Jesus is the one with the authority to work in your life. Grace meets you at the end of your 'self'. It's not about your work or your ability - it never was. Jesus chose you out of his love and kindness. Receive Him by faith and see your breakthrough. Allow Jesus to say the word over your situation.
“Nicodemus came to Jesus looking for answers under the cover of night. He had built his life on a system where security, identity and purpose was found in the ability to adhere to a set of rules and accepted norms. In this week’s talk Phil parallels religious performance with a new brand of legalism that suggests we find hope and life in a different set of accepted norms.
There is so much to learn as we look at Jesus’ response to Nicodemus. Rather than dealing with what we do, He goes straight to who we are and shows us that we can only find hope in a new life that has its starting point in a God who loves us deeply.
This talk will inform and challenge how you view legalism and encourage you to see yourself as God sees you - deeply loved.”
Lots of people struggle with physical and mental issues. When we are sick it robs us of the chance to enjoy the rest of our lives. Grace is unmerited favour - we do not deserve Gods kindness in and of ourselves but because of Jesus we are able to walk in wholeness. That is God’s best for you. If you need encouragement and faith then this will lift you
What are you afraid of? There's stuff in all of us that worries us and causes pressure & stress. What happens when grace meets your stress? This will really help you - to thrive and do well in a world that is full of pressure! Fear will only ever rob you of what Jesus promised you. It's not about mustering up something in yourself but about seeing Jesus in a whole new way
What happens when your mess meets His grace? We tend to label ourselves and take on the labels that others give us - usually based on what we do or when we mess up. When we do that they have power over us and we tend to live up to the labels we take on. When Jesus met a normal working man he showed us what it means to take on a new set of labels that describe not our shortcomings, but the view that Jesus has. And what does He see? Listen and let you tomorrow be shaped by this truth
Grace from Jesus is absolutely outrageous. What happens when your mess meets His grace? There is a way out of your bad habits, cycles of defeat, secret vices. We think that our mess and sin is something that makes Jesus loves us less. In fact in this story we see that whilst Jesus never condones sin in us, He never condemns us for it either . This is the way to real freedom.
When Jesus free’d you the bible says you are free indeed. Too many Christians still think that they can be affected by other people’s sin. Even generational curses are talked about as almost normal for believers. The truth is nobody & nothing can curse what a God calls blessed. Receive new levels of freedom when you hear this message of grace.
Shame. We all know that feeling of not being good enough. Not being as good as someone else. Of being a failure. Shame is not about what we do but who we think we are. Left unchecked it wrecks our health, relationships and future. The great news of Jesus and the Easter story is that He went to the very core of what is wrong with us. He suffered the ultimate shame do that we might be forever free from it.
Guilt is a negative emotion that has serious impact on our physical and emotional condition. There’s no natural solution for what is a supernatural need. The world has no answer but in the work of Jesus we see how He dealt with guilt for us. You can live free - really free - from that gnawing sense of guilt that traps many. Listen & be encouraged!
“What do people really need?Jesus promises that He will change you from the inside out. He will go right to the heart of the issue and transform us for good. That is what the cross is all about. When you see the cross it is more than a symbol - it is a reminder of the promise that Jesus has given you the chance of a quality of life that nothing else could never come close to.
Penny looks at the building blocks in our earthy relationships that God has ordained for us to build our lives around. By studying the story of the Wedding at Cana she explains God’s heart for marriage, family and community and how He sets us up to win in life. She draws out the deeper symbolism in this well known passage and how it all points us to Jesus’ finished work at the cross. The place from which we are to live our lives.
The church is a house of grace. In it you find blessing, favour and promises that you do not find outside. The church is also a place of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Andrew shows how what we do today mirrors the early church and the people of Israel. We see Jesus and we are healed. Let the Lord enlarge your heart to see His church and your part in it the way that He does.
“Desmond Tutu said “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
Jesus has given you the church as a place where you can get right to the heart of the issues that we face today. Not just about being rescued from where you are but getting to the root of all sickness, stress, lack and every other manifestation of the curse. Jesus has provided you the answer - the gathering of His people under the gospel of grace will bring answers and freedom that you will never find elsewhere
Why would you ever want to build your life outside of a place where Jesus is the head? Headship means authority and that means that in the church everything is under the authority of the King of Kings! God knew every single challenge we would face in these times and He provided the answer. There is a grace that God has built into the church that you cannot find anywhere else - Andrew shows from the OT and the NT how you can find safety, protection & blessing in the church!
Where do you find answers to the biggest questions and challenges that you face every day? Where do you go to? Whatever it is you will find the answer in Jesus.God has already made provision for you to experience rest and completeness in the church. That is His plan. There is a grace on the local church that is not found elsewhere. Discover a fresh new view of the gathering of God’s people - A house of Grace!
