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God said “Go” – Jonah – Part Three

11th February 2018 | Malcolm Sullivan

After a brief update on the other churches that we are involved in and a quick summary of where we are so far in this mini series looking at Jonah, Malcolm reads from Chapter 1:17 – 2:10. The title of today’s teaching is “Salvation Comes from the Lord”.

For those of us that have trouble comprehending parts of this story, Malcolm explains how and why we should believe that it is actually true! We see how Chapter Two is an integral part to the whole series of events. Jonah had got to a stage where he had defied God’s instruction, so God took action. Malcolm says “Don’t let our situation get so bad that God sends a ‘Big Fish’ for us!”

To continue the theme of God saying “Go”, Malcolm tells us about what happened with the Israelites when they were in Babylon when they refused to obey Him. Malcolm follows with three things we should be doing as Christians in a very powerful close to his message.


God said “Go” – Jonah – Part Two

4th February 2018 | Tope Olukemi

Tope starts with a short tongue in cheek explanation of the title, “The Prophetic Lasagne”, to today’s message. He then follows with a small summary of the book of Jonah before reading from Chapter 1:4-17. He gives his own dramatic version of the chain of events that lead to Jonah being thrown overboard. As soon as this was done, the storm calmed and the sailors and the ship were saved. Jonah was their salvation and this story is a foretelling of Jesus’ sacrifice, so that we may be saved.

One main point that Tope picks out from this text is that all through the storm, Jonah was in a deep sleep. Tope asks, “Are we like Jonah. A nation sleeping. Do we share God’s passion for the world?”

Tope closes with a look at how the layers of the “Prophetic Lasagne” apply to us.


God said “Go” – Jonah – Part One

28th January 2018 | David Bareham

After a break for Christmas we are now at the start of a new mini series looking at the story of Jonah. David reads from Jonah 1:1-3 and then takes a look at who Jonah was and we also find out what was happening during the time that he was alive. There are also other characters in this story and we will hear about them in the coming few weeks.

David asks “What is God saying to us in these first three verses from the book of Jonah and what instructions has God given us to do?”
God told Jonah to “Go” and He is telling us the same. We are to arise and go because He will take us from where we are to where He wants us to be.


The Birth of Jesus

10th December 2017 | Malcolm Sullivan

Malcolm reads from Luke 2:1-20 and we hear the familiar story about the birth of Jesus. To set the scene for his message today he tells us the history behind the train station called “Gospel Oak”. For those of you that have traveled in and out of London from the east, you may have heard the name before. The preachers used that mighty oak tree as a meeting place to share the Word.

He shows us a crib or manger and gives an interesting example of why it can be seen as a very important part of Jesus’ story. When the shepherds saw Jesus, this would have been the first time that anyone would have witnessed the gospel. He (Jesus) was accessible to everyone then and He still is today. Also, the shepherds would have been the first to follow God’s command “Go and tell others”.

Before closing Malcolm asks “Are we going to be obedient like Joseph and Mary were?” – They would have both been very worried about their situation, but God reassured them. We also hear a lovely blessing that Malcolm saw in an Anglican Cathedral and he shares that with us today.


Five Ways to Bless Your Neighbour

26th November 2017 | David Bareham

After a couple of analogies where David talks about salt and light, we learn today that one of the most important things we can do before trying to “convert” our community and our neighbours is to bless them. He then follows with the five ways in which we can do that.

Whilst these are very easy and uncomplicated ways of blessing those around us, one of them may take some of you out of your comfort zone. We must pray about that. God will give us the words to say and the opportunities. Be prepared!


The “I AM” Series – Part Seven

19th November 2017 | Tolu Falase

Today we are on the last of the “I AM” series which is entitled “I AM the True Vine”. Tolu wraps up this series up by reading from John 15:1-17 and goes deeply into how much Jesus loves us. He is the vine and we are the fruit. But for the vine to bear good fruit it needs to be tended, fed and well watered. Jesus is all of that, but we have to be prepared to take up all that nourishment so that we don’t become “bad fruit”.

It has been said many times, but we must remember to glorify God by showing our relationship with our Father. The people out there that are “lost” must be able to witness the special relationship we have and that it is possible for them too.

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