Money is a pressure for most people. Then you come to church and you hear the word Tithe - What goes off in your head when you hear that word? You are under grace - does that mean that you no longer tithe? Have you been "set free" from giving? How you respond when challenged about what you give reveals what you really believe about God. You may try to argue about theology but the truth of it is that our response to giving shows the true condition of our hearts. Is God true or not? So why give? Is God wanting to make you or break you? This is a great talk to challenge and free you.
Pressure is a part of life for everyone. We need to watch though as often we are the cause of the pressure that affects us. When we look at Jesus we see how He dealt with pressure himself and there we can learn from Him. Where did He start from and what did He do? he was a man like us, God as well, but He knew all about pressure. So lets look at Him and learn
Pressure comes from lots of different sources - and sometimes that source is us. Jesus is always leading us to a deeper lived experience of His grace but sometimes we talk ourselves out of it and choose a different way. That brings pressure into our lives. There is good news in that even we choose poorly that His grace is more than what we need to help us - but grace also helps us to respond with faith and choose Him.
Pressure is force that is applied to an object. We all live under pressure - some more than others but we all know what it is like. How do allow the finished work of Jesus to impact and change that? What is it that we can learn about grace that helps us when we are under pressure? - Andrew lays the foundation for this series by showing us where we can start...
We live in a world where relationships are often formed through fear and the need for approval. Not so with Jesus. Through fear and failure, Jesus continues to love you. Despite our best efforts, he will always maintain connection with his eyes firmly fixed on you. He doesn't just forgive, he also restores. Adam looks at the example of Peter denying Christ, yet Jesus washes over his lowest moment with love. Be blessed, Jesus is fixed on you!
If you ever feel like you have missed it then this is a talk for you. We sometimes think that because of our own mistakes, others or circumstances that we won’t see God’s goodness in our lives. Andrew looks at a story where Jesus shows us that we do not need to worry - He is Lord over everything that is natural - including time- and He will bring about good fruit in your life even when it is impossible naturally.
Penny continues with the connected series looking at John 17- Jesus’ prayer to his Father. She encourages us to meditate on this incredible passage and the way in which Jesus models out his absolute trust and confidence in His Father and his total commitment to do His will. We get a glimpse of the love and intimacy they share and realise that this is the relationship that Jesus wants to draw us into.
“And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17v3
What happens when you hear that God wants you to bear good fruit in your life but you are struggling to see it happen? Does God delay or does He do process, and what difference does it make to you? Andrew looks at a story where it looks like Jesus really let people close to Him down but grace see's that He was in fact setting them up for greater glory! If you're waiting now this is for you
Hearing about God’s grace and unmerited favour is amazing. This week Andrew continues to reveal how staying connected to Jesus will enable you to receive grace upon grace, to be prosperous and to produce fruit in your life. Be encouraged, he wants you blessed.
Hearing about God’s grace and unmerited favour is amazing. It can also be incredibly frustrating when we do not see all the fruit we want see. Is there something wrong with you? No! Jesus tells us that staying connected to Him will produce fruit in us- He brings the fruit in us as we rest in Him. Be encouraged and see His heart to prosper you.
Paul and Silas were victims of injustice and mis-treatment but they chose to pray and praise God in the most difficult times with remarkable consequences. In this week's talk, we are reminded that there is something powerful for us and those around us when we choose to worship God in challenging times. God is always on your side!
This week Penny looks at the Life of Paul the apostle and how he despite tremendous opposition and persecution fixes his eyes on one thing: making Jesus known. We see how he stands up to intimidation and refuses to allow the devils schemes to distract him from God’s calling. Penny encourages us to trust in the Lords call on our lives and to allow him to free us from all fears. He is the one who fights our battles.
Do you feel as if you're living in crisis, a Christian Jekyll & Hyde life? Some days good, some days bad?
This week Andrew teaches us from the life of Saul, how an encounter with Jesus' Love and Grace, empowered and equipped him to change and live a life of Grace upon Grace so that we can learn to reign in life!
Exalting Jesus and magnifying Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit. The One who draws close reminds us that 'It Is Finished', and gives us power to display Jesus to our world. Adam explores Acts 10, where Peter's trusting in that power made it possible for all to encounter Jesus - not just the Jews, but for the Gentiles (you and I). Be encouraged - Jesus, the Lord of all, has deposited his Spirit in you to preach the good news - with power!
There is no one that is beyond the love of Jesus. There is no situation that he cannot turn around. Today Andrew looks at a story that is in the bible to remind us that there are many Christians and believers who sing, read, go to all the conferences, know all the latest stuff but fundamentally need an encounter with Jesus - without that revelation of who Jesus is & the the nature of his finished work of grace, then not much of it makes any sense. Grace though lights up the whole story and your whole life
Too often we feel imprisoned by circumstances, fear, illness and false belief. The first apostles were literally imprisoned for the message they were preaching. An angel set them free. The lessons from their story shows us how God's grace is able to set us free from the things that imprison or thinking and lead us into new life.
You have been anointed for a purpose. This new summer series is about how grace shook the world in the book of Acts and how you have been given the very same Spirit for today. You’ll experience more grace in you as you see Jesus impact through you. David encourages us to tune in to God and how He delights about using ordinary people like us to be vessels for him through His Spirit.
“You have been anointed for a purpose. This new summer series is about how grace shook the world in the book of Acts and how you have been given the very same Spirit for today. You’ll experience more grace in you as you see Jesus impact through you. Andrew explains how the words of Jesus “This is the year of the Lord’s favour..” will so encourage you.
Rest does not mean inactivity - it means that we do what God asks us. That is how we experience deeper levels of grace in our lives. Anytime God speaks to us about "doing" it is always for our profit so we need to learn to distinguish between our flesh and being led by the Holy Spirit. If we use grace as an excuse for our flesh then we only rob ourselves - find freedom in this truth!
In a world of turmoil and uncertainty Penny looks at the unshakeable hope we have in our Lord Jesus. She exhorts us to draw again from Jesus our source “ the light of the world” and encourages us that Christ in us is the hope of glory for the world around us. We have a contagious love and we will experience life in all of its fullness when we lay down our our lives for the sake of others.
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