice for as to how we should do this – by reading and being challenged by, the whole of the Bible – all of “God’s Word to us”.

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Read the Bible texts: Judges 6, Acts 1:12-26, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Sermon – Gospel-driven guidance: Discovering God’s plan for your life

Geoff Lin shows that the Bible differentiates between God’s sovereign will and God’s moral will. He then goes on to explain from the Bible, why understanding that distinction will help us to live in a way that does align with God’s will and also frees us from anxiety about the decisions we face each day.

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Read the Bible texts: Colossians 1:9-14, Ephesians 1:3-14Philippians 2:5-11

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