30
Jul 2019

Last Sunday, I preached on Ephesians 4:17-32.  The sermon will be uploaded very soon. One verse in particular greatly influenced the way I preached the text.  In verse 24, Paul writes “Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”.  In one sense all human beings are created in the likeness of God, just as Adam and Eve were created after God’s likeness in Genesis 1:26-27.  But, in a more complete sense, it is only Christians who are made new by the renewal of the......

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29
Jul 2019

It’s nearly 11 months since we launched and, as Pastor, I am genuinely delighted at all God has achieved through us in that time. Sometimes, when we gather on a Sunday and one of our big families is away or there are a few people missing because it’s the summer holidays, the temptation is to look around and be disappointed by the number of people in the room. But, when I stop and reflect on the journey so far, it’s pretty sensational.  We started with 9 adults and 5 children.  There are......

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10
Jul 2019

Read Mark 4:1-20 Question: What is the meaning and lessons from the parable of the sower? Subsequent/Linked Questions: Who is the sower?                                                             What is the seed?                                                             What does the path represent?                                                             What does the rocky ground represent?                                                             What does the thorny ground represent?                                                             What does the good soil represent?                                                             Who of these 4 groups receive salvation? The sower is anybody who speaks the word of God to other people.  In this instance it is Jesus himself who has been sharing the word with people.  The seed......

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25
Jun 2019

Mark 3 Bible Study Section 1 – Doing Good on the Sabbath Mark chapter 2 ends with a story about the Pharisees challenging Jesus about his actions on the Sabbath.  Mark 3 begins with a story with very similar themes. Read Mark 3:1-6 Question: What is it that angers & upsets Jesus in this passage? In verse 5, Jesus is described as “angered” and “grieved”.  Note, anger and sadness are not sinful emotions.  Jesus felt those emotions too.   It is the hardness of the Pharisees’ hearts that is causing Jesus to feel......

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12
Jun 2019

Mark 2 is all about the Pharisee’s opposition to Jesus.  On four different occasions in this chapter, they find fault with how Jesus and his disciples behave. Section 1: Jesus Heals a Paralytic Read Mark 2:1-12 Question: Who shows faith in this story and what can we learn from their example? Verse 5 says “Jesus saw their faith”.  “Their” refers to the four friends who had done everything they could to get this paralytic man to Jesus, because they had complete faith Jesus would be able to heal him.  They tried getting......

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