What does your situation look like when you see it through the finished work of Jesus? What does grace do to transform it? Sickness when seen through grace become healed and whole. Discouragement becomes Hope. When you glimpse what the Lord is showing you about the transforming power of His grace then the next step is to be thankful and declare it. There is a power to thanks that releases grace in your life. Be encouraged!
There is something innate within us to ask why!
We want to know who am I and why am I here?
In this weeks’ sermon, Phil dives into the Book of Ecclesiastes and explores how at the root of us all, we are looking for significance, meaning and purpose in life. Phil takes us on a spiritual tour de force, referencing Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Kets de Vries, Sartre, Camus and Augustine in an attempt to discover meaning in life under the sun.
But above the sun, we get a different view – our attention should be on the ‘God-given task’ that fills our lives. There is a purpose to how we should spend our time – it’s not meaningless, it’s beautiful and God wants us to enjoy it!
Today, look above the sun, look above your circumstance to see what God has for you in a life that is more than we could possibly dream, imagine or hope for!
Ever been disappointed that despite saying words you did not yet see it happen? Allow the Lord to show us what His grace does in any situation then say it out loud. That is the difference. He will show you in your heart a revelation of transformation and then you declare it with your words. What do you want to see grace do? Imagine it and declare it!
2019 is a year where you will see the goodness and favour of God in areas that have been stuck. That requires faith - not in you and what you are going to do to see change but faith in what Jesus has already provided by grace.
God wants us to thrive, to live fruitful, purposeful and fulfilling lives connected to Him the source of all things. Today we live in a world crippled by anxiety and fear; daily messages, images and interactions seek to shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. Phil reminds us in this week's message that viewing any situation outside the perspective of God is to live in a world of random connections without purpose or meaning. As His children, God delights in us and wants us to be free from fear and anxiety so that we can enter the destiny He has designed for us.
"God is speaking to us that 2019 is a year when the blessing of God will cause giants in your life to fall. Too many of us have lived under the shadow of a Goliath - life may go on, but it is way short of the promises that we receive through the grace of Jesus. Receive this word for 2019 and believe that you will see your giants fall."
Rain in the bible always speaks of blessing. Many of us find it hard to believe for the future because we hold on to the past. That’s why grace matters. Before the torrent of blessings that God has for us He first send us rain (grace) to prepare our hearts - to free us, heal us and redeem us. Prepare yourself for blessing in 2019!
How do you get vision for the New Year and faith to believe for your God given call? Last year the Lord spoke to us from Twisted About clearing the way so that fresh hope can come to us and transform our hearts. In this talk Andrew looks at another part of growing in faith - how grace heals you from disappointment and builds faith by connecting you to the more than 7700 promises of God written over your life. Showers of blessing for you in 2019
Pastor Marcel was in Belfast to talk about how not only how to hear about grace but also how to receive the fullness that the message has to offer.
But how does that work in real life? Marcel explains how your heart and life can be turned to grace through daily communion and how that picture of Jesus helps us receive.
“Why would the birth of a baby be good news for the whole world? The birth of Jesus was a also a prophetic declaration about what His death would do for us all. Right at the beginning we see pictured in the Christmas story details of his death and resurrection and what that would mean for us all today. Hope, peace, fullness and so much more. “
In the last part of this story we look at how Jesus takes people who are on the outside and brings them to a place where all that is His becomes theirs. This is not just for a few - It is what He wants for all - protection, security, rest & provision. When God starts something in your life He brings it through to that place - from grace to grace. Have faith for whoever is in your world that Jesus wants to bring them from being on the outside to fully joined with Him.
Do you think that God's goodness is not enough? Boaz is a fantastic picture of Jesus & how he loves you and the people in your world. What does that look like? Why would anyone who does not know Jesus care? How does He impact what really matter to them? Listen and be encouraged - whatever you have received through grace, there is more than enough for the real lives of everyone else
Have you ever felt like an outsider? On the edge, not as good as.... Grace is for you. God is the God of the outsider. As we grow in grace we realise that a big part of growing up and maturing is when we see people who need grace and then know that we are the channel for it. It's not just grace for me but also grace for them. Be encouraged from the story of Ruth that grace brings you in.
Many of us live with guilt about what we did that had a negative effect on other people - our children, friends, family. We all know our own shortcomings and often we can find ourselves looking back, wishing that we could do things again differently. This offering is a picture of Jesus - Law demanded restitution to be made for our sin against others - Jesus became that offering so that our guilt was dealt with and He repays the debt that you owe. Amazing picture of Jesus and His grace.
