What difference does Jesus make when there is disagreement and conflict? As we return to Acts, the record of what Jesus continued to do through the earliest believers, we see how conflict doesn’t stop Christ’s mission but is an opportunity to glorify God. Outline A Sharp Dispute! (15:36-41) Cutting Compromise? (16:1-5) (Note: the first minute wasn’t recorded during the service and has been re-recorded afterwards.)
There are some things we wish we could do again—have a ‘fresh start’—where our mistakes and failings are gone and we get to start again. In this message on Acts 3 we see and hear of God’s power to give a fresh start. Outline The sign (vv1-10) Whose power? (vv11-16) The promise (vv17-21) Fulfilled (vv22-26)
How would knowing you only had a short time change your life? In this message from 1 Peter we hear how knowing Jesus and his suffering shapes how we live in light of ’the end'. Outline Not time for sin (vv1-6) Time for prayer (v7) Time for loving service (vv8-11)
God’s big story is of death and resurrection, falling and rising. This means that even at times of distress, in God there is hope. This talk is the final message in our series ‘ What Does the LORD Require? ’. Outline The miserable situation (vv1-6) so, I wait for the Lord (vv7-13) for restoration (vv14-17) Who is like our God‽ (vv18-20)
The ‘righteous’ were appalled by the company Jesus kept. But his welcome of people who are normally left out is good news for us! #Outline Authority to forgive sins (vv1-12) Audacity to call ‘sinners’ (vv13-17) Announcing the new (vv18-22)
What difference would kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and love make to your family, your workplace, your church? In this message, we hear how believers, as God’s children, are to imitate his kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and love. Outline Kind (4:32) (See also Luke 6:35; Matthew 5:45) Compassionate (4:32) (See also Mark 6:34; James 1:19) Forgiving (4:32) (See also Acts 2:38; Hebrews 9:22; Matthew 18:15-35) Loving (5:1-2) (See also 1 Peter 4:8) Imitators of Christ
What makes you want to praise or celebrate someone? In Ephesians 1:1-14, we hear so many reasons to praise God for his glorious grace. Outline Who are you? (vv1-2, 11-14) God’s blessed people (vv3-10) …going to the nations (vv11-14) To the praise of God’s glory!
Even when it’s tough, Jesus is worth receiving and continuing in because only in him can we know God, new life, and forgiveness. Outline Continue in Christ (vv6-7) Don’t be taken captive (v8) Because in Christ …is the fullness of God (vv9-10) …is new life (vv11-13) …is victory (vv14-15) Continue, and watch out!
How do you respond when you are attacked or feel wronged? As we continue our series in 2 Samuel, we see King David’s love and mercy towards his enemies. His mercy is a shadow of Jesus who loves his enemies and mercifully offers us forgiveness. Outline Joab’s Revenge David’s grace Jesus’ way of the cross Matthew 26:52 Matthew 18:23-35 Romans 13:4
Just like Saul before him, David has fallen as the shepherd-king and done evil in the eyes of the LORD. His house will now experience curse rather than blessing—the people have fallen with their king. Outline Secret Sin … Revealed (vv1-12) Grace … and consequences (vv13-25) Has David changed? (vv26-31) Finding grace in the Good Shepherd