Following on from last week, God’s love, grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ continues to call us to a response. This week in Ephesians 4 and 5 we hear through God’s word about our “lifestyle” response. God is looking to shape our lives to be people of love, light, wisdom and Spirit filled.
Jesus said…”Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In the story of Hezekiah recorded in 2 Kings 19 we see the reality of trials and sorrows being overcome by the power of God through prayer.
Unity should be a defining mark of the Church, but how do we keep the unity Jesus has achieved for us? In Ephesians 4 we learn that unity is both our response to Jesus love and our reflection of Jesus love. It is a unity kept through character, truth, diversity and spiritual growth.
A message on Genesis 41 about the power and importance of patience. “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36).
A sermon about unleashing the power of God through prayer focussing on the great declaration in Ephesians 3:20-21 “20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ…
In Genesis 40 we read about Joseph in Prison and his encounter with the Baker and Cup-bearer. Genesis 40 ends once again with Joseph facing great disappointment in his life. In this sermon we reflect on keeping a positive attitude in a world in which our expectations rise and fall.
God’s intervention changes everything.
Genesis Chapter 38 is one of the most surprising and shocking chapters in the Old Testament, and you would be forgiven for thinking it is out of sequence between Chapters 37 and 39. Yet it is a very important Chapter ultimately leading to the birth of Jesus and indeed all the way through to Revelation…
God presence made all the difference to Joseph. The greatest encouragement we can know as Christians is that God is always present with us. Here are some verses that remind us of the presence of God, Exod 33:14; Jeremiah 29:13; Acts 3:19-20; John 15:9; Matt 18:20; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 have some folks read them allowed and then spend some time, resting in God presence.