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25th July 2021

Rest in a New Identity

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world.”1 Peter 2:9-12 NLT Philippians 3:20


Before Jesus came into our lives we identified solely with the Adam life, we wouldn’t articulate it like this, we would say we were just of the world, and chasing after the things of this world. But all of this changed when We responded to Christ’s invitation to belong to His family. We were given a new identity the moment we believed. But what does this look like, how do we live out of this identity and not the old one.. well, our identity is tied to our roots, our family linage, and our citizenship. A passport is the most accurate form of identity, its proof of who you are and the country you belong to, your citizenship. The world is no longer our home, we have been given a new passport, we belong to the kingdom of heaven, now, today. We are citizens of heaven now and as we identify with the the Christ life, we become more and more aware that we are also living in our new country. This world is no longer our home, we are foreigners of the world and what it has to offer, we are simply passing through, spiritually speaking this world has no legal hold on us, because Jesus made us legal residents of His kingdom.

18th July 2021

Rest – The Journey is too much for you

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Elijah is broken. He has had enough. In fact he feels that he cannot go on. God understands and offers him some great advice. Eat and rest for the journey is too much for you. But we don’t drop out of the game altogether. God wants Elijah to get back to where he was, faithfully serving Him. 

11th July 2021

Rest in the God of Second Chances

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

4th July 2021

Rest in Grace - Saved and Sustained

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

“But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”Colossians 1:23 NLT We are saved and brought into the kingdom of God by grace alone.. this means that we cannot boast in our effort in anyway, as we played no part in this saving grace. Unfortunately, once saved, we have the tendency to ‘work’ to maintain our place in Gods kingdom. When we struggle with failure, we can be eaten up by guilt, shame and condemnation and begin to doubt where it is we are with God. And so we can ‘do more’, ‘pray more’ and be much more devoted in order to show that we are Christian and that we will have eternal life. The truth is when we believed in Christ and his finished work on the cross, he gave us an assurance of our place in The family. We never have to doubt whether we are ‘in’ the family any more. The same gospel that saved us, however long ago that was, is the same gospel that keeps us today. Yes, saved by grace through faith in Christ, but also kept by grace through Christ.

27th June 2021

Rest in Rest

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ”Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Hebrews 4:9-10  When Jesus re-established The kingdom of God here on earth, everything that was true before the fall, is true now. In this passage above Jesus was speaking to the people of Israel who were burdened, overwhelmed and weighed down with their outward form of religion and the legal do’s and don’ts of the Pharisees, along with the burden of the consequences, the guilt, the frustration, and unsatisfied inner life that goes along with this. Right in the middle of this religious setting, Jesus, in His grace invites us to experience true rest, inner rest, not free from work, but free to work from rest, Not for it. 

13th June 2021

Rest for your Soul – Sit at God’s feet

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

There in the quiet, everything is put into focus through God’s greater, eternal perspective. My soul, my mind and my whole body all acknowledge that I am frail, flawed and finite – and still a precious child of my God and my King. There in the quiet, I am safe to come honestly and humbly, with all my limitations before my God who knows me and loves me with no limits at all.

6th June 2021

Rest in the Humility - Greatest is the Weakest

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].”Matthew 5:3 AMP Mark 9:34-35 AMP The poor in spirit is a picture of a Blind street begger, on his knees, holding his money collection tin in both hands, crying out in desperation to those that walk past.. ‘please, I have nothing’. Jesus, in the greatest sermon ever preached, reveals to us the attitude of one who is impacted by the good news of the kingdom. We are spiritually bankrupt, and in great need of the grace of God every single moment. Many stories Jesus told and much wisdom the apostles imparted was about the truth that those that recognise the great need for God’s grace in every moment and in every area of life take hold of a kingdom that is for such people. In this world, degrees, doctorates and dollars are the thinks that qualify us and prove our success, but in the upside down kingdom, our success is only because of what Christ accomplished for us, and we are qualified by the grace of God alone.

30th May 2021

Rest in THE rest

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ”Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Hebrews 4:9-10 When Jesus re-established The kingdom of God here on earth, everything that was true before the fall, is true now. In this passage above Jesus was speaking to the people of Israel who were burdened, overwhelmed and weighed down with their outward form of religion and the legal do’s and don’ts of the Pharisees, along with the burden of the consequences, the guilt, the frustration, and unsatisfied inner life that goes along with this. Right in the middle of this religious setting, Jesus, in His grace invites us to experience true rest, inner rest, not free from work, but free to work from rest, Not for it.

