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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.


The “I AM” Series – Part Six

12th November 2017 | Malcolm Sullivan

*** Many apologies, but due to a technical issue, last week’s recording cannot be published. If anybody would like the preachers notes, we have them available***

After a short break away (for which he explains) Malcolm is back and brings us the penultimate episode of this series called “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life” He then reads from John 13:33 – 14:8 and in the passage we hear that Jesus tells His disciples that He would only be with them a little longer. All of a sudden they must have been in a turmoil, as for three years, all of their needs and fears had been taken care of!

As a way of showing us how important it is to follow Jesus, Malcolm takes a light hearted look at the way estate agents “expand” the truth and how easily we can become to expect more than what is actually there for us. Jesus (obviously) is the total opposite. He doesn’t need to expand on anything and He offers the Way and the Life. What follows is some very interesting facts for us to consider and some of these are very thought provoking.


The “I AM” Series – Part Four

29th October 2017 | Tope Olukemi

After last week’s International Day, Tope continues our series which today is entitled “I AM The Good Shepherd”. He reads from John 10, starting at verse 1.

In this reading we hear that Jesus says “I am the good shepherd” and Tope tells us that when Jesus made these statements, there was no room for debate. They were either/or statements for the people hearing the words. They had to accept that He was or wasn’t fully God. Jesus even went further by saying that He was willing to die (on the cross) for His sheep (His people)…..That is such a powerful message and we have to think really hard about what He did for us. It wasn’t a trivial matter!

Tope finishes by asking us “How do we respond to the statement Jesus made”………We are to follow.


International Day

22nd October 2017 | David Bareham

We are having day off from our “I AM” series this week as we celebrate this year’s International Day. It’s another chance to see our congregation wearing their national dress and wearing broad smiles!

David continues with a theme we have had running throughout the year which is “Everyone a Witness” and today he reads from Mark 4:26-29 about the parable of the farmer. He starts by using an image on the screen of four empty fields to help get his message across. We have to plant…..to sow seeds. This is the only way in which we can expect growth.
On average, there is 95% of the population out there that don’t know Jesus. That is a big empty field, but we must take it one person at a time.
We need to be equipped with the words to use when we get the opportunity. Do not worry though because if God has put that person in front of us, He will help.

David finishes by reminding us that we are to follow Jesus’ command and….Go!

This week at the end of the service there are some words from members of our congregation. I decided to leave them for all to hear as they tied in nicely with David’s teaching.

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