Do you want to see something new in your life? Healing? Breakthrough? Peace? Grace promises that we are transformed from glory to glory - so how do we stand in that and see the fruit of it? In Isaiah 43 God promises us that He is doing a new thing in our lives and that we will be amazed at it - What does that look like? Andrew unpacks 5 truths from these verses that will help you to see breakthrough!
Grace is the way that you find your purpose. Even Christians struggle with the question of what the point is. I mean we know all the answers in our heads but how does that play out in real life? Andrew looks today about how simple the message of grace makes finding our purpose and then how we thrive as a result.
Part 2 - It is one thing to get rid of unforgiveness but is it possible to stop it happening in the first place? In the last of this series we look at why pain and division is rooted in the judgements we make about people. Jesus said do not judge - what did that even mean? See how living in grace sets you up right from the start to stop unforgiveness in your life the result is life and blessing flowing.
Part 1 - It is one thing to get rid of unforgiveness but is it possible to stop it happening in the first place? In the last of this series we look at why pain and division is rooted in the judgements we make about people. Jesus said do not judge - what did that even mean? See how living in grace sets you up right from the start to stop unforgiveness in your life the result is life and blessing flowing.
Forgiving people is really hard. Sometimes feels impossible. If you choose unforgiveness though it robs us of life & blessing, it destroys relationships and derials calling & future. It matters! Can you ever be truly healed & free or is that a pipedream? The only way to be free is to receive grace. Andrew looks at a picture that Jesus used to describe how to root unforgiveness in your life - it is a high definition, 4k picture of what it is like and how to live free.
PART 2 - Super abundant grace & supply in all areas is yours through Jesus. Can we wreck that in our lives? This new series looks at getting free from offence, unforgiveness & bitterness. Nobody wakes up one morning and decides to be bitter - it starts with being offended and there are multiple opportunities for that to happen every day. How do live free and keep our hearts in a place to receive blessing? It starts with this - I will not be offended! - This will help you in this area which affects us all.
This weeks talk is in 2 parts - listen to part 2 after this one! Super abundant grace & supply in all areas is yours through Jesus. Can we wreck that in our lives? This new series looks at getting free from offence, unforgiveness & bitterness. Nobody wakes up one morning and decides to be bitter - it starts with being offended and there are multiple opportunities for that to happen every day. How do live free and keep our hearts in a place to receive blessing? It starts with this - I will not be offended! - This will help you in this area which affects us all.
How do you want this year to go? How we start is critical for how the year will pan out. Most of the time we define our lives in terms of what we lack - we ask God for what is missing. As a good father he is good to us - but there is a flow of abundance that we live in when we look to Jesus - His presence is our abundance. Don't spend 2018 stressing over many things because you do not do this one thing - listen for a great year!
It is all so familiar that we miss the incredible meaning of it all. When the angels appeared to the Shepherds at the birth of Jesus they announced some pretty huge news about how we would forever relate to God - all of the expectation of humanity would be met in Jesus and the angels announced to those who probably thought they were excluded from it all. Find out about the pictures of grace for you this Christmas
What do you do after you fail? What do you turn to? Sometimes we can question if Jesus is for us especially after failure. David shows us how to handle our weakness and what happens when we find a place of refuge. We see that in the hebrew language that Jesus has always been there - from the very first verse of the bible to the very end and that shows us that He has been with you always.
This week we had a powerful testimony from Stuart - a member of Exchange. It is a story of the power of love to change the most difficult and painful life stories that we could ever imagine. You will be amazed at how Jesus loved and restored Stuart and his wife and how Jesus and His grace is more powerful than anything you may be facing. Truly humbling and inspirational.
Sometimes things are so familiar that we look over the depth and beauty of what they are, and often what we miss can hold truth that will free us. David is a picture of Jesus and his grace that will help you to see giants fall in your life. It is a picture of the church. Some lovely revelation this week from Andrew that will show you that your victory is Jesus. Always.
Too many of us forget that we are not waiting for victory but our position is victory - Jesus has already overcome for us. From the story of King David Andrew looks at the greatest victory that has the biggest implication for your life today and is the key to release you into all the fullness of His grace. What is your greatest need today? His victory is yours!