23rd May 2021

Choose Ridiculous Love

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

The NOW Kingdom of God calls people into God’s service now, for them to be on mission and fulfilling God’s purposes wherever they are. We by extension simply continue the mission Jesus started. The NOW kingdom thinking clearly portrays the kingdom as a reality that seeks to transform the world NOW, which takes effect as an individual undergoes a transformation within one’s own life. The conduit of God’s mission for His people is to genuinely and authentically love people. All people. No questions asked, no conditions given. CHOOSING OTHERS always. The WHY is – God Is love and wants all humanity to enter into this love. The HOW its done is by ridiculous, unchecked, unregulated, undeserved love. 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

16th May 2021

Choose Contentment in the Midst of Tension

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

As we begin to realise the reality of the NOW kingdom, we are left with seeming paradox’s in our faith. Impossibilities that we simply cannot reconcile with our finite minds. God is fully man and yet fully God. One of the important realities we need to accept is that it is ok to not understand the mind of God. We need to move beyond trying to understand our infinite God by our finite minds and simply accept His Truth and Reality. His kingdom is Something we cannot build, and yet God chooses to build it through us. We strive and yet we rest in him. The Paradox is incredible, but both realities exist together. The choice we must make is even though we cannot always understand, we can choose to be content and simply respond as the Holy Spirit leads. Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

9th May 2021

Choose Fresh Revelation

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

One of the realities of God’s kingdom is that God longs for it to take hold in all areas of our lives. We initially relate with God from either more an intellectual capacity or from an experiential approach. As we mature in our faith, we need to cross over and engage and allow God to speak to all areas of our life. We need to experience God actively in our lives as well as dwelling in our thought-life in an intellectual capacity. There is a danger in limiting our experience of God to either only an emotional experience – which leaves us in a state of mysticism, or the other extreme of intellectualising our faith – which leaves us knowledgeable but dry and within intimacy. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

2nd May 2021

Choose the Leaper

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

The choice to get muddy. Application of God’s kingdom now is for us to choose to enter into the brokenness of others. Jesus touched the leper – He could have just spoken healing but he valued the body, the wholeness of the person and chose to enter into this reality. Incarnate Vs Excarnate Word made flesh. John 1:1 – Word made Flesh – Jesus came into our lives, so we could enter into broken world. Too often, we shoot ‘truth’ from the safety of our comfort space, missing the incarnate reality of the Kingdom of God, that God calls us to enter into the mess, and pain of our broken world and bring His truth.

25th April 2021

Choose Community

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

One of the active functions of God’s kingdom is that it draws people together. People are naturally called together to worship, serve, teach and guide one another. As we allow the Kingdom of God to take hold of our thinking, it leads us to understand the beauty of community that God births in our midst. But we must choose to actively participate in it. Those who grow the most are often the ones that serve the most. God doesn’t force community on us, but he draws us and calls us to belong, knowing that it is often the hardest place, but the most rewarding, developing and ultimately fulfilling place to be. Hebrews 10:25, NIV: "not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

18th April 2021

Life of Proclamation – Committed to Our Calling Luke 9:1-9

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Jesus sent out the disciples to preach the kingdom of God: To preach simply means to proclaim, to tell others in the sense of announcing news to them. The disciples were sent with the work of proclaiming that the kingdom of God was present, and what the character of that kingdom was like. If we embrace the Kingdom we must also embrace the need for proclamation in a similar way.

11th April 2021

Sunday Service

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

4th April 2021

Easter Sunday Service

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

2nd April 2021

Good Friday Service

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

28th March 2021

Life of Purity – Endorsing our role in the Kingdom (Romans 12:1-2)

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Authenticity is key when it comes to establishing God’s Kingdom. Holiness is the practical outworking of God’s rule in our heart. If we are to serve as His divine representation in this world, we need to be holy as He is holy. Paul exhorts us in light of the manifold mercy of God. Our obedience is the product of what God has done in our lives, not something we can manufacture on our own.

21st March 2021

Life of Prayer – Enabling the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 1:17-1)8

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Last week we reflected upon our restored purpose. We have been recommissioned to establish the kingdom of God on earth. We are to extend God’s rulership, will and nature from heaven to earth. In doing so, we considered the Lord’s prayer, His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. But How does that actually flow over into our daily existence ? This week we again consider prayer and specifically how it can lead and guide us. Prayer connects us to heart of God and this daily discipline enables us to keep in step with King and come under His rule day after day.

