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Sheep Fishing – Part Ten10th 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!)
Sheep Fishing – Part Nine3rd July 2016 | David Bareham
David follows on from where Deb left off last week, where she focused on ‘Our Story’. Today, he reads from Acts 2 where we hear about ‘God’s Story’
At the time of this recording, our country (the UK) is in turmoil. We have voted to leave the European Union and our government is changing drastically. David reminds us that God is in control and he has given us the Good News of the gospel, and that we have the hope in Jesus. We have the comfort in knowing that whatever this world may throw at us, we are part of the Kingdom….His Kingdom!
This passage that David brings us contains such a powerful message of what Jesus did for us.
Before he closes, David brings us a foretaste of our new training that is starting in October, entitled ‘Following and Fishing’….Exciting stuff!
Sheep Fishing – Part Eight26th June 2016 | Deborah Hendrey
After a long time away from the stage, we welcome back Deb today as she brings the next part of our ‘Sheep Fishing’ series. Her theme is ‘Storytelling…Your Story’. Deb puts a slightly different take on the usual way our sermons are presented as today is a very special day. You will hear her say that we have seven….yes, seven people being baptised. But as proceedings got underway, we had an eighth person decide to come forward!
Deb reads from John 4:1-42. The famous story of the Samaritan woman at the well, but rather than hear about Jesus’ involvement, we see how this woman told HER story and the people listened. To help emphasize how powerful our stories can be and how they can influence others, Deb reads out a letter from one of our congregation and we also hear from two members that are with us today.
She finishes by giving us a practical way in which we can share our story and pray for others.
Sheep Fishing – Part Seven12th June 2016 | Tolu Falase
As part of this series, Tolu looks at ‘The Power of Hospitality’. After his summary of the series so far, he reads from Luke 10:1-8.
Tolu tells us that we have been “Called Out, Appointed and Sent Back Bearing Good News”….Just like the 72 disciples that Jesus called out from the multitude, who were trained and equipped to do His work. But as Tolu reminds us, we will be sheep, sent out among wolves! We are to go out there in complete faith.
The definition of hospitality is that we need to be warm, friendly and generous to guests and strangers. This is a word from God that can be found in various scriptures. Tolu encourages us to share a smile, a word or a greeting with someone in church on a Sunday that we don’t know. This will help us get used to doing this wherever we may be, outside of church.
Sheep Fishing – Part Six5th June 2016 | Tope Olukemi
Tope’s theme in his message is ‘Healing the Sick’ and we also have some testimonies which I have decided to leave in as they are relevant to what Tope brings to us today.
He reads from Acts 3:1-16 in which we hear how Peter healed the lame man. But as Tope points out, it was not a power that Peter had within himself, it was the power of Jesus working through him. An important point to also note is that the lame man had the faith to know that he would be healed.
We are all called to heal and we have to believe that with Jesus working through us, we will have that gift. These are Jesus’ words and we have to have that faith.
Tope also points out that in Matthew 8, it says that God wants to heal, but we have to be at the right level and in the right relationship with Him for the outpouring of healing to work. We have to remember that in our Christian lives, we are on a journey and we need to learn what God has in store for us. In closing, Tope asks “Will you act today”?
Sheep Fishing – Part Five29th May 2016 | Tope Olukemi
During Tope’s introduction to his message, he reminds us of part our church mission statement, as we are talking about ‘Serving’ today. He then reads from Matthew 5:13-16 in which Jesus says, ‘If we serve Him, we are ALL the salt of the earth and the light of the world’
Tope says that it is not right for us to come to church on a Sunday and have our ‘Holy Huddles’….We must go out there, into the world and let our flavour flow and our light shine. Christ expects us to go out there and to do good works, but we have to look for those opportunities and God will bring us the needy.
Tope brings us three main points in his message – Who, When and How do we serve? He then shows us a short summary of ways in which we can help out in the community and he encourages us to help wherever we can. Don’t ignore that calling and think that ‘someone else’ will do it! Step out in faith and God will help to meet those needs.
In closing, he gives us a comparison list (which is quite thought provoking) of the difference between ‘Self Righteous Service’ and ‘True Service’