‘The exchanged life’ (Rev Len Pearce, Galatians 2:15-3:9)

In this message, guest preacher, Rev. Len Pearce speaks from Galatians 2:15-3:9 about how the believer’s life is not just changed but exchanged. Not one of us is perfect yet there is no other way to stand before God: the believer stands justified by Christ before the throne of God’s justice. By His grace we exchange our sin for his perfect righteousness. We receive these benefits by God’s Spirit through faith. This is the heart of the gospel. Yet we don’t know the length of our days – be sure that you know Jesus as we get closer to eternity.

Service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Marvellous Grace
00:18 Introduction
00:44 Prayer
04:43 Bible reading: John 1:1-14
Song: Come Praise and Glorify
06:09 Kids’ Talk – Colin Buchanan (with thanks to Compassion)
14:27 Bible reading: Galatians 2:15-3:9
Song: Meekness and Majesty
Sermon: Galatians 2:15-3:9
Song: Jesus Thank You
16:53 Closing

‘Meeting Jesus’ (John 4:1-42)

Guest preacher, Rev Len Pearce, looks at John 4:1-42 where Jesus has an appointment to pass through Samaria, but the woman he meets needs that meeting. This passage about the woman of Samaria is all about Jesus and his character – he did not see people as others did. How do we see people? Do we offer hope? Jesus asks the women for a drink from the well but offers her living water (compare with John 7). This living water is his Holy Spirit, that Jesus’ saving work at the cross might be applied to our lives. As the passage goes on, we learn more about who Jesus is and the woman – of low standing and bad reputation – realises that Jesus is the Christ, she has received forgiveness and forgets her task at the well to tell the whole town. Be sure that you have met Jesus. Like Jesus, be no respecter of persons (looking up or down on anyone). Drink deeply of that living water that you cannot help but speak of it!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
00:14 Introduction
00:39 Prayer
06:07 Bible reading: John 4:1-26
Song: Grace Unmeasured
09:21 Devotional Spot
Song: Consider Christ
10:57 Bible reading: John 4:27-42
Song: My Hope Rests Firm
13:02 Sermon: John 4:1-42
Song: Have Thine Own Way
41:44 Closing

‘The Gibeonite deliverance’ (Joshua 9:1-27)

The Old Testament book of Joshua tells the story of the people of Israel taking possession of the land of Canaan according to God’s promise and instruction. By the time Joshua 9:1-27 comes around, not all has gone according to plan for God’s people – mainly through their own disobedience and failure to keep in touch with the Lord and His plans. This message of the chapter preached by Chris, tells us of a similar story, but ends up with a striking parallel for the those who are saved by His grace and included in the number of His people today.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: O Worship The King
00:14 Introduction
00:40 Prayer
03:54 Bible reading: Ephesians 2:1-22
Song: O The Mercy Of God
06:50 Mission Spot
Song: Amazing Grace
10:34 Bible reading: Joshua 9:1-27
14:30 Sermon: Joshua 9:1-27
Song: There Is A Higher Throne
36:22 Closing

‘Jesus is the Bread of Life’ (John 6:25-40, Oliver Blythe)

There are so many things and gadgets and possibilities around us that seem to offer the much elusive satisfaction to life. But sadly, none of them really satisfy. In this message on John 6:25-40, Oliver Blythe from PTC looks at the claims Jesus made to provide that ultimate satisfaction in Himself and not in anything created.

‘From fear to faith’ (Captain Mike Oborn, Matthew 14:22-33)

When Jesus came walking to the disciples across the sea in Matthew 14:22-33, they cried out in fear at first, but soon confessed that Jesus was the ‘Son of God’. In so many of our trials and in so much of life we have to face fears of many kinds, but God’s purpose is to se these things to come to trust Him with our whole heart.

‘Nabal, Abigail, David and Jesus’ (Guest speaker, 1 Samuel 25:1-44)

When the would-be king, David, was spurned by the foolish Nabal in 1 Samuel 25:1-44, he saw red. In his anger, David made up his mind to put an end to Nabal’s life. If it wasn’t for the actions of Nabal’s wife, Abigail (who in some small way points us to Jesus), David would have fallen into serious sin. Anger does that, which is why the Bible teaches that we should ‘be angry’, but ‘do not sin.’ (Ephesians 4:30)

Motor Isaac Yat (Nehemiah 1:1-11)

In Nehemiah 1:1-11, the Scriptures reveal how Nehemiah responded to the news that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed and his people were languishing. The news cut him to his very heart and the urgency of the situation drew him to go back to his people. There are many ways in which Nehemiah’s story is a parallel to Motor’s. The need of his people in Sth Sudan, who are now mostly refugees in Ethiopia, continues to be paramount and a challenge waiting to be responded to with the kind of compassion that Nehemiah displayed.

‘Love matters’ (1 Peter 1:22-23)

The church of today is under the microscope. Recent events that have brought discredit to the name of our Saviour and a trend towards marginalising the Christian faith within our nation, has meant that more than ever, what we do and say as God’s people matters. And that is why love also matters, because love is the key to our witness to the world. Jesus said this in John 13:35 and Peter reinforced this in 1 Peter 1:13-25. Not just the world’s definition of love, but the love that springs from knowing the God who has loved and loves His people.

(Message by PCV Moderator, Rev Robert White, pictured here with his wife, Sue)