14th March 2021

God’s Kingdom Now – Purpose Restored (Matt 6:9-10)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Our true purpose and calling is now restored. Man was created to represent the kingdom government of God on earth. Mankind is intended to embody the nature of God on earth and serve as his divine representative in the physical world. We have been recommissioned to establish the kingdom of God on earth. We are to extend God’s rulership, will and nature from heaven to earth. His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

7th March 2021

Kingdom Restored – The Second Adam

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Kingdom lost meant that the kingdom needed to be restored. God responded to this need by promising a messiah. The second Adam would restore and redeem and set in place the process by which God would re-establish his kingdom on earth. Instead of allowing us to waste our time trying to reach up, He came down to take hold of us. His desire was to bring us back into relationship with him and to return to us the lost kingdom.

28th February 2021

Kingdom Lost - Man's Betrayal

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

The fall of man was not just a personal act of disobedience, but was an act of treason. Adam and his decedents committed the ultimate act of betrayal. Adam declared independence from his kingdom government. In so doing severed his relationship with the King of Heaven, abandoned his position as ambassador. And lost his dominion over the earth. The devil’s goal was to drive man from the garden of relationship with God. The result, the loss of the Kingdom of heaven on earth.

21st February 2021

Kingdom on Earth – God’s Plan for Man

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

As God’s image bearers in creation, we were intended to act as His representatives. We were designed, in a very real way, to show the world what God is like. So when God gave us the command to rule over the earth, the expectation was to do so in a way that reflected His character. In this way God granted us dominion over the earth. A life symbolised by the Garden of Eden. A place of great joy, peace and security. Their activity was joyful, not a burden. The garden was beautiful and abundant, containing “trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food” This first human couple loved one another, communed with the living God in the refreshing coolness of the garden and tended the land God created. Eden was truly idyllic. ..Until

14th February 2021

Kingdom of Heaven – Eternal Greatness of God

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

The Bible teaches the eternity of God. This means that God has always existed. His existence extends endlessly in the past and in the future. There was not a time when He did not exist. He never came into being and He will never cease to exist. We often look at God through human eyes and as a result we bring Him down to our level. It is important that with a sense of great awe and wonder we understand has always been The King and has always ruled over all things.

7th February 2021

New Year Series - A God Who Stays the Same (James 1:16-18)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

God may well do things differently, for he is not limited in any way, but His character cannot change. He cannot stop being God. He cannot improve or decline. He simply cannot change. You can count on Him to be the same today as he was in eternity past, or as he will be in a million years’ time. Therefore God’s promises to us will never change either. They are promises you can always count on. In today’s world that is something very unique.

31st January 2021

New Year Series - A God Who is Gracious (Luke 15:11-31)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

When Jesus walked on this earth, sinners of all backgrounds went to Him. The worse a person felt, the more likely they saw Jesus as a refuge. Sometimes the down-and-out, who flocked to Jesus when he lived on earth, no longer feel welcome among his followers. I wonder why ? When we relate what we do as earning God’s support and love, we place a great emphasis on doing the right thing. Therefore we invent a system of rules. Before long we become the spiritual police of the church. Now it’s true, God has given us a list of things to live by. Our behaviour is still important to Him. But He doesn’t love us because we keep all the rules. We are not adopted into His family because we act correctly. God’s unconditional love sets us all free. However, that same freedom is to be gifted to those around us.

24th January 2021

New Year Series - A God Who is Committed to You (Zechariah Ch 10)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

During my life I have done some things which now I really regret. But, even though that is the case, I know I have people that still love me. In fact, I could do almost anything and they would still be committed to me. Yes they may be hurt, disappointed or even ashamed, but in the end, they would still stand by me. We all need people who will show that sort of commitment. No-one is more committed to us than God. His promises bring amazing security and hope. We just need to build our lives around them.

17th January 2021

New Year Series - A God Who Guides (Psalm 119:97-106)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Making choices is something we do every day. Some of these decisions will have an ongoing effect on our life, so we feel the pressure of getting it right. We often find ourselves standing at the crossroads. Will I go this way or that? Will I study these subjects, will I take this new job, should I marry this person, should I invest in this company. The list is endless. God wants us to make good choices and He is willing to guide us if we are willing to listen.

