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What Type Of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 9 of 9

10th June 2018 | Deborah Hendrey

Deb brought us the last part in our current series ‘Called to be a witnessing church’

Looking at Acts 1:5 & 8 and 2 Corinthians 5:15 – 6:2 Deb spoke about Why we should witness, Who we should witness to, What we should say or do (Words, Works & Wonders) and When we should witness.

Deb also introduced us again to some simple tools to help us to be witnesses, such as the 3 circles model and the 30 second testimony (“once I was…..  I was introduced to Jesus, then I was…..”).

Deb reminded us that everyone can witness and to be prepared for God to give us the opportunity to do so at unusual times. She encouraged us all to be courageous and to step out of our comfort zone.


What Type Of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 8 of 9

27th May 2018 | David Bareham

In this, the penultimate part of our series, David brings us his message, we are called to be “A Biblical Church”. There are three main points to his message looking at what it means to be 1) “An Apostle” 2) “An Elder” and 3) “A Deacon”.

David explains why there can be differences between different churches regarding the doctrine of leadership. But in spite of this, we can be a unified church with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God at the head. We then hear a list of “tasks” that each of the Apostles, Elders and Deacons did and still do now. We in the “New Frontiers” group of churches follow what is in scripture – We have plurality, which means we have a team of Elders. We don’t have one leader with a team. The above can raise questions, but we believe we are following God’s teachings. David gives a good analogy of an Elder being like a shepherd with his flock.

He finishes by explaining the controversial subject of male Eldership and makes it clear to us as to why (through scripture) there are only males.


What Type of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 7 of 9

20th May 2018 | Malcolm Sullivan

Malcolm continues our series today, on Pentecost Sunday, with his message entitled “A Spirit Filled Church” – He takes three readings from Acts and then we hear a small explanation of what Pentecost is. The word today has three main points, that we are 1) A People of Presence – 2) A People of Power and 3) A People of Purpose.

After Pentecost the people at the time and forever since then have had the Holy Spirit available to them. When we pray for the Holy Spirit to be with us, He can be everywhere we are. He can surround our lives completely – Jesus said “I will give you great power”. Malcolm gives a very tongue in cheek demonstration of what it means to have that power, so that we may be witnesses.

When Paul arrived at Ephesus he had an expectation that he would find a Spirit filled church and in two years, everyone in (we assume) Asia Minor had heard the Word of God. Malcolm says “Imagine what we can do in just our area if we are filled with the Holy Spirit” and asks “Are we moving in the Spirit?”


What Type of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 6 of 9

13th May 2018 | David Bareham

Today is Prayer Sunday and the title of today’s message is “A Prayerful Church” – David starts by giving us an introduction to why we have the 10 Days of Prayer. He then reads from Ephesians 6:18-20.

Before Jesus, the only people that were allowed to meet with God, were the most high priests. But because Jesus died on the cross for us and we have accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour, we have been made right with God and we are now able to converse with Him directly.

David tells us that Jesus created the prayer model and taught His disciples how to pray. We shouldn’t feel inadequate about our prayer. We have the Lord’s prayer and the Psalms to start us off and slowly we will learn what to pray about.. Before we gather in groups for prayer, David gives us three main headings to his message and then there are 11 little snippets of scripture to reinforce the importance of prayer and he finishes with two questions asking “What is our prayer life like?”


What Type of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 5 of 9

6th May 2018 | Tolu Falasi

Tolu brings us the next part of our series which is entitled “A Generous Church”. He reads from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

We have to be careful not to judge in our and other’s giving because one person’s generosity can be seen by others as giving sparingly. But it is how the heart gives that is important. We are reminded of the story of when Jesus was in the home if Simon the leper. A woman walked in and poured a jar of very expensive perfume over Jesus’ head. She had no concern as to the value of the perfume, she did it because she was convicted to do so and because she saw Jesus as worthy.

We must not give expecting to receive and must NOT borrow to enable us to give. That could easily lead to financial problems. When we tithe, we must not serve two masters. It must be God only, not money! Tolu gives an example of how things on social media can be twisted and we have to look out for our children and new Christians so they are not influenced.


What Type of Church Are We Called To Be – Part 4 of 9

29th April 2018 | Tim and Rachel Morfin

Today’s message is called “A Transformational Church” and is brought to us by our guest speakers Tim and Rachel Morfin from TLG – Transforming Lives for Good. First though, we hear from Elle who tells us about the 180 Project, the Family Support Group and Thurrock Lunch Club.

Tim starts by sharing how TLG started and how, in the early days, they helped a troubled young boy at school. We hear some startling statistics about the struggles that children are facing today. He then shares a light hearted story of his and his wife Rachel’s experience when she gave birth to twins and how they realised the importance of family life.

We are shown on video, some real life examples of how people have benefited from the lunch clubs and then Rachel interviews one of the TLG coaches to give us an insight of the work they do. Tim closes by showing us ways in which we can help. For more info or to sign up to the TLG newsletter look HERE

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