Sermon – Stand Firm: Father, Mother & Herald (1 Thess. 2:1-20)

In Thessalonica, the church is being battered and bruised… how should they respond? Paul writes 1 and 2 Thessalonians to encourage the church to stand firm in the good news of Jesus. Today, the world remains full of uncertainties and hostile to the presence of the church. What can we learn? We can be challenged to likewise stand firm as we await Jesus’ return.

This sermon investigates the motive and manner behind Paul’s – and what should be ours – work as a gospel messenger. Sharing the gospel for God’s glory – not our own – and sharing it like a mother, a father and a herald.

Read the text – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

Sermon Series – Wisdom in Relationships (Proverbs)

In every stage of life, what we often need and frequently lack, is wisdom. Whether seeking or being married, relating to our children or relating as adults to our parents, there are potholes that rattle us. Proverbs anticipates our struggles and offers timeless wisdom, warning and instruction that find their zenith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Building Wisdom: Husband and Wife

This sermon looks at the need for faithfulness in a marriage, and the greatest example of this being Christ and the church.

Read the passages – Proverbs 6:20-35 Ephesians 5:21-33

Banking Wisdom: Parent to Child

Proverbs assumes the need to love our children through discipline, as hard as this is in practice. This sermon investigates the idea of discipline, as well as the ways that God loves us through his discipline of us as his children.

Read the passages – Proverbs 14:1-4 Hebrews 12:3-17

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Honouring Wisdom: Adult to Parent

This sermon looks at our struggle to heed all the wisdom our parents have to offer, often due to pride. We should honour our earthly parents naturally as we live out our faith in honouring our heavenly Father, perfectly modelled by Jesus.

Read the passages – Proverbs 23:22-25 Ephesians 6:1-3

Sermon – Wisdom Lived: Poverty and Wealth (Proverbs)

While poverty or wealth often correlates with foolishness and wisdom respectively there are other times when the wise must choose wisdom over wealth.  Wealth is fleeting, especially for the fool and hence a wise person will be generous towards those in poverty. This talk explores what Proverbs says about worldly riches.

Read the Bible texts – Proverbs 11:1-312 Cor 8:1-15

Listening to Sermons in an Online World

By Ken D Noakes

COVID has changed the experience for many Christians – gone is the ability to gather together physically to listen to the preaching of God’s word. Church is now online!

A key discipline that goes with the Christian life is the practice of sitting under the teaching of the Bible. Historically that has happened when believers gather together regularly to hear someone teach/preach through a passage with the hope that those before them will walk away with an encouragement, or challenge, to live as the disciples of Christ in the days ahead.

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Sermons – Hope in…

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‘Hope’ is a well used term, yet one that is easily misunderstood. This three part series aims to help Christians understand and be equipped as children of God to live in a world that is flawed, fraught and fallen yet still under the glorious umbrella of hope in Christ.

Using the Letter to the Romans as a springboard, this series will look to address the topics of Judgement, Suffering and Predestination – whilst recognizing that ‘creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.’ (Romans 8:20-21)

Hope in Judgement

Read the Bible text – Romans 2:17-3:20

Watch the Video – here

– Josh Ord

Hope in Suffering

Read the Bible text – Romans 5:1-5

Watch the Video – here

– Dave Swan

Hope in Chaos

Read the Bible text – Romans 8:31-39

Talk Outline – Hope..in Chaos (Predestination)

Watch the Video – here

– Ken Noakes

Choosing what we sing in Church:What is Corporate Worship? (Part 1 of 9)

By David Shead

What is corporate worship?

“Worship” is the word that sums up the whole of life.

“Worship” describes the entire orientation of your life; your attitude of humble submission and service towards the thing or person that you most value in all of existence, whether that’s yourself (or another part of the creation like money, or leisure, etc.), or the true and living God.

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Sermon – Faith: Sure and Certain

It is one thing to say that you believe in what Jesus had done to save you – it is another step to act on that belief.

James 2:14 asks the question: ‘What good is it brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such a faith save them?’.

This third talk on the topic of ‘faith’ looks at faith in action.

Read the Bible Text – Hebrews 12:1-3 James 2:14-26

Talk Outline – Hebrews 12 and James 2

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– Ken Noakes

Sermon – Faith: Fully Persuaded

‘Faith’ is the Christian calling. And one could ask: ‘How do I know my faith is real?’ or ‘Does doubt mean I have a shallow faith?’. Yet, you don’t need to be Christian to have questions about ‘faith’: ‘How do I get faith?’ or ‘What does faith achieve?’.

This talk, the second in a series on ‘Faith’, looks how faith comes to a person.

Read the Bible Text – Hebrews 11:1-39 Joshua 2:1-24

Talk Outline – Hebrews 11 and Acts 10

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– Ken Noakes

Sermon – Faith: Fully-Convinced

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What is faith? We use the term ‘faith’ all the time. Do we stop and think about what it means to have faith, especially when it comes to having faith in God.

This is the first of three talks exploring the biblical idea of faith – and hopefully they will help us to think about how great it is to be a person of faith in God.

Read the Bible Text – Hebrews 11:1-39; Joshua 2:1-24

Talk – Hebrews 11 & Josh 2 (Outline)

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– Ken Noakes

 

Godly in Giving (Part 3 of 4)

Christians are called to be godly in giving. That could be giving in attitude, time, energy or money – all are important. Here we will focus specifically on the area of money and the way we generously and responsibly use the resources that God has put in our care.

Let me make four points from 1 Timothy 6 which may help our thinking.

First, Godly giving is not a means to financial gain.

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