10th January 2021

A revisted service from 9th Aug

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

3rd January 2021

New Year Series - A God Who Knows and Cares (Psalm 139)

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

God is not like a company executive who demands that we show up and perform, but rather, He seeks that we might understand what He is like. Nothing is News to Him. He knows everything. He sees everything. He knows what we need. He knows all our secrets. He knows all our scars. God’s eyes are never off us. But rather than being fearful of God’s constant gaze, we should be thankful. God knows us. He created us. He cares for us. It is always a delight to Him when we seek Him out and take hold of His hand.

27th December

Esther Series - When God Seems Absent God is Always There at Work

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

God put so much of the fear of Mordecai into the hearts of the people that the very people who were ordered to kill the Jews, helped Mordecai to defeat those who would have killed them! This is God's doing. God made Mordecai and object of dread to the enemies of the Jews. He put His fear into the life of this once simple, humble gatekeeper, then He placed him in second of command in the kingdom and the people reverenced him greatly. This is God's doing

20th December

Esther Series - Divine Reversals

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

Esther wasn’t lucky to be queen; Mordecai wasn’t lucky to have overheard the assassination plot; it wasn’t luck or chance that made Haman enter the royal courts at this time with this heart. All of these events were orchestrated by God and not by luck.. This becomes difficult, of course, when bad things happen to us. It is easy to see God’s management of all things when we see good things happen. But what about the bad? Even then, we must trust God’s total plan. Any one event, taken in isolation may seem to make no sense, but when we see all things working together we then see the ultimate wisdom of God’s plan.

13th December

Esther Series - When God Seems Absent The Time is Now

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

God gives us our position in life. Many times we are blinded by circumstances and cannot see it, but God gives us our position in life. He gives it to us that we may use it for His Cause, for the spread of His Gospel in this day in which we live. We have tremendous advantages given to us by God!

 

God has conferred them on us for a Divine Purpose.

In every human life runs that Divine Purpose. Nobody is without value. Everyone is of tremendous value, and God places you in the position where you are that you might glorify Him and be a blessing to those around you in His Name, to bring God into their lives.

6th December

Esther Series - When God Seems Absent Making a Stand

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Mordecai refused to reverence Haman. He would not bow himself down to the ground to satisfy Haman's self-seeking idolatry. Bear in mind that the order to bow before Haman came from the king. Everyone bowed, except Mordecai. He refused to be a part of this worship of Haman.

29th November

Esther Series - When God Seems Absent God’s Plan Begins

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

It is now that the heroine of our book walks on the stage. She enters into the narrative here and God begins to move in a very special way in her life. God has been preparing her. God has been getting her ready.

She is brought up as an orphan girl in the home of this man named Mordecai.

God was preparing her. God had a work for her to do.

22nd November

Esther Introduction – Ch 1

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

A historical book of the Old Testament that shows how God preserved His Chosen People. The book is named for its main personality, Queen

15th November

Jesus said I Am The Vine

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

 

As Jesus spoke, the vines hung heavy with ripened fruit throughout the region. His listeners understood the significance of the vine and the dependency the branches had to the source of nutrition and water..... Jesus, as the Vine, is our Source of life—life today and everlasting life.

8th November

Jesus said I Am the Way, Truth & Life

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

 

Thomas and the rest of Jesus’ disciples could not comprehend His leaving them. He warned them—on multiple occasions—but they could not seem to accept it. As they struggled with this, Jesus helped them to see the Father and to understand that they were one.....Jesus, as the Way, the Truth and the Life, is God, and is our only Source of salvation.

1st November

Jesus said I Am the Resurrection & the Life

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" -John 11:25, 26

 

Jesus’ friends, Mary and Martha, are distraught. Jesus has arrived too late—their brother Lazarus is dead. The grieving Martha hears Him say, “Your brother will rise again,” and she responds in faith, affirming that he will rise in the last days. But Jesus has other, more immediate plans for Lazarus......Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life, will raise all who believe in the last days, just as He raised Lazarus.

25th October

The Door

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." - John 10:9

 

How does God describe Himself to His creation? In John 10, Jesus tapped into something familiar to each of His listeners—shepherding. Likely, the bleats of nearby sheep echoed behind Him as He spoke. Anyone sneaking into a sheepfold by any means than the door was not there legitimately. The only legitimate access to the sheep was through the door..........Jesus is that Door and He alone offers the true path to salvation.