Let us draw near...Hebrews 10 encourages us that there is no longer any barrier to separate us from drawing close to our Heavenly Father. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus the penalty's been paid and every accusing voice against us silenced. Yet many of us are still going through life trying to justify ourselves by our actions and are bringing our good works to the Lord in order to feel worthy. Penny reminds us God is not concerned with what we do for him before we understand and live from the knowledge of what he has done for us. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Everybody knows what it is like to face things that we cannot control. What do we do when that happens? If you need a miracle or know someone that does then this talk is for you. In it Andrew shows us that the only way to receive a miracle is through grace and the further you feel you are from being qualified then the closer you are to receiving
Do you believe that if you are a Christian that you are still a sinner? There is a #grace revolution happening around the world now where people are seeing that the work of Jesus was far more profound than what they ever heard - real transformation & change from our deepest place. Many of us have not even understood what sin is never mind what happens whenever it is confronted with grace. Real freedom!
When you are under law & condemnation, your mess makes you & others unclean. With Jesus though whatever He touches makes the unclean, clean. That is grace. Undeserved and unmerited favour in your life. Andrew looks behind the details of the story of the woman with the issue of blood and shows us how grace lifts our heads up to receive. This is good news for you and for those you know. This is the true gospel - grace in all its beauty.
God is moving around the world and in Europe - right now there is an awakening to the gospel of grace that has never been seen before. This is not just another "wave", not a bit of theology or a subject to be studied, but an encounter with Jesus - He is grace and there is no other gospel other than grace. Discover what that means for you and see how seeing Jesus in His grace will truly transform your walk with Him.
What you believe about Jesus flows into every area of your life. Most of our life is spent in some form of waiting and what we believe about those times is crucial - Is God denying you? Is he wasting time and will you ever get it back? Why does He seem to hold off? The truth is that God is never late - He is always on time. This truth will let hope rise in your heart and help you wherever you are
"It was for freedom that Christ has set us free..." Is that your experience? In the last of this series Andrew looks at what Paul describes as being truly free. It goes deep and all of life flows from there. This is more than just good circumstances but a freedom from every restriction of sin. That is what Jesus sets us free for. Be encouraged!
In week four of our series in Galatians, Pastor Andrew shows us how every good thing that is Jesus' is yours right now. And not because of anything that you have done.
So what do you need? Paul in Galatians 4 uses two analogies to help us to understand why we live in freedom and not law. He tells us again and again that you are not a slave you are a son. Listen and find out what that means for you today.
When you look at the world what do you see? How do you view your life and and God's love for you? In this talk Phil considers how the healing of the blind man from Bethsaida relates to spiritual insight. The ability to see the unseen comes from insight and that is found only in the person of Jesus. In Him we see things as they are not as they should be.
In week three of our Cornerstone series, Pastor Andrew shows us how our problem is not God, Jesus or the completed work of the cross, our problem is that we get in the way of believing that Jesus accomplished all that he said he did.
Paul reminds us in Galatians, that if we are not focused on Jesus - who he is and what he did, then we believe in another Gospel. If we have a gospel that adds to the finished work of the Gospel, then we believe that Jesus' work did not fully achieve what he set out to. How foolish!
Thank God that we don't need circumcision, or any type of work to add to the salvation and grace that Jesus offers freely to us. Jesus did not die to restrict us, but to set us fully free from every type of chain, restriction and bond!
Praise God that whoever the Son has set free, is free indeed!
In this new series, Pastor Andrew will be exploring the book of Galatians and the big theme of this book is that Jesus died to free us from bondage!
What a message! And there is only this message! If we say nothing else, that Jesus has set us free from bondage is enough to change this world - free from temptation, depression, guilt, shame, sickness and every other type of bondage!
We hope you enjoy this message - whoever the Son has set free is free indeed!
God wants us to build a deep relationship with Him, to get to know Him better and to develop deeper trust in Him. In the second part of this series Phil reminds us that trust is built on our understanding of God's character and that this is perfectly displayed in the person of Jesus. God loves us and everything He has for us is the best we can have. Be encouraged as you step out of your depth into a life abandoned to the One who is trustworthy.
