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Guest Speaker – Colin Potter19th March 2017 | Colin Potter
Today we have a guest speaker, Colin Potter form the Hope Church, Orpington which is right on the edge of Greater London, almost into Kent. Hope Church is part of the New Frontiers group of churches, as are we. His subject today is “God’s Prophetic People”. Colin makes a little quip here and says that people who do not attend church or know Jesus have been heard to say “God’s pathetic people”. I’m sure some of us can testify to hearing that before!
Colin tells us a little bit about himself and the work he has done within his church life and then goes on to read from Ephesians 3. His message today consists of five main points, which are that a Prophetic Church should be :-
A Relevant Church
A Worshiping Church
A Disciple Meeting Church
A Serving Church
A Spirit Filled Church
Listen as Colin looks into the five points and gives us an enthusiastic and sometimes “entertaining” message.
Life in the Spirit – Part Three12th March 2017 | Malcolm Sullivan
The subtitle for today’s message is “How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?”…..but before Malcolm starts, he shares a short testimony and an update about his and his wife Sandra’s work within church.
He reads from Acts 1:1-11 and we hear how the early church was persecuted because they preached that Jesus was coming again. Malcolm shares an interesting fact that there are more instances in scripture of His return than there are of Him coming the first time! Malcolm asks “What is your experience of the Holy Spirit like now, is it the same as when you first received it?”
He uses an analogy of a torch battery and how it’s power drains. If we live our lives getting topped up by the Holy Spirit daily, our energy will never run out!
Also, we mustn’t be scared of receiving the Holy Spirit because if we are given a gift or a ministry, it will only ever be what we can cope with. He may push the boundary a little, but we will always be capable. In closing, Malcolm gives us some tips on how to receive the Holy Spirit and we then hear a word from Andy and Femi, two members of our congregation.
Life in the Spirit – Part Two – 2 of 25th March 2017 | David Bareham
David carries on from where Tope left off last week with the second of the two part message subtitled “What does the Holy Spirit do?”
He starts by sharing a reading from the prayer meeting earlier this morning that encourages us to turn our lives around and to follow Jesus. We then hear a short word from a member of our congregation, Jonathan, that is relevant to what David teaches today.
He reads from Romans 8 and follows with five key points and looks at each one in turn in greater detail. One thing that stood out for me was the fact that although there are many church denominations, as long as Jesus is at the core and is seen as the saviour of the world, we are all one big family. We are not individuals. Yes, we may do things differently and wear different clothes etc. but as we heard last week, we are all part of the bigger family of God.
In his closing words, David emphasises how important it is for us to share the glory of being a follower and a friend of Jesus.
Life in the Spirit – Part Two – 1 of 226th February 2017 | Tope Olukemi
Tope continues with our new series looking at “Life in the Spirit” and his message today is the first of two parts. The subtitle today is “What does the Holy Spirit do?”
First and foremost, the Holy Spirit brings us a new life (as mentioned in John 3) He lives inside of us if we have accepted Jesus into our lives. We could ask the question “What impact does the Holy Spirit have if it lives inside of us?” But think about this….We have been adopted (taken from our old life) into the new family of God. What a privilege that is for us…..To be taken in by the creator of the universe! We are His “Sons and Daughters” How do we respond to this fact?
Tope gives us some interesting answers that some of us may not have thought of before.
Guest Speaker – Mike Betts12th February 2017 | Mike Betts
We welcome back our good friend Mike Betts from the Relational Mission group of churches to give us our message today. We are continuing with the theme of the “Life in the Spirit” and among other things, he talks about Corporate Prayer,
You will hear that during his message the fire alarm goes off and we had to evacuate the building. But by God’s grace, Mike was able to get back into what he was saying as if nothing had happened!
He is as enthusiastic as ever and he says that an important part of who we are as Christians is how we communicate the fact that we indeed, do follow Jesus. We must get the Word out there.
Many people in the secular world do not know what church is about, let alone know what family is. It is our job to tell them. We are also encouraged to pray more, especially corporately. We mustn’t worry that we may feel we don’t know what to say or that we can’t pray. God likes to hear our voice….so, let it out!
Mike finishes with an appeal for the cause “Grassroots Giving”. The Relational Mission church is all about church planting and we can help by giving just a small amount each month. For more information and to see how you can support this amazing project LOOK HERE
Life in the Spirit – Part One5th February 2017 | Malcolm Sullivan
Today we start a new series and it is subtitled “Who is the Holy Spirit – Part One”. Malcolm reads from John 14:15-31.
When Jesus knew that His time here on earth was done, He said that He would send another “comforter”. He was of course talking about the Holy Spirit. That allowed the presence of Jesus to be anywhere and everywhere without the limitations of a physical body.
Malcolm goes on to explain the “Godhead” and in some detail, we are reminded that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are fully one. To help explain his message Malcolm uses some other names that the Holy Spirit can be likened too. They are names attributed to the human form, which we can all relate too.