‘Excelling at gospel living in a low-standard world’ (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12)

The ability to walk is something that most of us take for granted. It’s only if and when we lose that ability we realise that learning to walk all over again is hard. The Bible also lays emphasis upon how God’s people should ‘walk’ -in the sense of how we conduct ourselves as ‘chidren of the light’. In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Paul lays down some practical teaching for these believers to follow. Even though they once lived in a different kind of way – that is, like the rest of the world – now they were called to live and to ‘walk’ in a way that pleased God, and by doing this, they would show to the world around them that the gospel really had made a difference in daily living.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
00:18 Introduction
00:42 Prayer
05:31 Bible reading: Ephesians 4:17-32
Song: O Lord My Rock
07:27 Kids’ Talk
Song: Follow the Saviour
12:24 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Song: O Great God
14:12 Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Song: Teach Me Thy Way
38:07 Closing

‘The heights and depths of gospel love’ (1 Thessalonians 3:6-13)

One theme stands out in Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, and that is the close relationship that Paul had with these believers. This is reflected in so many ways, but is eviden mainly in the language Paul uses to describe the depths of his feelings towards them. In 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13, it is apparent that Paul truly loved these people and was encouraged that they loved each other and those around them. This kind of love can never be taken for granted, when it is the kind of fruit that Jesus taught his disciples that would show the reality of the gospel to the whole world.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Crown Him
00:18 Introduction
00:42 Prayer
07:09 Bible reading: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Song: My Hope Rests Firm
09:00 Kids’ Talk
Song: 1 John 3:18
13:29 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Song: This Life I Live
14:48 Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Song: Have Thine Own Way
40:35 Closing

‘A living portrait of genuine gospel people’(1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5)

When the Apostle Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, he was full of praise for the way in which these people had received and welcomed the gospel. Their lives had been transformed from worshipping idols to turn and wait for Jesus to return from heaven. In 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, in describing the characteristics that pleased the Apostle about these believers Paul paints a ‘portrait’ so to speak of what people transformed by the gospel look like. His ‘portrait’ therefore asks us the question, are we ‘gospel people’ in this sense?

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
00:19 Introduction
00:43 Prayer
05:52 Bible reading: Isaiah 55:1-11
Song: 10,000 Reasons
08:11 Kids’ Talk
Song: More Like Jesus
12:32 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
Song: Behold Our God
14:51 Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
Song: Jesus Master Whose I Am
39:46 Closing

‘Salvation by grace alone’ (Ephesians 2:1-10)

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (points for discussion) on the noticeboard of the church in Wittenburg in 1517, he would have no way of knowing that his actions would change the world. So now, 504 years on, we are still remembering what he did, but more importantly, what he taught. One of the great 5 ‘alones’ that came from the Reformation is the teaching that ‘salvation is by grace alone’. In this message, on Ephesians 2:1-10 for Reformation Sunday, we explore the following questions, What is salvation? Why do we need salvation? How is salvation by grace only? Where do works and obedience fit in?

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Marvellous Grace
00:17 Introduction
00:42 Prayer
05:18 Bible reading: Isaiah 1
Song: O the Mercy of God
07:34 Kids’ Talk
Song: Ephesians 2:8-10
11:41 Bible reading: Ephesians 2
Song: Grace Unmeasured
13:31 Sermon: Ephesians 2:1-10
Song: Amazing Grace
37:11 Closing

‘Transformed by the Spirit into a model pastor’ (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

The Scriptures tell us many things about the Apostle Paul – his conversion and calling, his missionary journeys, his leadership and also his letters to the churches of the first century. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, it becomes apparent that when Paul writes about his example among the believers at Thessalonica, and explains tsome details about his example, he is not boasting about himself. Nor is he boasting when he invites his readers to follow his example, for he himself was seeking to imitate and become like Jesus. The challenge remains for all God’s people to imitate Paul regardless of whether we are in full-time (paid) gospel ministry.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: At the Name of Jesus
00:17 Introduction
00:42 Prayer
05:18 Bible reading: Isaiah 49:7-15
Song: We Are His People
07:34 Kids’ Talk
Song: More Like Jesus
11:41 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Song: Jesus Strong and Kind
13:31 Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Song: May the Mind of Christ
37:11 Closing

