Paul spoke today about the parable of the sower and the seed. This appears in several gospels, with a slightly different slant in each. He led us in considering the ways in which we might see ourselves in each of the soils described. Listen to our download his talk here.
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It’s easy to gain the impression that church is for the good – that people who lead broken, troubled lives, leaving pain and disturbance in their wake, are really going to have to clean up their act before they can enter the house of God. But that is completely the wrong impression – church is exactly only for those who know themselves to be wrong-hearted and desperately in need of redemption. Jonathan expanded on this topic as he preached from Luke 7 this week. Listen to or download his talk here.
In the last of our August series on gospel themes, Jonathan spoke today on the difference between Contract and Covenant. Whereas a contract releases one side from their obligations if the other breaches their conditions, a covenant is more enduring. Listen to or download his talk here.
Today Barry started a short series on the good news of the gospel. What is it exactly that we are offered in exchange for allowing Jesus to direct our lives? He spoke about forgiveness – staggeringly good news to those who have started to realise just how high God’s standards of thought and behaviour really are! Listen to or download his talk here.
(Apologies for the sound quality – a significant part of our sound system had been relocated to a marquee on the field of the local secondary school for our annual holiday Bible club – VBS.)
Barry led off this Sunday with a reading from Psalm 1, but soon handed over to guest speaker Anthony who described some episodes from his own walk with God. While each of us has a different experience of the Christian life, it’s good to hear from one another and so gain a wider perspective of how God works in the lives of those who seek him. Listen to or download today’s talk here.
Since the beginning of May, most of our Sunday morning services have followed a series entitled Encountering God. The aim of this series has been to explore different ways in which we can connect with God, developing a relationship with him. This is often expressed as “knowing God personally”.
We’ve considered the following topics –
- Living with God
- Meeting God in Scripture
- Talking with God (prayer)
- Listening to God through the creation
- Hearing God through other people
- Seeking God in silence
- Sensing God’s presence
- Wrestling with God
- Walking with God
Now that we’re approaching the end of this series, I would be really interested to hear people’s views on this topic.
Most of us wouldn’t have seen or heard God with our physical senses, so what do we mean when we speak of knowing God personally? Is this language that you would choose for yourself? In your experience, is knowing God personally even possible? Whatever your personal story, it would be great to hear a little of your experience and the extent to which you feel “in touch” with God. What do you think we can or should aspire to as Christians?
Please offer your thoughts by adding a comment to this post!
This week we looked at world issues of social justice, and the ease with which we focus on minor issues over which we can feel maybe a little self-righteous, while ignoring far wider issues where the most that we can do would be just a drop in the ocean. But what does God require of us? This was a mixed service of acted parable, multi-sensory prayer, and the spoken word. Download or listen here to what Rachel had to say as part of this service. You can listen to the song she mentions at the end via this link.
Today Peter Nodding covered the whole gamut of ways in which God by his Spirit makes his presence known to both believers and, sometimes, unbelievers. One thing is common across them all, however – God is sovereign and never subject to our control. Our responsibility is to be attentive to God’s initiative and prepared to go wherever obedience may lead. Listen to or download his talk here.
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