In the first talk of this series Phil reminds us that our relationship with God is based on Jesus and is the starting point for a life of deeper trust and joy. God wants to have a deep relationship with each of us. He wants to make His home in you and for you to live for Him from a place of deeper intimacy.
Trying to earn what God has freely given will never work! If we try to earn it, our work will always come up short.
In this last part of the series, Andrew shows us how our attitude towards giving and speaking in tongues will affect our prayer life. Speaking in tongues is the gateway gift to all other spiritual gifts. This is a way that we can communicate with Jesus at any point in the day.
Be challenged as Andrew asks about our point in praying - do we think God has forgotten us? DO we think that we need to remind God about what we need?
When prayer is about us and what we are doing, the result will always be fruitless. But when prayer is about Jesus, we are released from condemnation and able to fully enjoy God's plan to totally restore, change and elevate us!
In the third of the series, Pastor Andrew explains to us how the Hebrew meaning of prayer involves an active exchange: we give our desires and receive the faith of God.
Pastor Andrew also notes from Matthew 6:6 how prayer should not be about us 'role-playing' with God. Be honest, how often have you done this in your own life? How often have we 'recited' the same type of prayer to God?
It's time to get real with God in our prayer life - we can always pray, but not say many prayers! If you want to understand more about this, click on play and be blessed by Pastor Andrews' latest message in 'Teach us to Pray.'
Beat the formula!
In week 2 of 'Teach us to Pray', Pastor Andrew looks at why we need to beat the formula of prayer - we turn relationship into a process - this other person has a formula tat works, so let's copy them! so we substitute relationship for form.
Prayer is a window into our heart - it reveals the different layers of what is going on in there: what we believe; what we think about Jesus, who he is and how we approach him.
Prayer is to remind us that whenever we try to work for God, He rests, but when we rest, He goes to work!
Jesus wants us to live in a way that is about Him, and him alone, it's all about what he has completed on the cross
Praise God, that he doesn't wait on us and our effort - it's all about what Jesus has already done!
When we say the word 'prayer' what comes into your mind?
This is the first in the series called 'Teach us to pray', were Pastor Andrew discusses what prayer is not, starting with our thoughts about prayer (which if we're honest, we feel near enough everyday):
1. We feel guilty because we don't do it enough;
2. We feel obligated to pray;
3. Prayer doesn't guarantee results
Andrew explains that through grace, we learn that Jesus is on our side, He is not going to let us down, and most importantly: he loves us! So teach us how to pray!
What's your response when life gets hard?
If we're really honest - do we complain to God about it? What do you do when you feel short-changed by God?
Andrew opens this new series by facing these questions head-on, with the answer that our perspective of God is what changes our circumstances. It is this view of the King that will transform our life.
When our reaction to life is to look down, we fail to see what God has planned for us! When we walk in faith and live the experience of Jesus in all His fullness, we learn to live in the knowledge that it is all about Jesus and what He has done in our life!
We are not slaves - we are children of God! In the final installment of this series, Phil shows us how when God brings us out of something, God never brings us empty handed. His deliverance gives us more than enough!
God loves you and that will never stop!
We have a great message to share with you this week! Pastor Phil speaks to us in the second week of our ‘No Longer Slaves’ series and what an encouraging and inspiring message!
Phil taught us that we need to sow into your future – if God has put a vision into your heart, how are you getting there? Are you working towards that goal, or waiting for God to drop it out of the sky?
Pastor Phil gives the sports analogy that if a team focuses on winning, they will rarely win! But if they focus on their skill, fitness and tactics, victory is much more likely! Victory is a process and we are all in that process!
What has God put in your heart and how are you sowing into that future? Fan the flames of your passion and it will grow bit by bit, and God will move you forward to reach the next level.
Is your gift preaching? Photography? Teaching? Design? What are you doing to develop those skills for God to use in service of His Kingdom?