‘Transformed by the gospel into a model Church’ (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, we read the first chapter of the first letter of the Apostle Paul to the church at Thessalonica. The church there began through the preaching of Paul, but according to Acts 17:1-9, the Apostle couldn’t stick around too long to make sure that all went well with the believers there. Perecution from the emeies of the gospel drove him away. After some time, Paul sent Timothy to see how the church at Thessalonica was fairing and this resulted in his first letter to the church there, a letter which reveals the depth of the transforming work that the gospel had caused in the lives of these believers – turning them away from worshipping idols to worship and to wait for God’s one and only Son and Saviour, Jesus.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: And Can It Be
00:18 Introduction
00:42 Prayer
06:10 Bible reading: Acts 17:1-15
Song: Be Unto Your Name
08:25 Kids’ Talk
Song: I Can’t Save Myself
12:39 Bible reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Song: How Deep the Father’s Love
14:27 Sermon: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Song: O Jesus I Have Promised
37:59 Closing

‘Understanding Elisha’s final act and his death’ (2 Kings 13:10-21)

In this final instalment on the life and ministry of the prophet Elisha from 2 Kings 13:11-21. we meet Elisha on his deathbed, but also in his grave. The images of Elisha weakened, dying and then dead are quite symbolic of the state of Israel’s spiritual life, but from his weakness came power and from his death came life. It seems that this is so much ‘like God’ to do this. In fact from his greatest show of ‘weakness’ (Christ taking our place on the cross), came both power for salvation and life for the dead! Elisha, again, points us to Jesus.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Standing on the Promises
00:17 Introduction
00:40 Prayer
06:19 Bible reading: 2 Kings 13:10-21
Song: Worthy of All Praise
08:26 Kids’ Talk
Song: Super Saviour
13:11 Bible reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Song: Yet Not I
14:32 Sermon: 2 Kings 13:11-21
Song: Rock of Ages
39:17 Closing

‘The parable of the persistent widow’ (Luke 18:1-8)

This sermon on Luke 18:1-8 by guest preacher, Rev Peter Phillips, tackles some of the biggest questions in life. “Why is there injustice in the world? What is God doing about it? What should the response of God’s people be to injustice?” All these questions circle around us and pervade our society everyday and while it is easy to get waylaid by their pressing nature, this parable urges God’s people to prayer, patience and perseverance – all things that we need God’s help to do and do well!

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: Come Thou Almighty King
00:17 Introduction
00:40 Prayer
04:50 Bible reading: Psalm 10:1-18
Song: See Him Coming
07:09 Kids’ Talk
Song: Revelation 3:20
11:48 Bible reading: Luke 17:11-18:8
Song: By Faith We See the Hand of God
15:56 Sermon: Luke 18:1-8
Song: Be Still My Soul
45:00 Closing

‘Understanding Elisha’s warning to the woman of Shunem’ (2 Kings 8:1-6)

Sometimes it’s hard to see how the unfolding of our circumstances can always be as ‘good’ as God says they are. In 2 Kings 8:1-6, we have the situation where the woman from Shunem acted upon what Elisha had told her to do, only to have the whole thing unravel before her eyes. Maybe that’s also been your experience? You’ve trusted God, but it’s all gone ‘pear-shaped’? This story, though, reminds us that even ‘pear-chaped’ circumstances are no problem to the Lord. he is able to make good come from evil and able to bring the loose threads together according to His purposes and plans. We ought always trust Him to do that.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: All Creatures of Our God and King
00:17 Introduction
00:40 Prayer
04:25 Bible reading: 2 Kings 8:1-6
Song: Behold the Lamb of God
06:10 Kids’ Talk
Song: Remember the Lord
10:25 Bible reading: Romans 8:18-30
Song: Before the Throne of God Above
13:18 Sermon: 2 Kings 8:1-6
Song: It Is Well With My Soul
37:55 Closing

‘Understanding Elisha and the famine of Samaria’ (2 Kings 6:24-7:20)

There’s an awful ring to the story recorded in 2 Kings 6:24-7:20. Not only is the prophet Elisha in danger – this time from the king of Israel! – the whole nation has hot rock-bottom due to the siege laid by the surrounding armies of Syria. Inside the captial, Samaria, things are a mess. Awful. There’s famine, desperation, hopelessness and unbelief. But then God did something. Having tried His people to an extremity, He then acted to save them and drive the enemy away, leaving it very clear that none else but He was the Saviour of His people, and reminding us that the grace of God is far greater than we can imagine.

Full service

00:00 Welcome
Song: O Worship the King
00:17 Introduction
00:41 Prayer
04:45 Bible reading: 2 Kings 6:24-7:2
Song: Christ Is Mine Forevermore
07:20 Kids’ Talk
Song: We Give Thanks (Psalm 75:1)
11:35 Bible reading: 2 Kings 7:3-20
Song: He Will Hold Me Fast
15:38 Sermon: 2 Kings 6:24-7:20
Song: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
40:54 Closing