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Redemption – Part Four1st November 2015 | Deborah Hendrey
We continue our series looking at Exodus and today Deb takes time out from her busy schedule to bring us the message entitled ‘Our Daily Bread’. Before starting, she recommends a book that would accompany this series and help to bring it all together.
She first recaps where we are so far and then reads from Exodus 16, and as she reads, Deb gives us some questions to think about. She then leads into five definitions of the key points and the emotions that the Israelites were going through at the time. They certainly weren’t happy with their situation and were losing their trust in God!
Deb finishes by reminding us that after hearing all the turmoil the Israelites were going through, if we turn to Jesus, He will satisfy our needs.
Guest Speaker – Alastair Windus – A Transformed Life25th October 2015 | Alastair Windus
We see the welcome return (for the day) of one of our elders, Alastair Windus, from Community Church who left us a year ago to plant a church in Tenterden, Kent. Before getting into his message, he shares some news of how things have changed since leaving Chafford Hundred.
His sermon today is based around the letters Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and how he was telling them to get back to the basics of the Christian faith. He reminds them of what Jesus had done for them.
As he reads from Ephesians Chapter 1, he concentrates on four truths that come out of this passage and tells us that we need to look at what we read from different vantage points to fully understand what we are being taught. This passage shows us four transformations of where Jesus has taken us from, to where he is leading us now.
One highlight is that the first death recorded in scripture is that of an animal, so that Adam and Eve could use the skin to cover themselves after they had sinned. So, even at the beginning of the Bible, we learn what is to come….’The death of Jesus for OUR sins!’
Alastair finishes by asking “Why should God forgive us for all the wrong we may have done?”
The answer is simple…..There is nothing we need to do, apart from accept Him as our saviour and His love, mercy and grace will do the rest.
Redemption – Part Three18th October 2015 | Joachim Adenusi
We see a welcome return today of Joachim as he brings us part three of our series looking at Exodus. The theme of the message is ‘A New Creation’
He starts by recapping the two previous weeks, then reads a passage from John 3, that raises some interesting points.
He asks..”Why do we come to church on Sunday? Have we developed a habit? Are we wasting our time?”
He continues by reading from Exodus 14. Joachim then shares his view of what he thought Christians were before he made his commitment (They weren’t cool or trendy and didn’t listen to the singer Grace Jones!!)
He then asks..”What does this all mean for me?”
He tells us that, our old life has gone. We have to learn to live a new life, listening too and following a new master. We are set free to live our new life in Christ. As a new creature (a new creation) we have a mission.
In the western world, we try and make sense of God’s plan. We will NEVER see the full glory unless we accept in faith what He has in store for us!
Guest Speaker – Mike Bollinger – Prophetic Expresion11th October 2015 | Mike Bollinger
We have a guest speaker today, Mike Bollinger. He is from Lowestoft Community Church and like us, they are part of the New Frontiers family of churches.
Mike starts by sharing about his life and how he came to live in the UK. He then leads into his message which looks at the life of Samuel.
Like Samuel, some of us faithfully believe and serve God, but we don’t really know Him. He is unseen to us. Hearing God is part of our inheritance as believers.
We all have the ability to hear Him, to hear His words and in turn, we can be a prophetic people.
Mike then gives us four practical steps as to how we can use God’s word. God speaks to us (sometimes very subtly) and we are encouraged to write these thoughts, these feelings down and reflect on them before acting.
Mike finishes his message with some prophetic words of encouragement for us as a church.
Redemption – Part Two4th October 2015 | Tope Olukemi
The second part of this series looks at how in chapter 12 of Exodus, the Israelites were ransomed and redeemed. Tope first gives a summary of the ten chapters between last week’s message and this one.
We hear about the first nine plagues that God sent upon the Egyptians and today, Tope concentrates on the tenth. This one was different in as far as on that night, the night of the Passover, Israel and Egypt were seen as being the same….they had both sinned.
But that night, God had a plan…..the sacrificial lamb! What saved the Israelites that night was their trust and obedience.
How can we escape the righteous judgement of God? Jesus…..the Lamb of God is our salvation. Jesus’ death was sufficient for ALL that believe to be saved. We are to remember what Christ did for us on the cross and try and live holy and obedient lives on a daily basis.
Redemption – Part One27th September 2015 | Malcolm Sullivan
Malcolm starts a new series today, which will nearly take us up to Christmas. We start by reading from Exodus 1 and we hear a little about Joseph and how, even when he was suffering greatly, he still glorified God.
The Israelites had been made slaves by the Egyptians and they were crying out to God and were wondering why (it appeared) He had left them.
Of course, He hadn’t abandoned them. He was preparing them for greater things!
God will never let us suffer more than we have too, because He is in control. Malcolm shares a story of how in times of suffering (but only when God’s timing is right) prayer gets us out of these situations. We are reminded that if we look to Jesus….We will be freed!
At the end of his message, Malcolm leads us into a time of testimony from the young people in our church that are being baptised today.