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First Things First - How the World Came to Be 1. In the Beginning - The Most Important Verse in the

First Things First – How the World Came to Be 1. “In the Beginning” - The Most Important Verse in the Bible Genesis 1: 1 We are beginning a new series - First Things First: How the World Came to Be. We’ll be looking in detail at the opening chapters of the Bible, Genesis 1-11. Our goal is simple. We want to know what God has said about the origin of the universe. We want to know where we came from and how we got here. Are we the chance products of mindless evolution or are we here because God created us? The issue is very stark - Did the universe just “happen” or was it caused? Did the human race rise up from the primordial ooze or were we intentionally created by the hand of God? Those ques

Galatians - A Call to Freedom - 10. Not Enslaved Again

Galatians – A call to freedom – 10. Not enslaved again Gal 4:8-10 Galatians 4:8-10English Standard Version (ESV) Paul's Concern for the Galatians 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you Okay, so we are in week 10 of our study through Galatians and so far we have established a defence of what the gospel is; and looked at

It's Time! Engaging in prayer for our nation

It’s Time! Engage in Prayer for Our Nation 2 Chronicles 7: 14 As a call to worship I’d like to read the first 3 verses of this chapter. The context is King Solomon praying after finishing the construction of the Temple – v. 1 - 3. • The word “engage” means, “to get and keep someone’s attention and interest, to occupy, attract, or become involved in.” It can also mean to start fighting against an opponent. • The word “disengage” refers to releasing or detaching oneself; to withdraw through complacency, to become bored and disinterested. Now more than ever we must not be spiritual slackers! It’s time for us to awaken, to engage and to occupy! Romans 13: 11, 12 “The hour has come for you to wak

Galatians - a Call to Freedom 10. Slave or Child

Galatians: A Call to Freedom 9.A slave or a Child Gal: 3:26-4:7 Galatians 3:26-4:7New International Version (NIV) 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 4 What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3

Looking for the Living Jesus

Barry’s message on Friday afternoon ended on a sense of hope because it would be a pity to send you home with a sense of the dread and disaster which the disciples went home with on that first Easter Friday. As Jesus hung dying on the cross, His mother Mary, as well as John, and a number of other of Jesus’ followers watched Him. It was a surprisingly quick death, because crucifixions were designed to be long-lasting and induce as much suffering as possible for as long as possible. But probably because of Jesus’ other injuries like the whippings and beatings He’d taken before the crucifixion – and also because it was in the sovereign will of God – Jesus died within just a few hours. The Bible

I Am - How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Needs - 8. The Resurrection and the Life The Comeback

“I AM…” – How Jesus Meets Our Deepest Needs 8. The Resurrection and the Life The Comeback John 11: 17 - 27 Bethany Hamilton was just 13 years old when her left arm got bitten off by a shark while surfing. After a month of medical operations, she returned and learned how to surf with one arm. She courageously overcame all odds to become a champion surfer again through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spurred her on towards an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. She made a pretty cool comeback! “Comebac

Good Friday 2017 - The Goodness of Friday

Easter Friday 2017: The Goodness of Friday. Matthew 27:45-54 Matthew 27:45-54New International Version (NIV) The Death of Jesus 45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a]lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b] 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” 48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” 50 And when Jesus had cried out again

Palm Sunday Not the Jesus We Want The Jesus We Need

Palm Sunday: not the Jesus we want; the Jesus we need. Matt 21:1-11 Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” 4 This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: 5 “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a] 6 The disciples went and did as Jes

Galatians 8 Law or Promise?

Galatians – A Call to Freedom 8 Law or Promise? Gal 3:15-25 Galatians 3:15-25New International Version (NIV) The Law and the Promise 15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[a]meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, the

Living to Please ________

Living to Please ? Intro Good evening. I’ll be preaching tonight from a book that I’m studying through with a bunch of our teens, so I hope I’m on the ball here because they are watching me to make sure I preach right. Please turn with me to Colossians. Before I start, let me share something to give you a hint of what we’re going to be talking about tonight. [Play video] In our passage for tonight, Paul talks about a rescue. In the video we saw the story of the rescue of a dog which was broken, lost, blind, hopeless; how it was taken into a new home, given life, given health, it learnt to walk, run and climb, its life was precious but fragile. Paul talks in our


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