18th October

Light of the World

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:12

 

Jesus uttered these words to a group that witnessed an incredible scene. Teaching in the temple, a woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus. As the accusers attempted to trick Jesus by asking if He thought the woman should be stoned, Jesus mutely wrote in the sand. The accusers evaporated and the embarrassed woman was set free with forgiveness and the admonition to turn away from the darkness. Now, turning to the remaining assembled people, Jesus tells them that He is the Light of the world...........Jesus, as the Light of the world, offers a choice between the darkness of sin and the glistening light of a life in His presence.

11th October

Good Shepherd

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." John 10:11

 

Jesus is the Door and so much more. He is the Shepherd—the One whose voice the sheep know and trust. The Shepherd will protect and save the sheep at any cost...........Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, died to save each of us.

4th October

I Am The Bread of Life

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35

 

Jesus spoke these words after a quiet night alone in the wilderness. He fled to this wilderness after the miracle of feeding the 5,000 men (and more women and children) with just five loaves and two fish. Following this miracle and these words, the people, somehow, still asked for a sign that they could believe in Him. After all, they argued, their ancestors had manna. Jesus assured them that although their ancestors were given manna, they were dead. He offered the kind of Bread that those who ate would never die…………………Jesus, as the Bread of Life, offers each of us life everlasting.

 

27th September

I Am- Introduction

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" And God said, "I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain." Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, `What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" Exodus 3:11-13

 

What’s in a name ? God said to Moses, tell them that I AM WHO I AM has sent you. We need to ask the same questions that Moses pondered. Who am I ? God, who are you ? By doing this we will see the significance of the I Am statements that Jesus makes in the gospel of John.

 

20th September

Overcoming Worry – God’s Greatness 

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

One of the reasons I worry is because I look at life through human eyes. What will I possibly do if that happens ! We soon see ourselves in deep trouble. We are in way over our heads. Fear takes over and worry reduces us to a blob of anxiety. Now last week I said most things we worry about never actually happen and that’s often the case. But if what we fear most does occur- then we need to defeat worry by leaving it to God. He is actually able to do much more than we can ask or even imagine. The character of God – His faithfulness and His power - is the means by which we defeat worry. Jesus tells us not to worry because “Abba Father” has got it covered. I don’t have the capacity to fully understand God. He is so much greater than the boundaries of my mind. But by faith I can believe that He has it covered – He has my back. By faith I can stop worrying because God has the answer- even if in my limited thinking I cannot see it.

Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us

 

13th September

Overcoming Worry – God’s Promises 

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Romans Chapter 8 is full of well-known verses that enable us to be extremely positive about our lives even in the midst of great challenge. Without a doubt this chapter is rich with deep theological truth. Yet if we were to simplify an important theme of the latter verses we could summarise Paul’s words in this way. God is on our side. His love continually flows over us. He is always at work in our lives to bless us. The wonderful promises of God bring us to a place in our thinking where we can declare a key and life changing truth. If God is for us, who can be against us!

 

We all know that God is real. He is always there with us. But sometimes we forget that He is for us. He is on our side. We are His precious children. Paul goes on to say that He did not even spare His own son so that we could be brought back into the family of God. We can overcome worry with a simple and clear mindset. If God is for us who can be against us! Take in the great encouragement that God’s promises create as you read these verses.

 

RO 8:31-39 If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

6th September

Overcoming Worry – God’s Priorities

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

We often stress and worry about things that really don’t matter. I have good neighbours and they are no problem to me at all. That is except for the way they do some things. When they clean their cars, they do the outside first and then they clean the inside. This is the wrong way round. Likewise they mow the lawn and then they whipper snipper the edges. Not the right way to do it. Now these things don’t really worry me – well to be honest they do. I don’t get too stressed or lose any sleep over it, it just irks me a little when I see it. I know – who really cares – they can do as they want. Who am I to say I am right anyway. Sometimes we worry about things that don’t really matter in the light of eternity. We need to focus on what God gives high priority to.

 

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent,  and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

 

30th August

Overcoming Worry Series - God’s Peace 

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

There is no greater blessing from God than the promise of His peace. To be content with life and all that we encounter is such a wonderful existence. The opposite of this of course, is to be overwhelmed with worry. Rather than being relaxed, we are on edge, rather than feeling an inner calm, we are overcome with butterflies invading our stomachs. So it’s easy to see why we much prefer living in a state of peace.  

