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Advent 2016 – Part One4th December 2016 | Malcolm Sullivan
Malcolm starts this short four week series in advent today and we learn about “Jesus – Human and Divine”
Before he begins though, he encourages us to look at and read some passages in scripture between now and Christmas. He feels that God will reveal things to us that we may not have noticed when we first read them.
He then goes on to show us the various possibilities that could of made Jesus the person that He was. But as we hear, there is one and only one way that He became Human and Divine. It is something that we have known all along but Malcolm digs deeper into it’s origins.
1 Timothy – Part Eight20th November 2016 | Malcolm Sullivan
As Malcolm rounds up our teaching series from 1 Timothy, we look today at “Timothy’s Walk With God”. He first gives us a brief summary of what we have learnt in this series and then brings us five short topics:-
– In a battle
Today’s message ties in with what Tope spoke about last week, in that, we learn by watching and following good leaders. That is exactly what Timothy was doing…learning from Paul. One take home for me personally today is that Malcolm says that “When God makes a promise, He keeps it!” If we have God’s Word and Spirit within us, we are covered and protected.
In his closing words Malcolm has some prophetic words for a couple of members of our congregation. I felt it appropriate to leave them in as they are a reminder to us all that God has great works for us. All we need to do is open our ears and hearts and listen.
1 Timothy – Part Seven13th November 2016 | Tope Olukemi
In this, the penultimate teaching from 1 Timothy, Tope shows us how we can be “Examples to the World”
As those of you with children listening to this will know, they (Infants and Children) learn by example and Tope says that for us to be an example to believers and non-believers alike, we have to live good, healthy Christian lives. We have to “Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk”
Many people will only know about the Christian faith through what non-Christians and the media may tell them. So it is our job to show them how we live the Jesus life. In the reading today there are five main points that Paul emphasises to Timothy and Tope delves deeper into these and gives us plenty of practical examples of how we should act.
We have to work hard to stay on the right track and if we start to veer off – look back to God and he will steer us back in the right direction.
1 Timothy – Part Six6th November 2016 | Deb Hendrey
We welcome back Deb today who brings us the next part of 1 Timothy looking at what Paul says about “Social Support” for widows.
She starts by explaining in some detail of how important widows were to God and how He protected them. When Paul was writing to Timothy, the widows of that time were often struggling to survive, so Paul was laying down some guidelines of how they could be helped. It wasn’t just the church’s responsibility, it also fell upon the family as well.
Deb then brings us into the 21st century and says that although widows now don’t have to suffer the poverty as they did in Paul’s time, there is still a need for them to be protected. She shares her own story and gives us some very practical advise as to how we can all help.
1 Timothy – Part Five30th October 2016 | Julian Fabian
We welcome today our own “in house” guest speaker, Julian. You will normally see him sitting behind the piano, leading worship but on this occasion he brings us a thought inspiring message as he continues our series looking at 1 Timothy. The theme today is “A New Testament Church”
Initially the reading seems to lay down some strong ‘rules’ which in today’s world, may seem to offend. But as Julian progresses through his teaching it becomes clear that Paul was saying these things because people had taken their focus off of Jesus and were effectively saying “Look at me!” This is not what Jesus wants. He wants us to remember who we are and to become more like Him.
Julian gives us a very practical explanation of what Paul was saying which should encourage us to do what Jesus asks. He (Julian) finishes with a reference to a story he shares earlier and it places a great mental image in our heads of “What we are meant to be!”
1 Timothy – Part Four23rd October 2016 | David Bareham
David brings us a very important message today as part of our continued look at 1 Timothy and the theme is “False Teaching”
When Paul wrote to Timothy, he warned him of the wrong teachings that were going on at Ephesus. Among other things, people were being told what food they could or couldn’t eat (even though it was given by God for the people to enjoy) They were also being told that they shouldn’t marry. We must be very aware of any false teachings that may creep into our church lives and veer us off of the right path.
David gives us quite a few examples (some of which are quite worrying) of how we have to be on our guard. He says that there is division out there in the wider church as to who and what Jesus was!
How do we avoid false teaching?…………We have to ground ourselves in the Word of God. We can still be relevant in today’s modern world, but we must NOT change His Word!