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Stick and stones: the power of words

The Proverbs of the Bible are immensely practical; useful for all areas of life. They talk about friendships, wealth, planning, parenting, working, romantic relationships, and many more things! And you don't need to be religious to benefit from them. So even if you don't buy into the whole church thing or don't believe in the Bible you can gian practical wisdom from them. On this message we unpack the power of words.



A proverb is a short expression that transmits popular wisdom in a memorable way. Different cultures have different proverbs, but there is a particular set of sayings that have stood the test of time. Originally compiled by one of the smartest kings ever, and inspired by God himself, the Proverbs of the Bible are still immensely practical for all areas of life.


The scandal of the good news

We finish our study on Galatians. In the last part of the book, Paul summarizes his argument in the most powerful way. He clearly highlights the difference between the good news and human religions. And he explains why the good news is such a scandal, an offense, a stumbling block to everyone who hears it. Join us on the epic end of Galatians!


Living out the good news

We are about to finish the letter of Galatians! This time, though, we will not discuss on the finer points of theology. Our message this week will be highly practical, and will answer questions like: How am I supposed to live out the good news? How do they affect by day-to-day life? If you love the idea of being fully saved by grace, but are unsure about what does that mean in practical terms, this message is for you.


The result of the good news

Our guest speaker, pastor Ron Sydney, brings a powerful message on the Holy Spirit.


Freedom in the good news

Galatians is known as the “magna carta of Christian liberty”. The bombastic title simply means that the letter describes, more than any other book of the Bible, the concept of freedom. Freedom, of course, is one of the deepest longings of the human heart. Mankind craves for freedom at all levels – political, social, and individual. But what is really freedom? What isn’t? And how, if at all, can it be achieved?On this message we will learn about the biblical view of freedom!


Finding joy in the good news

One of the great blessings of church is that spiritual leaders can provide guidance and instructions to new believers in the christian faith. Many of us have had one or more mentors who attached our training wheels in order to keep us energized and upright while seeking our spiritual growth. On this message we will study Paul’s instructions to the new Gentile believers as they find themselves struggling to find their identity among conflicting theological believes of that time.


Good news from beginning to end

For many, the idea that Jesus takes the punishment of their wrong actions sounds too good to be true. They think there must be a catch, a hidden clause. Well, what if that isn’t the only promise of the good news? What if the gospel offers additional, even greater blessings than your wrong deeds being wiped away? How hard to believe would that be? On this message, we will explore four additional blessings that the good news offers to anyone who believes in Jesus.


Promising good news

Promises. We have all made them, and we have all received them from someone. They often form the basis of our relationships, and they can persuade us to change the entire course of our lives. Join us on this sermon as we explore Paul’s illustration of the most epic promise of all time: the gospel.


The curse and the Spirit

Christianity is not just about having warm feelings towards God and being nice to people. There are certain aspects of the ancient faith that are challenging for this time an age. Probably one of the most controversial ones is this: trying to obey the law doesn’t make you “earn points” before God, instead, calls a curse upon yourself. Join us to hear all about this shocking curse, and other alternative available for us.


What is so good about this news?

The topics of salvation and justification may sound too distant for the average person. When it comes to religion, we usually prefer a clever insight or a practical advice that can help us in our day-to-day lives. However, there’s nothing more practical than understanding the salvation that the gospel offers. The gospel (the “Good News”!) is not just religious jargon, is a truth with massive implications for all areas of our lives. On this message you will learn what is so good about this...


Unity in the good news

Paul was a controversial figure even after his conversion. People would tell all sorts of things about him: he was just pretending to be a Christian, he was not a real apostle like the twelve, he had gone too far from the teachings of Jesus. How did he manage all the opposition and criticism? This week Paul will tell us the measures he took to stand against his opponents, and about a meeting with the potential to change the course of Christianity forever.


Saved by the good news

After Jesus, Paul is undoubtedly the most important figure in Christianity. Thanks to him, the tiny Jewish sect became an international movement within a generation. However, nobody would have guessed that this brilliant rabbi was going to embrace the faith he ardently persecuted in his youth. This week, we’ll study how Saul the rabbi became Paul the apostle, as told by himself in his letter to the Galatians.


The uniqueness of the good news

One of the most famous catchwords in Christianity is gospel. Churches preach the gospel, pastors are ministers of the gospel, people accept the gospel. What does that even mean? On this series we’ll study the letter to the Galatians, penned by the apostle Paul. On this letter we have the clearest image of the gospel – which is Greek for “good news”.


Here we go again

We reach the conclusion of our series in the book of Nehemiah. Surprisingly, in many ways it looks like the beginning of the story. On this last message we wrap up this interesting book.


One final round

Nehemiah is finishing his work in Jerusalem. The city looks so different from where he came a few years ago. The wall is rebuilt, the city is repopulated, and the people is experiencing revival. He can safely say his work there is done… except he can’t. Even though the future looks promising, an old enemy surfaces, and Nehemiah has to deal with him.


The importance of worship

After multiple struggles, opposition, conflicts, and the covenant renewed, Nehemiah is ready to conclude his work in Jerusalem. He organizes the most incredible dedication service for the recently built wall. On this message we’ll get a glimpse of the gladness they all experienced, and we’ll study how can we also be part of that joy.


Ordinary names, trivial stories

In several places, the Bible interrupts a story to give an endless list of names. Nehemiah has quite a few of those. The modern reader usually skips them, not being able to pronounce their names or being interested in their stories. However, they have hidden treasures when carefully examined; lessons incredibly useful for our day. On this message we'll try to discover what ancient lists of names have to teach us.