 

In Isaiah we read that if our eyes are on God and we trust Him, then we are blessed with perfect peace. Perfect meaning complete, not lacking in anyway. So God is able to bless us with a peace that is beyond all human understanding, a depth of calm and contentment that only He can provide. Overcoming worry means we are to look to God and trust Him, for then we are kept in perfect peace. 

 

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever,

for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4


 

23rd August

Overcoming Worry Series - God’s Provision

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

It is said that most things we worry about, never actually happen. From my experience I think that is probably true. A lot of emotional energy can be needlessly invested. God tries to spare us this unnecessary pain by simply saying - please don’t worry ! Firstly, worry cannot change the circumstances; secondly I will look after you.

Now it is almost impossible to stop that first emotional response to a perceived problem. However, what we do with that initial concern is what makes the difference. I have never won a mind game battle in my whole life. In fact – it just gets worse and worse and everything spirals down even further. Much better to hand it over straight away.

 

Matthew 6:25-27

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?]

16th August

Overcoming Worry Series - God's Wisdom

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Making decisions can often cause us to feel quite anxious. We worry about making the right choice because we don’t want to suffer the consequences of a bad one. We can easily overcome this form of worry by seeking out what God is saying. The bible tells us if we need wisdom all we need to do is ask.


However, we don’t need to get all stressed about this. Just be open and honest before God and allow Him to guide your decision process. He will use people or circumstances to open and close doors. He is a good Father and He wants you to make the right choices, so it won’t be complicated.

If after seeking God you still feel a little unsure, simply pray, God this is what I sense you are saying but please close the door if I’m out of step with you. It’s also important to understand that there are times when God doesn’t mind whether we choose the steak or the curry – He is just happy for us to enjoy the moment. May we rest in God and trust His leading. May we also relax in Him, if it’s important, He’ll make his way clear to us.


My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:1-8

9th August 

Overcoming Worry Series – God’s Faithfulness                

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Worry can have such so a strong hold over us, that it dominates and influences almost our entire thinking process. We easily lose perspective and things can seem really dark. As a result we often feel like we are on our own. Such isolation only increases our anxiety. 

 

One clear and effective way of winning this battle, is to remember each day, the faithfulness of God. Then we will naturally hand over our fears and concerns to Him. And because worry is often connected to what might happen to us in the future, we can now rest in Him and wait on God for all of life’s outcomes.

 

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:21-25 

2nd August 

LOVE DOES One Another Series - Speak Truth to One Another

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Paul sets out how we should live as followers of Christ. He reminds us that we are no longer controlled by our sinful nature. Therefore we want our lives to honour God. Now we can help each other do this by speaking the truth in love. However, this can go very badly if both parties have the wrong attitude. The one speaking needs to be gracious and gentle. The one receiving has to be open to instruction for God’s glory. A lot can be gained but a lot can be lost if this isn’t done in a Godly way.

26th July

LOVE DOES One Another Series - Being Humble to One Another

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

The greatest tool that the devil holds is pride. So much damage can be done and often we are unaware of the problem. We can easily justify our sense of superiority. Peter,however talks about caring for people in humility. He says don’t care because you must - but only because you are willing. Humility is the key. Unless we value people the way God does - we will never be able to love one another with true integrity.

19th July

LOVE DOES One Another Series - Honour One Another - Romans 12:9-21

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

In this well-known chapter, Paul talks about the transforming of our minds. This is our spiritual act of worship. He then goes on to talk about a life of service. Then in these verses he gives us some wonderful practical ways of how we love one another. To honour God - we honour each other with acts of service and love.

12th July

LOVE DOES One Another Series - Hospitality: 1 Peter 4 : 7-11

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

Peter encourages us to use the gifts God has given us. One of the key ones within the church is hospitality. With some creative thinking and the right attitude, this is something we can all do. No one is perfect but you will be a huge blessing to others, because hospitality covers a multitude of sins.

5th July

LOVE DOES One Another Series - Don't Blame One Another

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

When we are doing it tough and things seem to be going against us – James tells us to be patient and stand firm in our faith. He understands that when we are suffering we often take it out on those around us. So he warns us against grumbling and blaming others. We need other people when we are experiencing hardship – so it’s not wise to push them away. We find our rest in God as we enjoy the people he puts in our life.