There is a problem for you if you want to live in a way that is not fully set on the unmerited favour of Jesus in your life. Some Christians are still under the thought that they must do in order for God to do for them. Under that system you have a big problem - what happens when you intentionally sin? Sometimes we sin through ignorance but sometimes we choose it. What happens then? Under the law there is no sacrifice for that. That is why the blood of Jesus is so much more. So much greater than any of your effort or performance. Even at your worst He loves you, forgives you and blesses you still.
The peace offering in Leviticus provided an opportunity for the Israelites to come together, give thanks to God and celebrate His goodness. This week Phil discusses the deeper meaning of the peace offering and how when we give God the best of ourselves we are freed to feast on His provision in every area of our life. This is an encouraging message that reminds us of God's daily provision.
Most believers live with the feeling that they should be doing better - struggling less, seeing more. Only a bigger, clearer revelation of Jesus can roll away the stone- the thought that we have to add to what Jesus has done for us. Andrew this week talks about how all of the sacrifices that people had to make were taken care of in the one perfect sacrifice of Jesus for you. So you could live in rest and live in more.
To receive more grace, love & favour then you cannot be in the way! Our own self effort and performance mentality robs us of receiving all that Jesus has done for us. The bible tells us to roll away the stone - to get self out of the way so that life comes. Today Andrew shows us how Jesus' work rolls away the stones of the big areas in our lives - what He did was perfect - every time we see & understand more of His finished work for us then a bit of the stone is rolled away in our lives! Be encouraged!
Do you want to experience more grace in every area of your life? The heart of God is that we know Him more every day and live in the goodness of the work of Jesus.
How to receive more? Roll away the stone!
Today Andrew shows us from the word what that means and why it will lead to more grace in you every day.
So often we get fixated on reaching the destination yet God often has so much to reveal of Himself as we walk with Him. Sometimes our experiences can cause us to downgrade our expectations and our hope for the future. In this message, Phil considers the journey of two despondent disciples on the road to Emmaus who were able to build a greater understanding and relationship with Jesus as He walked with them. God loves to draw alongside us wherever we may be. As we see God's great story revealed in the person of Jesus, our view of life and vision for the future are transformed and our hope restored.
Grace is more than encouraging words or good theology. Jesus wants you to access and live in the good of all His work. He told us to remember Him through communion - It is more than a symbol but a way of living in wholeness every day. Learn the healing you can receive as you make communion a rhythm in your life and access more of the blessing of God in your life.
Finishing off our series on Faith to Possess, Andrew helps explain how to make faith a way of living and not just something that you hear and then move on from without living in the good of what Jesus has done. Powerful truths to help you ground grace and see the finished work of Jesus bringing good fruit on your life.
There is a line of thinking in the church that says I just have to keep speaking and eventually I will see what I say. The problem is that many of us have tried that and still not seen things change. What then does it mean to speak in faith? The order in the word is we believe so we speak and Andrew looks at Peter on the water and how he responded in the middle of a storm that the disciples thought would drown them. You will be released, blessed and have faith grow in you as you listen!
Jesus was the only one to use the expression "you of little faith" in the Bible and he used it 5 times. For years many of us have felt condemned by this as it seems like a telling off from Jesus. Is that though what He meant? And what does Jesus do with you when you feel like you don't have much faith. You will be blessed to know He is not against you!
Where do you start to possess the promises that God had made for your life? The word tells us that we should guard our heart because that is where life flows from. So what does that really mean? How do you do that and how do you know what is in there already? Andrew looks at where the word tells us how we can start to see the goodness of God flowing in our lives as we see how God has written the word to show us what faith looks like.
For many Christians trying to battle our way to the truth of the Gospel has often been like playing Blind Man’s Buff. We end up confused and disoriented – wanting to do the right thing but ending up disillusioned, unhappy and thinking all the time that God is disappointed in us. We listen to others, we try and seek advice but too often it’s the blind leading the blind!
Father God wants to direct our lives never leaving our side as He takes us along a path of faith. Let this message encourage you to understand and recognise that faith in the Creator is never blind but based on the truth of His word.
Faith is about possessing what Jesus has provided by His Grace. It is not about us “doing” in order to see God move but rather believing that He has already provided by His work. How does that work out practically though? Andrew looks at the pattern that God have us back in the time of Joshua - rest to possess
God does not make promises to you that He does not keep. Many people even when they hear about the gospel of grace feel inadequate or frustrated that they do not see more of the fullness in their experience. Andrew starts a new series looking at how we have faith for breakthrough because of grace. Faith is the result of grace and not because of you. Find freedom this summer!
God is not surprised, taken unaware or disillusioned by anything that you do. He knows everything about you and He loves you. God knew exactly what He was doing when He sent His Son to save you and it gives Him great joy that you are His. This week Phil reminds us that Jesus sees us as we are and when we encounter Him, we can not only see our true selves but also see who He has made us to be. Be encouraged as we remember God's unfailing love and everlasting kindness.