Galatians 4:7 "You are no longer a slave but a son and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
The idea of no longer being a slave resonates within us because that is how Jesus wants us to be - free! We are all on a journey and the best days are yet to come, we are moving from glory onto glory! When we view life as a slave, it is very difficult to see what God has in store for us – God is at work in us all, and his grace is bigger than our imperfections!
What kind of faith do you have? Jesus met people who looked like they had great faith and they were able to receive from him. When we hear that many of us feel like we will never receive fullness because we do not have enough faith. There is more to it than that. Faith has become a burden to many but the good news of grace is that the demands of law are no longer ours. What Jesus described as great faith may just surprise and release you. Why? You already have it..
It is okay to say that most people want to trust God more than they do. Jesus is our qualification for every blessing. We cannot earn His love or favour - we can only receive it. yet many if us understand what it means to believe God and doubt at the same time like the father in Mark 9.How does grace help us? What did Jesus mean when he talked about unbelief? Find freedom in this talk as Andrew looks at the difference between faith and belief and see how all you need is already provided by Jesus.
"God wants to bring us to a place where we can live as His children, not as slaves but we can't do it ourselves. In this talk, Phil uses the account of the Children of Israel's experiences at the Red Sea to illustrate how God will lead us to a place where we can see His salvation and move forward into a new life of freedom - a life as a son and an heir"
Easter Sunday was the day when the stone was rolled away. The difference for us all is massive. We often keep our mess hidden so that no one can see it. We try to cover it up with effort, trying to please people and accumulating stuff. The stone being rolled away from the grave is a picture of the law being rolled away. When that happens there is resurrection life.
How do you actually walk in freedom - getting rid of guilt & shame? The answer is faith. People freak out when they hear about faith because they do not know what it is or how to operate in it. You do not need to waste faith on things or outcomes - God has already promised you a blessing. So what is it and what is it for? It releases you into grace. Find out more
At times we turn away from Jesus when we fail. We feel bad, making the same mistakes we promised we would stop. We try but it can feel impossible at times. Jesus is never the source of your shame or guilt. His perfect work took that away. Today Andrew shows how Jesus himself dealt with someones disappointment by showing himself to them from the very beginning. Their hearts burned as a result. Every time you see Jesus revealed your heart will burn - no more shame. No more guilt. No more condemnation.
What is shame and what effect does it have on you? It is different from guilt. Guilt is when you realise you did something wrong. Shame is when you believe you are what you do. Your entire identity is based on your failures & mistakes. The effects of this can range from mild embarrassment to an awful sense of unworthiness that cuts a person off from a meaningful relationship with God and with each other. We struggle to receive anything from God if we believe that He is judging us on what we do.
The good news of grace is that it goes to the deepest parts of our lives and shows us that Jesus took every bit of shame and dealt with it. You can be truly free from shame and guilt - all the free gift of Jesus!
What is the root of your problem? The world and Christians alike both spend huge amounts of time, money and effort dealing with negative symptoms in their lives in an attempt to make it better. But so very few find real freedom & healing. Why? We do not deal with the root. The answer is not physical or psychological. It is spiritual. That is why we need to receive the finished work of Jesus - Grace gets to the root of all the sickness - and that root is condemnation. This is freedom - listen and allow the Lord to love you and you will receive freedom!
The love and grace of Jesus meets the deepest need in anyone. We see this in the way that Jesus ministered to Nicodemus. Whenever we see people the way that He does we see that whatever they say, put on Facebook and Instagram, that there is a deep need for love and transformation. Jesus bypasses the surface and the façade and goes right to our centre - and their he gives us exactly what we need - unconditional love & grace
When the Israelites were brought out of the promised land they were taken into the wilderness. This was not to punish them but to protect them. Their faith was not strong enough to possess the land. God taught them to trust him and waited a generation until he led them into what he had for them. God will not set you up to fail. He will only lead you into greater blessing but we need to learn to trust his perfect timing.
"Come and see a man...." these words show us what it is like to encounter grace and walk away with hope. Andrew talks today about what it means to thrive. We should not be afraid to look at Jesus with all our stuff. He knows and he says we will always walk away with hope when we meet him. What are you ashamed of? What are you guilty about? What is there from your past which needs to be healed? Come and see a man..