28th June

I Am Who I Am

Exodus‬ ‭3:14-15‬

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

We are in unprecedented times, there’s no doubt, but there is no need for panic because, with every revealed problem, He is the answer... And I believe that God is reintroducing himself to the church as the I AM WHO I AM, The constant in a world that's changing rapidly. The Covenant keeping God. The God of Every moment.... the fulfillment of every promise...the eternal self-existing God, I will be what I will be.... a God who we need, to be in our lives today, right now the church isn’t functioning as we have known it, the economy is uncertain in many ways, and it may seem like the things God has spoken over your life seem so far away or even impossible at the moment... But he isn’t finished with you.. he is working in it all and through it all. “I AM WHO I AM”

21st June

LOVE DOES One Another Series W6 - Motivate One Another to Good Works

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

As we draw near to God we come to understand the importance of our church family. God wants for us to encourage each other in our walk with Him. Meeting together at church or life group is a wonderful way to spur each other on to achieve God’s purposes. We are always better together.

14th June

LOVE DOES One Another Series W5 - Build up One Another

1 Thess 5: 1-11

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

When we live in the light - we are open to God’s leading. We are in step with his purposes. However, there are many challenges and distractions. May we encourage each other to make the most of the life that Christ died to give us.

7th June

LOVE DOES One Another Series W4 - Seek Good for One Another - Don’t Repay Evil for Evil

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

We must resist the temptation to repay evil with evil. Why be a victim twice. Rather ask God to bring about an amazing transformation where you actually want the offender to be blessed. Now this isn’t easy and it is beyond all human compassion. But God can do a work in us where rather than wanting them to suffer, we pray for their blessing. Now this not just a huge win for those we pray for, but it is a huge blessing to us as well. Vengeance is like a cancer and it eats away our soul. This is God’s love in action through us. Love Does.

31st May

LOVE DOES One Another Series W3 - Blood Is Thicker Than Water 

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

Sometimes we are easily annoyed. At other times people around us can be very annoying. Either way anger is lurking close by. Love Does means an action where we give each other room to fail. We also understand that often our own frustration means we react rather unfairly to those who get in the way. We need to be patient and show compassion. 

24th May

LOVE DOES One Another Series W2 - Protect One Another  

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

We are set free in Christ. Free from our sinful behaviour and its terrible consequences. But we are not free to exploit those around us. At its worst, human behaviour can drive us to destroy people. However, Christ in us, means we can be vessels of His love. Therefore the best of human behaviour, inspired by obedience to the spirit, enables us to love, serve and protect.  

17th May

LOVE DOES One Another Series W1 - Accept One Another

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

The thought of Jew and Gentile inheriting the kingdom of God together was offensive to many Jews. But Paul encourages total acceptance because then they can worship God in one voice. God loves that ! After all just as Christ accepts us, so we must accept others. We don’t have to agree on everything but we are the one and same family. Jesus took the imitative to reconcile us both to God and to each other. Love Does means we invest in this great opportunity to be blessed and be a blessing.

10th May

Mark Short Series W4

"Who will roll the stone away"

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

3rd May

Mark Short Series W3

"Not My Strength"

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

26th April

Mark Short Series W2

"Not My Will"

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

19th April

Mark Short Series W1

"Clearing out the Unwanted"

Speaker: Ps. Sam Toms

12th April

Easter Sunday Service 2020

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

10th April

Good Friday Service 2020

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

5th April

LOVE DOES Series Week 8

"A Lifestyle of Compassion"

Speaker: Ps. Sean Castle

Paul teaches us to put on Love and Compassion. For this is the way that God’s children should “dress” Compassion is the motivation behind our love for others. Yet it doesn’t just take place in our minds but it is always evidenced in action. We can have a compassionate heart but it will always be reflected in our lifestyle. Compassion is displayed in and through who we are and what we do. Love is a choice. Compassion makes that choice easier. Therefore it would make sense that we would seek God so that we might put it on.

 

Coloss 3: 12-17

29th March 

LOVE DOES Series Week 7

"Healthy Heart"

Speaker: Ps. Paul Curtis

Being in harmony with our God and King is key to a life of joy and peace. We are forever His children by faith in Jesus, but there is ongoing growth and maturity that takes places within our heart as we journey with Him day by day. As our relationship develops God creates an integrity within us that draws us to desire a pure heart. It can be a difficult journey with some pain, but the joy that comes is beyond words.

 

Psalm 51 :1-12