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Life in the Spirit – Part Four – 2 of 323rd April 2017 | Deborah Hendrey
We have a change today as Deb brings us the message. We are back into the “Life in the Spirit” series after having our Easter sermons. She continues where Tolu left off looking at “The Fruits of the Spirit” (There is a slight interference on the audio for the first few minutes of this recording for which we apologise)
Today, Deb teaches us about Patience, Kindness and Goodness. She starts by reading from Galatians 5:16-25 and then emphasises how patient God was/is with us. He is waiting for ALL of humanity to be saved! As Deb talks about the three fruits she probably touches on some “home truths” that at some point in our lives, we have all felt. Particularly…..How to deal with difficult people!
If we try harder to “Live in the Spirit” we will be given all of these fruits. Deb asks “Are you in the flow of the Spirit?” and uses what I think is a brilliant analogy to help us understand. I have been in the situation she describes (in the water) many, many times, so can totally relate to that.
Easter Sunday Service16th April 2017 | David Bareham
We had a double reason to celebrate today. Firstly, of course, we can rejoice in the risen Lord and secondly, we had baptisms today. It is an amazing sight to see. Someone saying ‘Goodbye’ to their old life and ‘Hello’ to their new one. A great day indeed!!
Before David’s message we saw a short video and he then reads from 1 Corinthians 15 where the apostle Paul is laying the foundation of Jesus’ resurrection to the early church. David then reads a quote from the author Tim Keller which goes on to say that if we believe in the resurrection, then EVERYTHING changes! Also, the very fact that Jesus is alive, means that we live transformed lives.
David looks closely at the last verse in this chapter and it is incredible the amount of teaching that is contained within it. That leads him onto a very thought provoking question about our works here on earth. I will let you, the listener, find that for yourselves and ponder on your answer!
Jesus – A Very Different Type of King9th April 2017 | Tope Olukemi
We take a very short break from our ‘Life in the Spirit’ series in the run up to Easter. Tope brings us the well known story of Jesus’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem. To set the scene for his message, he reads from Mark 11:1-11. As he gets into his message you can hear the passion in his voice and it is obvious to us that this story means a lot to him!
When Jesus arrives riding on a donkey, the crowd are in awe of Him and are praising Him as they see Him as the new king that is going to defeat the Roman armies. They couldn’t have been more wrong. He was there to deliver the people from sin. As soon as the people realised this, they turned against Jesus.
He IS a very different kind of king and we must let Him be the King of our lives. He died on the cross for us so that we can be set free. The least we can do is to allow Him in.
Tope asks “Who is Jesus to us?” – He then gives us some examples of what it can mean to have Him in our lives.
Life in the Spirit – Part Four – 1 of 32nd April 2017 | Tolu Falase
After the Youth Service last week, we get back into our series “Life in the Spirit”. Tolu opens up the “Fruit of the Spirit” today. Some of you may not have heard him speak before and I am going to suggest, if you have time, lay back and relax with headphones on if possible and listen to his “chocolaty smooth voice” as we hear the first of three parts.
He starts by recapping what we have heard so far then reads a couple of verses from Galatians. We learn why it is called the “Fruit of the Spirit” and he then looks more deeply into the first three fruits, “Love, Joy and Peace”.
While talking about love, he raises a point aimed at single persons. Love can come in various forms and Tolu shares how that love can be tested. He also says that parents and children can have similar problems. These two points are well worth taking note of!
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.