Where do we start as believers with what is going on in the world? Are we just the same as everyone else or does God have something to say for us as His children? This is a time for FAITH - to stand on the truth of what the finished work of Jesus means. The world has so much fear because it does not know Him. We can live in peace, safety and security knowing that Jesus is above it all.
How can we believe for more of God's blessing in our lives? Adam addresses how Abraham believed and it was his faith - a God given gift - that allowed him to walk into blessing.
Listen to the word that God speaks over you - he has grace for you in your moments of unbelief, doubt and striving.
You can believe for God to work in your life in abundance and beyond your expectations. Align yourself with His word and simply receive the gift of faith to believe.
The truth is that many of us find it hard to receive from God. We do not feel good enough so we are happy to settle for some blessing but not too much. And then what is worse is that religion tells us that if God is blessing you, not to fall into a trap of prosperity because that is bad. The pressure that can bring is that I am wholly responsible for my future . It's almost as if we say God will cover the basics and then the rest is up to me! Is this really the best we can hope for? Thankfully, there is more!
People get tired whenever they are trying their best to please God and spin all the plates in life. Jesus’ finished work on the cross is the only way to receive what God has for us today but so many of us have a huge struggle with that. It is deeply ingrained in us that we need to do so that we can have. That is not the truth though. If you are dreaming a big dream the only way you will see it is through grace. Offensive for some, but the truth!
Do you ever think that some of the promises that we hear that God has said to us are nothing more than fanciful thinking? How can you be sure? Most of us are warned that we can have grace.... but not too much grace, because then we cross a line into "bad theology" The problem is that many of us believe for way too little - not to much. If you want to have faith for more then it will only come by receiving daily grace through the word.
Little becomes much in the presence of Jesus. That is a promise for all of us. The problem is though many of us cannot say no to lots of things that crowd out Jesus. We are busy with some good stuff but not realising we are missing the best stuff. There is a theme in 2020 that God wants to bring us to higher places in life much more quickly than the world could ever do. That takes some faith to get ourselves aligned with His priorities and allow them to become central. Then anything is possible...
Christmas is about peace but God's peace is so much different to anything else that the world even knows of can offer. This week Andrew looks at a prophecy that Jesus would fulfill when he came as a baby - peace is not just about you inner world but also about the world that you live in - family, relationships, health and so much more. Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year
We miss so much of the power of Christmas because it has become so familiar. There is so much grace in the story - 700 years before Jesus was born a prophet spoke into the people and the resonance is as powerful and relevant today in the 21st century as it was then. Be amazed again at the grace of God for you
This week at Exchange we were blessed to have the international speaker and author Ray Bevan at our church. In this powerful message, he shows us through the story and lineage of Seth, how God’s grace goes beyond the forgiveness of our sin into actually forgetting what has happened in our past and rewriting it out of our history. Be encouraged !
What are you waiting to do because you don’t feel confident enough? Many of us are not seeing more of the promises of God because we are stuck. God tells us time and time again to have courage - it’s often what kick starts us into an experience of grace. It’s about our heart and choices and God knows we need it. Don’t stay stuck for a minute longer than you have to. Courage will move you!
Many of us go through life trying to please everyone around us and end pleasing no one! We often feel frustrated and exhausted from saying yes when we want to say no! Penny looks at how the Bible describes this as the fear of man. The only antidote to fear is the love of Jesus. He came to set us free from all our fears and to lead us in a life of peace and joy.
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.