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Prayer and Witness

11th September 2016 | David Bareham

Before starting his message today, David brings us a couple of points that are relevant to church and we are asked to consider prayerfully.

He then reads from Colossians 4 where we hear about instructions for prayer.

In our community of Chafford Hundred, the surrounding areas and beyond, there is a need for prayer. We are living in troubled times and the innocent and the oppressed people of this world need us to talk to God on their behalf. We must pray for change to come.

David also reminds us of the teaching we had in the “Sheep Fishing” series in an attempt to get us into the right mindset as to how Christians should appear out there in the real world. We are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity to meet with people and to share the Good News of Jesus.


Romans 8 – Part Four

21st August 2016 | David Bareham

In this, the last of our look at Romans 8, David’s theme is ‘Love and Life’. He reads from verse 28 and before delving into today’s word he references some teaching by John Stott whereby from these passages are derived:- ‘Five Unshakable Convictions’, ‘Five Affirmations’ and ‘Five Questions’

David gets quite passionate as he unpacks the three ‘Fives’ and quite rightly too. If his message today doesn’t show that God is with us…I don’t think anything will


Romans 8 – Part Three

14th August 2016 | David Bareham

The title for David’s message today is “The Price and the Prize” and he wastes no time and dives straight into Romans 8:12

From that reading he brings us four main points and in doing so, reinforces a fact that we have heard many times. That if we are living by the Spirit, it must show outwardly to our friends, co-workers and neighbours.

But even though we have the Holy Spirit within us, we will still suffer. David tells us not to despair! We have the glory of God now, but this is nothing compared to what we can expect when we meet Him face to face. David gives us a visual representation of this to help us understand what is to come and to remind us that God is with us…..always…..even in our struggles!


Romans 8 – Part Two

31st July 2016 | David Bareham

After a short intro to this mini series, David reads from Romans 8 and today we learn about “Life in the Spirit”

He goes on to take a very funny look at some of the choices we can and do make in life. As Christians though, we have to make the biggest choice of our lives. That is “Do we live in the Spirit or continue to live in the flesh”? Of course, that isn’t a choice…..but what David is saying is that when we live in the Spirit, we have to show it! He also brings us a brilliant quote, which is “The decisions that matter are the ones that change who we are. Not the ones that determine what we do”

David asks the question “What are the marks of a Spirit filled follower of Jesus”? He then gives us eight examples. If we ask ourselves “How do we live or walk according to the Spirit”? The answer is simple…..We must be filled with the Spirit!


Romans 8 – Part One

24th July 2016 | David Bareham

In April 2013, we listened to a series on Romans and before he starts today, David gives us a quick summary of what we heard.

Throughout this summer holiday period, we will be going back to Romans 8 and picking some key topics from this book. Today, David looks at three subjects:- Substitution, Sanctification and Security.

In Romans chapter 8, we are reminded that Jesus was fully human, like us, but was totally without sin. But still, he died on the cross as a sin offering, so that we could be saved. This fulfilled the Law of the Old Testament. When we become more like Christ, we are sanctified and this is the work of the Holy Spirit.

We have security in our Father God and we have the comfort that he watches over us and protects us from the things of this world, which sometimes, are the work of the devil. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.


Sheep Fishing – Part Ten

10th July 2016 | David Bareham

In this, the last of our series, the theme is ‘Stepping Stones’. David reads for the final time, the word given to us by Mike Bollinger last October. David then tells us what to expect over the coming weeks as we enter our summer holiday period.

His reading today is from Luke 5:4-11. We hear how after a long hard night of fishing and catching nothing, Jesus tells the fisherman to go out again and cast their nets into deep water. They were reluctant (and probably thought they knew best!) but were obedient to Him…..They had an abundant catch! Jesus intentionally put himself in Simon Peter’s boat. David encourages us to do the same and to carry out an intentional act of witness. David gives us some examples of what we can do.

We will face reluctance and barriers, but by taking that first step, we will open up doors for people to come to us, when they are ready. When people see Jesus, there will be repentance.  We will have to be prepared though, as there could also be fear! To help us understand the stages someone will go through in their Christian walk, David shows us the Engel Scale (Click on the link to see)

I hope that for you, this series has been as interesting as it has for me. We have been given examples and challenges so the we can all be ‘Fishers of Men’ (and women!)


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