John talks specifically about Romans 2:11 and Galatians 2:6 and about how God shows no partiality. Leaning on the work of Dave Barnhart John discusses the use of the verse as a Slogan, a doctrinal statement and a core belief/value.
John begins a new series on Impartiality. In this first week he looks at whether or not we have favourites and what leads us to choose them. Discrimination based on appearance is highlighted both in the passage from James 2, and in what John says. The video John showed as part of his sermon can be viewed at https://goo.gl/kt4tmA
In this sermon John wraps up our series on Rhythm. Rhythm is important as is gratitude for what we have been given. Here John focuses specifically on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 highlighting that Paul does not merely suggest that we give thanks, but that it should be a regular pattern of our Christian lives. John also points out the imperatives behind rejoicing, praying, and thankfulness. Also pinpointed is that we are not to be thankful for the difficulties we are experiencing but, for the...
In this continuation of our series Rhythm John talks specifically about the life of Joseph. Joseph experienced hardship in his life, but also incredible blessing. John talks about how if we keep God at the centre of our lives we may not bypass difficulty, but that God will be with us as we go through everything.
As we reflect on our lives what do we reflect on? What do we wish we had given more of our lives too? Work? Social Media? Partying? I don’t believe either of these is the answer. I believe one of the hardest things to build rhythms around, and prioritise, and, incidentally, the bible says life is really all about, relationships. How important are relationships with others to your life, and to your walk? How much time do you factor in to spend time building relationships? In this message John...
We all want to live the good life, full of meaning, purpose, beauty, love and joy. But when we live in the fast lane do we really get to experience any of that? This week John shows, via the life of Jesus, how to forge regular rhythms of slowing down, disconnecting from, and quieting all the distractions, so we can truly experience a preferred kind of life.
Have you spent some time thinking about what you’re going to do to see those happen? In the frantic, upbeat, busy lives we all live, how do we make time and space to grow and transform? As we start our new sermon series “Rhythms” John speaks about starting the new year right by seeking first the Kingdom of God and how that might free us to become the kind of people we were made to be.
In our penultimate instalment on the Revelation of Jesus Christ John clarifies some symbolism/imagery, specifically from Revelation chapter 17. Where/what is Babylon? Who is the Prostitute?, and who, or what are the beasts?
In this latest instalment on the book of Revelation John looks at some striking imagery from within the epistle and brings some clarification on what those 'signs' are. “The suffering of the church in the world is not a sign of Satan’s victory. It is a sign of his realisation of defeat.”
Today John talks about the four horsemen of the apocalypse and what they mean/signify in our understanding of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. John also explains how such negativity is unleashed at the unveiling of Jesus; and installing of The Lamb of God on the throne
In week five of our Summer Series on the Revelation of Jesus Christ John continues to unpack the vision of heaven from Revelation chapter 5. John shares, passionately, about who Jesus is, and what he has done for us, and clarifies some of the imagery from chapter 5 of this amazing epistle.
This week John talks on the messages to the seven churches in Asia Minor and what the background to each Church was. He emphasises the encouragement and warnings given to the various churches in order to aid our understanding in reading the book of Revelation.
In this first week of our Summer Series: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, John shares some of the background to the Book of Revelation serving as an introduction to a productive reading and understanding of the epistle.
Over the next two weeks John will look at creating a culture of saying what we mean. If we are not aggressive in our approach, or accusative, or unloving, we can say what we really mean. Be wise with your words. If you find this a challenge this is the series for you.
This week John talks specifically from Hebrews 10:35-36. His main emphasis is Maintain your courage now, and God will reward it. In summation: * Don’t abandon the boldness/courageousness you had previously * A reward is coming * Sometimes things are difficult * Be patient, persevere, endure * If you hold on till the end you will receive what he has promised